Top Sales or Marketing Professional - Winner Mike Gibbon, sales manager, Berry Gardens

The son of a wholesaler at Spitalfields market, Mike Gibbon was perhaps destined to work in fresh produce. From the start he has hit the ground running.

Top Sales or Marketing Professional - Winner Mike Gibbon, sales manager, Berry Gardens
Top Sales or Marketing Professional - Winner Mike Gibbon, sales manager, Berry Gardens

At the age of just 21 he joined Berry Gardens as Tesco trading manager, an account that has doubled in size during his tenure.

Over the past five years Berry Gardens and several of its growers have developed their businesses to increase production. Mike and his team have been instrumental in supporting their development.

For example:

- In late 2014 the Berry Gardens packhouse was doubled in size to include two additional chill chambers, a larger loading area, new offices and staff facilities.

- Haygrove, one of Berry Gardens' largest growers, established an 8ha glasshouse site in Wales where 220 tonnes of Driscoll's Lusa strawberries will be harvested from March.

- Shelf-ready packaging across the berry range at the key £1 price point.

- Aronia "super" berries securing new listings.

Finalist

Lee Chambers, Lovania Nurseries


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