A potato supplier claims to be the first food producer in the country to have been awarded the Carbon Trust standard.

Branston, which supplies more than 400,000 tonnes of fresh potatoes every year, has become one of only 26 organisations in the UK to hold the standard. Over the past three years the potato supplier has slashed its carbon emissions by six per cent by building a state-of-the-art cold store that uses less power than traditional facilities, and introducing high-speed doors in areas of the factory where heat loss is above average. It has also upgraded its water treatment facilities.

The standard, introduced by the Carbon Trust Standard Company in June, recognises businesses that commit to reducing carbon emissions.

Branston will now be audited every two years to ensure it continues to reduce carbon emission and meets its targets.