AB Agri acquires dairy industry specialists

Kite Consulting is a Staffordshire-based dairy specialist, working across the food supply chain, from farmers and food processors right through to retailers.

The agriculture division of Associated British Foods, Ab Agri said Kite’s “highly talented and capable team​” is well regarded across the sector, particularly for its technical and business consultancy service, which supports dairy farmers to improve the efficiency of their business and herd.

Both companies will complement AB Agri’s existing dairy business, it added.

“Kite Consulting’s change management work is focused on building business resilience across the agri-food supply chain. It also supports the industry in its ambition to become more sustainable, including working towards reducing the carbon footprint of dairy production. Advance Sourcing provides specialist products that help create value for its clients by improving a herd’s performance.”

There will be no change to the management of Kite Consulting and Advance Sourcing and the businesses will continue to operate on a standalone basis offering independent advice and product sourcing. “It is very much business as usual.”

Kite managing partner, John Allen, said the development would enable the company to further grow and develop the business, creating additional value for its clients. “Both businesses are fully committed to the dairy sector and have a united vision for the future – one that sees the dairy industry continue to meet the nutritional needs of consumers in a responsible way. As such, this next step will be a catalyst for Kite and Advance to embark on a new chapter, resulting in accelerated growth of our business and even stronger support for the dairy industry.”


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