5 July 2002

Co-op bulk-buy merger

TWO East Anglian co-ops have merged to form a new company, called Samco & Shrim Farmers.

The deal, signed on July 1, joins Herts-based Samco with the Essex co-op Shrim. The outfit, which specialises in bulk buying of agricultural inputs and sales of grain, will have 150 members, farming over 40,000ha (100,000 acres).

Samco & Shrims headquarters will be located in Bishops Stortford. It says the merger will enhance buying and selling opportunities. &#42