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Healthy savings for potato producer

Posted on: 10/8/2016
Healthy savings for potato producer

Supplier AB Produce cuts waste by 50 per cent with help from region's Food and Drink iNet.

Vegetable supplier AB Produce has cut its wastage by 50 per cent following £3,160-worth of innovation, advice and guidance support from the Food and Drink iNet.

The company, based in Swadlincote, prepares potatoes and other vegetables for retail, wholesale, processing and food service. It has saved “hundreds of pounds a week” by reducing the amount of vegetables it lost during washing and preparation.

Following investment from the iNet, the company hired experts from the Food and Drink Forum and Food Processing Faraday Partnership to help design more efficient ways of operating.

Martin McQuaide, operations director at AB Produce, said: “It’s probably saving us several hundred pounds a week, so it’s significant. The Food and Drink iNet support has been very useful; obviously we have made efficiency savings but it’s also enabled a forum for our own workers to come up with ideas themselves.”

AB Produce employs about 170 people at its 70,000 sq ft purpose-built factory on Westminster Industrial Estate.

The Food and Drink iNet is funded by the East Midlands Economics Online (EMEO) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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