Scotland’s largest potato producer, Bartlett International Holdings of Airdrie, accounts for the year ending 31 May 2015 show that turnover was down by 17% to £144.569 million compared to £ 174.485 million in the previous year. Pre-tax profits were down also by 26% to £8.484 million from £11.45 million. UK sales were down 20% to £137.181 million but sales to the rest of Europe were up 568% to £349,271 and the rest of the world up 105% to £7.047 million.
Ronnie Bartlett stated in the report to Companies House: “The exceptional growing season in 2014 led to high yields of potatoes, generating a large oversupply of crop and resulted in deflationary pressures which have been particularly acute in the UK market.”
He added that while achieving growth in the USA and Middle East markets they had ceased operations at their Amalgrow farming business in Jersey as it was no longer sustainable. The business will now focus on the packing and promotion of Jersey Royals and property ownership.
Mr Bartlett confirmed that the group would continue to develop the Scotty brand and their purchase of the plant in Norfolk previously owned by Heinz has enabled them to launch three lines of Albert Bartlett frozen chips and roast potatoes.