Agrial Fresh Produce, owner of the market leading salad brand, Florette, has announced the acquisition of Angflor – the innovative year-round protected salad growing operation based in Essex. The business will be renamed Agrial Fresh Farms and forms part of Agrial Fresh Produce’s strategy to establish fully owned growing operations in the UK and demonstrates its commitment to investing in its UK supply chain.
Florette – and its owners Agrial Fresh Produce – have sourced salad leaves from Angflor, in a partnership with Jepco, for a number of years. The acquisition from Jepco complements its network of both owned European growing operations, and UK and European farming partners.
Based near Colchester, Essex, Angflor, the UK’s largest protected cropping facility for leafy salads, boasts some of the best light levels in the country, enabling it to cultivate high quality salad leaves on a significant scale in the UK. In particular, Angflor produces baby leaf products such as lambs lettuce, which are key components of some of Florette’s most popular products.
Alongside its existing European network of growers, the acquisition will contribute towards UK supply continuity, providing added protection against the supply issues that often impact the salad market.
Sourcing from Angflor has also had a significant positive environmental impact, helping Florette reduce food miles. Angflor also has an excellent water footprint, as the site is built to harvest rainwater and store it for future use, making it self-sufficient in water.
Doug Robertson, managing director of Agrial Fresh Produce, comments: “In the years we have been sourcing products from Angflor, the site has gone from strength to strength, expanding from 11 to 28 hectares of salad production capability, helping Agrial Fresh Produce to broaden supply channels and increase its ability to source key ingredients from the UK.
“Establishing close links with agriculture is a key part of the Agrial model, as it enhances our product expertise and brings benefits to the supply chain. Taking sole ownership of the site and renaming it Agrial Fresh Farms, cements our position as an expert in salad growing in the UK.”