Potato processor McCain has appointed a new company to remove and recycle by-products from its Scarborough factory.
The food producer, based in Eastfield, has agreed a five-year deal with Pontefract firm Soltens to take over sales of the products, which includes potato peel.
Once collected, they are destined for the animal feed industry and are sold on to farms via Soltens’ sister company Duynie, as a cost effective alternative to compound animal feeds.
Soltens, part of Europe’s largest by-product recycling firm, Dutch company Soltens BV, saw off stiff competition to secure the prestigious deal in a competitive tendering process.
The company handles more than four million tonnes of by-products a year across Europe, including one million tonnes of potato by-product, and replaces McCain’s incumbent contractor which has worked at the Scarborough factory for a number of years.
Jonathan Job, procurement manager at Soltens, described the contract as a “significant step forward in the UK” for the West Yorkshire firm, which took over from the existing contractor last Thursday.
He said: “McCain is an iconic company in the UK. Everyone has heard of them through their advertising campaigns and thousands of people tuck into their oven chips every evening at teatime.
“For us to secure this contract, therefore, is a source of great pride. We were very careful to ensure our offer was structured in the right way and that attention to detail has paid off so we are delighted.”
Mr Job said farmers who purchased by-products from the factory could rest assured they will still have a ready source of livestock feed.
“Initially we will be replacing the incumbent contractor like for like so all of the feed products will still be available only from Duynie,” he said.
“In time we will be developing new feeds from the products we are removing so we will be able to offer a larger range of feeds.”
Alan Bridges, from McCain, added: “At McCain we have been ensuring all manufacturing by-products have been efficiently and sustainably managed for decades.
“Soltens has more than 40 years of experience removing and recycling by-products from the potato processing industry and we are confident their plans will have a range of benefits for McCain. We look forward to working closely with them on an ongoing basis.”