Continuous investment in innovation is the phrase that jumps out time and again in the Lincolnshire Herbs story - and when the potted herb producer's activities from the past 18 months are lined up it is easy to see why.
They include a £1.2m investment in a finishing centre with an automated sleeving and packing line, a £1.8m investment in an added hectare of glass with energy-efficient double thermal screens for growing coriander, preparations for an input of £1.1m in a ground source heating system to cut gas use by up to 90 per cent, introduction of a staff monitoring tool reducing labour costs by 14 per cent, a customer-focused website - and plans for a prototype composting unit to create a 'recycled peat' product from the firm's plant and peat waste.
It is that constant drive forwards that is also responsible for the firm going from start-up just 13 years ago to the thriving, £5m turnover business that it is today and make it a worthy winner of this year's best of the best award in its category group: Grower of the Year - Edibles 2012.
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