Record sales of organic vegetables over festive period for Peterborough company

Andrew Burgess, agricultural director of Produce World.  EMN-140703-153545001
Andrew Burgess, agricultural director of Produce World. EMN-140703-153545001
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Bosses of a Peterborough-based grower and supplier of fresh organic vegetables say there was record demand for organic vegetables during Christmas.

Produce World Group, which has its head office at Lynch Wood, says the value of organic vegetables rose by 5.6 per cent at the start of 2015 compared to the start of 2014.

The total organic number of brassicas sold surged by 38.5 per cent.

The biggest increase included cauliflower, tipped by many to be the star vegetable of 2015, with total value increasing by 66.7 per cent, and cabbage, which increased by 40.2 per cent.

Organic broccoli also performed well with an increase of 19 per cent. Other solid performers included root crops, with the total value increasing by 11.7 per cent.

Carrots continued to perform steadily during Christmas with consumer purchases increasing by 3.3 per cent compared with the previous year.

Andrew Burgess, agricultural director at Produce World, said: “The Christmas success of organic vegetables is recognition that more and more consumers are realising the great taste and quality of organic options.

“Taste is a big reason why people say they buy organic, with vegetables supplied by Produce World representing the very best on the market.

“The organic carrot is now an accepted choice for UK consumers, but organic brassicas have experienced a surge in demand over Christmas, with cauliflower and cabbage set to be top consumer choices for 2015.”

The increase in demand for organic vegetables meant that 2014 was one of the busiest Christmases for Produce World, with colleagues working around the clock to supply millions of people in the UK with their favourite organic vegetables.