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?
In the UK, we eat 6oz (160g) of fresh tomatoes per person per week. This is the equivalent of two classic British tomatoes per week, or more than 100 per year - very low compared with other European countries, especially those in the Mediterranean region.