2013-09-06   facebook twitter rss

From ‘Field to Flour’

AtlasFram and ADM Milling work in partnership to ship wheat from East Anglia to Scotland.

Three thousand tonnes of wheat harvested by members of the AtlasFram Group farmers’ cooperative on farms across East Anglia during August was loaded onto the MV Baltiskiy 201 at Ipswich Docks this week, the consignment destined for ADM Milling’s flour mill at Leith in Scotland. One of seven owned by ADM Milling, the UK’s leading independent flour miller, the mill produces a wide range of flours for major food businesses, with quality Group 3 soft wheat a major requirement for the production process.

Watching a coaster being loaded with 3000 tonnes of soft wheat this week were Paul Agazarian (Left), ADM Direct, Mark Ringrose (Centre), Trading Manager, ADM Milling and Richard Anscombe

Watching a coaster being loaded with 3000 tonnes of soft wheat this week were Paul Agazarian (Left), ADM Direct, Mark Ringrose (Centre), Trading Manager, ADM Milling and Richard Anscombe

The shipment resulted from the successful alliance between AtlasFram Group, the UK’s foremost farmer-owned farm inputs purchasing and grain marketing business, and ADM Direct, a wholly-owned division of Archer Daniels Midland (UK) Ltd, which is part of Archer Daniels Midland Company, one of the world’s largest agricultural crop processors.

“Working with ADM Direct and the AtlasFram Group we identified that wheat with the required consistency and quality from this year’s harvest could be sourced from AtlasFram’s members’ farms in East Anglia,” states Mark Ringrose, Trading Manager for ADM Milling. “The consignment shipped from Ipswich fits our current strategy in terms of logistics and further demonstrates our commitment to working with ADM Direct and AtlasFram to link the supply chain from farm to flour.”

Richard Anscombe, Chief Executive Officer of the AtlasFram Group, states:

“In a year when the national grain crop is approximately 20% below average due to difficult conditions last autumn, AtlasFram’s Crop Marketing Department has gone from strength to strength and bucked the national trend with a 40% increase in the volume of members’ grain that we will trade. This is testament to the impressive returns which we achieve as a result of the Crop Marketing Team’s strong performance.

"Our very successful partnership with ADM Direct and the close integration between the two businesses means that AtlasFram members benefit from ADM's exceptional knowledge of world grain markets, together with the global factors and trends which impact on agricultural commodity markets. This provides an invaluable input into our members’ strategic decisions and allows the AtlasFram Crop Marketing Department to ensure that members trade only when it is in their best interest.

“Adding value to harvested crops is crucial to maximise our members’ returns and our relationship with ADM Direct is essential to achieving this. We are closely aligned and active throughout the entire supply chain, working with member's agronomists at the crop planning stage to supplying grain into ADM's trading division which feeds their network of mills. From helping members to decide which varieties to grow, to achieve premium prices, to the production of finished flour, the AtlasFram - ADM relationship is cohesive and aligned, which is key to delivering the best service and value to our members."

AtlasFram member Geoff Mayhew, who farms at Woolverstone in Suffolk, is one of those who has benefited significantly from the Group’s crop marketing partnership with ADM Direct. He states:

Three generations of the Mayhew family who farms at Woolverstone in Suffolk include (left to right) Jimmy, Geoffrey and Jamie

Three generations of the Mayhew family who farms at Woolverstone in Suffolk include (left to right) Jimmy, Geoffrey and Jamie

“We have used the AtlasFram pools for many years, been very pleased with the results and always find their Grain Marketing Team to be extremely professional. This year we have 700 tonnes of KWS Target soft milling wheat committed to the group and the quality has been very good, with yields hitting our light-land targets of 7.5 to 8 tonnes/ha.

“This initiative demonstrates the benefit of AtlasFram’s partnership with a major UK consumer, ensuring that we receive the optimum premium for grain that we supply. In addition to my wheat, I also commit all of my rapeseed to AtlasFram and as a member of the ADM LEAF Marque scheme benefit from an additional £15 per tonne premium over and above normal quality premiums for standard double-zero oilseed rape, for a five-year period.”

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