WHERE WE COME FROM
Cefetra’s roots can be traced back as far back as 1778, when we were known as William McCorkell & Co.
William McCorkell & Co developed its business over many years, progressively expanding the agricultural products it handled. In 1985, and known as ‘McCorkell Limited’, we began importing animal feed materials into Lisahally, Northern Ireland from multiple origins around the world.
We initially expanded our outreach further through Ireland and then in 1992 established McCorkell Scotland Limited as the dedicated supply chain manager for Scotland and Northern England.
In 1999, Cefetra BV, a trading firm based in the Netherlands, invested in McCorkell Scotland resulting in the creation of Cefetra.
In the years following we received further investment from German agri-business BayWa, providing us with access to global supply chains and we now operate within one of the top agri-businesses in Europe.
In 2015, we acquired Wessex Grain – a farm grain buying business trading across the south and south-west of England – to expand our presence throughout the UK and develop into a major agri-service company in the UK and Ireland. Through the acquisition, our business division ‘Cefetra Grain’ was created and we increased storage capacity by a further 70,000 tonnes while strengthening our existing co-operative relationship with farmers.
In February 2018 Cefetra Ltd acquired Premium Crops, Hampshire based leading provider of premium and specialist crops in the UK. Premium Crops focuses on High Erucic Acid Rapeseed (HEAR), spring and winter linseed, red wheat, canary seed, millet and naked oats. The acquisition further enhances Cefetra’s capabilities to purchase grains and oilseeds direct from UK farmers.