Banging the drum for British potatoes

Potato Council, Horticultural Development Company and Commercial Horticultural Association will fly the flag for British quality in Berlin


Following last year’s successful first-time collaboration by the British potato and horticulture sector at Fruit Logistica, the Potato Council, Horticultural Development Company (HDC) and Commercial Horticultural Association (CHA) return to Berlin next month, to build their promotion of seed potatoes from Britain and raise the profile of the diversity and quality of UK horticultural crops.

Visitors to the UK stand can meet Potato Council’s seed and export and HDC’s horticultural teams and talk with experts from Potato Council’s internationally-renowned crop storage facility, Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research, who will be on hand with expert storage advice from February 5 to 7.

Plant health officials from the Scottish Government’s Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture exhibit officially for the first time, to discuss plant health and seed export topics.

HDC will be in attendance once again to bring UK horticulture to the fore and raise awareness among visitors of the diversity, availability and breadth of the horticultural crops grown in Britain.

Leading researchers, seed breeders and exporters return, including Mylnefield Research Services Ltd, leaders in plant breeding, plant pathology and diagnostics, agronomy and physiology.

Also attending will be Caithness Potatoes, who grow seed in Scotland, within the EU Community Grade region. Caithness Potatoes have grown and sold potatoes for generations, with international customers in different market places, providing high-specification seed and varieties.

Newcomer to Fruit Logistica, Skea Organics add to the growing number of seed potato and vegetable exhibitors on the UK stand. Run by Andrew Skea, this thriving seed and ware potato and vegetable business in Scotland supplies companies around the UK, Europe and worldwide.

Andrew said: “Each year we extend our varieties and have a wide range of heritage and speciality potato varieties with long histories and exclusive characteristics.

“Although Skea Organics supply many large organisations and seed sellers, we are a family business and we are always pleased to discuss varieties and customers’ needs, large or small. I’m looking forward to participating on the UK stand at Fruit Logistica to meet new contacts and customers”

If you would like to learn more about seed potatoes and horticultural produce from the UK, visit the British stand (Hall 8.2; stand A-07) to meet key producers, exporters, technical and crop storage experts to discuss industry developments and your business requirements.


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