Potato Industry Awards Shortlist

We are pleased to announce the finalists of 2023, after our independent panel of judges reviewed the entries. There was a high standard of entries this year and judges are grateful to all those who took time to put a nomination together. It was particularly good to see so many 'Young Achievers' put forward, as this is a new category and reflects the need to attract new talent and skills to the industry for generations to come.


Grower/Growing Manager of 2022-2023:

Bradley Sykes
Chris Suckling
Nick Taylor
Sophie Bambridge


Best Innovation 2022-2023

IPM Potato Group Ltd (development of PCN resistant variety called Buster)
DIG -Data Intelligence for Growers (data management and stock control platform for the potato industry)
Crop Systems Limited
BASF (Honesty®, new liquid tuber treatment)
Privest®: A new late blight fungicide produced by BASF. 
Martin Lishman Ltd
Fera Science Ltd (tech, protocols and genome sequencing work for controlling Meloidogyne fallax)
Jason Hawkins-Row (Aponic Limited - vertical farm that sprays nutrient solution onto roots)
Fortress Technology (Bulk Potato Slider Detector System)


Best Environmental/Sustainability Initiative

KP Snacks (Intersnack Group)
Crop Systems Limited
Marcus Palmer
Simon Fox


Best Marketing Work / Best Marketing Campaign

Potato House - Grow Your Own Potatoes (GYOP)
HZPC - Super Sagitta Marketing Campaign
UPL ltd - Natural Plant Protection brand
Maincrop Potatoes - social media / community awareness campaign
BASF - Perfecting Potatoes Together
Kids Country (educational arm of East of England Agricultural Society)
Greenvale  - Golden Kings


Machinery and Implements

Pace Mechanical Handling Ltd - upgraded bag/weigh/seal system
AVR  - Ceres 450 planter -Maschio power harrow
AVR - Puma 4.0 potato upgraded harvester
AVR - Python twin conveyor



Eric Anderson
Martyn Cox
Andy Alexander
Andrew Goodinson
John Sarup


Hescott-Meredith Memorial Award

Andy Evans
Martyn Cox (Blackthorn Arable)
Harry Duncan
Philip Burgess

Best Young Achiever

Kieran Hardy
Dom Hill
Bradley Sykes
James Pitman
Joseph Mowbray
Thomas Carter
Joseph Marshall


Storage/Refrigeration Achiever

Farm Electronics Ltd
Crop Systems Limited
Tim Kitson


British Potato Industry Award

Walter Simon
Andy Alexander
Debbie Winstanley
Nick Cesare
Adrian Cunnington
Peter Peebles

Best of luck to all those shortlisted on the evening!