Anglia Growing Partnership.

Anglia Growing Partnership

Until 2013 we had always outsourced our onion grading and packing. As the Richmond Farms grower group acreage expanded and that of our own farming operation, the next logical step was to invest in our own onion production facility.

Therefore, we invested just shy of £3m in a state-of-the-art onion production facility at a site we’ve owned since 1995 in Long Sutton, Lincs. We extended the building to 40,000 square foot, which stands on an eight-acre site, and started to grade and pack onions ourselves in October 2013.

A year later we transferred this production facility into a 50/50 joint-venture with AH Worth called the Anglia Growing Partnership.

This is a prime example of collaboration in order to reduce costs and enable efficient whole-crop marketing. Nationwide and AH Worth complement each other with customers in every sector of the market.
To put this into numbers, together both companies’ market just over 80,000 tonnes of onions per year. The Richmond Farms grower group produces around 52,000 tonnes of onions.

The largest member of the group is Nationwide’s own farming operation growing around 15,000 tonnes of onions on 700 acres in East Anglia. The AGP site now grades on average just over 1,000 tonnes of onions and produces around half of a million packs of onions per week.

By sharing this resource at Long Sutton, Nationwide and AHW have committed to a healthy tonnage flowing through the site and continue to work together to market the whole crop from our growers effectively and efficiently.

Growing and packing onions on such a huge scale has helped us to forge strong relationships with retailers, wholesalers, catering/food-service suppliers, processors and many more.

The largest member of the group is Nationwide’s own farming operation growing around 15,000 tonnes of onions on 700 acres in East Anglia. The AGP site now grades on average just over 1,000 tonnes of onions and produces around half of a million packs of onions per week.

By sharing this resource at Long Sutton, Nationwide and AHW have committed to a healthy tonnage flowing through the site and continue to work together to market the whole crop from our growers effectively and efficiently.

Growing and packing onions on such a huge scale has helped us to forge strong relationships with retailers, wholesalers, catering/food-service suppliers, processors and many more.

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Cowpers Gate, Station Road, Long Sutton,
Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE12 9AY

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