Waitrose working to encourage sustainable food production
Based in Evesham, Worcestershire, Primafruit is a specialist fruit importer to the UK market.
Their focus is clear: ensuring year-round supplies of high quality grapes, stonefruit, citrus, bananas, pineapples, kiwi and melons to the best retailers, food service providers and food preparation companies. Working collaboratively with a global grower base, the company places sustainability at the heart of its sourcing requirements. It procures from both northern and southern hemispheres mixing traditional sources with some pioneering new investments in countries such as Chile, Peru and Colombia.
In this short video, Alan Wilson, Waitrose CTM Agronomy, speaks to Miguel, Chair of table grape supplier Subsole, about biodiversity.
Here, Jim Flambert, Technical Director at Primafruit, speaks to Gabriel Marfan, Subsole Technical Manager, about how Subsole manages water on its farm.
The team at Spanish citrus grower Martinavarro Farms shares how they manage production in a sustainable way through integrated pest management and recycling systems.
In these two short videos, Mouton Citrus, who farm in Citrusdal in the Western Cape of South Africa, explain their focus on improving the lives of the people who work on their farms and the local community, and how they use expert knowledge to have a positive impact on the local environment. Primafruit is very proud to work closely with Mouton Citrus.
Empowered people, Healthy Communities
Established in the 1930s, Di Donna is a family-run business that, three generations later, has become one of the largest exporters of table grapes out of Italy, and a proud supplier to the Waitrose programme. Di Donna grow over 350 hectares of table grapes including red, white, black and limited selection varieties. Just over 2 years ago, Di Donna set about improving its biodiversity offering, and following the project’s initial success it is now looking to roll this out to all of its farms within the next 5 years.
In this short video, Raffaella shows how making just small changes on the farm has seen a significant increase in biodiversity, and how these findings are having a positive effect on production. Di Donna continues to transform areas of untouched land for the purpose of biodiversity. The company’s next projects will include a rose garden, a box for bat preservation, and an ecological corridor to increase the number of beneficial insects.