Waitrose hopes to hold on to UK grown cut flowers

After Lincsflora announced a closure consultation, one of its customers, Waitrose, says it still wants to source from the UK, as it announces a 28 per cent uplift on spring tulip sales.

Waitrose sourced alliums, peonies and lilies from Lincsflora but with a shrinking number of UK growers, may have to look elsewhere for 2016.
Waitrose horticulture buying manager Emma Coupe said: "We've worked with Winchester Growers [which became Lincsflora] for nearly 15 years and our thoughts go out to all involved. 
"We're committed to UK floriculture and we're working to continue our existing long-term relationships with their outgrowers. 
"Our spring sales are showing that our customers share our passion: UK grown tulips up 28 per cent  and daffodils up 15 per cent."


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