Long-established Brechin potato company is sold

ONE of Scotland’s longest-established potato merchanting and growing companies, A. J. Allan, has been sold to Irish Potato Marketing Limited.

The Brechin-based business comprises A. J. Allan (Brechin) Limited and A. J. Allan (Potato Merchants) Limited.

IPM, which has an office in Letham, is a leading player in the seed potato industry, with more than 25 of its own exclusive varieties.

It has been trading for over 50 years, markets seed potatoes in more than 30 countries, and is a subsidiary of Donegal Creameries.

A. J. Allan, a family business, has also been in existance for more than 50 years and grows around 450 acres of potatoes annually, all on rented land.

It also acts as a marketing hub for a grower group.

In a statement, IPM said: “We are keen to build on the strengths of A. J. Allan in growing quality seed potatoes and, in that regard, A. J. Allan will enhance IPM’s ability to meet the growing demand for its exclusive varieties.

“Scottish seed potato production currently enjoys a very strong reputation with global customers, and the combination of IPM and A. J. Allan certainly has an optimistic future in meeting a growing demand for improved varieties and efficiently-produced quality certified seed.”

IPM, with its head office in Dublin, claims to be the largest exporter of proprietary seed potatoes from Scotland and also has seed prouction operations in Ireland, Holland, France, Denmark and Brazil.