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AHDB Potatoes and World Potato Congress rival the Olympics

2 August 2011

AHDB Potatoes Chairman Allan Stevenson and the President of World Potato Congress Inc (WPC Inc), Allan Parker, announced today that Edinburgh has been selected as the site of the 8th International World Potato Congress to be held in May 2012.

It is the first time the congress will be held in Scotland and it will be hosted by the AHDB Potatoes.  More than 600 delegates from all over the world, including growers, producers, traders, processors and manufacturers are expected to attend the four day event. 

At the signing ceremony, Richard Lochhead, Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment stated: “Scotland has a world-wide reputation for producing high health seed potatoes and I'm delighted that the 8th World Potato Congress is coming to Edinburgh in May 2012. 

“The fact that Scotland has been chosen to host such a prestigious event is further evidence of its growing reputation as a land of food and drink.
“With an estimated value of £180 million, potatoes are very important to our agricultural economy.”
AHDB Potatoes chairman Allan Stevenson said: “The congress will bring together the world’s best in our industry and this is a great opportunity to showcase the British potato industry on a global scale. The information exchange, and first hand exposure to developments in the potato sector, will benefit both British and international potato industry.

“Furthermore, industry members will be able to take advantage of opportunities to view the latest research and marketing projects in which Britain continues to lead the world.
 
“An international line up of speakers from potato marketing, research and production will be challenged to address the core issues currently facing the industry the world over,” he added.

WPC Inc President Allan Parker noted Edinburgh, with its history, culture and superior amenities, will make a great backdrop for the 8th World Potato Congress. “We typically attract delegates from across the potato industry spectrum, as well as related commercial interests such as: equipment manufacturers, crop protection specialists, banking and finance experts, marketing specialists, scientists, and many more. The list of those who benefit from our diverse and challenging program is exhaustive,” said Parker. “We look forward to welcoming the global industry leaders to Edinburgh in 2012.”
       
The Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) will be the main venue, with delegates participating in a variety of plenary and breakout sessions and workshops offered by a range of international speakers. There will also be opportunities for delegates to go on a range of technical, scientific and commercial tours that will offer British and overseas visitors exceptional opportunities to discover developments in the potato industry in Great Britain.

The Congress functions to promote sharing of information on all aspects of the potato industry. Delegates will represent the potato industry on a truly global scale and both delegates from developed and developing countries will receive a warm welcome to Scotland.

Further information will be available from the AHDB Potatoes website www.potato.org.uk/wpc2012

For further information please do not hesitate to contact Mark Prentice at the AHDB Potatoes, email mprentice@potato.org.uk.

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