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U.K. Grain Trade Interrupted by Winter Weather, Gleadell Says

U.K. grain collection and deliveries were interrupted by “extreme” winter weather, cereals and oilseed trader Gleadell Agriculture Ltd. said.

“The extensive and prolonged wintry weather has meant that some farms are inaccessible, and many grain lorries are caught up and delayed in many regions,” the Gainsborough, England-based company said in a statement on its website today.

The U.K. Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for most of the country because of “bitterly cold” temperatures and snow showers. More than 10 centimeters (4 inches) of snow has fallen in southeast England and more than 50 centimeters in parts of northeast England and Scotland, it said.

The weather caused some suppliers and customers to declare force majeure, a clause invoked when a company can’t meet contractual obligations because of circumstances outside of its control, Gleadell said. That will allow for an extension of contract periods, according to the trader.

“This is contractually correct in the current weather conditions,” Gleadell said. “Along with every other merchant, we are attempting to catch up with collections and deliveries as soon as possible.”

Gleadell, founded in 1880, is jointly owned by Hamburg, Germany-based grain trader Alfred C. Toepfer International GmbH and Paris-based InVivo. The company says it’s the U.K.’s third-largest buyer of cereals from farms.

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