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Scottish Seed Potato Exporters Return to World Stage

06 February 2023

Several Scottish seed potato exporters will join the Scottish Agri Export Hub this week at the world’s largest trade show for fresh fruits and vegetables, to showcase their quality produce on a global platform.

Fruit Logistica, which brings together 3,300 exhibitors and 72,000 visitors from 135 countries, returns to its traditional February slot for the first time since 2020. The show provides the opportunity for seed potato buyers and importers to connect with exporters from Scotland.

Scotland has a long-established reputation for growing highly prized seed potatoes which are sought by buyers from around the world. A delegation of seed potato exporters will be attending the event from February 8-10th at Messe, Berlin, to meet with existing customers and explore potential opportunities in new markets. The Scottish Agri Export Hub has secured stand space at this premium event to provide seed potato exporters with an essential platform to promote their products, conduct business and network with key influencers.

Patrick Hughes, Manager of the Scottish Agri Export Hub, said: “Our seed potatoes are recognised for being of high health and high quality, and there is significant demand for them on the global market. Despite the prohibition on the import of Scottish seed potatoes into the EU, there are undoubtedly huge opportunities in alternative international markets, and we are keen to support our growers in any way we can.

“Events such as Fruit Logistica offer a fantastic platform to create and develop new business contacts and open up new markets for Scottish agricultural produce for the benefit of primary producers.”

Sandy McGowan, of Milnathort-based Cygnet PEP, will be one of the seed potato exporters attending Fruit Logistica this year, he said: “International trade events like Fruit Logistica are a key component to growing the export potential of our potato business. Many of our clients will be attending the event in-person for the first time in three years and this provides the perfect platform to re-connect, strengthen relationships, and build international sales.”

The Scottish Agri Export Hub stand will form part of the British Exhibitor Group organised by the Commercial Horticulture Association in Hall 21. The open plan networking area is available for Scottish exporters and growers to use whilst attending the event.

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