Produce World Group acquires roots division of Fenmarc Produce

Produce World Group has acquired the roots division of Fenmarc Produce, based in Swinderby, Lincolnshire.

The East Anglian-based vegetable grower currently grows and supplies a wide range of fresh vegetables including carrots, parsnips, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, cabbages, cauliflowers, onions, leaks, garlic and potatoes from a number of sites spread across the region.

The acquisition is part of the Produce World Group’s ongoing plan to develop and grow a sustainable fresh produce business, which will best serve the needs of its customers, suppliers, employees and shareholders.

Produce World Group executive chairman Neil Fraser said: "We are delighted to be making this announcement and are confident that this move will further strengthen Produce World’s position in the market, firmly establishing it as the UK’s leading grower and supplier of root vegetables."

"We already have considerable experience in the roots market, both at our conventional site at Isleham and our specialist organic site at Yaxley."

"We are looking forward to working with our new colleagues. As ever the main focus will be on continuing to provide excellent service for all our customers."

Mark Harrod, owner of Fenmarc Produce, said: "We conducted a strategic review and decided to sell the roots business. We have developed our conversations with Produce World on an exclusive basis. It’s a great fit with their business. We are working together to make the handover as smooth as possible from everyone’s point of view, and to continue to meet the needs of customers.  I would like to extend my thanks to the team at Swinderby for their hard work over many years and wish them all well for the future."

Horticulture Week reported last month (October) that Produce World Group has also recently formed a "long-term strategic alliance" with specialist brassica producer Lincolnshire Field Products.

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