£30k grant award to Global Plant Genetics will aid international fresh produce distribution

Global Plant Genetics has been awarded an Innovate UK grant worth almost £30,000 to conduct a feasibility study to maximise the value of its berry and asparagus offer on an international basis.

Rupert Hargreaves and Jamie Petchell of Global Plant Genetics
Rupert Hargreaves and Jamie Petchell of Global Plant Genetics

The 18-month-old intellectual property company has created a portfolio of varieties in all berry and asparagus sectors, representing selected world class breeders on a global scale.

The grant money will be used towards the cost associated with setting up an international network of partners.

Commenting on this grant, Rupert Hargreaves said "Our strong relationship with international breeders has allowed us to be awarded a first class portfolio of products. This grant money will allow us to effectively fast track the international distribution of the trials material into new territories.

He added: "It is not until the commercial arrangements have been concluded and the new varieties have proven themselves in each and every location, that the true value of the Intellectual Property can be determined. We are however delighted with the fantastic array of products we have and are looking forward to getting them through the trials and into commercial production, adding value to each of the parties in the supply chain."


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