Barfoots is one of a number of growers which is now helping Sainsbury’s stock 100 per cent British chillies.
This is thanks to the Chichester grower’s new investment in producing the crop in a dedicated greenhouse which utilises a range of sustainable technologies to extend the British chilli season from four to seven months.
Thomas Lapraik, who joined the Barfoots team in the autumn of last year to manage the cultivation explains, “Location, as ever, is key. We’re on the Chichester peninsular within a stone’s throw of the coast, so the greenhouse utilises the best natural light levels in the UK. To support this natural sunshine, we’ve introduced hi-tech environmentally-efficient heating controls and modern low-impact growing systems. We plan to achieve seven months of supply from this glasshouse which breaks all previous records for chilli production in the UK.”
Outside of the British season, Barfoots has been farming chillies under protective growing structures for Sainsbury’s at their award-winning farm in Senegal since 2010. “Senegal has really been a game-changer in terms of the quality of imported chillies into the UK market,” adds Harry Wilder, Barfoots international agronomist.