Cefetra, Glasgow grain giant, makes £992m revenue

Glasgow-based Cefetra Ltd, the largest agricultural trading company in Scotland, said on Tuesday its turnover/sales rose 15% to £991.9 million in the year to December 31, 2018, and operating profit soared 32% to £5.9 million.

Cefetra Ltd, owned by Germany’s BayWa AG, signed a long-term contract in the summer of 2018 with Forth Ports to use the Port of Rosyth and turn it into a major “agri-hub.”

Cefetra was formerly known as William McCorkell & Co.

Cefetra managing director Andrew Mackay said: “These robust financial statements highlight what has been another successful year for Cefetra with growth achieved in both volumes and profit.

“We continue to receive excellent support from both our customers and our suppliers, enabling us to increase our delivered volumes to over 4.3m tonnes which helped us to deliver this satisfactory result for the period.

“We supplied a wide range of commodities including grains, oilseeds and oilcakes as well as other non-grain feed ingredients.

“Our ability to provide an independent view along with tailor-made efficient solutions for our customers has enhanced our position as the supply partner of choice in both the UK and Ireland.

“We are confident that we will continue to develop and build our business over the coming years.

“In July 2018, after 26 years, we transferred the majority of our activities from KGV Glasgow to Rosyth and Leith.

“We are pleased to have reached a long-term agreement with Forth Ports to provide us with increased, modern facilities.

“The Port has been deepened and new cargo handling equipment has been ordered to accommodate our larger vessels.

“A new purpose-built storage complex is also due for completion by the end of 2019.

“We have also reached an agreement with Associated British Ports to develop an import facility at the port of Ayr which will service our customers in the South West of Scotland.

“We believe that these developments will be a major benefit to the company and our customers providing excellent logistics hubs which are ideally suited to serve the needs of the Scottish market for the foreseeable future.

“In addition, we moved our head-office premises to Glasgow Airport Business Park as part of a long-term agreement.

“As previously announced in February 2018, Cefetra completed the acquisition of Premium Crops, a leading provider of premium and specialist crops based in Hampshire.

“It will be run as a division of Cefetra and enhances the scope of services and crops we offer.

“We have continued to invest in our systems and personnel to manage our growth and to enhance service levels to customers.

“Quality has remained at the forefront of our priorities during the year and we have continued to take an industry leading role in the supply of sustainable products.”

About the Author

Mark McSherry
Dalriada Media LLC sites are edited by veteran news journalist Mark McSherry, a former staff editor and reporter with Reuters, Bloomberg and major newspapers including the South China Morning Post, London's Sunday Times and The Scotsman. McSherry's journalism has also appeared in The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Independent, The New York Times, London's Evening Standard and Forbes. McSherry is also a professor of journalism and communication arts in universities and colleges in New York City. Scottish-born McSherry has an MBA from the University of Edinburgh and a Certificate in Global Affairs from New York University.