Lancashire-based Huntapac Produce is celebrating after being named Vegetable Grower of the Year at a national awards ceremony, in recognition of its continued service excellence and approach to innovation and sustainability.
The Tarleton company, which produces 2,500 acres of root crops and 500 acres of salads and brassicas each year, picked up the prestigious title at the UK Growers Awards 2015, which recognise and reward the very best in the UK food production industry.
The fourth generation family-owned business grows its crops in various locations throughout the UK and sells to a wide range of outlets including wholesale, market and major retailers including Booths, M&S, Tesco and Waitrose.
Huntapac has its own washing, grading, packing and distribution operations, which feature a range of modern technology such as parsnip trimmers, and innovative solutions including using recycled water and solar power to reduce its environmental impact.
Judges praised Huntapac for its “forward-thinking” approach to the ever-changing fresh produce market and for working tirelessly to ensure that vegetables including carrots and parsnips end up in the UK’s favourite Sunday meal.
Kate Lowe, editor at Horticulture Week, who opened the UK Grower Awards 2015, said: “Given Huntapac’s solid investment in all aspects of its business, the company is no doubt set to continue feeding the nation for many more decades to come.”
Warren Hunter, Managing Director of Huntapac, said: “To be named Vegetable Grower of the Year is a great honour and is a testament to the ongoing hard work and dedication displayed by the whole team.
“The award proves that not only is Huntapac one of the best fresh produce growers in the country, but that our family-owned brand is something that customers can rely on, to consistently produce excellent crops.
“Huntapac has expanded significantly over the last 10 years and we are committed to investing in the latest machinery and technologies, allowing us to continue supplying great tasting produce that is grown and distributed in an environmentally friendly way, for future generations to enjoy.”
Winners were presented with their awards by broadcaster Andrew Graham-Dixon at a glittering ceremony at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London on Wednesday 25 February 2015, which was attended by over 400 guests.