Agriculture co-ops Camgrain and Openfield have parted company after working together for more than 10 years. Camgrain, a farmer owned storage co-op with 500 members, has appointed Frontier Agriculture as its principal marketing, distribution and strategic partner from July 2015.
Jointly owned by Associated British Foods and Cargill plc, Frontier is an independent business employing more than 800 staff across 46 sites UK-wide.
Openfield, the UK’s largest farmer-owned grain co-op, markets grain for farmers and grain stores. Its chief executive James Dallas was disappointed. He said: “After 10 years of successful collaboration between the two businesses this is disappointing news. We have made a significant contribution to the development and growth of the Camgrain business and have been proud to support Camgrain members in the successful development and growth of their business.
“We firmly believe collaborative marketing offers greater value to the farmer member and delivers a secure and sustainable route to market. We’ll continue to work with like-minded businesses, farmers and central storage partners to promote British agriculture both in the UK and overseas.”
The move follows Camgrain’s “wide-ranging” review of its grain marketing agreements. In a statement, Camgrain said: “Camgrain and Openfield have enjoyed a successful relationship for more than 10 years and Openfield will continue to be our marketing partner until the new arrangement takes effect. Marketing arrangements with Robin Appel and Gowlett Grain remain unaffected by these changes.”