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The Co-operative Farms

Farmcare Trading Ltd
Industry Farming, Wholesale
Founded 1896
Headquarters England and Scotland
Key people
Richard Quinn
(Chief executive)
Products Food
Number of employees
Parent Wellcome Trust
Formerly part of the Co-operative Group.

Farmcare Trading Limited is the largest United Kingdom.[1][2] It traded as The Co-operative Farms while a subsidiary of The Co-operative Group until it was sold to the Wellcome Trust in 2014.


The first farm was acquired at Roden, Shropshire in 1896 in order to supply potatoes to local societies' stores.[3] By 1918, the then Co-operative Wholesale Society already farmed a total of 32,648 acres (13,212 ha) across England.[4]

Following the merger of CWS and Co-operative Retail Services in 2001, CWS Agriculture became Farmcare Limited.[5] It was rebranded as The Co-operative Farms in 2007.

On 4 August 2014, the business was sold to the [7]

See also


  1. ^ Registered under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965, No. 28966R
  2. ^
  3. ^ The foundations The Co-operative Farms (retrieved 21 August 2009)
  4. ^ The war years The Co-operative Farms (retrieved 21 August 2009)
  5. ^ Mutuals Public Register Financial Services Authority (retrieved 21 August 2009)
  6. ^ Wellcome Trust acquires the Co-operative Group's farms business for £249 million
  7. ^

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