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PGG Wrightson moves into fuel distribution

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PGG Wrightson moves into fuel distribution

Clients of nationwide rural business specialist PGG Wrightson now have the opportunity to buy fuel through the company.

General manager of rural supplies Grant Bunting said PGG Wrightson has signed a South Island distribution agreement with bulk fuel supplier Southfuels and the two companies have established a new joint venture, Northfuels, to provide the same service in the North Island.

“When we asked our clients how we could improve the range of products PGG Wrightson provides, they told us farmers want a reliable bulk fuel service, delivering on-farm, on time with the ease of charging through their existing account. This arrangement with Southfuels enables us to do that throughout the country.

“While we have had the capacity to supply petrol and diesel in the past, having our own distribution network, where we can control the service levels, is a new development. What we now have is a dedicated distribution system for fuel, which extends our range to cover every significant input required by a typical primary producer.

“Farmers procuring fuel through PGG Wrightson are now able to organise the transaction through one phone call, with costs incorporated into their regular account with us. This is easier and more convenient both in terms of delivery and payment,” he said.

Managing director of privately owned Christchurch based Southfuels, Lance King, said the arrangement was a good one for his company.

“A typical farm might use 10,000 to 15,000 litres of fuel per annum, depending on the farm type, while farms with diesel-powered irrigation pumps might use up to 50,000 litres. PGG Wrightson has more than 90,000 clients across New Zealand.

“The opportunity to reach those clients is an excellent one. We have comprehensive networks of tankers covering the whole of the South and North Islands and the capacity to be highly responsive to our clients’ fuel requirements. We believe, in partnership with PGG Wrightson, we can provide the reliability and personalised service that farmers demand,” he said

Southfuels was established in 2006, taking over the South Island rural supply business of Shell.


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