We have worked with many of our overseas growers for over 30 years; these long standing relationships have been built through the generations.
We buy from different countries depending on the market needs in the UK.
From France, Holland and Belgium, we purchase good skin finish varieties such as Melody for the retail sector, when UK supplies are short. We also buy salad and chipping varieties when UK supplies have been exhausted, from these countries.
which are available when they are “best in season”. This variety is very popular with the wholesale markets.
which are seasonal and again are very popular with the wholesale markets.
which are packed for our retail customers. Potatoes grown in these warmer climates have super irrigation systems in place.
We export potatoes suitable for retailers (those with good washing quality). These potatoes are exported to countries where there may be a shortage of stock.
For Europe, all potatoes are shipped in 1 tonne jumbo bags and go by road. The Canary Islands, Middle Eastern and Asian countries have their potatoes packed in 20kg – 25kg paper sacks and hessian bags. They are then shipped in temperature controlled containers.
Exports to Europe are driven by shortages. Other countries such as the Canary Islands don’t have the quality required and so buy from the UK.
The most common varieties that we ship overseas are the same varieties used by our UK retailers, including Melody, Estima, Orchestra and Marfona.