German-Irish Delegation Visit

15/05/2017

James Hutton Limited hosted a delegation from the German-Irish Chamber of Industry and Commerce at the James Hutton Institute today. 

The group of 20, which included 15 German companies with interests in the potato industry, visited as part of a market research trip investigating the potato supply chain in Great Britain and Ireland.  The German-Irish Chamber of Industry and Commerce was founded in 1980 in order to promote and facilitate bilateral trade and investment between Germany and Ireland.  The delegation will be visiting various other organisations in the potato industry in Great Britain and Ireland during a four day trip. 

During the visit to the James Hutton Institute, the group was greeted by Dr Jonathan Snape, Commercial Director of the Institute’s subsidiary company, James Hutton Limited.  After an introduction to the James Hutton Institute, the delegation visited the Commonwealth Potato Collection - the UK’s genebank of landrace and wild potatoes, which is held in trust at the Institute.  They also took a tractor tour of the Invergowrie site and received a brief outline of the commercial potato breeding work undertaken by James Hutton Limited.  

Following the information gathering, the group enjoyed a networking event which provided the opportunity to make links with likeminded businesses from the local area.

Welcoming the delegation, Dr Snape said:  “It is a pleasure to be able to host such a large group of interested businesses and to make new links.  Although just a small part of the four day programme, I do hope the German visitors enjoyed their time at the James Hutton Institute and have left with a strong flavour of the ground breaking work being done here to support the global potato industry and the underpinning science that makes this possible.”

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