Root vegetable industry pioneer William Hunter dies

William Hunter, chairman of Lancashire-based vegetable supplier Huntapac Produce, has died.

William Hunter - image:Huntapac
William Hunter - image:Huntapac

Described by colleagues as a pioneer in the root vegetable industry, Hunter developed and built washing and processing machinery at the company's Tarleton site, while turning it into a multi-million-pound supplier.

A pioneer of automated packing, he was the first to wash and pack carrots into polythene bags for supermarkets. His methods of washing and handling carrots, and of recycling washing water, were also widely taken up.

Hunter was also a passionate restorer of lorries, including many used to ship his crops, for which he established a museum which now houses over 20 vehicles.

Huntapac Produce is run by William Hunter's two sons, Warren and Jason, and grandsons Will and Henry. It employs over 300 staff.

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