Robin Walker Appointed Chairman
Berry Gardens Growers Ltd is pleased to announce the appointment of new Chairman, Robin Walker. Robin has been Vice-Chairman of the co-operative for the last six years, supporting former Chairman Alastair Brooks. “Robin has been a tremendous help during my tenure and is my natural successor. He is ideally positioned to offer continuity as we bed in many of our recent changes. That and his considerable business experience, will be a major benefit to the group” says Alastair.
Robin adds “In the current climate, it will be a challenging 12 months ahead and our main focus is to support our growers to ensure they have sustainable businesses in the long term and continue to grow the best berries and stone fruit for our customers to enjoy. We have a strong and focussed management team, led by Nick Allen and are ideally positioned to develop the market with our strong co-operative roots and exclusive varieties that we grow for the UK consumer.”
Robin has enjoyed an illustrious career working with household brands including Heinz, Carlsberg and HP both in the UK and internationally. More recently Robin has worked with several charities and over the last few years has been appointed Non-Executive Director with James Hutton Ltd and The Animal and Plant Health Authority.
Berry Gardens is a grower-owned co-operative providing sales and marketing services to members; it is the largest horticulture co-operative in the UK, with members located across the country from the South East to Aberdeenshire.
Berry Gardens specialises only in berries and cherries and is driving innovation throughout the industry. Berry Gardens has an exclusive partnership with Driscoll’s which allows the provision of market-leading varieties, direct from grower to retailer. Berry Gardens also work with like-minded growers to support the winter import season ensuring continuous supply of the best quality berries 52 weeks of the year.
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