FOOD and drink group Princes has confirmed its support for British pea growers faced with reduced crop yields due to poor weather conditions this year.
The company, which processes over 48 million cans of British-grown garden peas annually from farms close to its East Anglian canning site in Long Sutton, has reaffirmed its commitment to buy local produce.
Princes purchased two sites from Premier Foods over a year ago – in Long Sutton and Wisbech – as part of its strategy of growing its food sourcing, processing and manufacturing operations in the UK and continental Europe.
The sites produce a range of canned peas – garden, marrowfat and mushy – under Farrows, Batchelors and other brands. Princes also buys potatoes and carrots from local farms and is now the UK’s largest manufacturer of canned British-grown vegetables, purchasing over 40,000 tonnes a year from domestic growers.
Stephen Francis, Director from Fen Peas said: “Our growers are deeply concerned about the effect that the weather has had on this year’s crops and the associated impact on their businesses. Princes has pledged its long-term support for buying locally-grown produce and the presence of a stable and committed purchaser is a huge reassurance to producers in our area.”