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Sutton Bridge Storage Event targets long term energy savings and sustainability

2 August 2011

Issues surrounding potato storage such as efficiency will be one of the many topics on the agenda at the Storage Event to be held at Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research (SBCSR) in Lincolnshire on 2 September.

Nobody in the potato industry will want to miss Pepsico’s Mark Pettigrew who will be speaking about sustainability in the supply chain. Other speakers will be Professor Gareth Edwards-Jones from Bangor University who will be reviewing the impact of climate change on potato storage and Jay Wooton from Andersons the Farm Business Consultants who will discuss storage costs and how to optimise them.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to listen to Adrian Cunnington, head of SBCSR, who will be looking at storage challenges and how best to address them.

In the afternoon, delegates will select four workshops to attend, which will include the latest energy auditing and surveillance from Farm Energy Centre, seed storage covered by SAC and McCain and alternative sprout suppressants delivered by Glasgow University and AHDB Potatoes.

“Electricity contributes around 60% of variable storage costs,” says Adrian Cunnington, head of Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research. “It is vital to know how efficient your storage is and ways of enhancing performance. Potatoes stored under optimum conditions retain their quality – and value – for longer. 

“Sustainability is key to the future and improvements can offer substantial benefits, often after as little as two years. However, growers should also be looking at their long term strategy for their storage and contemplating investments to provide for the next ten to twenty years.”

Delegates will get the opportunity to view the new research stores that will make SBCSR the largest, most sophisticated crop storage research centre in the world. The stores will be officially opened at this important event.

Don’t miss it! 

For more information on the day, levy-payers should contact Miya Kotecha at AHDB Potatoes on 0247 647 8782 or email mkotecha@potato.org.uk.

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