The partnership of E. Park & Sons, Grampian Growers and Skea Organics (GPS) was established in 2012.
The NPD programme, which is now in its 11th year, saw some superb results again during the harvest of 2022, with five varieties going forward for National Listing.
We are currently reviewing submitting further national listings for the next set of varieties which are coming through the GPS breeding programme.
This year will see another seed crossing, this is the start of a 10 year process.
Running alongside our NPD programme are a number of company research initiatives which ensure that we drive forward our long term goals of: increasing quality attributes such as skin finish and taste; finding more sustainable varieties; and increasing packing yields and commercials. These goals allow our supply chain to develop, excel and most importantly, mitigate against ongoing risks facing our industry.
Working closely with our growers ensures that our company research initiatives benefits all parties. Through shared information with the growers, the breeders and the customer, we are able to ensure that the correct variety is used in the appropriate situation, so as to meet the long term goals of our initiatives.
We supply seed to our growers and buy back the ware. Our fieldsmen visit the farms to ensure that the crops are healthy and looking good before coming into the Packhouse. Agronomic support is always available to our growers whenever it is needed.