“This is an excellent opportunity to expand our relationship with Southern States and increase our animal feed business in the eastern U.S.,” says Chris Policinski, president and CEO of Land O’Lakes Inc.

The proposed acquisition reinforces a commitment by both parties to help their customers continue to compete with industry-leading products and services in an era of industry consolidation.

“We are looking forward to engaging with the Southern States members and customers to understand their needs,” says Beth Ford, group executive vice president and chief operating officer of Land O’Lakes Inc. “We plan to provide uninterrupted access to the Southern States-branded products customers trust for their animals, and we will work every day to deliver the quality, innovation and expertise they expect of us.”

“We are pleased with the opportunities this partnership with a fellow cooperative brings to Southern States,” says Jeff Stroburg, president and CEO of Southern States Cooperative. “Our members will continue to receive the same level of service from our retail locations while benefitting from Land O’Lakes’ feed business, Purina Animal Nutrition, and their knowledge and experience in manufacturing the quality feed our customers expect.”

The purchase is expected to be completed in January 2017.  end mark


—From Land O’Lakes Inc. and Southern States Cooperative Inc. news release