“We have to make sure the production of fresh fruits and vegetables keeps on going in this situation, but if you can’t make it work economically, growers will not do it anymore”, says Lee Stiles with Lea Valley Growers.
Lee Styles of Lea Valley Growers (Photo source: Fresh Plaza)
“It’s not the growers filling their boots at the moment, its the Supermarkets who look after the suppliers!” says Stiles.
Lea Valley Growers is one of the largest horticultural concentrations in the UK. Every year, 500 million cucumbers and sweet salad peppers are grown, along with tomatoes, aubergines, lettuce, herbs, flowers, trees, shrubs, aquatic and bedding plants, on about 350 acres of glasshouse in the regions of London, Essex, Hertfordshire, Middlesex, Cambridgeshire and Yorkshire.
Currently they are dealing with lower margins on their produce – which is strange since the demand in the UK is on a peak. “The input costs are going up – growers can only sustain for so long with these lower margins.”
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