Andy has been growing tomatoes for 26 years at Flavourfresh in Banks, near Southport Merseyside where he is production manager.
During every growing season just under 3,000 tonnes of the fruit are produced in the 33.5 acres of glasshouse space. They grow 15 specialist varieties, selected for their intense flavour.
Flavourfresh, who have also recently started growing strawberries and blueberries, have won several prestigious awards for their tomatoes and have also been praised by Michelin-starred chef Raymond Blanc.
Under Andy’s guidance, they are at the forefront of developing new varieties with hundreds of new strains on trial every year.
Did You Know?
British Tomato growers use an army of over 100 million beneficial predatory bugs to help balance glasshouse ecosystems where pests are controlled by predators and so are present at a level below those causing economic damage and thus reducing, to virtually zero, the need to use any pesticides which if they are will be primarily biological in origin.