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Informa Economics (formerly known as Sparks Companies, Inc.) is a world leader in broad-based domestic and international agricultural and commodity/product market research, analysis, evaluation and consulting. The company was founded in 1977 and, in 2003, was acquired by Informa plc ("Informa").

Informa Economics serves hundreds of firms, institutions and trade organizations worldwide from our headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee. We also have integral business partnerships with FNP Brazil, CEAS in London and Brussels and WPA in Washington DC.

Our Mission:  
"To be a Vital Force in the Success of Agriculture, Food, Energy and Transportation Interests Around the World."

The company's professional depth and experience allow us to provide a wide range of services related to the economic and management concerns of clients. Underpinning these services, our principal strengths lie in an expansive information base and a professional and experienced staff.

Representing Informa Economics' primary asset, our employees are well-trained and seasoned researchers and consultants with extensive backgrounds in business and government; most hold advanced degrees in agriculture or related fields.  The Informa Economics  team has extensive experience in worldwide agribusiness and agricultural policy decision-making.   Many Informa Economics employees have gained insights from past government service in senior policy, analysis and advisory positions; from major trade associations; from land grant universities; and as senior officials of leading agribusiness companies.

The world's agricultural and food industry is expanding and remains in a constant state of change.  Successful businesses and institutions must deal with rapidly shifting market conditions that are driven by international influences, technological innovations, policy shifts, weather conditions, emerging consumers and fluctuating consumer preferences.  To continue succeeding in this environment, businesses must have access to reliable market information and authoritative economic consulting services.  It is Informa Economics' economic expertise and diverse client base that combine to provide unique insights, risk management and strategic planning for agribusinesses around the world.

In its role as a world leader in comprehensive commodity, food industry and agribusiness research and consulting, Informa Economics offers several broad categories of services:

  • Research/Analysis/Evaluation

  • Business Consulting

  • Education/Training

  • News/Communication

  • Energy

About our Parent Company

Our parent company, Informa plc, is the leading provider of specialist, high quality information to the global academic, scientific, professional, and commercial markets via publishing, events, consulting and training. Informa publishes approximately 2,500 subscription based products and services, has a book backlist of over 35,000 volumes, organizes some 10,000 events worldwide each year and has a database of approaching 22 million names. It has an unparalleled portfolio of brands including Lloyds List, Routledge, Taylor and Francis, IIR and Euroforum. Informa employs approximately 7,000 people operating out of 150 offices in 42 countries and doing business in 70. Informa is listed on the London Stock Exchange.



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