Sydney Hart works at source with growers focussed on a retailer’s specific offer. We seek to develop long-term sustainable relationships with growers. We invest in getting quality right in the source country; handling is reduced to the absolute minimum and with it the potential for damage and cost. We are able to do this because we have spent many years working with growers, guiding them to pack to a particular specification. Reduced handling also maintains the integrity of the cold chain and ensures traceability.

Packing at source and delivering direct to depot results in lower costs. Allied to this, the close relationship which is maintained with a grower means that our ideal of ‘first time right’ is more likely to be achieved. The consequence of pushing back as much activity as possible to source enables us to maintain a minimal footprint in the UK, with obvious cost implications.