Morrisons buys Scottish potato packing plant

Potatoes

Morrisons has acquired a potato packing firm in Angus in a deal which will strengthen the supply of Scottish tubers to the supermarket chain.

The Farmcare potato packing business at Carnoustie will be used to store, grade, pack and procure potatoes for Morrisons shoppers.

This latest deal boosts Morrisons total food manufacturing sites across Britain to 17.

TUPE discussions between the two parties are due to start shortly.

"Our acquisition of the Carnoustie site, and our relationship with Farmcare, shows Morrisons commitment to working directly with growers in Scotland and offering our customers the very best quality fresh produce,” says Andrew Thornber, managing director of Morrisons Manufacturing.

Farmcare has 11 estates across the country and will supply potatoes and a range of other produce to Morrisons.

“The deal with Morrisons is a strong strategic fit.  We look forward to an ongoing relationship which allows Farmcare to concentrate on what we do best: growing great crops and working closely with Morrisons as a supplier of choice,” adds Farmcare CEO, Richard Quinn.




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