Neudorff plans to double size in 2016

Neudorff has "big plans for 2016" sales director Jude Beharell has said following strong growth in the sector.

Beharell said the slug market was down but Neudorff had seen 80 per cent growth in the sector. Neudorff introduced a 1kg slug killer carton refill pack this year.

New product Wild Gardener was aimed at urban growers, an "emerging trend", said Beharell. However the seed product, he said, was "aimed at the Bake Off/Masterchef viewer" and its edible flowers variety was "stand out product". RRP is £3.49.

Answering questions about alternatives' price and efficacy raised by Scotts Miracle Gro chief executive Jim Hagedorn, Beharell said that rival controls companies would defend under-pressure active glyphosate "to the hilt" but maintained that "alternatives do work". He conceded that glyphosate was "dominant in the market", but neonicotinoids went out of the market "under not a lot of pressure".

He said that development costs of glyphosate "were recouped years ago but ultimately, long-term, the industry will have to find a replacement".

He said systemic controls from Neudorff, Vitax (SPK) and Hygea in Ireland were available.

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