A recent open day at crop storage co-operative Camgrain’s Stratford upon Avon site saw progress in the near doubling of store capacity there in time for the forthcoming harvest.
The business is investing £2.2 million in raising storage volume from 20,000 tonnes to 47,000 tonnes through the construction of a new flat store. At the same time, it is adding a new quality control centre and control room; new weighbridge systems and infrastructure; plus a 30 tonne tailboard tip option for delivery vehicles. These are scalable to support future growth.
“Originally established in 1978, over the last 5 years under Camgrain management the site has been transformed into a modern food storage, drying and distribution operation, meeting the growing needs of local and regional farmers,” says Camgrain managing director Philip Darke. “The new facility will provide game-changing service levels to farmer members and hauliers alike, whilst safeguarding existing long term staff employment and creating new career opportunities for existing and additional staff. The expanded site will have the ability to deliver best in class service to food manufacturers on a consistent just-in-time basis.
“Supply chains are changing rapidly as consumer demands for quality and value develop. The Stratford APC will allow members access to new and growing markets for quality produce, through marketing partner Frontier Agriculture, with a significant proportion of organic cereals handled through Robin Appel for the growing health food market,” he concludes.