Scotherbs has secured a deal to supply Sainsbury’s range of fresh cut herbs.
Available in supermarkets across Scotland, Northern Ireland and North West England, the fresh herb grower and packer will supply a range of products from coriander to mint.
Sainsbury’s has worked with Scotherbs since 2009, having established a regional supply base of branded herbs before an extended move to a 20-strong own brand range.
The new deal will bring Scotherbs' fresh herbs to selected supermarkets throughout the year. During May to September, 80 per cent of the herbs will be grown from local land farmed by Scotherbs, and packed at its site in Longforgan, Perthshire.
Outside of the home growing season, herbs are sourced from a range of specialist growers to meet Sainsbury’s standards, such as rosemary coming from Turkey and parsley grown in Spain.
Andrew Restall, Sainsbury’s fresh herbs buyer, said: 'We’ve worked with Scotherbs on a local basis for five years. It’s fantastic to see a local Perthshire company with so much passion continue to prosper.
'Sainsbury’s now sources 25 pre-packed fresh herb products ranging from parsley to lemon thyme from Scotherbs which is a great addition to our own brand range. Sainsbury’s has strong relationships in Scotland across both our branded and own brand products. Within the last year Sainsbury’s has launched 100 branded products in Scottish stores, working with 70 local suppliers. We also work with over 300 Scottish farmers and growers as part of our development groups.'
Ronnie Leggett, managing director at Scotherbs, said: 'We’re delighted that we’re extending our range within Sainsbury’s stores. With our experience as growers and being part of the Sainsbury’s Produce Development Group, we’ve seen the benefit of sharing best practice to address challenges and enhance the shopper herb offering.'
Scotherbs started in 1988 initially serving local restaurants and shops in the Scottish market. Since that time the business has developed to become a major grower, packer and marketer of large volume of fresh herbs in Scotland, serving retail, foodservice and food manufacturing sectors across the UK.