Solana Seeds UK

Company:Solana Seeds UK
Description:The Solana Group breeds modern potato varieties, and produces and distributes high-quality seed potatoes. Throughout its history they have always pursued the goal of breeding resistant, high-yielding varieties and supplying high-quality seed stock.
Contact:Craig Stephen
Email:Email This Member
Tel:01263 860609
Mobile:07795 562 718
Address:Unit 4, Stody Hall Barns
Melton Constable
NR24 2ED

Germicopa UK Ltd

Company: Germicopa UK Ltd
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
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:
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

The Potato Link

Company: The Potato Link
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
Address:17 Oak Lane



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 on a farm a few miles north of York with his wife Charlotte, who makes wedding cakes professionally ( and his children Bertie and  Mabel. In his spare time he enjoys shooting, golf  and playing cricket.

Contact Jon

John Williams

John Addams Williams

Puffin Produce is a grower owned business that supplies potatoes and other seasonal vegetables that are solely grown and packed in Wales.
I chair the BPTA Seed Regulations Committee and represent the BPTA on the AHDB Treater Group and the APHA Seed Potato Classification Taskforce.

Contact John:
Tel: 01473 766716
Mobile: 07930 230613

Graeme Prentice

Graeme Prentice - cropped

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:


Graham Bennett


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:


Colin Herron

Colin Herron - cropped

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:


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:


Martin Cockerill

Martin Cockerill

Martin Cockerill is the Managing Director of RS Cockerill York Ltd and has spent the whole of his working life in the potato industry. The company is based near York supplying potatoes to both retailers, wholesale markets and processors. The company operates a packhouse with storage and loading facilities. Their farming business grows around 200 ha of potatoes mainly for processing.The company is involved in potato variety evaluation and conducts annual field trials. An increasing tonnage of both ware and seed potatoes are bought on contract rather than on the open market.
Martin joined the company after graduating from Nottingham University School of Agriculture where he studied nutrition and biochemistry. It is also where he met his wife Pamela.

Please contact Martin:


Jim McCreight


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:


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:


Paul Wood


Paul Wood started in the potato trade working for MBM at Haxey in 2004, after being a farm manager for Sentry farming since he left University. In 2007 he left MBM and helped set up, along with several other MBM employees, Potato Innovations Ltd looking after the marketing of varieties owned by Meijer, TPC, Shaap and De Nijs from Holland.
In September 2015, Paul became Managing Director for Meijer Seed Potatoes Ltd.
He joined BPTA Council in 2011 and will be President in June, 2018.

Please contact Paul:


Albert Bartlett & Sons (Airdrie) Ltd

Company: Albert Bartlett & Sons (Airdrie) Ltd
Description:Albert Bartlett is the UK’s leading supplier of branded and own label, fresh, chilled and frozen potato products.
Contact:Will Jackson
Email:email this member
Tel:01236 762831
Address:New Monkland
251 Stirling Road

Branston Limited

Company:Branston Limited
Description:Branston is one of the UK’s largest buyers, packers and distributors of potatoes, engaged in all aspects of the industry.
Contact:Angela Cliffe
Email:Email This Member
Tel:01522 794411
Fax:01522 793204
Address:Mere Road

3 Shires Marketing Ltd

Company:3 Shires Marketing Ltd
Description:Direct quality from grower to customer. Contact for all your potato needs.
Contact:Graham Cottee
Email:Email This Member
Tel:01565 734038 / 07793 634745
Address:Frog Lane Farm
Frog Lane
WA16 0JG

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
Tel: 01733 211817
Fax: 01733 211778
Address:Hundreds Farm
Hundreds Road

Cullen Allen Ltd

Company:Cullen Allen Ltd
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

Cygnet Potato Breeders. Ltd

Company:Cygnet Potato Breeders. Ltd
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
KY13 7SG

East Suffolk Produce Ltd

Company: East Suffolk Produce Ltd
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
IP12 2QB

Goughs Farm

Company: Goughs Farm Produce Ltd
Description:Specialist ‘chippin’ potato seed and ware. Supplying and promoting all  including all varieties throughout the ‘chippin’ industry.
Contact: Paul Gough
Tel: 07956 472451
Fax: 0121 702 2269
Address:38 Hamlet Road
Hall Green
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.
Contact:Philip Kingsmill
Email:Email This Member
Tel:01638 742034
Fax:01638 743431
Address:Lords Ground Farm
Swaffham Prior

Greenvale AP

Company:Greenvale AP
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
PH13 9PJ

Stet Potato Limited

Company:Stet Potato Limited
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:01522 700188
Address:12 Vincent Court
Turnstone Road
Teal Park

Manterra Ltd

Company: Manterra Ltd
Description: Growers of high quality seed potatoes in East Yorkshire
Contact: Andrew Manfield
Tel: 07944 426086
Fax: –
YO43 4RS


Organic Potato Growers (Scotland) Ltd

Company:Organic Potato Growers (Scotland) Ltd
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

E Park and Sons Limited

Company:E Park and Sons Limited
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
SK10 4LL

Meijer Seed Potato Ltd

Company:Meijer Seed Potato Ltd
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
NR25 7DZ