Rufus Pilgrim: Report published

2016 Scholar, Rufus Pilgrim’s report is now available on the Nuffield International website. Below is the executive summary of his report, titled:‘The future of the UK Potato Industry: exploring the supply chain challenges.’

Report Title       

The future of the UK Potato Industry: exploring the supply chain challenges


Rufus Pilgrim


AHDB Potatoes

Countries visited

Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Kenya, South Africa, United States and Canada.


Objectives of the study tour: 

  • Identifying the key factors that affect Supply Chain performance.
  • Examining each factor relative to the UK Industry, highlighting those most relevant.
  • Comparing the UK Analysis with the equivalent findings in overseas potato markets



  • Relationships within the supply chain are crucial. Stakeholders need to think longer term and collaboratively to build confidence, encourage investment and trust
  • A greater need to control volatility by the UK potato supply chain will necessitate the increased use of contracting mechanisms. For some this will require a recalibration of their expectations on returns
  • Improving productivity, with a target of self-sufficiency is the key objective. Over time, as consumption habits change, and production efficiencies and crop utilisation improves, it is likely that the area for fresh potato production will need to reduce


See Richard’s report at: