Northumberland maltster extends reach north of the border to secure 200,000 tonnes of extra grain storage

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Simpsons Malt has fulfilled a long-held ambition with its acquisition of a major grain merchant based in Scotland

The Berwick-based firm has acquired the grain merchanting business of W N Lindsay Ltd for an undisclosed sum.

The acquisition sees Simpsons Malt operate four of its stores in Scotland within a new subsidiary company which retains the name of W N Lindsay Ltd.

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The four stores, which are situated at Gladsmuir in East Lothian, Stracathro in Angus, Keith in Morayshire, and Sidlaw in Perthshire, will provide more than 200,000 tonnes of extra in-house grain storage, enhancing traceability and sustainability for both the grower and end user.

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Simpsons Malt were supported in the negotiation and delivery of this strategic acquisition by corporate lawyers Matthew Walsh and Sara Worsick at Muckle LLP. Tax and financial due diligence advice was provided by David Ward and Paul Kaiser at UNW.

The acquisition follows the company’s announcement that it had entered into an agreement to acquire 40 acres of land in Rothes, Speyside, where it intends to build a state-of-the-art maltings with malting barley storage facilities, increasing its number of sites in the UK from two to three.

Tim McCreath, managing director of Simpsons Malt, said: “W N Lindsay Ltd is an established, well-known family business with an excellent reputation in Scottish and UK agriculture and we are delighted to have the opportunity to acquire its grain merchanting business.

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“All suppliers within the cereal supply chain are increasingly accountable to the end user and even the consumer – particularly on product traceability and sustainability – and as a pivotal buyer of malting barley and supplier of malt, we are ideally placed to play a leading role in improving supply chain management for the benefit of our growers, as well as our distilling and brewing customers.

“W.N. Lindsay Ltd’s people and infrastructure will complement our own and, together with our ongoing investment in business systems and processes, this acquisition will be a positive step for the entire cereal and malt supply chain.”

Andrew Lindsay, managing director of W N Lindsay Ltd, added: “I believe Simpsons Malt’s vision for the future aligns closely to that of our colleagues, suppliers and customers.”

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