PICK OF THE CROP: Lancashire firm wins top veg grower award

Award: Second left, Rachel Alty, Account Manager at Huntapac, and Steven Kay, Operations Director at Huntapac, third left
Award: Second left, Rachel Alty, Account Manager at Huntapac, and Steven Kay, Operations Director at Huntapac, third left
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Lancashire-based Huntapac Produce is celebrating after being named Vegetable Grower of the Year at a national awards ceremony.

The company, from Tarleton, near Preston, produces 2,500 acres of root crops and 500 acres of salads and brassicas each year.

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.

Huntapac 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.

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.”