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Great Yarmouth has long been a vital import/export hub and service centre for a wide range of agricultural and food-related products. Both Norfolk and nearby Suffolk are agricultural counties, with a significant number of farmers growing a broad range of produce and grain. Harvest - TwoPointOne Ltd


Gleadell
is a leading exporter of all grains, oilseeds and pulses, to markets in the European Union and further afield, and a significant supplier to UK millers, maltsters, feed compounders and other grain consumers. It is also the largest trader of organic grain in the UK. The company operates a state-of-the-art grain drying and storage facility next to the quay, and its fully mobile shiploader can load vessels up to 25,000 tonnes. 

The millionth tonne of grain to be exported through Gleadell’s deep-water port facility at Peel Ports Great Yarmouth was loaded in May 2016, underlining the port’s role as a strategic outlet for grain grown on East Anglian farms. This milestone came six years after Gleadell invested £5m to develop its export business in the port. Since then cargoes of wheat, barley, oilseed rape and pulses have departed to destinations across Europe and North Africa.

Pasta Foods celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014, although its history goes back further to its dedicated semolina mill next to the River Yare which dates back to the 19th century. The company is Britain’s leading manufacturer of dry pasta, which it supplies to producers of canned goods, salads, frozen and chilled ready meals, snacks and meal accompaniments. It is also a world leader in the production of snack pellets, which are supplied to snack manufacturers. It supplies the UK market and exports its products to customers in 40 countries worldwide.

Bunn Fertiliser Ltd was founded in Great Yarmouth in 1816; it remains a major user of the port today and has a number of other fertiliser terminals strategically located around the UK. Bunn is part of the US group Koch Fertilizer. Bunn supplies a full range of granular straight or blended fertilisers, as well as liquid fertilisers. Because its blending facilities use a wide range of raw materials, it is able to create custom-blended granular fertiliser to meet the specific requirements of crop and soil.

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