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Agrico UK Ltd

Castleton Of Eassie Farm
Eassie
Forfar
Tayside
DD8 1SJ
United Kingdom

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Agrico UK is a leading producer of high grade seed potatoes. Our varieties are sold throughout the UK and to customers worldwide. 


Agrico UK is a subsidiary of Agrico Holland, a Dutch farmer cooperative of over 800 members producing more than 310,000 tonnes of seed potatoes a year. We have offices in Poland, Canada, Italy and France, as well as a network of agents throughout the world. 


Our UK division was set up in 1980 after years of successful trading in the British Isles. The company was formed initially to facilitate the increasing import of Dutch seed potatoes, but continuing success and our recognition of the ever-changing global market led us to the natural commitment of UK seed production. We are now one of the UK’s leading producers. 


At Agrico, we believe in working closely with our growers so that we have a better understating of their individual seed-growing requirements. This allows us to provide advice and guidance that is specific to each grower, helping them with things like planting, production, harvesting, storage, handling and grading. Throughout these stages crop records are maintained within our systems, enabling us to monitor quality and provide feedback to individual growers.


Our knowledge of seed cultivation means we can work in unison with both our growers and our customers, offering strong agronomic support and assisting the development of future partnerships with key customers and markets. 


Agrico is guided by the Scottish Seed Potato Classification Scheme (SSPCS), DEFRA and ‘Safe Haven’ technical requirements for the production of seed crops – you can be absolutely sure of the quality of our supplies. 


If you would like to find out more about Agrico UK and the services we offer, please head over to our website or contact us directly on 01307 840551.


Varieties

We offer a wide choice of market-preferred seed varieties, each backed by local agronomic know-how. Our parent company, Agrico Holland, has the largest plant breeding programme in Europe, and is continually looking to develop and trial promising seedlines under local conditions. Varieties available in the UK include:

  • Agria
  • Almera
  • Arielle
  • Arizona
  • Arsenal
  • Amorosa
  • Ambassador
  • Athlete
  • Cosmos
  • Destiny
  • Ditta
  • Elisabeth
  • Erika
  • Excellent
  • Fianna
  • Fontane
  • Kuroda
  • Madeleine
  • Manitou
  • Marfona
  • Markies
  • Milva
  • Mustang
  • Novella
  • Performer
  • Picasso
  • Premiere
  • Riviera 
  • Romano
  • Rosagold
  • Rudolph
  • SA 02-0020
  • SA 03-0033
  • Sante
  • Toluca


Development

Introducing the next generation of marketing partnerships:

  • QV Foods – Almera
  • Agrimarc – Elizabeth
  • Agrico UK Ltd / Lamb Weston Meijer – Fontane
  • Agrico UK Ltd – Madeleine
  • Agrico UK Ltd / McCains / Kettle Foods – Markies
  • Agrico UK Ltd – Mustang
  • Branston – Novella
  • Agricmarc – Rudolph
  • Greenvale AP – Sofia
  • Bioselect - Toluca

To find out more about our seed development programmes, please contact us directly on 01307 840551.

Seed

Agrico UK has a total planting area of around 1600 hectares, with about 1150 in Scotland (approx. 150 of which are for high grade seeds) and 340 in England. We also have approximately 75 hectares set aside for our organic varieties. All of our crops are grown in accordance with SSPCS, DEFRA and Safe Haven standards, and all seed is officially certified by accreditation bodies. To find out more, please head over to our website or contact us on 01307 840551.

Export

Many of our products are exported throughout the world. With assistance from our parent company Agrico Holland, and in compliance with guidance and protocols required by SGRIPD and DEFRA, we have shipped our seed to countries across all the continents, from Algeria to Uzbekistan, Eritrea to Indonesia. 


Agrico works in partnership with its growers to coordinate and plan efficient grading and dispatch of all loads, either from our own dedicated facilities at Castleton or from farm-based grading facilities. At Agrico we devote the greatest possible attention to storage, packaging and distribution – by ship, lorry or train. 

Import

Agrico has been the leading importer of Dutch seed potatoes to the UK since establishment in 1980. Despite the strength of local varieties, Dutch seed is sometimes preferred because:

  • It tends to be physiologically older, and can therefore mature more quickly for early ware production.
  • It is known for its negligible levels of Erwina astroseptica and Powdery Scab. 

If you would like any further information about potato seed imports, please contact us on 01307 840551.


Storage & Grading

At our Castleton facility we have capacity for storing and grading between 6000 and 11,000mts every year. Up to 4000mts can be held in cold storage, with the rest kept at ambient temperatures. 


In recent years, Agrico UK has invested heavily in improving its storage and handling facilities. In 2006 we constructed a new insulated store to give added set-down space for finished products and to allow for indoor loading, and in 2007 we installed an additional refrigeration unit which almost doubled our cold store capacity. We also put in place a letter box system to improve ventilation and cure potatoes on intake.

 

Other upgrades and additions include a new palletizing and bagging system, which has helped us speed up the packing process whilst complying with current HSE regulations. 


Potato seed varieties graded on site include Estima, Marfona, Maris Peer, Markies, Romano, Rudolph and Sante. 


Bioselect

Bioselect is the organic marketing arm of Agrico UK Ltd, and has been a driving force in the growth of the organic potato industry for nearly a decade. Bioselect has the backing of both Agrico Coop (Holland) and Agrico UK in its research and development activities, which has helped to place it right at the forefront of the industry.

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