Waste to winner

Salad days for un­wanted spuds

Tasmanian Country - - NEWS - ROGER HAN­SON

IT has taken more than two years and al­most $1 mil­lion but a Mar­ion Bay potato oper­a­tion is now is crack­ing a na­tional mar­ket for pota­toes not pretty enough for re­tail sales.

Ger­ard and Susie Daly have suc­ceeded in their quest to add value to less-than-per­fect­look­ing pota­toes that would have been turfed out and fed to cows.

Now those spuds are be­ing turned into tasty sal­ads at a new plant at Sorell. They will be stocked at Wool­worths, start­ing in its Tas­ma­nian stores, and sold un­der the ban­ner Daly Potato Com­pany.

The Dalys grow pota­toes on their 140ha Du­nal­ley farm, which boasts sandy soils. They use the Nicola va­ri­ety be­cause of its boil­ing qual­i­ties. About 20 bins or about five tonnes of pota­toes a week are used.

“We just started and the early re­sponse is amaz­ing, it’s a dream come true to fi­nally get to this point,’’ Mrs Daly said.

“I hate waste and have been on a quest to elim­i­nate waste.”

The Dalys also dis­til vodka from pota­toes that don’t make the grade for re­tail.

Pro­duc­tion man­ager and for­mer chef Rus­sell Crook worked with Ho­bart food sci­en­tist Hazel MacTav­ish-West to de­velop the range.

“We are hir­ing new staff and look­ing to put on about 10 peo­ple as pro­duc­tion scales up,” Mr Crook said.

“As we progress we will start adding new lines, for ex­am­ple mashed potato dur­ing winter.”

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