AGRICULTURAL businesses with a combined heritage of over 300 years have joined forces to serve the regions farmers.
This week the Mole Valley Farmers co-operative announced the acquisition of the Cox and Robinson Farm and Country supply outlet.
Mole Valley also own Central Wool Growers and the deal brings the firm back into the region after its site in Towcester closed earlier this year.
Originally starting life as a chemist in 1760 in Stony Stratford, Cox & Robinson, has supplied generations of farmers with advice and products including animal nutrition, medicines and general supplies. In 1980, the agricultural division of Cox & Robinson moved to the Old Creamery building in Buckingham and in 2008 opened a new purpose built country store and distribution centre off Brackley Road
Cox & Robinson owner Edward Lane said: “Mole Valley have built up an enviable reputation throughout their trading area, providing customers with great value through competitive pricing across a range of products.”
Mr Lane said consolidation across the industry continued to put pressure of profit margins and that as a medium sized company joining with Mole Valley would ensure they can still offer their customers value for money.
He added: “This acquisition allows us to retain Cox & Robinson’s high level of customer service and look at opportunities for enhancing our overall offering and availability of a wider range and choice of products.”
Mole Valley are a farmer owned agricultural suppliers founded in 1960 with a current turnover of £315 million.
Keith Ockenden, Mole Valley’s head of agriculture said: “Our return to the Towcester area has been part of a longer term strategy combining the strengths of Cox & Robinson, CWG and Mole Valley Farmers and we’re sure that our renewed retail presence will help create a more competitive environment for customers.”