AF is the largest agricultural purchasing group in the UK, with a buying power in excess of £250 million. AF is staffed by specialists with a comprehensive knowledge of their product area, enabling them to not only secure savings across a broad portfolio of products and services but offer an unparalleled level of service and administrative support. Here at AF, we appreciate that spare time is a phrase unfamiliar to you, which is why we work as an extension of your farm office, providing you with efficient purchasing to allow you to spend more time on farm.
Driving the future of farmingthrough traditional values
AF is the largest agricultural purchasing group in the UK, strategically purchasing 10% of the UK's total farm inputs on behalf of 3,500 shareholder members, with a fast growing turnover of £250 million.
We are proud to have more than 50 years of heritage at the leading edge of the agricultural industry.
AF formed in January 2003, as a result of the merger of two long established Norfolk based buying groups - Loddon Farmers and Mid Norfolk Farmers, which were set up in the 1960s. Since then AF have expanded rapidly throughout the UK offering new and unique services.
From our purpose built offices in Honingham Thorpe, near Norwich, our 150 staff deliver specialist administrative and procurement support as well as the latest market information. We have a number of subsidiary companies to serve the wider industry. Find out more about Affinity, AF Biomass Limited and AF Finance Limited.
Due to our purchasing power, our members benefit not only from professional advice but receive the best possible rates. Saving you hours of work, thanks to our back office support, we ensure your business stays ahead, as we deliver and continue to develop innovative services.
Think of any typical expenditure in your business and it is likely that we can reduce the cost. On average, you can expect to save more than £75 per hectare on the main farm inputs.
Boost your business with our strategic purchasing approach to procurement, including successful forward purchasing schemes for fuel and agrochemicals. Our specialist buyers are recruited from the industry that they represent and because they carefully follow the markets, they are well placed to help you make informed decisions.
We save you time by simplifying your administration and delivering the help you need when making a purchase. In short, we free you up from spending time in the office so you can get on with farming.
Grow your business by becoming one of our approved suppliers. With access to thousands of key decision makers, who collectively purchase about 10% of the country's agricultural inputs through our group, the sky is the limit.
From global enterprises to local producers
Our ethos of 'working together' underlines the value which we place on strong relationships with you, our supply base. We work with more than 1,900 suppliers of all sizes, from global enterprises to local producers, ranging across most business sectors from agro-chemicals and fuel to telecoms and even white goods.
You deal directly with our team of professional buyers, who use their expertise to advise members on a daily basis.