Further consolidation in field veg as Produce World forms brassica joint venture

Produce World Group (PWG) and Lincolnshire Field Products (LFP) will form a joint venture bringing the two companies' brassica businesses together.

Image: HW
Image: HW

The joint venture will be responsible for all growing and harvesting, and will concentrate all processing and packing at LFP's site at Wykeham near Spalding, creating around 60 new jobs.

However as a result, PWG has proposed closing its site at Butterwick near Boston, where it has begun a consultation with staff.

LFP commercial director Martin Tate said: "We believe that this joint venture plays to the strengths of both organisations, combining the growing expertise and experience in brassicas of LFP with the commercial skills of Produce World, and will help to secure the future of brassica growing in this part of Lincolnshire, the brassica capital of the UK."

PWG executive chairman Neil Fraser said: "We are operating in a low-margin business and more consolidation across the industry is inevitable."

The company has also proposed closing its factory at Swinderby in the west of the county and moving all processing and packing of conventionally grown root vegetables to its site at Isleham, Cambridgeshire, where extra processing and storage facilities are being built.

Fraser added: "Our roots business at Isleham already operates successfully as a joint venture with Tompsett Burgess Growers and this is the model we plan to use with LFP."

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