£4m investment means move for Vitacress salad operations

Fresh herb and salad supplier Vitacress has announced it will invest £4m to expand intake operations at its St Mary Bourne, Hampshire salads factory.

Image: Le Petit Coin Botanique (CC BY 2.0)
Image: Le Petit Coin Botanique (CC BY 2.0)

Work will commence this autumn and complete during 2017. Once the new facility is fully operational, Vitacress is proposing to close its current operations at Amesbury in Wiltshire.

The company has entered consultation with its employees to accommodate this closure and changes to working patterns and shift structures required at St Mary Bourne.

Chief executive Toby Brinsmead said: "Two years ago we started an investment programme to support our ambition to be leaders in our core markets of fresh herbs and salads.

"In 2016 we completed a £6m investment in Chichester, West Sussex, creating the UK's leading fresh herbs facility, and this new investment in our St Mary Bourne factory is the next step to ensure that we remain competitive and continue to provide the best produce available in the rapidly evolving salads market."

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