Global animal feed trader ADM Agriculture (formerly ADM Arkady) has completed its £7.4M expansion at the Port of Liverpool.
The expansion has provided the equivalent of two football pitches of extra capacity for trade in bulk agricultural goods, making the Liverpool animal feed store the largest in the UK.
In 2018, the company signed a long-term contract with Peel Ports Group to invest in Liverpool and Glasgow, with the aim of achieving imports across the North of England and Scotland of 1 Mtpa.
As well as the new warehouse at Liverpool, which has been expanded by 140,000 sq ft, ADM Agriculture has filled 470,000 sq ft of capacity at Clydeport.
The company has also started using Great Yarmouth Port for the first time to import animal feed, to service local markets near the port in the farming and fertiliser community.
“The combination of Peel Ports’ locations and service with our product range is great for our end customers in agriculture,” said Graham Atkinson, joint managing director of ADM Agriculture. “The reach and efficiencies we’re now achieving means we can offer even better value, helping UK food producers to succeed.”
Mark Whitworth, CEO if Peel Ports Group, said: “We’re building a long-term partnership with ADM, one that now extends to three of our ports.
“Our network means we’re uniquely well placed to provide access to the most important markets in the UK, with the quality of service to ensure they deliver for their customers.”
The project involved construction of warehousing and installation of specialist conveyor equipment which pulled on the skills of civil, mechanical and electrical trades.
Construction took place while simultaneously continuing live operation of the animal feed facility. According to Peel Ports, 21,000 accident free working hours went into the project, which was completed ahead of schedule in just nine months.
ADM Arkady was recently renamed ADM Agriculture Ltd, following its merger with Gleadell and ADM Direct.