James joined McCain Foods in September 2021 as Vice President, Agriculture for the UK business. This involves the sourcing of over 650,000t of potatoes annually from trusted growers and suppliers across the UK, with many of those relationships stretching back to when McCain first opened a processing facility in the UK in 1969. The Agriculture function also includes our seed operation based in Montrose, and the initial stages of potato processing in our plants.
Prior to joining McCain Foods James spent 25 years in agriculture and procurement roles in Birds Eye and its different parent companies, focussing on sustainable grower relations and supply of high quality vegetables for freezing.
James is a graduate of the University of Newcastle with a degree in Agriculture.
Highlighting the ability to grow potatoes in a regenerative way, producing good quality yields from good soil analysis, management, reduction in inputs but maintaining yields.