Gold sponsors

Branston Gold Sponsor BP2017


We’re delighted to be a Gold sponsor of BP2017 and we’re looking forward to joining all the other major players in the potato industry at this important biennial event.

Branston is one of the largest growers, buyers, packers and distributors of potatoes in the UK, and we’re still growing – not just with fresh potatoes, but also a great range of innovative ready-to-cook prepared products.

We work closely with our retail, wholesale and B2B customers to understand their customers and to help them grow their categories. We’re investing in long-term sustainable development, evolving to meet future needs and engaging with the whole supply chain to realise efficiencies and develop market-led strategies.

Potatoes are supplied into our three sites by 145 dedicated growers. It’s their expertise and professionalism that enable us to provide the excellent quality and service that our customers expect. We’re extremely grateful for their continued support and looking forward to seeing them at BP2017.

Grimme Gold Sponsor BP2017


Grimme are leading machinery manufacturers supplying a comprehensive range of quality, specialist equipment to the UK potato industry. Their range includes machines designed for soil preparation and de-stoning, planting, irrigation, trailed-harvesting, self-propelled harvesting, handling, grading and much more.

Working with a dedicated network of local Dealers, Grimme UK proudly support these mainline products with full Sales and Aftersales service.

An extensive stock of Original Grimme spare parts, currently exceeding £7,000,000 held at the company’s headoffice at Swineshead, Boston, combined with local parts stocked at each dealer’s, ensures customers receive industry-leading levels of parts support. Accessible, fully trained dealer personnel, many with dedicated service vehicles, operate full workshop facilities throughout the UK, each with the backing of Grimme UK and Grimme Landmaschinenfabrik delivering quality service, locally.

Come and visit the Grimme UK team at this year’s event, and learn first-hand how the people, and Grimme’s clever innovations make the experience of owning a Grimme unique.

Silver sponsors

BASF Silver Sponsor BP2017


With the dominance of new more aggressive late blight strains in UK populations, chemistry with strong anti-sporulant activity is essential to keep blight at bay and Invader (dimethomorph plus mancozeb) has this characteristic as well as added curative activity. Invader is one of the most complete fungicides, outperforming newer products in independent trials. Blight can cause considerable yield loss and introduce disease into stores, affecting quality.

BASF also have Percos (ametoctradin and dimethomorph), with a new active and unique mode of action. Signum (boscalid and pyraclostrobin) is in the leading category for best performing treatments for early blight or Alternaria according to Euroblight.

Bayer Crop Science Silver Sponsor BP2017


Bayer is committed to protecting the UK potato crop. We market an innovative range of crop protection solutions to enable growers to protect their potato crop against weeds, pests and diseases. Bayer's product range includes the broad spectrum residual herbicide Artist, the tuber treatment Monceren which controls Rhizoctonia, the insecticide Biscaya and the blight fungicide Infinito. We also have an exciting pipeline of innovation in potato crop protection including a novel nematicide for PCN control.

Visit the Bayer team at BP2017 to discuss how these products and our future innovations can maximise your marketable yield.

Doosan Silver Sponsor BP2017


Doosan Industrial Vehicle is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of forklift trucks. Offering a complete product range of more than 200 models offering maximum durability, reliability and ease of use.

Once again, Doosan will be a Silver sponsor of BP2017, having exhibited since 2005. With a great reputation in the farming and potato industry for providing strong, robust, simple and no nonsense machines, Doosan will be exhibiting products including the Doosan G2 fuel efficient diesel engine and a Potato Spec D35C with 6555mm FFT mast.

Doosan provide all your Materials Handling requirements from one source: products, services, design, innovation, support, fleet management system & after-sales.

McCain Silver Sponsor BP2017


As the largest purchaser of British potatoes, McCain has been building strong relationships with potato growers for over 45 years – many of which span three generations of farming families.

McCain contracts with over 300 growers from the Highlands down to Cornwall. The company has a dedicated seed business in Montrose, Scotland, and four processing factories across the UK.

With a household retail brand, foodservice business and ‘quick service restaurant’ range, McCain is the nation’s biggest manufacturer of frozen potato products.

Bronze sponsors

Germicopia Bronze Sponsor BP2017


Established in 1947, Germicopa is a French potato breeder.
With a portfolio of 60 proprietary varieties, Germicopa serves customers in the fresh and industrial (fries, crisps, starch and flakes) markets in 70 countries worldwide. Germicopa produces more than 70,000 tonnes of high quality seed potatoes in France and the UK. The company also enjoys a unique expertise in the promotion of potato varieties toward the consumers.
Since 2014, Germicopa has been part of the French family owned group Florimond.

J D Cooloing Bronze Sponsor BP2017

J D Cooling

JD Cooling continue to expand their business across all sectors of the food industry. Our projects during the last 24 months include a new High Care Prepared Product Factory for Branston and a complex of four stores storing up to 4,500 tons of ware potatoes for East Lothian Produce using a centralised glycol cooling system c/w suction plenums. JD have opened a third office in Manchester and now employ over 75 people working together to ensure they continue to deliver an unrivalled UK wide 24/7 service to their many valued clients.

Germicopia Bronze Sponsor BP2017

Produce Solutions

Produce Solutions, through its experienced agronomists and technical managers, provides quality technical and agronomy advice and support for all UK potato and fresh produce growers and businesses; optimising production and ensuring the quality of their produce and growing standards.

We have great relationships with all links of the potato supply chain and our customers benefit from the unique insight achieved through our intense focus on crop modelling, benchmarking and forecasting using our extensive database of historical, varietal and regional performance.

UPL Bronze Sponsor BP2017


UPL Europe Limited is a leading global producer of crop protection products ranking amongst the top 12 largest producers worldwide. UPL market and manufacture a wide range of products in the UK, including a range of potato blight fungicides, herbicides, sprout suppressants and drought mitigation technology. UPL are the largest global manufacturer of mancozeb. UPL are working constantly to develop, maintain and acquire products for the potato grower.


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