Ayrshire earlies the latest regional speciality crop to seek protected status

Scotland's first minister Alex Salmond has given his support to a bid to gain Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status for Ayrshire early new potatoes.

Image: Dan Meineck
Image: Dan Meineck

Salmond said: "This Scottish Government has consistently looked upon the food and drink industry as a key economic driver for Scotland and our food provenance and high quality products are a major selling point.

"Ayrshire Early New Potatoes are well sought after and achieving PGI status will provide a guarantee of the product's authenticity for consumers at home and abroad."

The application has been put together by the Ayrshire Growers Group, Girvan Early Growers, Albert Bartlett, the college SRUC, and the Scottish Government through the Think Local programme.

Albert Bartlett technical and procurement director Paddy Graham-Jones said: "Their smooth creamy texture and fresh flavour stem from the Ayrshire soil and climate and the skill and experience of the growers.

"Achieving PGI status will give this special Scottish potato the recognition it deserves."

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