National UK agronomy services business Agrovista UK has acquired John Ebbage Seeds, the independent seed wholesaler and breeders agent based in Ely. All Ebbage staff will transfer to Agrovista.
It says the purchase will allow the two businesses to combine their existing technical expertise in providing growers and clients with a full agronomic package for arable crops ranging from variety selection through to the end market. In addition, the synergy between the two parts of the business will allow for enhanced technical capability and give access to new and emerging market sectors and provide new solutions to UK growers facing challenging situations.
Ebbage Seeds was founded by John Ebbage in the late 1980s near Downham Market, and sold onto current owner Paul Nickerson in recent years since when the business has moved to Ely. He says the strategic development will provide future security for the Ebbage Seeds operation, while allowing it to continue to support existing clients within the current structure and develop new customers with specific agronomic needs.
“This strategic move will benefit both businesses and their customers allowing for technical development and investment in the seeds sector and offering important opportunities for growth,” says Mr Nickerson. “The partnership will allow the continuation of the existing Ebbage business model for current clients whilst opening new areas to evolve the business with Agrovista”.
For Agrovista, managing director Chris Clayton comments: “This exciting development will build on the strengths of both businesses and enable strategic growth for Agrovista within the seed sector. We are delighted to welcome Paul and the team from Ebbage into Agrovista and look forward to building on their outstanding success.”
It is the second 2015 acquisition for Agrovista, part of the Marubeni group of companies. In March it bought South West Seeds, the business specialising in forage crop and grass seed sales in Southern Scotland and the Borders from its Dumfriesshire base.