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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.