Scottish potato specialist Albert Bartlett has underlined the challenges posed by Brexit and cost inflation amid the continued fallout from the pandemic after enjoying a surge in profits.
As Mark Williamson reports for The Herald, accounts for Albert Bartlett & Sons (Airdrie) newly filed at Companies House show the firm made £12.1 million profit before tax in the year ended May 31, compared with £7.8m in the preceding year.
The privately-owned firm grew turnover to £193.7m in the latest year, from £177.2m. It sells potatoes under the Albert Bartlett brand and supplies retailers’ own-label operations and also produces chilled and frozen foods such as chips and hash browns.
Writing in the accounts the company’s chairman Ronnie Bartlett said it had achieved a satisfactory trading performance despite the impact of the coronavirus crisis.
Source: The Herald. Full report here
Photo: First minister Nicola Sturgeon with Ronnie Bartlett at the official opening of Albert Bartlett & Sons’ £17m chilling facility in Airdrie in 2018. Picture courtesy Phil Wilkinson via The Herald