Essex protected salad grower expands to 22 hectares

Fresh bagged salad producer Florette says it has boosted its sustainability by doubling the size of its Angflor growing operation near Colchester, to 22 hectares of covered production.

Neil Sanderson - image:HW
Neil Sanderson - image:HW

Jointly developed by Anglia Salads, Jepco Marketing and Florette UK, the three-year expansion project will enable large-scale cultivation of lamb's lettuce in the UK for the first time - a crop which the company previously imported wholly from France and Spain. T

he site also harvests and stores rainwater, reducing its environmental footprint further.

Florette UK and Ireland managing director Neil Sanderson said: "The Angflor vision was to see Florette focus on innovation, freshness and sustainability and the results speak for themselves, as the site has helped reduce food miles and collects 30 million gallons of water per annum."

Angflor also introduced an apprenticeship scheme this year, which it is looking to continue in 2016.

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