Home Economy TV farming personality shows his support for Fife agriculture
“It’s a great model that brings produce with a strong reputation for premium quality to our supermarket shelves…”
Bank of Scotland farming ambassador Adam Henson has paid a special visit to Fife vegetable supplier Kettle Produce’s premises near Freuchie to get a first-hand glimpse of its operations and show his support for the Scottish agriculture and farming industry.
The TV farming personality joined staff and growers on a field and factory tour at Kettle Produce’s manufacturing facility, accompanied by the Bank’s south and east Scotland area director for agriculture, Sandy Hay, to inspect the produce, including this winter’s carrots.
After a presentation from Kettle Produce staff, the group made its way out to visit local grower Andrew Howie, who walked Henson and Hay through the current crops and gave opportunity to sample the fresh carrots bound for UK supermarkets this season.
Head of Field Dept Ian Morrison said: “It’s been fantastic to have the opportunity to showcase Kettle’s operations and to discuss ideas with an experienced farmer like Adam.
“A lot of time, dedication and hard work goes into getting fresh produce from field to market, requiring a consistently high level of attention to ensure delivery. Sharing ideas and support is vital to maintaining this essential process.”
Hay said: “Bank of Scotland is incredibly supportive of the Scottish farming and agricultural industries. Kettle Produce, in its 40th year of business, is a well-established vegetable processer and packer. We are proud to have supported this successful business through many major milestones and we continue to see it going from strength to strength, responding to new market trends and leading new innovative product development.
“By introducing an industry champion like Adam to one of our key Mid Markets customers, which is intrinsically linked into the agriculture sector, as well as one of our farming customers, Andrew Howie, we are able to provide a platform with a sector specialist to help raise and discuss important issues for the industry.”
Henson added: “I have been really impressed by the size and scale of operations at Kettle Produce and how the business maintains a structure that works for its very diverse supply chain. Collaboration is key. There is a huge amount of trust that’s been built through strong working relationships, some now with third generation farmers. It’s a great model that brings produce with a strong reputation for premium quality to our supermarket shelves.”