Clyde Valley Tomatoes to ramp up production

Lanarkshire-based specialist grower Clyde Valley Tomatoes (CVT) has announced that it intends to ramp up production and distribution following a successful "trial run" in the Scottish market last year.

Co-founder David Craig said: "Last year, it was clear we had underestimated the demand for varieties like red, yellow or black cherries, tiger stripes and baby plum tomatoes." This season the firm will increase production by 50 per cent to 21,000 stems, with miniature varieties accounting for almost half, while new varieties will include giant beef tomato Black Marmande.

The company will also switch to coir as a growing medium this year, has adopted a pesticide-free policy and will use only native British bees as pollinators, said Craig.

"We have secured some major supply deals which will see our tomatoes in two major supermarket chains across Scotland," while also extending its supply to independent retailers, he added.

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