British Leafy Salads Association Welcomes New Chair

by Julia Hall-Jones

The Industry body that represents UK growers and packers of salads has appointed Valefresco Ltd’s Technical Manager, Jackie Harris, as its new Chairman.
Jackie brings with her more than 25 years’ experience in fresh produce, in particular salads and herbs, having worked for some of the biggest names in the sector, including Organic Farm Foods, Lighthorne Herbs, Vitacress, VHB Herbs and Lincolnshire Herbs.
The Association will benefit from Jackie’s in-depth knowledge and expertise in outdoor, protected and baby leaf. In her current role at Valefresco, Jackie manages the technical aspects of over 1000 acres of outdoor salads and more than 45 acres of protected cropping.
On her appointment, Jackie comments:
“I am delighted to have been elected as Chair. Since starting out in the business at the tender age of fourteen, working for a local market gardener, my passion for fresh produce has gone from strength to strength. Leafy salads is a vibrant industry and I’m looking forward to working alongside BLSA members and other organisations to further raise its profile to promote British salads and produce at every opportunity.”
The Association made the appointment after Vitacress’ Graham Clarkson, stepped down as Chairman in March.

For more information, case studies, recipes, spokespeople and images, or to arrange a farm or factory visit, please contact:

The British Leafy Salad Association Press Office
PamLloyd Fresh Produce PR and Marketing
Laura Tomlinson
T: 0117 924 7220
M: 07557 099 525

About the British Leafy Salad Association

The British Leafy Salad Association (BLSA) is an industry body representing UK salad growers and packers from across the industry. BLSA aims to help educate and inspire people about leafy salads to help increase UK consumption of leafy salads. Originally formed as The British Iceberg Growers Association, the organisation reformed as the BLSA in order to better represent the industry, which by this time had matured and diversified into wider varieties of leafy salad.