News on The Potato Supply Chain from United Kingdom

Farmers will use special rigs to help train the robot AI
January 07, 2024

Farmers are being called on to help train robots to spot slugs and the damage they cause to arable crops.

The ground-breaking trial, set to start in the spring, will equip the 'Slug Sleuths' with special rigs designed to improve the complex machine-learning algorithms used to identify the slimy pests.
Grimme UK announces new deals for the new year
January 02, 2024

Grimme UK announces new deals for the new year

The UK’s leading farm machinery manufacturer has started the new year by launching several new money-saving promotions.
Grimme Toppa 600
December 17, 2023

Grimme UK introduces the German-made Toppa 600

Grimme UK is to introduce a new German-made three-bed folding haulm topper in time for 2024's potato harvest.
Tim Rooke, Potato Policy Group chair at National Farmers' Union (NFU)
December 10, 2023

National Farmers Union (UK): Potato supply chain needs a pragmatic approach

Hear from National Farmers' Union (NFU) Potato Policy Group chair Tim Rooke in the aftermath of one of the most challenging lifting seasons he has faced.
Marcus Palmer, Manager Owner at MJP Supplies, Algifol at BP23
November 27, 2023

Biostimulant Field Trial Results Impress British Potato Visitors

A biostimulant brand that made its debut at this year's British Potato impressed show visitors with the results of three recent field trials.
Enigma research helps growers tackle wireworm damage
October 31, 2023

Enigma research helps potato growers tackle wireworm damage

The Fera-led R&D project, Enigma I, is reporting impressive results halfway through its investigation into sustainable wireworm control – a pest issue causing significant annual yield losses in root vegetable and salad crops.
Farmers in the United Kingdom warn of rotting crops after Storm Babet flooding
October 26, 2023

UK farmers warn of rotting crops after Storm Babet flooding

Potato and cereal crops are likely to have been heavily damaged by the recent devastating floods across the United Kingdom, farmers have warned.
Wayne Mansfield Mash production manager at Branston
October 19, 2023

UK potato supplier Branston to open state-of-the-art facility for mashed potato spring 2024

United Kingdom potato supplier Branston has announced it is opening a mashed potato facility to produce and supply leading UK supermarkets with the prepared family favourite starting in spring 2024.
Crop Systems Limited launches SmartSola for optimal using of home-generated energy
October 19, 2023

Crop Systems Limited launches SmartSola, enabling optimal use of home-generated energy in your potato store

Crop Systems Limited’s 'SmartSola' system is an innovation launched at exactly the right time. The system enables users to make optimal use of their use of home-generated energy in their potato storage.
GB Potatoes appoints Scott Walker as its new CEO
October 05, 2023

Former NFU chief commits to give British potato industry a voice

Former Chief Executive of NFU Scotland, Scott Walker, has been appointed as the new part-time CEO for GB Potatoes.
Antti Kuusisto, chairman of Luonnosta Finland and Phil Rayner, Manager of Luonnosta UK
October 02, 2023

Luonnosta Finland Oy establishes a subsidiary in the United Kingdom

Luonnosta Finland Oy and Phil Rayner announced the establishment of Luonnosta UK Ltd. Luonnosta’s strategy for several years has been to develop international business and strengthen networks worldwide.
Harry Tinson, General Manager at HarvestEye
September 27, 2023

Ag sensor company HarvestEye appoints Harry Tinson as its new general manager

Crop Insights tool HarvestEye has announced the appointment of Harry Tinson as its new general manager, bringing to the team expertise in global B2B sales from across the engineering and transport sectors.
A good season for Jersey Royals, but at what cost? (Courtesy: David Ferguson)
September 21, 2023

A good season for Jersey Royals, but at what cost?

Jersey Potato exporters were able to negotiate a better price from UK supermarkets this year to help cover rising costs but blight and poor weather meant it was still a difficult season.
Benedikt Cramer Managing Director at Restrain
September 18, 2023

Restrain appoints Benedikt Cramer as new Managing Director

Restrain, the world’s leading provider of ethylene-based sprout control solutions, has announced the appointment of Dr. Benedikt Cramer as its new Managing Director, while current MD Dirk Garos will take up the new role of Strategic Director.
Seed potato export from Scotland to Northern Ireland to resume starting September 30
September 16, 2023

Seed potato export from Scotland to Northern Ireland to resume starting September 30

Gordon MP Richard Thomson has welcomed confirmation from DEFRA that exports of seed potatoes from Scotland to Northern Ireland can restart from September 30, but has reacted with disbelief that the UK Government hasn’t raised the issue of exports to the EU since March.
Bauer introduces new E-series reel irrigators
September 12, 2023

Bauer introduces new E-series reel irrigators

New E-series reel irrigators from Bauer have several improved features to make operation and maintenance easier while maintaining the product’s outstanding reputation for strength, performance and durability
B-hive Innovations collaborates on groundbreaking TuberTurgor project to reduce potato bruising and waste
August 22, 2023

B-hive Innovations collaborates on groundbreaking TuberTurgor project to reduce potato bruising and waste

B-hive Innovations, a cutting-edge, agri-tech research and development business is embarking on a new collaborative programme that aims to reduce the risk of potato bruising and develop technologies that could reduce supermarket waste.
Seaweed biostimulant Algifol to Debut at British Potato 2023
August 16, 2023

From ocean to potato fields: Seaweed biostimulant Algifol to make waves at British Potato Show

A biostimulant brand that is increasingly popular with potato growers will make its debut at this year’s British Potato show in Harrogate. Algifol, which is a seaweed-based biostimulant, will be on stand 123A in Hall 1 at the November event.

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