Sainsbury's announces funding for fruit supplier studies

Kent fruit suppliers AC Goatham & Son and FW Mansfield & Son are among 14 food producers set to benefit from a total of £1.2m research and development funding announced by Sainsbury's at its farming conference last month.

The funding for the two companies will be used to research controlled-atmosphere storage to improve apple quality.

Other fresh produce growers to benefit include Wight Salads as well as potato suppliers Greenvale and Albert Bartlett, while a further research project will look at extending the British strawberry season.

Sainsbury's director of brand Judith Batchelar described the grant programme "an industry first for a British retailer".


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