Licensed in 2009
Licensed for fruit, salad, vegetables and dairy
Why did you decide to become licensed?
At Reynolds, we are proud to be able to offer our customers a comprehensive range of Red Tractor Farm Assured fresh produce throughout the year. Our customers often ask us to ensure the supply of Red Tractor assured products, widely recognised as a definitive certification of provenance and traceability.
Reynolds has always supported British growers, and it is well documented that British consumers have an affinity for seasonal, home grown food. The Red Tractor logo independently assures our customers that by choosing Reynolds as a supplier, they are buying quality British produce grown to strict standards of food safety, hygiene and environmental protection.
What are you doing for Red Tractor Week?
This year’s Red Tractor Week highlights the incredible variety of Red Tractor assured food and drink that is produced in the UK and how easy it is for consumers to enjoy quality assured produce when they eat out.
Coinciding with this activity, Reynolds are delighted to announce that continuing our focus on supporting British growers and the UK industry in general, we are showcasing a wide selection of our growers that already meet the strict criteria required for Red Tractor certification. Visit our website to see our updated portfolio. We are working closely with these suppliers to further develop our range of British, seasonal produce.
In addition, a key element of our procurement strategy is to now work with farms and suppliers who have already received Red Tractor certification. To celebrate the expanded range Reynolds has created detailed case studies on many of our growers, to help our customers showcase provenance on their menu. Read on for a sample of our British Red Tractor assured grower stories.
Individual product spotlight
Reynolds’ lettuce, celery, babyleaf and radishes
Red Tractor Farmer Spotlight
On JB. Shropshire & Sons Farms, a specialist conventional and organic salad and vegetable producer with over 60 years of experience.
Gareth has been a grower for almost ten years but has been involved in farming all his life, starting on his family’s dairy farm as a schoolboy.
The main varieties of lettuce grown are Iceberg and Little Gem, which comes in both green and red varieties. Over 72 million heads of lettuces and celery from May through to the end of October are produced, all of which is cut and packed in the field. Over 20,000 tonnes of onions are harvested and stored for supply from August through to May. All lettuces are cut and bagged on bespoke rigs in the field and then cooled within an hour before being dispatched from the cold store. This approach ensures our customers receive the freshest leaves possible.
Visit www.reynolds-cs.com for more information on our growers.
Lettuce seeds are sown in the greenhouses in January and young plants first appear at the end of February. These are then grown under protective fleece until they are ready to harvest in May. Sequential sowings continue throughout the season with harvest finishing at the end of October.
Gareth places great value on the preservation and development of soils as well as the wildlife and fauna which contribute so much to the diverse environment. 5% of the farmed area is un-cropped and managed for wildlife, and working with FWAG (Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group), identification of key species and habitats for protection and enhancement are present within the farming environment.
The farm is Red Tractor Farm assured, LEAF accredited.