OTB is delighted that Albert Bartlett has joined the OTB. Many will know this potato brand as a grower and supplier of potatoes and potato products to retailers in the UK.
In 2003 they started supplying organic potatoes from a number of farms in Scotland. One of the first growers to produce organic potatoes for Albert Bartlett was Philip Benzie from Turriff in Aberdeenshire. Philip continues to grow organic potatoes today, predominantly the Rooster variety.
In 2017 the Mclaren family farming in the Strathmore Valley purchased Arnbog farm and began the process of converting to organic production. Michael, Peter and John Mclaren are now the largest organic growers in Scotland and produce organic Broccoli, Cauliflower and Cabbage as well as a potatoes for Albert Bartlett.
The Albert Bartlett Rooster Brand was introduced into the UK mainland market in 2003 and customer demand for an organic offer quickly followed. The variety was already the number one table variety in Ireland and supported by national advertising campaign’s quickly found favour with the consumer and continues to grow in volume to this day.
A potted history
The Albert Bartlett story started in 1948 when Albert Bartlett began the family tradition of producing great quality fresh produce by setting up a beetroot-boiling operation in Coatbridge, Scotland. Nine years later, Albert’s experience and expertise helped him grow the business, and along with his two sons, Jimmy and Alex, he found a new home for the company a few miles away in Airdrie. On the very same site the first pre-pack carrots were packed and supplied into retail.
Over the years the expanding business has retained its spirit and passion for innovation and now operates across the UK in fresh, frozen and chilled potatoes.
Albert Bartlett have been recognised with a number of awards to support their environmental credentials. They work closely with growers to promote sustainable production in agriculture and also at their manufacturing sites. Albert Bartlett are signatories of the Courtauld Commitment 2025.