Germicopa UK Ltd

Company:  Germicopa UK Ltd
Website:  www.germicopa.com
Description: Germicopa breeds potato varieties matching customers’ agronomic, industrial, culinary and environmental requirements from diversified genetic resources that are constantly enhanced.
Contact:  Warren Keyes
Email:  Email this member
Tel:  +44 7876 442287
Fax:  –
Address: 1 Wold View Road North
Driffield
East Yorkshire
YO25 6RP

David Burks

David Burks

David Burks is the Marketing Director and one of the founder Shareholder Members at Whole Crop Marketing Limited based in the East Riding of Yorkshire. He has previously been a senior potato buyer at E Park & Sons and before that a potato buyer at MBM Produce Ltd. David was co-opted to Council in October and immediately installed as Chair of its Ware Committee. David grew up on a mixed farm in the heart of the Yorkshire wold where his company now concentrates its large operation of seed production. He is married to Rebecca and they have two children Jacob (9) and Jessica (7). His interests include golf, shooting and gardening, taking over from the hole left by quitting Cricket and Rugby for Driffield 5 years ago.

Please contact David:
Email: db@wholecropmarketing.co.uk
Office:01377 217873

Miriam Doe

Miriam Doe

Miriam Doe began her career in the potato industry as a temporary seed potato growing crop inspector for the Scottish Government based in the Angus area while on summer holidays from University. Following graduation, she started full time employment at Greenvale AP in 2006 as a fieldsperson and in 2010 she became Seed QC Manager. In February 2015 Miriam moved to WCF Horticulture as seed buyer, purchasing approximately 3000 tonnes for the horticultural market.
When she is not working Miriam enjoys curling for Dunsinane Curling Club and training her horse with a view to entering competitions next year.
Miriam is Committee member of the Royal Highland Education Trust – a charity which promotes food and farming to school children. She is currently working on a new potato growing project for schools within Perth and Kinross.

To contact Miriam:

Tel: 01738 584109
Email: miriam@wcfhorticulture.co.uk

The Potato Link

Company:  The Potato Link
Website:  http://www.thepotatolink.com
Description: The trading of potatoes from farm to the wholesale market with the advantage of grading, packing and storing with logistics.
Contact:  Richard Taylor
Email:  Email this member
Tel:  07771 331256
Fax:
Address: 17 Oak Lane
Littleport
Ely
Cambridgeshire
CB6 1RS

 

BPTA AGM 2015

The BPTA AGM 2015 was held at SASA, Edinburgh on 1st July 2015 with 10 member companies in attendance and another 10 member companies voting by proxy. President Russ Kelsey welcomed Miriam Doe (WCF Horticulture Ltd) onto Council and paid tribute to Tony Barnes who has stepped down. The AGM approved all 3 motions – to accept the 2014-15 accounts; to re-appoint Henderson Loggie as the Association’s accountants and to maintain 2015-16 membership subscriptions at 2014-15 levels..

Russ Kelsey delivered his address to the AGM and a copy can be accessed by following the link below. Following the AGM John Speirs of the Scottish Government delivered a presentation on Plant Health. A copy of this presentation will be posted on the BPTA website shortly.

President’s AGM Report July 2015

President Russ Kelsey addresses AGM 2015 with Deputy Vice President Paul Wood BPTA members attending AGM 2015 John Speirs (Scottish Government) delivers his Plant Health presentation at BPTA AGM 2015

Jon Rooke

Jon Rooke

Jon Rooke – is the production manager for HZPC UK. Jon was brought up on the family farm in North Yorkshire. He went to Harper Adams to study Agriculture with crop management in 2003. Once qualified he started at Greenvale AP at Tern Hill in 2007 as a graduate and soon moved into managing there Own Growing operation in the West. After 6 years he moved back to Yorkshire and now manages HZPCs UK seed growers.

Jon lives in Kirkbymoorside with his wife Charlotte, who makes wedding cakes professionally (www.applecharlotte.co.uk) and his son Herbert (8 months). In his spare time he enjoys shooting and playing cricket.

Contact Jon

Jon.rooke@hzpc.com
07932065146

John Williams

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Greenseed International Ltd are seed and salad potato growers with a mini tuber operation in the Scottish Borders, early generation seed production in Northumberland and final generation seed production in Norfolk. Additionally we are growing salad potatoes across East Anglia and in Sussex. I am based near Cambridge.

I Chair the BPTA Seed Regulations Committee and represent the BPTA on the AHDB Treater Group and on the APHA Seed Potato Classification Taskforce.

To contact John:

Tel:  01638 742034
Fax:   01638 743431
Mobile:   07768 636388
Email: jw@spearheadgroup.co.uk

Graeme Prentice

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IPM Potato Group Ltd is an international leader in potato variety innovation and in the production, marketing and distribution of seed potatoes and is committed to delivering the best varieties for all potato customers: growers, processors, packers, retailers and consumers, through the supply of high quality seed at the start of the production chain.
Since joining IPM in 2002, Graeme has held various roles throughout the business from seed production, operations, logistics, business development and is currently responsibility for international licensing and UK commercial interests.
Graeme was elected to BPTA Council in 2010 and chaired the Export Committee before progressing to the Executive Committee in 2012 and taking office as the Association President in 2016.
A sports enthusiast, Graeme particularly likes curling and football and enjoys spending family time with his wife Nicola and son Sam.

To contact Graeme:

Email: graeme@ipmpotatoes.com

Graham Bennett

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Graham Bennett is a Director at Wolds Produce Ltd since 2012. Wolds market over 70,000 tonnes of potatoes each season from the processing to the packing market. Graham was previously Seed Development Manager and helped Wolds grow its seed potato portfolio to around 450 acres of high grade seed from mini tuber to commercial grade. On leaving school Graham served an apprenticeship as an Agricultural Engineer for an International Harvester dealership before finding a sure footing in sales.
He lives in his native North Yorkshire with his wife Beck and their 3 sons: George, Harry and Charlie where he enjoys mountain biking particularly in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park.

To contact Graham:

Email: graham.bennett@woldsproduce.co.uk

Colin Herron

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Colin Herron ( BPTA Past President 2008-2010) is General Manager of McCain Foods (GB) Ltd based at Pugeston, Montrose. Previously on the Council of SPTA, Colin succeeded John Bell (IPM Potato Group Ltd) as the second President of BPTA and immediately set about raising the profile of the new organization both at home and abroad.
Colin championed the BPTA’s membership of Europatat our European umbrella organization and spear-headed the BPTA’s hosting of Europatat’s prestige annual Congress in Edinburgh in May 2010 when the new constitution for the European potato trade organization was ratified.
Colin remains active in Europatat affairs through his chairing of its Technical & Regulatory Issues Commission.
Colin is married with two children and likes to keep himself fit by running and cycling.

Please contact Colin:

Email: ColinHe@mccain.co.uk

Russ Kelsey

 

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Russ is UK Sales Manager of Agrico UK Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Agrico Holland which is a Dutch farmer cooperative of some 800 members producing in excess of 360,000 tonnes of seed potatoes per year. Agrico is a global company with offices in the UK, Sweden, Poland, Slovenia, Canada and France, and has extensive agency networks across the world.

Russ is responsible for the sales of Agrico UK Ltd’s 50,000 tonnes of high grade seed potatoes to pre-packers, processors, seed merchants and branded operations worldwide.

Russ is also responsible for the successful introduction into the UK market of new and innovative Agrico varieties bred by sister company Agrico Research BV in Holland.

Russ has served on BPTA Council since its inception in 2008 being actively involved in its many Committees including Export and Education & Entertainment, progressing rapidly onto the Executive Committee and serving as BPTA President between 2014-2016.

A keen runner, Russ has completed many marathons raising a significant amount of money for various charities including – MacMillan, Cancer UK, British Heart Foundation & Help for Heroes. When he’s not running, Russ likes to pursue active mountain biking, hill climbing and shooting & fishing. A lover of the outdoors, he spends as much time as possible with his wife Diane & son Charlie & Alfie the Labrador enjoying the beautiful Scottish countryside.

Please contact Russ:

Tel.01307 840 789

Email: russkelsey@agrico.co.uk

Nigel Allam

Nigel Allam

I have spent 25 years in the potato industry, primarily as a producer in Herefordshire in the 90’s and noughties, then as a Director of an agri-business in East Anglia, where I worked for 10 years. I currently work in the seed potato industry, sourcing and supplying for ASDA through IPL.
My farming pedigree ensures my ‘grower interests’ remain to the fore, having operated on both sides of the fence.
I still live in Herefordshire, and operate my seed and consultancy business from there, travelling extensively throughout the UK and Western Europe.
I am married to Michele, and we have a son and daughter who live in Bristol and Surrey respectively.

Please contact Nigel:

Email: allam4spud@aol.com

Jim McCreight

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Jim McCreight has grown potatoes for over 30 years supplying the processing industry and other contract growers. Since forming S J McCreight (Potatoes) Ltd in 1983 the emphasis has been on producing certified seed potatoes for the Irish, UK & export markets.
S J McCreight (Potatoes) Ltd exports seed and ware potatoes worldwide, trading in both protected and free varieties. Based in the heart of Co. Down, an area widely renowned for growing healthy seed and close to ports, the company has its own refrigerated box stores and grading station.
Jim is a director in Potato Partners NI (PPNI), a consortium of N.Ireland potato breeders and seed exporting merchants. The group is the commercial partner of AFBI (Agri-food and Biosciences Institute) for the world wide marketing for AFBI bred varieties. PPNI also represent New Zealand Plant and Food varieties in the EU.

Please contact Jim:

Email: jim@mccreightpotatoes.com

Gerard Croft

Gerard Croft

Gerard Croft (BPTA Past President 2010-2012) was instrumental in the merger of NASPM and SPTA to form BPTA in 2006. A Council member of NASPM since his co-option in 1998 during which time he sat on and latterly chaired the Seed Regulations Committee, a role that was continued for BPTA. He now chairs the Legal & Arbitration Committee.
He started in the Seed Potato business in 1982 working for Pattullo Higgs as a trainee sales person. Now a seed manager for Greenvale AP, who purchased Pattullo Higgs in 1997.
His significant Presidency achievements include the 2012 rewrite of BPTA Conditions for the Purchase & Sale of Seed Potatoes – which involved intense negotiations with NFU and NFU Mutual and the rewrite of our Arbitration Rules.
Gerard has 4 children and devotes much of his spare time to working with youngsters as an active member of the Scout movement.

Please contact Gerard:

Email: gerard.croft@greenvale.co.uk

Andrew Skea

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Andrew has been a member of BPTA Council since the formation of the Association in 2006, having previously served SPTA Council since 2004.
Andrew was President of the association from 2012 to 2014 and regularly represents the Association, including at Europatat, on matters relating to seed regulations.

Andrew runs his own business, Skea Organics Ltd, which is involved in marketing organic seed and ware potatoes and organic vegetables, as well as speciality and niche potato varieties.

Please contact Andrew:
Email: andrew@skea.eu
Office: 01382 320453
Mobile: 07803 136340

Borders Premium Potatoes Ltd

Company: Borders Premium Potatoes Ltd
Website:
Description: Growers co-operative supplying ware to commercial outlets. Seed supplies from local growers principally a marketing arrangement with Scott Country Potatoes, Kelso.
Contact: Roger Berrett
Email: Email This Member
Tel: 01835 850371
Fax: 01835 850387
Address: Mounthooley Farm, Crailing, Jedburgh, Roxburghshire, TD8 6TJ

Branston Limited

Company: Branston Limited
Website: www.branston.com
Description: Branston is one of the UK’s largest buyers, packers and distributors of potatoes, engaged in all aspects of the industry.
Contact: Steve Crane
Email: Email This Member
Tel: 01522 794411
Fax: 01522 793204
Address: Mere Road
Branston
Lincoln
LN4 1NJ

Caithness Potatoes Ltd

Company: Caithness Potatoes Ltd
Website: www.caithnesspotatoes.com
Description:
Contact: Stephen Hole
Email: Email This Member
Tel: 01738 446723
Fax: 01738 620830
Address: 26 York Place
Perth
Perthshire
PH2 8EH

Roy Clarke (Potatoes) Ltd

Company: Roy Clarke (Potatoes) Ltd
Website:  www.royclarkepotatoes.co.uk
Description: Potato Merchant and Seed Merchant specialising in Ware Export.
Contact: Robert Clarke
Email: Email This Member
Tel: 01255 823031
Fax: 01255 823041
Address: The Potato Store
Lee Wick Lane
St Osyth
Clacton on Sea
Essex
CO16 8ES

Crowland Fresh Produce Ltd

Company:  Crowland Fresh Produce Ltd
Website:  –
Description:  Potato trading company specialising in seed and ware frying varieties to  chip shop and processing industries.
Contact:  Mark Lane
Email:  sales@crowlandfreshproduce.com
Tel:  01733 211817
Fax:  01733 211778
Address: Hundreds Farm
Hundreds Road
Crowland
Peterborough
PE6 0LG

Cullen Allen Ltd

Company: Cullen Allen Ltd
Website: www.cullenallen.co.uk
Description: Seed potato production and marketing in national and international markets. Ware potato marketing to all sectors including import and export.
Contact: Eddie Craig
Email: Email This Member
Tel: 028 9065 6958
Fax: 028 9065 4466
Address: 8 Wandsworth Drive
Belfast
BT4 2BJ

Cygnet Potato Breeders. Ltd

Company: Cygnet Potato Breeders. Ltd
Website: www.cygnetpb.com
Description: The UK’s largest seed potato breeder with own micropropagation and seed production units. Domestic and export suppliers of seed.
Contact: Douglas J. Harley
Email: Email This Member
Tel: 01577 862929
Fax: 01577 863741
Address: Blairfield Farm
Milnathort
Kinross-shire
KY13 7SG

East Suffolk Produce Ltd

Company:  East Suffolk Produce Ltd
Website:  www.eastsuffolkproduce.co.uk
Description: We are a grower group producing 30,000 tonnes of ware and 3,500 tonnes of certified seed during late May and November annually.
Contact:  James Wrinch
Email:  Email This Member
Tel: 01394 420 512
Fax: 01394 420 623
Address: Low Farm
Bridge Road
Bromswell
Woodbridge
Suffolk
IP12 2QB

Goughs Farm

Company:  Goughs Farm Produce Ltd
Website:  www.goughsfarmproduce.co.uk
Description: Specialist ‘chippin’ potato seed and ware. Supplying and promoting all  including all varieties throughout the ‘chippin’ industry.
Contact:  Paul Gough
Email:  paul@goughsfarmproduce.co.uk
Tel:  07956 472451
Fax:  0121 702 2269
Address: 38 Hamlet Road
Hall Green
Birmingham
B28 9BG

Greenseed International Ltd

Company: Greenseed International Ltd
Description: Integrated seed potato business from minituber production in Scotland to final remultiplications in England. Also salad/new potato growers for UK Supermarket supplier.
Website:
Contact: John Addams-Williams
Email: Email This Member
Tel: 01638 742034
Fax: 01638 743431
Address: Lords Ground Farm
Swaffham Prior
Cambridge
CB5 0LQ

Greenvale AP

Company: Greenvale AP
Website: www.greenvale.co.uk
Description: With a strategy from ‘Seed to Table’, Greenvale AP provide a comprehensive service meeting the needs of growers, retailers, processors, caters amd wholesalers.
Contact: Peter Peebles
Email: Email This Member
Tel: 01828 670343
Fax: 01828 670636
Address: Springfield
Burrelton
Blairgowrie
Perthshire
PH13 9PJ

Higgins Agriculture Ltd

Company: Higgins Agriculture Ltd
Website: www.higgins.eu.com
Description: Seed division of Higgins Agriculture which breeds, micropropagates, produces and markets seed potatoes for UK and export destinations
Contact: David S. M. Scott
Email: Email This Member
Tel: 01343 850700
Fax: 01343 850504
Address: Seed Division
Longhillock Store
Alves
Moray
IV30 8UZ

Stet Potato Limited

Company: Stet Potato Limited
Website:
Description: Stet Potato Limited is a plant breeding company specialising in seed potato technology and breeding potato varieties for a global market, including the UK. We also produce seed for the UK and export market.
Contact: Peter Hewett
Email: Email This Member
Tel: 07788 311967
Fax:
Address: PO Box 1240
Lincoln
Lincs
LN5 6RG

Manterra Ltd

Company:  Manterra Ltd
Website:  www.manterra.co.uk
Description:  Growers of high quality seed potatoes in East Yorkshire
Contact:  Andrew Manfield
Email:  andrew@manterra.co.uk
Tel:  07944 426086
Fax:  –
Address: Hessleskew
Sancton
York
YO43 4RS

 

Miller Farms

Company: MFPotatoes Ltd
Website:
Description: Farmers specialising in the production of high grade seed potatoes. Members of the Assured Produce and Safe Haven Schemes.
Contact: Kenneth & John Miller
Email: Email This Member
Tel: 01821 650236
Fax: 01821 650457
Address: Rosefield
Balbeggie
Perth
PH2 6AT

Clarence Murray (Potato Growers & Farmers) Ltd

Company: Clarence Murray (Potato Growers & Farmers) Ltd
Website:
Description: Seed and ware potato growers
Contact: Rodney Harrison
Email:  Email this member
Tel: 01561 377267
Fax: 01561 378191
Address: Market Road
Laurencekirk
Aberdeenshire
AB30 1BD

Organic Potato Growers (Scotland) Ltd

Company: Organic Potato Growers (Scotland) Ltd
Website: www.organicpotatogrowers.co.uk
Description: Growers of limited generation seed potatoes both conventional and organic.
Contact: Steven Jack
Email: Email This Member
Tel: 01667 462923
Fax: 01667 461065
Address: Unit 11
Dalcross Industrial Estate
Dalcross
Inverness-shire
IV2 7XB

E Park and Sons Limited

Company: E Park and Sons Limited
Website: www.epark.co.uk
Description: Quality ware, pre-packed potatoes, seed specialists, bulk potatoes, import/export merchants.
Contact: Brian Pell
Email: Email This Member
Tel: 01205 820365 or 01625 532511
Fax: 01205 820353 or 01625 536092
Address: “Bentworth”, Lees Lane
Newton, Adlington
Macclesfield
Cheshire
SK10 4LL

Meijer Seed Potato Ltd

Company: Meijer Seed Potato Ltd
Website:  http://www.meijerseedpotatoes.com/
Description: A specialist seed supplier with offices and staff in both England and Scotland. We currently act as sole agents within the UK and Ireland for Meijer BV and other free market varieties.
Contact: Paul Wood
Email: Email This Member
Tel: 01263 710602
Fax: 01263 715576
Address: Bayfield Brecks Barn
Garden Lane
Letheringsett
Norfolk
NR25 7DZ

James Ruane (Yorks) Ltd

Company: James Ruane (Yorks) Ltd
Website:
Description: Growers/merchants processing potatoes. Storage capacity 30,000 tonnes (temperature controlled). Washing facility. Bagging and bulk handling. Container loading facility.
Contact: Martin Eldred
Email: Email This Member
Tel: 01302 840327
Fax: 01302 845829
Address: Carrside Farm
Hatfield
Doncaster
South Yorkshire
DN7 6AZ

A Russell (Farmers) Ltd

Company: A Russell (Farmers) Ltd
Website:
Description: Ware and seed potato merchants and farmers since 1933. Suppliers of quality seed to Farmers, Horticulture and Export markets.
Contact: David Russell
Email: Email This Member
Tel: 01708 341280
Fax: 01708 347543
Address: Pentowan Farm, Church Road
Noak Hill
Romford
Essex
RM4 1LD

Scott & Newman Ltd

Company: Scott & Newman Ltd
Website:  www.scottandnewman.co.uk
Description:  Ware and seed potato merchants in the UK also import and  export. Family owned business established in 1919
Contact: Jonathon Owen
Email: Email This Member
Tel: 01743 257357
Fax: 01743 257358
Address:
Sitka House
Sitka Drive
Shrewsbury Business Park
Shrewsbury
Shropshire
SY2 6LG

Solanis Ltd

Company: Solanis Ltd
Website: www.solanis.co.uk
Description: Potato Consultancy covering all aspects of production, specialising in processing potatoes, seed, ware, agronomy, trials and education.
Contact: James Thompson
Email: Email This Member
Tel: 07799 030538
Fax: 01328 829355
Address: 56 Fakenham Road
Great Ryburgh
Fakenham
Norfolk
NR21 7AN

Strathmore Potatoes Limited

 Company: Strathmore Potatoes Limited
Website:
Description: Breeders, Growers, Merchants & Exporters with our own mini-tuber production facility. We have a seed partnership with Solanum Ltd. and are marketing agents for Harlequin seed, the superb tasting salad variety bred by The James Hutton Institute.
Contact: Stuart McIntyre
Email: Email This Member
Tel: 01307 464654
Fax: 01307 464200
Address: West Craig
Dundee Road
Forfar
Angus
DD8 1XE

WCF Horticulture

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Company: WCF Horticulture
Website: www.wcfhorticulture.co.uk
Description: The UK’s leading packer of seed potatoes to the horticultural sector, focused on satisfying a diverse customer base with specialised production, packaging and handling facilities, including ecommerce fulfilment. Safe Haven accredited. Soil Association registered
Contact: Heather Hughes
Email: Email This Member
Tel: 01738 582020
Fax: 01738 582056
Address: Cromwellstore
Almondbank
Perth
PH1 3GT