A Scottish potato business has invested in new technology, including an automatic spud sorter on the back of a £1 million funding deal, Perry Gourley from Insider.co.uk reports.
FIMM Potatoes, based in Muthill, Perthshire and which supplies table and seed potatoes to the customers across the UK, Europe, North Africa and Middle East, has used the HSBC finance facility to buy the latest optical potato grader which will help increase throughput by up to 100%.
The new optical sorting equipment will also reduce repetitive manual labour for FIMM’s 10-strong team, allowing them to focus on other tasks as the business looks to grow.
Mike McDiarmid, director at FIMM Potatoes, said: “It is an important time for the sector and the new optical grader will modernise our equipment and help to safeguard the business.
John Robertson, agriculture director for East of Scotland at HSBC, said: “FIMM demonstrated a clear strategy for improving and growing its operations. We were delighted to help with the purchase of the new grader which will have a hugely positive impact on the business and its customers.”
On its Facebook page, FIMM Potatoes posted: “We are very proud to have the first fully Optical Grader in the U.K. for unwashed/dirty potatoes. It has been a complicated project, but it all came together seamlessly with backing from HSBC and our Partners SmartGrader and Bijlsma Hercules who have done an amazing job in delivering and building the grader on time. We are delighted to have a state of the art plant finished to an amazingly high standard!”