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The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Etbusiness - By JOHN KRALEVICH www.pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

SUC­CESS­FUL firm QV Foods has sig­nif­i­cantly strength­ened its grower base with the ac­qui­si­tion of Scot­tish potato pack­ing busi­ness Tay pack Pota­toes.

be op­er­ated by the Lin­colnshire packer and pro­ces­sor, en­sur­ing continuity to ex­ist­ing cus­tomers and sup­pli­ers.

Based in Hol­beach Hurn, near Spald­ing, QV Foods packs and pro­cesses fresh pota­toes from grow­ing re­gions across the UK, in­clud­ing a huge area of Lin­colnshire and East­ern Eng­land, for the su­per­mar­ket, whole­sale and food ser­vice sec­tors.

From very hum­ble be­gin­nings, it has de­vel­oped into a £130 mil­lion turnover op­er­a­tion which has grown sub­stan­tially in the last two years.

Sales and mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor Simon Martin said the Scot­tish ac­qui­si­tion gives the firm the AWARD WIN­NER: Simon Martin, cen­tre right, and QV Foods busi­ness devel­op­ment man­ager Kevin Woods re­ceive the Re:fresh Pro­ces­sor of the Year award from Tunde Dazco, of spon­sor MVS Food­ser­vices, far right, and this year’s Re:fresh Awards host Quentin Will­son. Inset: TV’s Greg Wal­lace with one of QV’s prod­ucts. op­por­tu­nity to ex­pand.

He said: “This ac­qui­si­tion rep­re­sents a sig­nif­i­cant piece in the Bri­tish potato sup­ply jig­saw for us and will en­hance our ser­vice to our ex­ten­sive cus­tomer base.

“For QV, this is an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to es­tab­lish a base in an im­por­tant potato grow­ing area in Scot­land. It will also ben­e­fit the ex­ist­ing QV Foods potato grower base by re­in­forc­ing our com­mit­ment to sup­ply­ing the very best pota­toes through­out the do­mes­tic pro­duc­tion sea­son.”

Tay­pack grows 800 acres of its own pota­toes and has a grower net­work with a fur­ther 4,000 acres in the re­gion sup­ply­ing into its Inch­ture grad­ing and pack­ing fa­cil­i­ties. The vast ma­jor­ity of pota­toes are bought within a 50-mile ra­dius of Inch­ture, and pota­toes are grown in some of the best soils in An­gus, Perthshire and Fife. With Scot­land’s abun­dance of wa­ter and cooler tem­per­a­tures, it has be­come a key area of the UK to grow top qual­ity pota­toes in re­cent years.

The op­por­tu­nity to de­velop new busi­ness on the site is wel­comed by the di­rec­tors of both com­pa­nies.

Simon said: “The sup­port of the en­larged team and ad­di­tional fa­cil­i­ties will en­able QV Scot­land to con­tinue to pro­vide an ex­cel­lent ser­vice to ex­ist­ing cus­tomers of both busi­nesses, and we look for­ward to work­ing with our ex­tended Scot­tish sup­ply base and new cus­tomers to en­hance our ser­vice de­liv­ery and cre­ate new op­por­tu­ni­ties to­gether.

“This re­ally is a win-win deal,” he said. “We have seen the way our busi­ness was trans­formed af­ter we pur­chased MBM Pota­toes last year and buy­ing Tay­pack Pota­toes is the next step for­ward for us, as we pur­sue our ob­jec­tive of be­ing the in­dus­try leader in Bri­tish potato pack­ing and pro­cess­ing for the re­tail, whole­sale, pro­cess­ing, in­dus­trial and food ser­vice sec­tors.”

Tay­pack, cen­tred around a pur­pose-built fac­tory near Dundee,

will REAP­ING RE­WARDS: Simon Martin, sales and mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor of QV Foods, shows off two of his fresh fruit prod­uct lines in a field of pota­toes near the firm’s base in Hol­beach, Lin­colnshire.

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