Global Food Properties is a boutique real estate brokerage firm concentrating exclusively on food production and food distribution facilities.

Our expertise includes the sale, lease, acquisition, and valuation of special-purpose food manufacturing assets, acting generally as agents or advisors to owners, occupiers, underwriters,and public and private developers. The Firm’s leadership has a rare fluency in what drives occupancy and value, and how that impacts everything from recovering invested capital through a plant sale, to identifying utopian expansion or relocation options, to advocating market standards in complex property tax litigation.


Global Food Properties has unparalleled experience in domestic markets, both large and tertiary, as well as operational fluency in Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, and Australia.

Untethered to a platform, network, or franchise, the Firm can partner with sub-market experts worldwide, guaranteeing best-in-class representation locally, regionally, and globally. This latter point is hugely differentiating and cannot be overstated, as historically real estate service providers rely strictly on “in-house” talent, however tenuous or anemic.


Global Food Properties was founded by senior brokers disenchanted with the inefficiencies and politics of large firms. Underpinning the Firm are two beliefs held most passionately:

Who you choose matters

Biggest ≠ Best

The Firm’s leadership has a rare synergy of experience, as well as a distinct brand of Thought Leadership. Our success derives from a worldview view of occupancy, impacted as it is by margin compression, the necessity of throughput, and over-riding and intensifying food-safety mandates. Current GMP, HACCP, SQF, BRC, AIB, and the strengthened FMSA are more relevant to the Firm and its clients than the canned data on absorption, lease, and sale trends proffered by generalist brokers.

Again, who you choose matters. Biggest does not equal best.



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Case Study

For Smithfield Foods, Global Food Properties Reduced Seven Obsolete Spaces Across Two Continents and Six US States, in Less Than 20 Months.

Smithfield Foods is among the world’s largest pork processors, with over 52,000 employees in North America and Europe. Annual sales in 2016 exceeded $16,000,000,000, with exports to more than 40 countries. Over 80 years old and still headquartered in the founding city of Smithfield, Virginia, Smithfield Foods has developed exponentially through both organic growth, as well as mergers and acquisitions. 

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Willis Tower — Chicago, IL

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Willis Tower – 84th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606

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