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Industry sponsorship tops US$310,000 in support of World Potato Congress 2012

 World Potato Congress 2012
December 20, 2011
Organisers of the 2012 World Potato Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland next year have released the names of the first 13 commercial sponsors responsible for over US$230,000-worth of industry support for what promises to be a “highly successful, industry-wide event”.

Rob Clayton, director of organiser the Potato Council (GB), says another three, as yet un-named sponsors have agreed verbally to support the triennial congress, taking sponsorship raised ahead of the May 2012 event to US$310,000. Further organisations have started discussions with his sales team, he claims.

“We’re about 75% of the way towards our sponsorship target but still have opportunities for commercial organisations to become involved. The business case for sponsoring the global event is clear for companies keen to put their products and services in front of both British and international delegates,” he says. “Twenty twelve is going to be a big year for the potato industry around the world, not just because scientists have sequenced the potato genome but because environmental, food security and dietary pressures are all rising up the potato agenda as world populations increase.

“At WPC2012 we have big speakers with big opinions talking to delegates representing a big industry. We anticipate a highly successful, industry-wide event with an active take-away action plan resulting for all sectors of the industry. I’m very confident that sponsors, speakers and delegates alike will benefit from their participation in what I see as a truly unique event,” he concludes.

WPC2012 commercial sponsors that have signed contracts are: Bayer Crop Science;Albert Bartlett &Sons;Irish Potato Marketing;DuPont;Cygnet Potato Breeders;R.J. Herbert Engineering;Caithness Potato Breeders;Solana, Makhteshim Agan Industries;Transportbandenfabriek E A Broekema;Agraquest;Haith;and Odenberg.

Full details on remaining sponsorships

Source: World Potato Congress
Companies in this Article
Bayer CropScience is with annual sales of about EUR 5.8 billion one of the world's leading innovative cropscience companies in the area of crop protection (Crop Protection), non agricultural pest-control (Environmental Science), seeds and plant biotechnology (BioScience).
Albert Bartlett is Britain's leading grower and packer of potatoes.
IPM Potato Group Limited, formerly known as "Irish Potato Marketing Limited" (IPM) is a seed potato company in Ireland and the largest exporter of protected varieties from the UK. IPM is a subsidiary of Donegal Investment Group plc
Herbert Engineering is a British manufacturer of handling equipment. Herberts offers a full range of potato handling solutions for growers, packers and processors. Products include optical sorting of potatoes.
Odenberg is a provider of solutions for (steam) peeling, sorting, freezing and chilling. Now part of TOMRA Sorting Solutions Food.
AHDB Potatoes (formerly known as Potato Council) is a public body working on behalf of potato growers and purchasers to promote British potatoes.
Haith Group design & manufacture potato handling systems for packers and processors including bulk intake, washing, de-stoning, polishing, peeling lines, mobile washing systems and waste water treatments.
Solana GmbH &Co. KG is the exclusive sales organisation for SaKa Pflanzenzucht GmbH & Co KG, one of the leading private plant breeding enterprises producing high quality seed potatoes in Germany.