Further to the announcement of 8 October, Produce Investments, a leading operator in the fresh potato sector and owner of The Kent Potato Company (KPC) confirm that following a period of consultation with employees, KPC is to cease operations, with an anticipated close date being 1 December 2015.

Furthermore employee representatives have agreed to conclude the 45 day consultation period prior to the planned date of 23 November, to enable all employees to have as much time as possible to begin practical preparations for the future.

The company will now commence a number of activities to support employees, including the transfer of roles to fill vacancies on other sites and training support.

The company feel that it is important to pay tribute to KPC employees for the extremely professional manner in which they have conducted themselves throughout this difficult process.