Who We Are

British Growers Association is a grower owned, grower led, not for profit umbrella group comprising a range of organisations operating in the UK horticulture industry and fresh produce sector. The membership includes Crop Associations, Producer Organisations, marketing groups and professional membership groups. We are a team of 17 staff based in Louth, Lincolnshire. We also have a small satellite office in Peterborough. The organisation is run by a Board of Directors drawn from all sectors of the fresh produce industry.

We were established by a visionary group of growers in 1969 as the Processed Vegetable Growers Association. In 2011, the Board of Directors took a decision to broaden the work of the organisation to include both processed and fresh veg and fruit production.

Our Purpose

“We aim to raise the profile of UK horticulture by encouraging a greater understanding of the industry and its importance to the UK economy. UK Horticulture is a major employer, an important source of investment and an integral part of the UK food supply chain. We believe that raising the profile is an ongoing process and our ability to bring together a diverse cross sector of the industry enables us to provide a focal point for the horticultural industry.”

Jack Ward

Chief Executive Officer
25
Of UK Agricultural Output
3.5
Value of Production
115,000
Permanent Jobs

The Importance of British Growing

1

Contributing to the Economy

The sector employs over 100,000 full time and seasonal workers across all the disciplines needed to produce high quality produce. British Horticulture contributes over £3bn to the nation's GDP.
2

Self Sufficiency

The UK is over 40% self-sufficient in indigenous Fruit supply and this is increasing. However the nation is less than 60% self-sufficient in Vegetable & Salads supply and this is declining.
3

Health Benefits

Maintaining a healthy diet of Fresh Fruit, Salad and Vegetables helps our bodies’ defences against disease and poor health. Good diet can extend our lives and reduce health costs.