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From a farmers’ co-operative to a leader in fresh produce

  • 1968 – The beginning – A group of farmers collaborate to grow and market potatoes and peas – Branston Potatoes plc is formed and for the next seven years the growers produce potatoes – mainly for processing
  • 1976 – Processing to wholesale – The drought forces investment in irrigation, and this along with new machinery and careful variety selection leads to a gradual shift from processing to wholesale
  • 1980 – Environmental control – Branston invests heavily in environmentally-controlled storage
  • 1982 – Business is growing – Graeme Beattie joins as Managing Director. Volume grows to 15,000 tonnes a year We celebrate... our first retail customer (Gerrards)
  • 1986 – Our first prepack potatoes are produced
  • 1987 – Grading potatoes – We begin size grading potatoes and now employ around 80 people
  • 1988 – Retail growth – Supermarkets gain ground, wholesale suffers... but no supermarket would take us seriously without a modern factory. We welcome nine more North Lincoln growers to the co-op
  • 1990 – New factory – Branston invests £1m in a new packing factory
  • 1991 – Branston starts packing for Tesco
  • 1992 – The Branston company – The Branston company becomes Branston Potatoes Ltd
  • 1993 – Seed potatoes – We become partners in a seed potato business
  • 1995 – Expansion continues – As volume increases (up to 38,000 tonnes now) we extend our Lincoln factory
  • 1997 – New site – We acquire of our South West site and volume leaps to 75,000 tonnes
  • 1998 – Launch our first website
  • 2001 – New logo and new office – A strategic alliance with WCF potatoes in Scotland, a new logo and new offices
  • 2002 – We get Lean – We bring in world-renowned McKinsey & Co to implement Lean production principles throughout our factories
  • 2003 – £1.1m cold storage project
  • 2004 – Our Scottish site – Acquisition of our Scottish site in Perth - we now have three great, well positioned sites accross the UK
  • 2005 – Branston Prepared foods – Branston Prepared foods starts producing ready-to-cook veg
  • 2008 – Carbon Trust Standard – Branston becomes the first food producer in the UK to be awarded the Carbon Trust Standard in recognition of our ongoing commitment to reducing our carbon intensity
  • 2009 – £2m investment in green technologies – Anaerobic digestion and an integrated water recycling plant help us reduce cost and carbon
  • 2011 – Additional green investments – We invest £1m in a water recycling plant at the South West site
  • 2012 – Solar PV power – We start installing solar PV panels to our roofs to generate energy
  • 2013 – Carbon Trust Water Standard – We’re one of the first companies to be awarded the Carbon Trust Water Standard

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