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AGRO Merchants Group to Acquire The Sawyers Group

Carlos Rodriguez, President of AGRO Merchants Group Europe said, “Sawyers is a family-owned business with an impressive drive, outstanding culture and customer service focus. We are honored to welcome Sawyers into our network. Sawyers will reinforce AGRO’s position in Ireland and the UK, combining their full distribution capabilities with Castlecool’s current footprint. This will allow us to extend our reach and support customers’ needs in conjunction with our European, U.S. and South American operations.”

Derek Sawyers, Managing Director of Sawyers stated, “We are proud to become part of the AGRO Merchants family. Their business philosophy and hands-on approach will allow our team to continue to focus on customer responsiveness and quality of service. We have interacted with the AGRO management and portfolio companies for more than nine months and believe that their culture and platform, combined capabilities, and expansion plans for Ireland and the UK will add significant value to our customers.” Derek and the Sawyers team will continue to oversee all aspects of the company.

The Sawyers Group is a family owned company, based in Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland providing premium chilled and frozen distribution throughout Ireland, the UK and Europe. Sawyers subsidiaries and JVs include: Sawyers Transport Limited, Woolsey Freight Limited, Sawyers Distribution Limited, Ballykeel Freight Limited, Sawyers Logistics Limited, Annesborough Cold Storage Limited, Sawyers Transport Ireland Limited and Browne Logistics Ireland Limited. Over the past 15 years, the group has expanded their service offering to support the food industry, which includes freight forwarding, warehousing, cold storage and value added services like automated crate washing, order picking, etc. The Sawyers Group infrastructure includes a sophisticated transportation fleet and six operating facilities. The company also utilizes a number of additional locations as part of their distribution network. Group certifications include BRC Storage & Distribution, EC approval, ISO 14001 and 9001 in progress.