Specialist potato grower Scutt Farming is now supplying Morrisons supermarkets – one year after installing a new washline.
Until the coronavirus pandemic, Scutt Farming was selling all its potato crop to fish and chip shops. But Jonathan Scutt was forced to change focus after chip shops closed during lockdown. He now supplies potatoes to Morrisons’ Wonky Range too.
The switch was made possible following the installation of a Haith washline at Scutt Farming, Eastrington, near Goole, East Yorkshire. It includes a Haith Rota-tip S, flume destoner, semi-submerged washer and sponge roller dryer.
The Rota-tip S is popular with farmers looking to handle up to 12 boxes an hour. Rather than lifting the box, the Rota-tip pivots around a centre axis. It provides a cost-effective solution and means there is no pressure on the container.
Soil is removed by a fixed centre coil soil extractor. The potatoes then enter the destoner and washer, which can handle 5-10 tonnes per hour. An integral drip tray ensures no water from crop hits the floor as it goes through the sponge roller dryer.
“Before this line, we were relying on a washline that must have been 25 years old,” said Mr Scutt. “It was obviously showing signs of wear and was never going to be as efficient as the modern line.
“The new washline from Haith increased our flexibility, and it definitely helped us secure our contract with Morrisons. Supplying fish and chip shops is still our largest area, and we’re benefiting from increased throughput and better quality.”
Haith sales manager, Ken Hollingworth said: “It must have been a very worrying time for the team when the pandemic meant their customers had to close. We’re pleased we’ve been able to play a small part in helping them win their new contract.”