UK: Morrisons buys Farmcare potato operations

PotatoesMorrisons has acquired Farmcare’s Carnoustie potato packhouse in a deal that will see Farmcare supply the retailer with potatoes and other products. The news comes as Farmcare announced last year that the Carnoustie site had entered a period of consultation with staff after a significant packing contract was not renewed. The purchase also boosts Morrisons’ UK food manufacturing sites to 17, while Farmcare CEO Richard Quinn said it is “a strong strategic fit” with his business. Carnoustie will be used to store, grade, pack and procure potatoes for Morrisons customers, and Farmcare will also supply the business from across its 11 sites across the country, a statement said. Morrisons said it now intends to commence TUPE discussions with Farmcare Carnoustie staff as part of the agreement. Farmcare has 11 estates across the country and will supply potatoes and a range of other produce to Morrisons. More