Wisbech-based Fountain Foods Ltd is set to benefit from £110,000 of funding via the Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative which will be invested in building a 1500 tonne onion storage unit.
The energy efficient store will be capable of curing the onions and holding them in chilled conditions so they can be supplied during the most difficult time of the year between May and June.
The Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership (LEP) via the initiative, have just awarded almost £215,000 for industry in the Fenland and Norfolk areas, including Fountain Foods.
Fountain Foods is a family-owned and run vegetable processing company. Jim Kelk, who is the factory and procurement manager, said that the grant would support the business’s passion for self-sufficiency in growing, storing and processing onions from the local area, and also increase local farming and employment opportunities.
He said: “The award will also see a dramatic reduction in the food miles and carbon footprint related to the produce associated with the project.”
Mark Reeve, chairman of the Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative and the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership (LEP), said: “The Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative is helping to drive forward economic growth in our area by funding vital agricultural research, as well as providing on the ground investment into the agricultural and food manufacturing industry. These grants are delivering new jobs and helping our local businesses grow.”