Rabobank beefs up its animal proteins specialisation

Blake Holgate, Rabobank
Blake Holgate, Raobank's rural manager sustainable farm systems.

Blake Holgate has been appointed to head up Rabobank’s  research and analysis of New Zealand’s animal proteins sector.

Based in Dunedin, Holgate joins the RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness division, a team of 90 analysts from around the globe focused on undertaking research into the food and agribusiness sector, including comprehensive reports on sector and commodity outlooks, latest market trends and future industry developments.

Holgate has been with Rabobank since 2013 as a specialist in environmental sustainability and will continue with his role in assisting Rabobank clients achieve sustainability goals.

Announcing the new appointment, Rabobank New Zealand chief executive Daryl Johnson says Holgate is a valuable addition to the RaboResearch team with his wide sector and industry knowledge and experience.

“Growing up on a beef and sheep property in South Otago, which he continues to run with his parents, Blake has an intrinsic understanding of the sector,” says Johnson.

“This practical knowledge, combined with his research and analytical skills and understanding of the wider New Zealand agricultural sector – developed over the past three years in his role as Rabobank’s environmental sustainability specialist – ensures he has a breadth of experience that will be extremely valuable to our clients and the business overall.”

Holgate, who will continue to analyse the impact of impending environmental regulations on New Zealand’s agricultural sector, says he is excited to be expanding his research charter across the animal proteins sectors – primarily beef and sheepmeat but also pork, poultry and seafood.

He says he has a genuine passion for environmental sustainability, but his heart also lies in the animal proteins space, “I think from being off a sheep and beef farm myself – so when this opportunity came up which allowed me to focus on both, I jumped at it.”


In his new role, he will Holgate will be working closely with the wider New Zealand, Australian and global Rabobank food and agribusiness research team. He is currently writing a research paper on the implications of China’s growing demand for animal proteins on the New Zealand sector (out to 2020) in conjunction with colleagues based in China.

Mr Holgate holds a MBA from Otago University and prior to joining Rabobank, practiced as an environmental lawyer.

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