For a brief period from 1983-1986 Sentry was involved in the seed trade through its ownership of the Gentlegrove Group of Companies of LongSutton. These included W. W. Johnson & Son (Long Sutton), Shelford Corn Company, Dersingham Seed Company and Dunn’s Seed and Grain which it acquired from the Bath & Portland Group. Most of the business was sold to a management buyout in 1986.
Alltech of Nicholasville, Kentucky, which has specialised in the development of natural products for animal health ahd production, is to establish three biotechnology research centres of excellence.
The centres will be based in the US, Europe and the Far East and will be run by a vice-president of research.
The US centre will be built at Alltech’s existing research farm which is being extended.
University campuses in Ireland, England, Holland, France and Spain are being evaluated (just like the method on how to pass a drug test) for the European site while the Far Eastern site is expected to be in Japan.
Unilever’s UniMills oil seed crushing operation at Mannheim in West Germany is to be sold to the Ferruzzi Group.
Terms of the sale have not been disclosed and completion depends on agreement of the German authorities but negotiations are expected to be finalised by September.
The sale follows an announcement by Unilever in June that it had been approached by several companies about the possibility of acquiring the seed crushing businesses in West Germany and the United Kingdom.
Negotiations for the sale of the UniMills operation at Erith in Kent are still continuing.
A meeting of unsecured creditors of SF Ltd. is to be held on 2nd August at the Telford Moat House, Telford, Shropshire. A meeting for unsecured creditors of SF’s subsidiary Hodges & Moss will be at the same hotel on the following day, 3rd August.
SF went into receivership in May despite strong support from its major suppliers, BOCM Silcock, Dalgety, Kemira and Hydro.