Carrot grower Glassford Hammond Farming has been nominated as Produce World’s Grower of the Year 2016 after “going the extra mile” during a difficult year for root crops.
Onion grower James Martin, of Wisbech-based Martin and Sons was highly commended in the same category.
Produce World’s procurement director, Paul Tracey, said Glassford Hammond Farming scored highly across the board. “Last year they gave a great, all-round performance growing conventional roots for us, and are always collaborative in the way they work. 2015 was a challenging year on roots, and Glassford Hammond Farming helped us out when we needed them to go the extra mile.”
Speaker of James Martin, Tracey said: “James delivers consistently high standards of quality year in year out. He demonstrates a great attitude towards ensuring that we are kept compliant and is always willing to help in any way he can. He is a pleasure to work alongside and proves that big is not always best in growing crops.”
Glassford Hammond’s Andy Hammond said the company was “surprised and delighted” to receive the award. “I think it is an acknowledgement of what we try to do every day of the week in terms of collaborating, innovating and working to deliver a high quality product,” he said.
“It is also recognition of the continual effort and hard work put in by all the members of our team, without whom none of our achievements would be possible.”
The Collaboration award went to Marc Heading of A & EG Heading, Chatteris, part of the Greenshoots cooperative alongside Martin and Sons. “Marc was commended for his collaboration in delivering quality product to Produce World’s customers and his help in storing imported produce,” said Tracey.
General manager of organics grower Taylorgrow, Joe Rolfe, won the Innovation award, in recognition of several initiatives, including biological control of cabbage root fly.