Rabobank's key stakeholders in the marketplace are our customers, potential customers, industry groups as well as regulatory and other bodies and our colleagues and peers within the overall Rabobank Group.

In terms of corporate responsibility, and complementing our corporate banking services, we engage with the marketplace via our work with industry groups in the food and agri sectors. We promote and follow the Rabobank cooperative ethos and we strive to offer thought leadership and knowledge transfer/exchange in our areas of expertise, which are agriculture, food and agribusiness.

FAR (Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory)

As the world's leading specialist food and agribusiness bank, Rabobank has a deep commitment to research, information and knowledge as a source of competitive advantage for its clients.

The Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory (FAR) division is a dedicated unit within Rabobank, consisting of some 80 professionals across 10 different countries, which undertakes research into food and agribusiness sectors and offers opportunities to develop business knowledge and skills for leading Irish agribusinesses.

This knowledge is offered to clients to assist their understanding of the dynamic local and global markets in which they operate. It is also used by Rabobank to provide a unique, knowledge-driven approach to banking, based on the belief that, by understanding your industry, we make a better strategic partner for your business. FAR’s activities include:

  1. Client and industry presentations
    FAR analysts provide information and commercially relevant presentations to Rabobank client functions, industry conferences and one-on-one to clients.
  2. Research

FAR covers all major F&A sectors worldwide. It focuses on:

  • Animal Protein
  • Beverages
  • Clean Tech
  • Dairy
  • Farm Inputs
  • Fruits, Vegetables & Flowers
  • Grains & Oilseeds
  • Sugar, Cotton, Coffee & Cocoa
  • Value Added Processing

All relevant topics in each sector are monitored from a local, regional and global perspective. FAR reports include quarterly outlooks as well as research reports and industry notes that provide concise information on specific issues facing a particular industry.

The latest research reports are available to Rabobank clients.

Cooperative Structure & Values

Rabobank is a full range international financial services provider which operates on the basis of cooperative principles. Its origins lie in local loan cooperatives founded in the Netherlands over 115 years ago by enterprising individuals who had no access to the capital market.

As Rabobank Dublin is a branch of the Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A, we adhere to the Rabobank Group cooperative ethos. This includes strong community involvement, local participation in the cooperative sector, as well as leveraging of our food and agri research for the benefit of the overall sectors.

Supporting the Food & Agribusiness Sectors

Rabobank Dublin is proud to work with key agricultural and food sector organisations and stakeholders here in Ireland. Recent sponsorships have included:

Checkout Conference

The Checkout Conference is the longest-running dedicated conference for the grocery retail and FMCG industries in Ireland, and is considered a ‘must-attend’ event for those in the trade, both due to the high calibre of speakers and its status as a premium networking opportunity. Rabobank Dublin was the title sponsor of the conference in 2015.

Pictured above are are Leo Crawford, Group Chief Executive, BWG Group, Stephen Wynne-Jones, Editor, Checkout and Kevin Knightly, Country Manager, Rabobank Dublin at the launch of the 2015 Checkout Conference in association with Rabobank, at Spar Millennium Walk, Dublin.

The ASA (Agricultural Science Association) is an organisation that works to enhance the professional interests of all graduates in agriculture, food, forestry, horticulture and the environmental sciences.

Rabobank Dublin was among the sponsors of the ASA Conference in 2015.

ASA Conference 2015

Pictured above are Conference speakers: Hugh McGuire, Glanbia Performance Nutrition, Chicago; Kevin Bellamy, analyst with Rabobank, John Moloney, Chairman Agri Food Strategy Committee and Aidan O’Driscoll, Secretary General Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.