Mole Valley Farmers join forces with Cox & Robinson Farm and Country
Two agricultural businesses, both totally committed to the farming industry, are joining forces to increase their service to the farming community. Mole Valley Farmers, one of the few businesses based on a co-operative model in the supply industry, have acquired Cox & Robinson Farm and Country, a long established privately-owned agricultural supply outlet located in North Buckinghamshire.
A natural partnership, with a combined farming heritage of over 300 years and the same business ethos and commitment to the farming industry means that customers of Cox & Robinson Farm and Country can expect a wider product range at competitive prices with the same quality of service.
Originally starting life as a chemist in 1760, Cox & Robinson Farm and Country, based in Stony Stratford has been supplying generations of farmers with advice and products covering animal nutrition, animal medicines and general agricultural supplies.
In 1980, to facilitate expansion, the agricultural division of Cox & Robinson Farm and Country moved to the Old Creamery building in Buckingham and in 2008 opened a new purpose built country store and distribution centre.
Edward Lane, Owner & Managing Director of Cox & Robinson Farm & Country said, “I am extremely pleased we have been able to join forces with a company like Mole Valley Farmers. Mole Valley Farmers have built up an enviable reputation throughout their trading area, providing customers with great value through competitive pricing across a wide range of quality products.”
Edward Lane continues, “I began thinking some years ago about the future of the agricultural supply chain, understanding that consolidation across the industry would continue to place margins under pressure as we all fight for position. Cox & Robinson are a well established medium size company who occupy the middle ground, not quite small enough to ‘hide’ from competition, while not having the scale that a business like Mole Valley has to ensure greater value can continue to be delivered. This acquisition allows us to retain Cox & Robinsons high level of customer service and look at opportunities for enhancing our overall offering and availability of a wider range and choice of products.”
Mole Valley Farmers are a farmer owned agricultural supply business founded in 1960 with a current turnover of 315 million. Mole Valley recently acquired neighbouring CWG with 11 stores across the Midlands, East Anglia and Lincolnshire.
Keith Ockenden, Head of Agriculture at Mole Valley Farmers said, “We are delighted with this new partnership with Cox & Robinson Farm & Country and see it as a strategically important initiative, not only to complement our existing geography, but also to assist in the development of the CWG territory.”
Keith Ockenden continues, “Our return to the Towcester area has been part of a longer term strategy combining the strengths of Cox & Robinson, CWG and Mole Valley Farmers and we feel sure that our renewed retail presence will help create a more competitive environment for the benefit of our customers!”
Mole Valley Farmers was started in 1960 by a small group of farmers in South Molton, Devon. Today, there are 6,692 farmer shareholders and over 22,000 country members. It is one of the largest employers in the South West, with a turnover in excess of 315 million employing more than 1,700 staff. Mole Valley Farmers is one of the few businesses based on a co-operative model in the supply industry, with a total commitment to the farming and rural industry.
Over the years, the company has developed and grown, making investments in:
- Nine retail branches in the South West
- Mole Valley Farmers Online www.molevalleyfarmers.com
- 4 compound feed mills for all animal feeds
- A network of blending operations
- A mineral supplement plant
- A quality farm building and engineering division
- 20 SCATS Countrystores across the South, South East and South Wales
- Local agricultural supplies company Bridgman’s
- A joint venture Mole Valley Forage Services
- CWG Countrystores Ltd with 10 stores at Stamford, Dereham, Bury St Edmonds, Colchester, Melton Mowbray, Fauld, Newark, Darley Dale, Worksop and Market Rasen
- Mole Valley Renewables business
CWG Countrystores Ltd has 10 stores at Stamford, Dereham, Bury St Edmonds, Colchester, Melton Mowbray, Fauld, Newark, Darley Dale, Worksop and Market Rasen. www.CWG.co.uk
SCATS Countrystores are part of the Mole Valley Farmers Group. The company now has 19 stores throughout the South of England and South Wales from Kent to Dorset, Bristol and South Wales and up to Berkshire and are the leading supplier of goods and services for farmers, country dwellers and the general public.www.scatscountrystores.co.uk