Tesco awards its best suppliers

The UK's biggest supermarket has singled out the best of its vegetable and fruit suppliers for its first-ever supplier and grower awards.

Tesco praised companies across almost every industry area including product management, innovation and environment, as well as growing and supply.

Overall grower of the year was Nigel Bartle of the Greenery, while Gomez picked up the overall supplier of the year award.

Grower of the year category winners included John Rix of Greenvale for vegetables, alongside Bartle for salad. Alan Firman at Norman Collett won the fruit category, and James Cole of EM Cole Farms scooped the horticulture category.

Tesco supplier of the year went to five winners: Gomez for salad, Branston for vegetables, Glinwell for organics, Grapes Direct for fruit and Kingley for horticulture.

Tesco buyer Jonathan Corbett said: "The awards recognised exceptional individuals and teams who have contributed to the growth of our business worldwide."

Greenvale won best variety of the year for its Vales Sovereign potato. Chief executive Angus Armstrong said the potato was now firmly established at Tesco.

Humber VHB won a farming innovation gong for herb-growing technology, Pearsons won an environment award for a digester system, and Flamingo won a community award for Homegrown Kenya. The young professional of the year award went to Adrian Ollins at Berryworld, Kingley won the Tesco achievement award and G's Marketing the local grower gong.


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