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UK: Potato giant weathers poor harvest

Potato giant weathers poor harvestTurnover and profits have held firm at Manor Fresh, the Lincolnshire-headquartered supplier of potatoes to retail giant Marks & Spencer, despite a “challenging” market following one of the worst harvests on record. The company, which employs more than 170 staff at its base in Spalding, has reported a slight drop in turnover to £59.2m for the year to 29 April 2017, down from £60.3m the year before. Pre-tax profits stayed at £1.6m. The results come following the fourth smallest potato crop harvest in the country on records going back to 1960, Manor Fresh said. “The company managed this challenging UK potato market environment very effectively by collaborating closely with our growers and supply partners and was able to successfully maintain industry leading product and quality standards throughout the period for the company’s valued customer base.” More

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