19 July 2010
British Sugar announces 'award winning' horticultural business expansion
Today, British Sugar UK announced its expansion of Cornerways Nursery, its UK horticultural business based adjacent to its Wissington Sugar Factory. The expansion will take the glasshouse from 11 hectares to 18 hectares, raising production from 80 million tomatoes to 140 million ‘eco-friendly’ tomatoes annually, making Cornerways the UK’s largest single tomato glasshouse. The glasshouse expansion has commenced with the first fruit harvest expected in March 2011.
British Sugar UK is internationally recognised as one of the most efficient and progressive sugar manufacturers in Europe, and Cornerways Nursery supports its commitment to achieving economic, environmental and social sustainability throughout the business by seeking innovative ways to minimise waste and maximise value from its raw materials.
Cornerways Nursery benefits from its proximity to the Wissington Sugar Factory’s Combined Heat & Power (CHP) Plant, using significant volumes of low grade heat and CO2
gases. Rain water is collected from the roof to naturally water the plants. With the electricity and heat being supplied from the CHP, the recycling of natural resources and ‘home-grown’ production, Cornerways will provide the freshest and ‘greenest’ tomatoes in the UK.
Cornerways Nursery holds the Red Tractor mark of accreditation and the British Retail Consortium Quality Scheme.