10 Oct '11, 10am

Inside the salad 'mega-farm' supplying the UK's appetite for lettuce - The Ecologist

Inside the salad 'mega-farm' supplying the UK's appetite for lettuce - The Ecologist

Charlie Kisby, product manager, based in the company’s business centre, later talks me through the complex process of ensuring the company’s clients – including all of the major supermarkets – receive what they want, when they want it. At 8am an order may come in, for say 10,000 or 20,000 lettuces - by 6 or 7pm that consignment needs to have been ordered, harvested, processed, boxed up and be on its way to the depot. This is a typical time span but it can vary. G’s gets paid on what it delivers. It’s very rare for an order to be ‘dropped’ and not delivered. There’s night shifts organised to cover extra large orders, or a shortfall from daytime harvesting – if not enough workers are booked in, loudspeaker messages are broadcast at the hostel asking for extra hands who want to do overtime – alongside a 24 hour packhouse operation if needed. Nothing is left to chance and orde...

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