Landgard cooperative invites UK growers to approach group for partnerships

Landgard UK managing director Richard Egerton has called for UK growers to get in touch and grow for his company.

Egerton, who set up the UK arm of the EUR1.6bn turnover cooperative of 3,000 German growers in 2007, said organic growth rather than acquisitions will lead to a £50m turnover by 2013 and that the West Sussex-based business will be in profit by 2011.

Landgard UK, which bought the marketing business of Chessum Roses in 2010 and is based in West Sussex at Brinkmans - which it bought in 2009 - services most UK supermarkets, DIY multiples and many garden centres.

Egerton said half the group's current stock comes from the UK: "We have good demand for UK-grown product. We want to be in the position of not having to source a lot of lines from Holland or Germany. Our policy is to source from the UK and grower partnerships in the UK work very well.

"We're about adding value to the retailer and consumer. We're happy with the customer listing we have. It's about developing within these markets to offer year-round business of offers, promotions and ranges. We want to work 12 months of the year, not just March, April, May."

The former B&Q nursery stock buyer added that he is looking for bedding growers, grow-your-own suppliers, pot bedding, pack bedding and vegetable plants. Landgard UK will be at the Four Oaks Trade Show in Cheshire on 7-8 September to promote its business.

- For more on Landgard UK, see HW, 3 September.


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