Cambridgeshire vegetable processor awarded £110,000 grant for onion store

Wisbech-based vegetable processor Fountain Foods will use a grant from from the Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative to fund an energy-efficient 1,500-tonne onion storage unit, which will be used to cure and chill onions for the traditionally lean May-July period.

Image: Mike Licht
Image: Mike Licht

Fountain Foods factory & procurement manager Jim Kelk said: "This not only supports our passion for self-sufficiency in growing, storing and processing onions from the local area, but also increase local farming and employment opportunities."

In all, four agri-food businesses in the area will share grants totalling £215,000, on top of over £2 million already awarded.

The programme accesses funding from the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills' Regional Growth Fund, and is distinct from the government's Agri-Tech Catalyst fund.

Mark Reeve, chairman of the Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative and the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership (LEP), added: "There is still funding available, and we want to encourage even more businesses to apply to further strengthen our position as the leading area for agri-tech in the UK."

Grants support market and supply chain development, improvements in productivity and efficiency, as well as research, development and implementation of new techniques. See www.agritechgrants.co.uk or call 01480 277180.


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