Turnover and profits have dropped at one of the UK's largest potato businesses. Lincolnshire-headquartered Branston, which supplies own-label products to supermarkets such as Tesco, as well as selling under its own brand, has reported a turnover of £133.5m for the year to 29 July 2018, down from £143m in the prior 12 months. Its pre-tax profits also dropped from £6.4m to £4.4m over the same period.
The company, which employs about 600 workers, was formed in Lincolnshire in 1968 and also has sites in the South West, which it bought in 1997, and Scotland, established in 2004.
Managing director James Truscott said: "The 2017/18 season was one of very low potato prices driven by a large harvest. In our business that naturally flows through to downward pressure on our sales revenue and associated activities. This combined with a notable drop in volumes during the exceptionally hot summer period, reduced the net profits for the year.”
"Overall sales volumes for Branston however saw modest growth over the 2017/18 year and our customer relationships are very positive. We continue to invest dynamically in enhancing quality, efficiency and sustainability of the business as we ready ourselves for additional growth in the coming years."