Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Montrose group wraps up chip shops supplier deal

PARTNERS: Mark Clark of Grampian Growers with staff from Abbey Potatoes Ltd.

Grampian Growers has expanded its influence in the UK potato market by buying one of the country’s biggest tattie suppliers to chip shops.

The Montrose-based farmers’ co-operative has bought  a Cambridgeshire company now known as Abbey Potatoes Ltd which purchases 25,000 tonnes of potatoes from a group of growers then supplies  50 merchants which distribute to chip shops from Cornwall to Caithness.

The deal, completed last week, comes hard on the heels of Grampian Growers’ acquisition of the merchants  WM Fraser Ltd  which supplies more than 50 tonnes per week of frying quality potatoes to chip shops in the north east of Scotland.

Grampian Growers managing director, Mark Clark said the WM Fraser business was going from strength to strength and was picking up new chip shop and hotel clients.

“WM Fraser was supplied by Abbey Potatoes for the last 20 years, and as a co-op we’re always looking at core businesses that fit in our industry,” he said.

“We’re  receptive to anything that would benefit the 12 farmers in the co-op, six of whom sit on the board.”

The growers who produce for Abbey Potatoes Ltd are based in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire.


Mr Clark said the new company’s group of 30 dedicated farmers were a potential new market for Grampian Growers core seed potato business.

“They grow mainly Agria, Marquis, Sagitta and Maris Piper , and Agria is the only variety that’s not successfully grown in Scotland,” he said.

“If the EU and UK can’t come to an arrangement over the export of seed potatoes to Europe and the ban is reciprocated there will be no imports of Agria and alternative varieties and suppliers will need to be found.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in