14 independent ag retailers form alliance with Australian counterparts

Driven by consolidation in the crop input sector, 14 independent ag retailers in Western Canada are joining forces with a group of crop input suppliers in Australia.

AgLink Canada’s formation was announced in Saskatoon on Friday, along with a strategic and commercial alliance with AgLink Australia. The collective of Canadian suppliers includes seven independent retailers in Saskatchewan, four in Manitoba, and three in Alberta.

AgLink Australia, originally formed in 1986, includes 16 independent retailers in Australia holding an estimated market share of $1.2 billion AUD.

AgLink Canada’s 14 members will have immediate access to all intellectual property, management systems, governance models and related know-how as part of this alliance.

Bill Dowdle, CEO of AgLink in Australia for the past eleven and a half years, is moving to Canada to serve as CEO. Dennis Belani, CEO of The Rack, has been elected chairman of AgLink Canada’s board of directors.

The 14 initial members include:

  • In Alberta: Agro Plus Inc at Lethbridge, Agro Plus Solutions Ltd at Dunmore, and McEwens Fuels and Fertilizers at Fort Saskatchewan;
  • In Saskatchewan: The Rack Petroleum Ltd at Biggar, Aylsham Agro at Aylsham, Emerge Ag Solutions Inc at Eston, Agri Team Services Inc at Glaslyn, Orchard Transport Ltd at Delisle, Veikle Agro Ltd at Cut Knife, and Clearview Agro Ltd at Foam Lake;
  • In Manitoba: Ag Advantage at Marquette, Redfern Farm Services Ltd at Brandon, Jackson Seeds Ltd. at Inglis and Jonair Ltd. at Portage La Prairie;

Listen to Bill Dowdle, CEO of AgLink Canada, discuss their formation and the reasons why these 14 members chose to form the alliance:

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