After an autumn which has seen more than half of the Co Donegal seed potato crop hit by bad weather, it will be seen as a shrewd move by the local company.
The company bought by Donegal Creameries is A.J. Allan, based in Brechin, Angus.
The deal was done through Donegal Creamerie’ subsidiary Irish Potato Marketing.
No details were released on how much was paid for the business – but it looks like the company is already investing the money it got from Connacht Gold for its milk business.
AJ Allan grows 12,000 tons a year of certified seed potatoes which will add to Donegal’s existing 50,000 annual tons.
It was founded in late 1960s and established as a family business by the late Ian Allan.
The company website states: “A complete range of up to date equipment from stone separators and harvesters to temperature controlled stores means A. J. Allan can confidently offer healthy damage free seed potatoes. These potatoes can be graded into a variety of size bands and treated efficiently with whatever chemical the customer requires.
“Constant attention to detail using integrated crop management systems assures quality, meeting with the aims of the Assured Produce Scheme and the requirements of Tesco’s Nature’s Choice – providing effective control of all Virus and Fungal Disease.
“Reliability and continuity are secured by an experienced, closely-knit team, the majority of whom have been with the business for years.”
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