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‘Seeds of success’: HZPC UK acquires leading Scottish minituber producer, TLC Potatoes

HZPC UK, a member of the Royal HZPC Group, is pleased to announce the acquisition of TLC Potatoes, one of Scotland’s leading minituber producers.

TLC Potatoes, under the leadership of Colin Blackhall, has been at the forefront of the Scottish seed potato industry, known for their commitment to quality and innovation.

Strengthening HZPC UK’s Position in the Seed Potato Market

With this acquisition, HZPC UK further strengthens its position in the market and secures the future of HZPC’s minituber production, the apex of seed potato multiplication.

TLC Potatoes has been a trusted partner of HZPC UK, producing high-quality minitubers of their varieties for many years. This acquisition takes the relationship to the next level, thereby ensuring continuity and reliability of seed supply for HZPC’s customers.

Colin Blackhall, the current owner of TLC Potatoes, will continue to be involved and support the business, ensuring a smooth transition and maintaining the company’s success. All key staff members at TLC Potatoes will remain with the business, ensuring expertise and continuity in minituber production.

Enhanced Production Capabilities and Faster Introduction of New Varieties

HZPC UK is committed to investing in the infrastructure and technology at TLC Potatoes, further enhancing TLC’s production capabilities and maintaining their development trajectory as Scotland’s leading minituber producer. HZPC UK will also continue to drive seed quality through short generation multiplication programs, to further enhance the quality and performance of the seed potatoes produced from TLC’s minitubers.

Furthermore, the acquisition of TLC Potatoes will enable HZPC UK to bring new varieties from their research facilities in the Netherlands to market more quickly, benefitting from the expertise of TLC Potatoes.

This will further strengthen HZPC’s position as a global leader in potato breeding and seed production, and benefit potato growers across Scotland, England and Wales, at a critical time of increasing demand for genetic solutions to the challenges of potato production.

Commitment to Innovation, Quality, and Customer Satisfaction

“We are excited to welcome the TLC Potatoes Team in to the Royal HZPC Group,” says Richard Baker, Director at HZPC UK. “The people at TLC Potatoes have built a great reputation for producing Industry leading Quality Min-tubers. We are confident that this acquisition will bring benefits to our business, by further strengthening our customer offer.

“I am delighted that HZPC have decided to commit their considerable resources in acquiring a vital cornerstone of seed potato production. HZPC UK has a great reputation for forward thinking and with this addition they are moving on to an even higher level,” says Colin Blackhall.

Both HZPC UK and TLC Potatoes share a commitment to innovation, quality, and customer satisfaction in the seed potato industry, and together, they are poised to continue this successful journey.

Source: Royal HZPC Group
Photo: Colin Blackhall and Richard Baker

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