Branston unveils £1.7m production line on back of potato supply contract

Potato supplier Branston has installed a new £1.7million integrated grading, washing and sizing line at its Perth production facility.

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It says the move is in preparation to scale up production to meet the demand of a large, long-term supply contract that it has recently been awarded.

The production line, supplied by Haith Group and Newtec, features a new style of washer and Celox optical grader.

"It reduces the manual handling of crop and enables potatoes to be graded to remove quality defects, then sorted into much more accurate size bands ready for packing," general manager of the site Kevin Imrie explained.

"This will create a simpler and more efficient process whereby we will be able to wash, size grade and remove quality defects in one process, handling up to 175,000 potatoes [or] 50 tonnes per hour."

Branston currently works with 41 growers in Scotland and is looking to add to this total as the business continues to expand, he added.

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