By Olivia Cooper

DALGETY has set up a third grain marketing group in the eastern region following “excellent returns” from its two existing partnerships.

The new group, Invicta, was set up in June, and already has 23 members in Kent, Sussex and Surrey.

It follows the success of the Hereward and SEFA grain groups further north, with combined members selling over 100,000t a year.

“The basis of the scheme is to link farmers with consumers, with Dalgety acting as the intermediary,” says Philip Noyce, grain manager at Dalgety Canterbury.

“The results have been very favourable so far.”

Members gain from beneficial haulage and payment terms, as well as access to Dalgetys risk management.

One member is Tim Piper, a Farmer Focus contributor to FARMERS WEEKLY. “Trading individually we are left to the vagaries of the world market,” he says.

“But with more Invicta members we become stronger and better able to get more realistic prices for our products.”