This exciting new initiative aims to secure better value to the farmer and landowner memberships of the three largest cooperative buying groups by leveraging the strength and influence of their combined 6000 members. All three groups, each with their own unique operational methods, have a common purpose – to improve margins for their members and build stronger relationships with the supply chain.
“Profound changes are taking place in the agricultural supply sector as we adjust to a post-Brexit marketplace, and transition from an EU to UK agricultural policy platform. These changes bring opportunities, challenges and new priorities for farm procurement,” explains Stuart McKenzie, APA chairman.
“It has therefore never been more important for farmers to adapt to this disruption, and work together through their cooperative buying groups. APA is a response to these challenges and the continuing consolidation of the agri supply chain, including manufacture and distribution.”
From 26th April 2023, APA will set strategy for the purchase of specific products, utilising the collective strength of the new alliance to build stronger relationships with the supply chain. Initially, APA will be focused exclusively on the fertiliser market - negotiating procurement terms, collation of market intelligence and new product innovation, and sharing this with the three buying groups.