Chris Jones and Richard Hatherly have been out to Kenya with legume suppliers Minor Weir and Willis and Barfoots. Growers Everest, EAGA and Serengeti Fresh were visited, and crops of green beans, garden peas, chillies, babycorn, sugar snap, mangetout, tenderstem broccoli and baby courgettes were reviewed. All stages of the supply chain were reviewed from the field to Nairobi airport.
ASDA Technical Manager, Chris Jones, visited Kevley’s in Cambridgeshire to review the pumpkin crop in preparation for Halloween. Kevley’s grow pumpkins for Lincolnshire Field Products who will supply ASDA with edible and non-edible pumpkins over the halloween campaign. The average size and quality of the pumpkins is strong.
On the 26th July, Chris Jones and Richard Hatherly visited John Harper at Top Barn Farm, in Worcestershire. Top Barn Farm is one of Minor Weir and Willis’ key growing partners. John grows Runner Beans, Baby Courgettes, ES Pak Choi, and Mixed Squash. Worcestershire has suffered from recent adverse weather conditions, but since the sun has come out, crop growth has increased dramatically, and crop quality looks strong.
Chris Jones (Technical Manager) and Steve Fletcher (Wakefield depot QA) visited Fenmac on 30th March to review and assess quality of potato material in the packhouse. Whilst on the road they also visited Fenmarc grower Mark Means in Norfolk, so witness Desiree seed potatoes being planted into almost perfect soil conditions.
Potato buyer Neil Moorcroft and Technical Manager Chris Jones visited Jersey last week to meet with Jersey Royal Potato suppliers and growers, to assess potato crop quality, pack house facilities and harvesting systems.
Jersey received double the amount of rainfall in December year on year, and coupled with warm soil temperatures, growers benefited from the ultimate potato planting conditions. Despite frost damage in February, the quality of potato material is strong and it will meet our strict quality requirements.