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BP2013: Online ticket registration goes live

This November over 6,000 growers, packers,processors, retailers, researchers, specialists, consultants, journalists,students and international visitors are expected to attend BP2013 in Harrogate.


 Jointly sponsoredby Branston and Grimme, and with the support of our media partner PotatoReview, BP2013 takes place on the 27 and 28 November at the Yorkshire EventCentre and online ticket registration is now live at

BP2013 is theevent dedicated to the GB potato industry that delivers a sales value of 731mat farm gate and 5.7bn at consumer level. Only once every two years, the whole GB supply-chain is together underone roof. Its a chance togauge the mood first-hand, to update on trade changes, monitor competitors,and learn more about innovations entering this progressive and fast movingindustry. For new entrants BP2013 is the opportunity to meetindustry professionals and to understand the opportunities that exist or mayarise in the future.

Every company orpiece of machinery a potato grower would wish to see will be among the 200 ofEurope’s leading companies exhibiting. Over the two days, deals will be struck, key contacts made andacquaintances renewed. 

BP2013 sponsor Branston is oneof the UKs largest buyers, packers and distributors of potatoes and is lookingforward to meeting up with growers on its stand.

Having sponsored the event for a number of years now, we still see this as themost important in the UK potato industry, explains Graeme Beattie, managingdirector.


Our continued involvement givesus a great platform to interact with our suppliers and customers from acrossthe UK.  Much has changed since the lastevent and there have been some enormous challenges thrown at the industry. Sothis will be a unique opportunity for discussion on the future direction for UKpotatoes.


Long-termevent supporter and joint BP2013 sponsor, Grimme UK, the market leader inpotato planting and harvesting machinery is looking forward to showcase itsinnovative technology at the event.


Grimmessales director Barry Baker says, Weve had two very challenging and variedseasons since the last BP event. BP2013 is an excellent opportunity for growersand farm managers to see and discuss kit requirements first hand. Its an idealopportunity to find the most economic, productive and cost effective plantingand harvesting equipment for your specific rotation.


New  Damage Awareness Campaign to launch


The PotatoCouncils Damage Awareness Campaign is being led by Claire Hodge, technicalexecutive. The campaign focuses on optimising machinery and potato handlingequipment, in order to help reduce the impacts of tuber damage caused duringmain crop lifting and is set to be unveiled at the biennial event.


Damaged crops cost the UK potato industry over 200 per hectare shestates.  The Potato Council has beenworking in conjunction with Grimme, Standen-Pearson and Tong Peal to promoteawareness and provide guidelines aimed at planning in order to minimise damageat crop lifting.   

Tong Peal Engineering is pleased to beworking alongside Potato Council in raising awareness on crop damage. Wecontinuously strive to design and develop our grading and handling equipment toensure the gentlest handling, with minimum drops and ultimate control ofequipment settings by incorporating the latest equipment controls to allowmachines settings to match the crop type and handling conditions at any giventime, says Nick Woodcock. BP2013 gives us the chance to interact withexisting customers, but also talk to people who are planning a total potatohandling project from scratch.


David Wilson, sales director at Ely based StandenPearsonsays: No two potato harvest seasons are the same, after the huge investmentinto planting, getting the crop established and monitoring and measuring thetubers during the growing season, its vital that damage is minimised duringthe handling stage. Were very proud to be part of the Potato Councils newcampaign, the potential to save 200ha on the 122,200 hectares grown in GB thisyear is a no brainer, thats why were fully involved in this project.


Claire Hodge will be on the Potato Councilstand at BP2013, Harrogate, 27 and 28 November to meet levy-payers.


Planningyour time is essential


As well asensuring time for seeing customers and suppliers on the commercial stands,visitors need  allow plenty of time forthe Potato Council stand, which takes up its usual, position at heart of Hallone.

Whether itsmarket intelligence, levy-funded research and knowledge transfer, seed andexport news, storage tips or consumer trends youre after, a wealth ofresources will be available on the stand, explains Dr Sharon Hall, PotatoCouncils head of communications and knowledge transfer.

A visit to thestand is also a good opportunity to meet the Potato Council team and to discussyour current business priorities and individual challenges.

HotTopics BP2013 seminar programme announced

Gaining the latestindustry insight on technical, agronomic, legislative and marketingdevelopments from industrys top experts is one of the key reasons industryflock to BP2013 en masse.

Hot topics to becovered at the seminar suite on the Potato Council stand, have been carefullychosen to ensure they reflect the latest developments and advice to add valueto your business. There will also be the opportunity to talk to the expertsinformally on the Potato Council stand after each presentation. The seminarprogramme includes:

Be CIPC Compliant: Industry has takena proactive approach to CIPC stewardship for the last 5 years. In the wake ofthe Action Committee Review on the use of this sprout suppressant, what are thenext steps for industry? Speakers: PCLs head of R&D, Dr Mike Storey / PCLs headof Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research,Adrian Cunnington


One Voice:  Whether talking to mums, MPs or the media its important that we givestrong simple messages about the crop from talking about texture to theintrinsic health benefits find out whats being done on your behalf and howto get involved.  Speaker: PCLs head ofmarketing and corporate affairs, CarolineEvans


What lies beneath? For potato productivity tothrive and for environmental impact to be minimised it is crucial that soil andnutrient management is prioritised. Professor Karl Ritz from Cranfield University will explore the complexinteractions between soil, crops, microbial and animal life belowground.


Preserving GB’s biosecurity: Following recentplant health incursions, Martin Ward,UK chief plant health officer at Defra, will present lessons learned andcurrent risk assessment strategies aimed at mitigating impacts on agricultureand horticulture (Weds only).


Sourcing and using seed safely: John Kerr,  SASA’s Head of Potato & VegetableCrops Branch will update you on UNECE changes to seed certification and provideyou with the knowledge you need to make effective business decisions onsourcing and multiplication for seed and ware production (Thurs) only.


Interactivepanel sessions

In addition panel sessions will also take place inthe Forestry Pavillion featuring the leading authorities in the European potatosupply chain. The two sessions are:


GB Potato Production – Risk vs Reward:

Exploring the risk vs reward ratio required by GBbusinesses to encourage the capital investment necessary for a progressiveindustry.  Production costs assessmentswill be evaluated for 2012 season with projections for 2013 & 2014. Panelchair: Neil Cameron, Bidwells


What drives North-West European potato market dynamics?: Representatives from North-West Europe will outline production costsstructures and key market changes by country over the last 15 years.  Jointpanel chairs: Jay Wootton, Andersonsand Victor Phaff, chair of theNorth-Western European Potato Growers (NEPG) (Weds only).



There aresupporting sponsorship opportunities which are still available. If you arelooking to boost the profile of your organisation, please contact the BP2013event team on 07857 265003.



 To view theexhibitor list and to register for your free tickets go to:



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