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Potato leaders have drawn up plans for possible industry body 'GB Potatoes'

A group of prominent potato industry stakeholders has drawn up proposals for a new representative body, provisionally called 'GB Potatoes'.

The ten professionals include Agrico UK executive director Archie Gibson and Perthshire producer Euan Grewar as well as others across the UK. They insist a new inclusive organization is necessary to represent the industry, commission future research and bring together all elements of the supply chain in the wake of the vote to reject the statutory AHDB levy.

They have distanced themselves from the Growers’ Better Levy Group, and say their approach is to bring all sectors together via voluntary subscription and membership. A paper on provisional ideas for a GB Potatoes organization is currently being circulated to stakeholders in an attempt to define how the industry should go forward, how any representative body would operate and what it would do.

The general idea is that a “less bureaucratic, more inclusive, and more appropriately funded successor” to the AHDB is required, and there have been calls for support and feedback to shape next steps. The principles identified by the group include: promoting industry interests and protecting its reputation; collaborating to support pre-competitive work; bringing the GB potato industry together; being affordable and accountable and delivering value back into the supply chain; and representing the sector to governments, DEFRA and regulatory authorities.


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