New £3 million HQ for Lincolnshire potato supplier

Potato supplier AKP Group has unveiled is new potato storage facility, grading line and office block at Elsham Wolds near Scunthorpe.

AKP Grading
AKP Grading

The new development, which has cost nearly £3 million, will become the headquarters of the 13-year-old firm, previously based in York.

AKP supplies to supermarket giant Morrisons and chip manufacturer McCain. According to managing director Richard Arundel, the supermarket and other supply chain partners, as well as the former Yorkshire Forward development agency,  helped put together the funding package.

"We got the grant funding for storage and grading operations in 2009, and built the storage throughout 2010, to be open for that harvest. We have had potatoes in from 2010 and 2011, and the whole project has been finished with the offices just now," he said.

"We’ve already improved the quality and freshness of our potatoes by reducing transportation, handling and using the latest cold store technologies."

The 3,000 sq m storage facility and 370 sq m two-storey office development was officially opened last week by Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board chairman and North Lincolnshire farmer John Godfrey CBE.

Employing 44 people, the site now handles 120,000 tonnes of potatoes a year, of which AKP grows 35,000 tonnes, with a growing group in this region and around another site in Suffolk contributing the balance.

"Our desire is to have more quality potato producers local to this site," Arundel added. "This part of the world has the ability to grow some of the best potatoes in the country, that is what we are majoring on."

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