Albert Bartlett's buy

Root vegetable grower Albert Bartlett has acquired the packing arm of Lincs-based Naturally Best. Bartlett now supplies potatoes for much of Sainsbury's demand, as well as to other retailers.

Store on schedule

Cornish field crops specialist Southern England Farms says its new packhouse and coldstore will be completed by the winter. The 55,000 sq ft building will raise capacity, the Tesco supplier said.

Pay rise for minors

Scottish farmers and growers will be obliged to pay minors the same as over-18s after the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board ruled that linking pay rates to age is not acceptable. The age differential still exists in England and Wales.