UK: ADM port deal aimed at improved regional feed supply

By Jane Byrne contact

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© GettyImages/unkas
© GettyImages/unkas
Global animal feed trader, ADM Arkady, says it has signed a long-term contract with Peel Ports Group, one of the UK's largest port operators.

Part of the Archer Daniels Midland Company, ADM Arkady said it will partner with Peel Ports to develop its KGV Glasgow port facilities in order to better handle animal feed through that port. The feed importer will also expand its northern hub operations in Liverpool.

Peel Port’s Liverpool operations include a £400m (US$566m) deep-water container terminal, which opened in 2016, and doubled its container capacity.

ADM Arkady’s said the alliance is aimed at consolidating its regional feed imports, better servicing its North of England and Scotland livestock production markets. It anticipates importing up to 1m tons of animal feed through the Liverpool and Glasgow ports.

Graham Atkinson, managing director, ADM Arkady, said the expected increase in scale and efficiencies arising out of the port developments will enable the trader to bring more cost competitive feedstuffs into the UK.  

adm deal port Mark Whitworth Peel Ports CEO and Graham Atkinson MD ADM Arkady
Mark Whitworth CEO Peel Ports, Graham Atkinson, MD, ADM Arkady sign deal

Mark Whitworth, CEO Peel Ports Group, said the deal with the ADM division was a welcome boost to operations in Glasgow and Liverpool. “We are in the process of finalizing plans for the storage and distribution facilities to accommodate ADM Arkady’s business model.

Cefetra deal terminated

Peel Ports has terminated the previous agreement it had with Cefetra to handle its agriculture operations out of KGV in Glasgow. Following a comprehensive review, it said the two parties came to a mutual understanding not to renew their contracts at the Glaswegian port. "The decision was not taken lightly."

“We are working closely with Ceftera to ensure there is sufficient stock to meet the needs of their customers. In the event that stocks run low, we will activate third party contingency stocks to ensure minimal disruption in animal feed supply and service.”

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