A new small potato introduced to the UK could be a wee ‘gem’ for the Scottish economy.
The potato variety Gemson, a small salad variety, has recently been introduced to the UK market by GRAMPIAN GROWERS LTD.
It produces less waste and can offer higher yields for the farmer in comparison to its main competitor and market leader, Maris Peer.Nutritional experts from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh have also shown that Gemson potatoes offer good nutritional benefits and were considered by consumers to be equally as tasty as Maris Peer.
The potato industry in the UK is worth £4.1bn. The variety has been developed by the James Hutton Institute in Dundee and Grampian Growers, the latter which holds the world-wide marketing rights. It is currently available for sale at major retailers in the UK and Ireland.