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Albert Bartlett grows profits amid challenging conditions

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

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