QV Foods is to acquire Taypack in a move aimed at strengthening the company's potato portfolio.

Due diligence is expected to be completed next week. QV director Simon Martin described it as "the final piece in QV's British potato jigsaw".

The deal follows the purchase last year of MBM Potatoes. "That purchase alone has added a large group of dedicated Scottish growers to our capacity."

QV also announced that it had extended its Gregg Wallace-fronted Inspire range of pre-prepared vegetables into new potatoes.