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Planning permission secured for new storage silos

28 March 2013

Potato silos fitted by Soltens, similar to those that will be fitted on Lamb Weston’s site
Potato silos fitted by Soltens, similar to those that will be fitted on Lamb Weston’s site

Food co-products innovator Soltens has secured planning permission to install a number of storage silos on Lamb Weston’s potato processing site in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.

The move will see the West Yorkshire based company – part of the Dutch group Soltens B.V. – invest a significant sum in installing storage facilities in exchange for a long term contract to remove a range of potato co-products including white starch, grey starch, cooked chips, slivers, potato peel and mashed potato.

Work on the site is due to get started this quarter.

According to Jonathan Job, UK procurement manager at Soltens, the silos will benefit the entire co-products industry by increasing quality from the factory through to the end buyer.
White starch will go into the technical starch industry, Mr Job said, while the remaining products will go to farmers as animal feed.

“Installing the silos is beneficial for every part of the chain,” he said.

“It means, for example, that Lamb Weston benefit from a cleaner, more efficient system of dealing with the by-products of their processing operations and the logistics in involved in removing the product is significantly reduced.

“The silos are a very hygienic solution which means we benefit because the co-products don’t need to be removed and processed before they can be sold on and the farmers benefit because the feed is fit for consumption straight from the factory – the silos ensure it is not contaminated in any way.

“Essentially, the silos bring the quality of the co-products up and that is a big win for everyone.”

Mr Job added Soltens had improved many food factories in Europe and had plans to do the same in the UK.

“We’re professionalising the way co-products are handled,” he said.

“Our processes raise the quality of what the factory does and what the farmer buys, which can only be good for the end consumer.”

Steve Smith from Lamb Weston, said: “This project is completely in line with our strategy on sustainability. 

“In addition to helping us generate value from every part of the potato, these initiatives also help the aesthetics of the plant and bring a more professional aspect to areas of the plant previously associated with waste.”

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