We’ve been working with Outgrowers for more than 20 years and have extensive experience in this field. We work with up to 1,200 farmers who are classified into 2 groups. Individual farmers and the farmers who farm in groups. Individual farmers typically have their own facilities for holding and grading produce and a pesticide store. Group farmers produce on less than 1 acre and come together as a cooperative and share office, produce holding and storage facilities.
Finlays was one of the first companies to have small scale farmers achieve Eurep Gap certification.
All of the produce we sell comes from farms and pack houses that operate to the Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) these ensure that produce is grown and processed using procedures that ensure the safety of the fresh produce are in place. These are regularly audited by third parties including our customers.
Finlays Fresh Produce has successfully received Fairtrade certification for a group of 346 farmers in Mweiga and Meru regions. This is the first such scheme in Africa, producing and selling Fairtrade fine beans. The scope of the Fairtrade standard is broad and covers GAP, Environmental, Health and Safety as well as Ethical aspects of the production process.
Finlays Horticulture not only invests into its own farms, but also into many smaller farms around the world, and in doing so enables over 3,000 smaller holders from South America, Asia and Africa to access the European markets with first class produce, grown to exacting standards.
In rural areas in Kenya, for instance, there are over 600 small holders who have undertaken to grow vegetables for us. Each group of out growers is looked after by a Technical Assistant who gives them all the support and training needed to grow vegetables to the high standards demanded by the supermarket.
Farming to these very high standards with our assistance, the out growers can be proud to be commercial farmers with newfound financial security for their families and control over their own livelihoods.
AAA are also based in Kenya with farming operations in four production sites in Thika (100 hectares), Naromorai (84 hectares), Nanyuki (52 hectares) and their newest farm at Rumuruti (400 hectares). AAA produce fine beans, peas, runner beans, herbs and chillies.
A joint venture business with Best Fresh Group to market premium vegetables in Europe. The operation is based in Poeldijk in The Netherlands.
The Best Fresh Group brings an expertise of marketing and distributing salads, vegetables and fruits in Continental Europe and this combined with our expertise of both growing and sourcing vegetables makes FV SeleQt a compelling proposition for European customers.
Cobrey Farms are a family owned and run business in Herefordshire who are specialised in the growing and packing of the finest quality English Asparagus and Rhubarb.
Grupo Siesa is a privately owned Guatemalan group of companies founded 27 years ago by Carlos and Willy Springmuhl. The Group of companies include farms, packing facilities and export and import businesses. With over 1,000 hectares the group has poistioned itself as one of the leading exporters of produce from Guatemala. Siesa provides direct employment for more than 800 workers and generates employment for over 1,900 small growers families nationwide, actively promoting business opportunities and entrepreneurial development in rural areas.
Guernikako is a family run business from “Guernik” in Basque country, Morocco. This father and son run business, grows and exports produce to the UK and Europe. Guernikako has 7 farms, 1 packhouse and employs, provides housing and high worker welfare standards for 1,200 staff. The key crops are Helda Beans and Dwarf Beans.