Founder  John Cressy

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John Cressy had been working as an animal feed merchant specialising in brewer's grains for some years before and during the Second World War and in 1945 at the age of 81 he incorporated Cressy's Grains Limited ("Cressy's"). During those early years Cressy's obtained their supplies from Wilsons brewery in Newton Heath, Manchester, British Vinegars in Longsight, Manchester and the Whitbread brewery in Stockport. Their customer base covered Cheshire and parts of North Staffordshire. In those days the grains were shovelled by hand out of the mash tun and also off the lorry on farm with no. 8 aluminium shovels.



It is over 70 years since John Cressy started the business and over that time there have been many challenges and changes. Many breweries over that time have been closed and 1989 saw the Beer Orders Act, which started the movement which has largely split the brewers and pub estates. On the farm customer side in the last thirty years there has been the imposition of Milk Quotas in 1984, Milk Marketing Deregulation in 1994, BSE, Foot and Mouth in 2001 and the end of farm subsidies with the introduction of Single Farm Payments in 2006.



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Cressy's has had to adapt to these changing circumstances and now operates over a much larger area covering most of the Midlands and the North West. From its base in Alderley Edge, Cressy's now obtain supplies from 3 breweries belonging to regional, national and international brewery groups and delivers to over 500 customers with its own fleet of in-house maintained tipper vehicles. The company sells around 50,000 tonnes of brewers grains. 10,000 tonnes of other moist co-products and dry feed are also sold annually through it's sister company Cressy's Feeds ltd. The company also undertakes around 25,000 tonnes of haulage work for other companies every year. As a specialist brewer's grains merchant the company handles about 40% of the available supply in its area of operation.



In 1983 it was decided for investment reasons to form a holding company and Cressy's Grains (Holdings) Limited now owns the shares of Cressy's Grains Limited. The business is, however, still family owned. Since it was formed, in addition to monitoring the activities of Cressy's Grains Limited, Cressy's Grains (Holdings) Limited has made a number of successful investments and has built up a portfolio, which now has a net worth of around 2m. This has added significantly to the equity strength of the business. In 1999 Cressy's Feeds Limited was formed to handle and promote moist co-products (other than brewers grains) and dried feeds.



Christopher Green (Transport) and Neil Stubbs (Feed Sales) are Joint Managing Directors. Philip Green FCA (Chairman) and Janice Wood (Finance Director) are assisted by Duncan Chadderton LLB in his professional capacity as a non-executive director. For Accounting, Sales and Vehicle Maintenance there are a further two members of staff together with seven drivers. The CPC qualification for National Road Haulage Operations is held by two directors. The directors of our Holding Company 'Cressy's Grains (Holdings) Limited' consist of Philip Green FCA (Chairman), Christopher Green, Jill Eastwood MSc, and Susan Green.

A number of the Directors have been associated with Cressys for over 30 years.



Cressy's are active members of the BFBi (Brewing, Food & Beverage Industry Suppliers Association) which has over many years played an invaluable role in addressing industry requirements and concerns. In the late 1990's the BFBi Committee brought out it's own assurance scheme for its members to follow and this resulted in the UFAS (AIC) Code. Cressy's are now subject to an annual quality control audit and holds an accreditation certificate, which is now considered mandatory for the retail milk traceability inspections carried out on farm. Also the BFBi Committee has, for example, sponsored books ("Co-product Feeds" which has now sold in 37 countries), produced farm storage pamphlets and campaigned with organisations such as the BBPA against the application of the waste regulations to moist feeds including brewer's grains. Unlike some of its competitors, Cressy's sells in the main "directly to farm" and obviously has its own sales marketing strategies, which include farm visits by sales representatives, technical assistance, advertising and promotional literature etc.




Cressy's name is well known as a specialist supplier of brewer's grains and due to its size and experience is able to offer a "hands on service" to both the breweries and farmer customers. The company carefully monitors brewery outputs to keep the silos clear and ensure these areas are clean and tidy at all times. The company's transport manager visits all the brewery output sites at least every 4 months to ensure brewery production staff is happy with the service provided. To assist with brewery clearance, the company has in the past even made capital contributions to pay for brewery equipment where there is an obvious benefit to both parties. Again, in the past, because the company runs its own transport it has been able to dispatch a spare vehicle straight away and leave it on site to accommodate emergencies such as broken discharge pipes etc.


The farmer customer is, of course, very important indeed and sales staff make regular calls on all the active customers and if there is a problem this is followed up immediately with a farm visit and usually resolved with the farmer customer straight away. Some of the customers have been taking grains supplied by Cressy's for many years and over several generations, which is an endorsement of the quality of service, which the company endeavours to provide. Cressy's therefore feels well placed to continue to offer a competitively priced service of a high standard to both the brewing and dairy farming industries.



Cressy's Grains Limited

Row of Trees Garage, Knutsford Road, Alderley Edge, Cheshire SK9 7SH

Tel: 01625 583599

Fax: 01625 585733


Registered Office

2nd Floor,

St George's House

Peter Street

Manchester, M2 3NQ

Registration Number 1683307( England)