British Growers Association appoints new Vice Chairman

by Jack Ward

British Growers Association, the UK’s leading horticultural body, has appointed Jason Burgess of Produce World, as its new vice chairman.

As a main Board Director of Produce World, Jason brings a wealth of horticulture and fresh produce experience to the role.

With a Diploma in Agricultural Business Management, Jason joined the family business, Produce World, in 1987 and has significant experience within the company’s operational and commercial environments.

In his current role, Jason leads the company’s farming operations where he is able to combine his skills in farm management and operational knowledge. Jason also sits on the company’s Management Team.

Commenting on his recent appointment, Jason said: “I am delighted to be taking up this position at a challenging and exciting time for both British Growers and the industry as whole.

“As an industry, we find ourselves supplying a retail market that is more competitive than it has ever been. At the same time, there are numerous challenges for growers including the need for sustainability and environmental accountability, a reduction in the number of crop protection products available and a dearth of actives in the pipeline. We are facing the challenge of producing more with less inputs at the cheapest possible price!

“And British Growers needs to step up to the plate,” Jason added. “To work with other grower organisations in supporting the development of the industry, and providing greater expertise on key issues.”

Jack Ward, chief executive of British Growers Association, said: “Jason brings a wealth of expertise from across the horticulture industry to the role. And this invaluable knowledge and experience will help us in our ambition to support the industry, to beat off global competition and ensure that UK producers and suppliers are the producers and suppliers of choice for UK consumers.”

Jack added: “We need to ensure our sector remains competitive and we are very much looking forward to working with Jason as vice chairman and making use of his invaluable sector knowledge, to help drive our industry forward.”

Produce World grows and supplies quality fresh vegetables. It is the largest supplier in the UK, providing produce into major retailers, food service and food manufacturing customers.

For more information about Produce World, please visit the website www.produceworld.co.uk

Or to find out more about British Growers Association, please visit www.britishgrowers.org