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Birmingham Post
David Laister

Long-term fertiliser contract to aid continued growth for ABP and Thomas Bell

A new long-term agreement has been signed between ABP and the UK’s largest privately-owned fertiliser importer, Thomas Bell & Sons.

A further eight years have been added to the existing contract focusing on operations at Port of Immingham, taking the Brigg-headquartered importer beyond its 150th anniversary.

The company’s Diamond brand is delivered directly to the farm gate from the extensive base on Immingham Bulk Park, where dedicated faciities encompass some 400,000 sq ft.

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Simon Bird, ABP’s regional director for the Humber, said: “We are delighted to have secured this new deal with Thomas Bell, one of our successful long-standing fertiliser customers.

“The Port of Immingham plays an important role in the supply of fertiliser to our farmers, and we handle large volumes in order to support the British farming industry.”

Pictured at the previous operational expansion within Immingham Bulk Park are ABP's Craig Stephen, left, and Thomas Bell director Matt Dawson. (ABP)

The agreement comes just weeks after ABP welcomed long term customer ADM Agriculture’s fertiliser division to the Humber.

The Lincolnshire-based element of the global business, which bought out Gleadell Agriculture pre-pandemic, is one of the largest fertiliser suppliers in the UK. It has signed a three-year extension agreement for the import, handling, bagging, and processing of crop-boosting nutrients at the same facility.

Thomas Bell and Sons, an £88 million turnover firm employing 50 direct staff, has been importing fertilisers for more than half a century, having diversified from its roots as a Lincolnshire agricultural miller and grain merchant. First imports were overseen in 1970, leading to an expansion of its transport fleet, with blending operations added to the South Humber Bank port in 2017.

Andrew Major, managing director, said: “We are very pleased to announce a new, long term service agreement with ABP at our Immingham operation. With the continued investment from both partners this contract will enable us to increase our volumes while keeping our level of service and safety at the highest levels.”

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