A Berry Good Night
Berry Gardens enjoyed four wins at The Grower Awards this year, including Variety of the Year, with Driscoll’s® Victoria™, Place UK scooping both Soft Fruit Grower of the Year and Edibles Grower of the Year and finally Nick Marston, Berry Gardens Managing Director being recognised for his contribution to the industry over the last 21 years receiving the Life Time Achievement Award.
“I am delighted to be able to congratulate Tim Place and all the team at Place UK for the well deserved recognition they received at last week’s Grower Awards, winning both Soft Fruit Grower of the Year and the ultimate accolade of Edibles Grower of the Year.
Berry Gardens and our partners Driscoll’s strategy of offering differentiated proprietary varieties that deliver superb eating berries was recognised with the thoroughly deserved award of Variety of the Year to Driscoll’s® Victoria™ blackberries, and lastly both I and my family were delighted with the Life Times Achievement Award”, says Nick.
Tim Place, Managing Director of Place UK was thrilled with both wins of the night “It is great to see my team at Place UK recognised for their hard work and commitment to growing the best British soft fruit. As a business we have invested significantly over the last few years with increased production, new dormitory style accommodation for our workers and a more efficient pack house – all contribute to the success that is Place UK”.
Andy Mitchell, Agronomist at M&S adds “The team at Place UK do not shy away from the challenges and their ability to grow the tough varieties such as Driscolls® Jubliee. They are a very forward thinking business headed up by Tim who really keeps them going forward and ahead of the competition, looking for improvements in all areas be it in the field, in the pack house, with labour or trying the new varieties. We are proud to work with such an innovative grower who reflects Marks and Spencer’s ways of working. Place UK are pivotal to our success and continue to be an important grower in the supply base.”