Sustainability pledge from boss of vegetable supplier

Neil Fraser, chairman of Produce World
Neil Fraser, chairman of Produce World
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The boss of a leading employer in Lincolnshire has underlined the importance of sustainability to the firm’s operations.

Neil Fraser, chairman and chief executive of leading vegetable supplier Produce World, reinforced the company’s green credentials in its annual review of its sustainability programme, 4Life.

The company employs several hundred people at its bases in Sutton Bridge, Wykeham, Swinderby and Chatteris, and has undergone a spate of changes as the firm has moved to tackle tough trading conditions.

Mr Fraser said: “Sustainability is central to the Produce World Group’s business.

“Our business of growing fresh vegetables is intrinsically linked to the environment, from the seed in the ground to the produce on the shelf.

“We rely on sustainability from the outset for the success of present and future production.”

The review highlights a number of achievements.

These include the Patchwork Project, which involved planting more than 1800 shrubs and tress, sowing wildflower areas, and building bug hotels from recycled pallets.

Four of Produce World Group’s sites were also awarded Investors in People accreditation, a mark of excellence for championing best practice and putting people first.

And two of the group’s growers won Waitrose Demonstration Farm awards recognising their ongoing commitment to best practice.

Produce World Group’s head of research, development and innovation, Guy Thallon said: “It’s been a really busy year for Produce World with a number of mergers and acquisitions, but this has not stopped us focusing on sustainability.”

“Recent experience has shown us that getting the sustainability agenda right can have tangible commercial benefits, and if anything it will be even more important for us in the future.”