Kent grower claims to have first season's first cucumbers on sale in supermarkets

Thanet Earth has again claimed to have the season's earliest UK cucumbers on supermarket shelves.

A&A Growers, which owns and operates the cucumber greenhouse at the Kent facility, picked its first fruits on 17 January. They are going on sale initially in Tesco stores in the area.

The company, which takes its name from co-founders Addy Breugem and Arjen de Gier, begins growing young plants just before Christmas, using an unusual high-wire format. It raises three crops year in glasshouses with energy from a combined heat and power scheme.

The two men previously operated a 6.5ha glasshouse in the Westland area of Holland.

The Thanet Earth complex currently has three glasshouses but has planning permission for a further four, each growing a single product.


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