AF is the largest agricultural purchasing group in the UK with a buying power in excess of £250 million, purchasing almost 1/10th of the UK`s key farm inputs. The group continues to grow, providing a highly-professional procurement service for more than 3,500 shareholder members who are collectively farming over a million hectares of land in the UK. With more than 50 years of experience working with farmer-members, AF`s expert buyers secure savings across an extensive portfolio of products and services and offer an unparalleled level of member service and administrative support. Our members can expect to make significant savings on the main farm inputs as well as a wide range of goods and services, from vehicles and building materials to telecommunications and animal health products. AF works to be an extension of your farm office, providing efficient purchasing to allow you to spend more time on farm.
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.
AF in numbers
Spend £250 million
Through 1,900 suppliers
With 480,000 invoices per year
(we process 40,000 invoices per month)
Each year we source:
1/10 of the UK's farm inputs
200,000 tonnes of fertiliser
10% of the UK's total agchem spend
More than 14,000 tonnes of cereal and pulse seeds
105,000 mt of feed
80 million litres of fuel
500 cars per year
£219 million worth of tyres
£8 million worth of building materials
We also manage:
14,000 mobile phone contracts
5,000 fixed lines
6,700 electricity sites
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.