Agrovista strengthens Scottish and North West of England business

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Agrovista UK Ltd has purchased South West Seeds Ltd, one of Scotland’s leading independent seeds businesses. The deal will make Agrovista the single shareholder of the business.

James Robertson Group Chairman of Agrovista said of the acquisition that the fit is “exceptionally good” for both companies, directly complementing Agrovista’s market-leading position in specialist agronomy, crop protection, seed, amenity and horticultural supply.

During the past 30 years South West Seeds Ltd has gained a reputation for providing quality seed and related products, professional advice and a first class service from its team of highly qualified seed specialists and agronomists.

Commenting on the sale, Stewart Bryson, Managing Director of South West Seeds, said: “Agrovista has identified South West Seeds Ltd as a key part of their future plans in our trading area. This exciting development allows us and our customers to benefit from being part of a successful innovative business focusing on technology in the rapidly changing market.”

James Robertson added that “we have had a dialogue with South West Seeds for some time and this move is great for all parties. It further emphasises the investment strategy for our company and our shareholder, the Marubeni Corporation, which has identified agriculture and food production as a core division for the future. Their acquisition of Gavilon last year has made Marubeni the 2nd largest grain handler in the world; this coupled with a substantial fertiliser business presents great opportunities for our global business.”

This announcement ties in with the ongoing investment in the Wallace of Kelso business announced two years ago and compliments the existing Agrovista depots covering Scotland and the borders in Newton Stewart, Elgin, Perth and Morpeth.

All staff will transfer to Agrovista in this acquisition

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