2012 Arable Farmer of the Year: Guy Poskitt
Guy Poskitt's drive and professional approach, that made him a winner in the vegetable growing sector, is proving to be just as successful for his combinable crops.
Over the years, he has transformed the family arable farm into a major vegetable supplier to Asda and he is one of the retailer's biggest suppliers of carrots and also supplies parsnips and swede. He sells into the food service, wholesale and manufacturing sectors...READ FULL ARTICLE ON FWI
Guy Poskitt has been named as the 2012 Farmers Weekly Farmer of the Year.
Guy, who is one of the largest carrot producers in the country operating across more than 2,600ha of land across Yorkshire, Lancashire and Scotland, was presented with his award at a glittering ceremony in London on Thursday (4 October).
He also walked away with a trophy for Arable Farmer of the Year.
Farmers Weekly editor Jane King said Guy and his family had built a phenomenal, sustainable business by innovating within the supply chain.
The business is a leader in carrot production, providing season-long crops to Asda and a range of customer outlets.
More than 500ha of carrots are complemented by 1,600ha of arable crops, which are needed to ensure a sustainable one-in-seven carrot rotation. Cropping includes everything from potatoes to parsnips, beet to barley.
All root crops are washed, packed and distributed from one site to ensure control in all aspects of production. And there isn’t anything from these crops that goes to waste; rejects are processed as ready-to-cook batons and shavings go into soup.
The judges said that Guy had worked with his customers, collaborated with buyers and farmers and sought added-value and cost saving opportunities at every turn to create a business that has increased three-fold in the past decade.
Turnover now totals £32m, following a major expansion of both the vegetable and arable enterprises.
Guy accepted his award from TV chef and farmer’s son James Martin. The evening was hosted by Lord Sebastian Coe, the chairman of the London Organising Committee for the 2012 Olympic Games (LOCOG)...READ ARTICLE IN FWI
Arable Farmer of the Year 2012
Guy has been nominated as a finalist for Arable Farmer of the Year 2012, we are very proud to get through to the final.
Vegetable Grower of the Year 2010
MH Poskitt have been producing carrots for over forty years in Yorkshire and have built a reputation as the leading supplier in the White Rose County. From very humble beginnings the business has developed under the control of Guy Poskitt who today plays a very active role in the running of the business.
In the early 1970’s the farming enterprise was transformed by the investment in borehole water supply. This investment, like many more today has radically changed the business and enabled it to scale up production.
Although the business still supplies many wholesale customers, its main focus is supermarket and food service supply.
The business is geared to supply 365 days of the year and has invested heavily in the prepared vegetable market to ensure that all customers are catered for.