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Wolds Produce acquires leading potato seed supplier

Wolds Produce Ltd, based in Pocklington near York in the UK, has completed the acquisition of WM Quarrie (Potato Marketing) Ltd, for an undisclosed sum.

As Melanie Rice reports for Bdaily News, Wolds Produce was established in 2004 by Simon Tootell and local farmer Simon Foster. It was set up as a potato trading business offering crops from the York area to packers; and the company has grown to become a major potato supplier into the crisping, chipping, ware, and seed industries across the whole of the UK.

Over the last three years, its crisping operation has doubled in volume with its customers supplying around 80% of all the crisps in the UK market – these include Walkers, Seabrook, the Tayto Group and Yorkshire Crisps.

The business has also expanded its specialist potato seed production operation with Wolds Produce known as a trusted supplier of high quality seed for commercial ware crops. As part of its growth trajectory, it last year acquired 26% of WM Quarrie, run by Bill Quarrie and Stuart Fox, which over the last nine years has become a successful independent seed business.

Source: Bdaily News. Read the full story here

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