Herb grower Langmead hails "dramatic" growth following investment

Langmead Herbs says it is on course to achieve 50 per cent business growth this year, driven by increased demand from supermarkets and food manufacturers.

Image: Langmead Group
Image: Langmead Group

Chief executive Ian Summerfield said: "We are seeing outstanding growth of 50 per cent across 2016 thanks to business development with existing customers and major new business gains. Our strength and stability makes this growth sustainable."

The West Sussex-based specialist grower last year invested £3.75 in a fully automated glasshouse which it describes as "the most advanced living herb facility in the country". The automatic potting, sowing and growing system runs 24 hours a day with minimum human input, producing year-round supply of 5 million pots of basil, parsley, mint, thyme and chives a year.

The company has also seen an increase in staff numbers from 53 to 60 following a recent recruitment campaign, and plans further expansion in 2017.

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