Openfield completes Countrywide Farmers grain acquisition

Openfield has announced that its acquisition of the grain business from Countrywide Farmers has been successfully completed, effective from 31 December 2014.

“We are delighted to welcome the employees, customers and farmers who engage with the team at Countrywide,” the company said in a statement.

Commenting on the transaction, Openfield chief executive James Dallas said: “We look forward to working with the grain team to build on the strong relationships that they have developed with farmers and customers alike, we believe that this is a great addition to the Openfield business.”

Countrywide Farmers chief executive John Hardman said: “We thank the grain team for their contributions to our business and feel that Openfield represents the best opportunity for our staff and customers, providing a specialist and well respected environment in which they can continue to flourish. This restructure will allow us to focus and invest in our Countrystore retail network of 53 stores across England and Wales, to better meet the needs of the farming and wider rural community and to deliver long term growth.”

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