Pair for potato export winner

10 January 1997

Pair for potato export winner

INNOVATIVE new ventures and seed sales to yet more new markets helped Scottish exporter Gordon and Innes win the PMB-sponsored FFB Potato Exporter of the Year award for a second time.

The Elgin-based company has shown a strong commitment to exports, which currently account for 39% of its business – an increase of 5% from last year – and made sales to six new markets, bringing its total customer base to 28 countries.

Among the developments which earned the company its title were a new laboratory testing facility to monitor seed health, five new packing lines, and the first seed-cutting machine in Scotland. The latter will allow the company to meet demand for cut seed in the Mediterranean.

Other innovations in the year included the establishment of a hobby breeding programme to develop better varieties and the formation of an Asian subsidiary in Thailand. Private ownership has allowed such innovation, says G&Is Alistair Roy.

lThere was a special commendation for Agrolon for its long-term commitment and consistently high achievement as a ware and seed exporter. Overseas sales accounted for 83% of the companys business last year, backed by substantial seed production specifically for export. &#42

Alistair Roy of Gordon and Innes – winner of the 1996 FFB Potato Exporter of the Year title.

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