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Events during 2016 at which Caithness Potatoes will be attending. 

We would welcome the opportunity of meeting you.

WholeCrop Potatoes Annual Trials Day Thursday 28th July 2016  8am – 1pm

See a selection of the Caithness new and proven varieties and meet some of the team. We look forward to welcoming you. 

The Venue is at Low Grange Farm, Market Weighton, (please use YO43 4LX on your sat nav for the correct entrance)

Potatoes in Practice 2016 Thursday, 11 August, 2016 - 9:30am to 4:30pm

Potatoes in Practice is the largest field-based potato event in the UK. The event brings together variety trials, research and trade exhibits in one place making it an essential date in the potato industry calendar.
See a selection of the Caithness new and proven varieties and meet some of the team. We look forward to welcoming you. 
The route to the event site has been carefully planned to minimise traffic going through the village and to avoid any 'incidents' with heavy machinery. Please don't rely solely on your satnav to take you to site. Please follow the AA signage once you see it - this takes you on the best route. For more event information

Isle of Ely Produce and Chippy Chat variety trials – Friday 9th September 2016

Isle of Ely Produce and Chippy Chat are to once again open their doors to chip shop owners and managers so they can see first-hand the journey a potato makes before it reaches their shops.

See a selection of the Caithness new and proven varieties and meet some of the team.
Chippy Chat Open Day - Field to Frier Event

Open Day for the Fish & Chip Shop Trade – Sunday 11th September 2016

Oak Tree Farm, Littleport, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB6 1RS

Caithness 2016 New Seedlings and Variety Exhibition 19th – 30th September 2016

Caithness Potatoes will be holding its annual exhibition of new varieties and seedlings this year at:
Robert J S Doig & Co
Old Fargie

If you are reseller and promoter of new varieties we would like to invite you for a 1 to 1 tour of the new selections.

We hope a visit will give you an opportunity to build a closer working relationship with us and help you find varieties that can benefit your business.

Please allow around 2-3 hours for your visit. To reserve a person viewing, please RSVP with your preferred dates and times:

Potato Europe 2016 Wednesday, September 14, and Thursday, September 15, 2016.

Potato Europe is an annual event for the European potato industry. This year it will be held in France in Villers-Saint-Christophe (Aisne, France)
Jan-Eric Geersing, Dominic, Ian and Gordon, will be attending and would well to the opportunity to meet customers and suppliers.

More event information


The Caithness BV 2016 Variety Exhibition Netherlands 

Thursday 10th and Friday 11th November 2016 9am to 5pm 

See our new varieties grown in the Netherlands and meet Jan-Eric Geersing, Dominic, Ian and Gordon, who are all part of the Caithness BV team.

Jan-Eric Geersing
Caithness Potatoes BV
Banterweg 10
8302 AC Emmeloord


Marks and Spencer add Divaa to their Discovery Range - 27th February 2013

Divva was bred from the familiar Scottish heritage variety Pentland Javelin, and was chosen by M&S for its exceptional appearance and culinary versatility. Divaa always performs well, whether baked, mashed, roast, French fried, boiled or steamed. Unlike most Div(a)as, this one is not exceptionally demanding, and performed well for Lincolnshire grower Nigel Patrick in 2012.

M&S have launched a ‘significant’ new potato variety in their Discovery range, the variety Divaa.

Divaa comes from the Caithness Potatoes stable of varieties and is the result of several years vigorous testing under a range of sometimes trying conditions. Robert Doig of Caithness said “we have tested Divaa at numerous sites over recent years and were pleased to find that it always produced exceptionally bright, clean tubers with a long oval shape, very similar to those of Maris Piper”.

M&S potato supplier Manor Fresh were also conducting trials their own trials of the variety at the same time, and also noted its similarity Maris Piper, they were please to find that the similarity also extended to Divaa’s culinary performance. Divaa’s white flesh, fluffy texture and versatile cooking characteristics made it a winner in a series of taste panels, fried, boiled, steamed, baked or roasted it performed extremely well in their development kitchen.

However it is in the field where Divaa begins to outperform Maris Piper. Piper is very susceptible to common scab and requires significant quantities of water to keep the disease at bay while the tubers are forming, Divaa has a good level of common scab resistance and requires a less intensive irrigation program to keep this disease at bay; it also produces similar yields 2 to 3 weeks earlier than Piper. Divaa is also more likely to produce a good packing potato sample where irrigation is limited or not available, and is also becoming a variety of significant interest to the processing / frying trade, an alternative outlet for Divaa growers.

Divaa also has a useful level of potato cyst nematode (PCN) resistance. PCN is a very significant pest for the UK potato industry and Maris Piper’s susceptibility to the pallida variant of the disease is one of the main reasons that this pest has become such a problem for some potato growers. Divaa’s resistance can form a useful part of an integrated control strategy for this significant pest problem.

Divaa appears to have a bright future ahead of it, its first exclusive appearance is at M&S on 28/02/13, we think it will have a long career ahead of it and it could be destined for number 1.

Divaa goes commercial in Holland

See our first commercial Dutch crop of Divaa being harvested at Novifarm for LambWeston.

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Bute   Bute has been selected for its strengths in the white pre-pack market. It produces high yields of bold, uniform bright tubers.
Divaa   Divaa is a very versatile early variety giving good yields of very bright tubers with very white skin and flesh. It is bred from Innovator and is very similar in performance except for its amazing skin brightness.


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