The recession may have had an unforseen positive effect on Moulton company, Oldershaw Group.
The company has been packing garlic for 25 years, and now supplies packed and peeled garlic cloves as well as whole bulbs to supermarkets.
Director Robert Oldershaw says business has been relatively stable through the years.
However, he says: “We have seen quite an increase in the last 12 to 18 months. It is difficult to know exactly why, but it could be down to people cooking more at home.”
The business supplies supermarkets with about 5,000 little pots of ready peeled garlic cloves each week. In addition, between 30 and 40 tonnes of whole bulbs are going on to supermarket shelves each week.
Robert says: “We don’t grow. The majority of it comes from Spain because that’s the best area and the most local for growing good quality garlic in the right commercial quantities.”
The biggest part of the business though is sales of onions and shallots, with whole bulb onions as well as sliced and diced supplied to quite a few of the major supermarkets.
Robert says Oldershaw’s packs around 1,700 tonnes a week, the early product grown on its own fields, and the rest of the crop coming from about 50 growers across the country.
Where there’s onions and garlic, there’s likely to be a smell, but Robert says this is mainly in the cutting area, not in the main factory.