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Scotland’s First Minister opens Albert Bartlett’s chilled potato plant

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has formally opened Albert Bartlett’s new chilled potato plant, unveiling a plaque at its headquarters in Airdrie to mark the occasion.

Albert Bartlett, the UK’s leading supplier of fresh potatoes, welcomed the First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon to its headquarters in Airdrie on Monday 26 November, where she unveiled a plaque to open formally the new chilled potato plant.

The manufacturing facility is already in operation, producing branded and retailer own label products. It will process 50,000 tonnes of potatoes a year, around 90 per cent of which will be grown in Scotland.

Speaking at the official opening, Sturgeon said: “The new manufacturing facility has enabled the company to develop new products, attract new business and is a huge boost to both our food processing and horticultural sectors. It has also led to the creation of 35 new jobs.

Earlier this year, the Scottish government awarded Albert Bartlett a Food Processing, Marketing and Co-operation grant of £4m. The award contributed to the total investment in the new factory and development kitchen, which will allow the company to introduce new chilled potato products.

Read the full report by Fred Searle on Fruitnet