A tomato grower which supplies major retailers from its Barnham glasshouses has shown its MP around its operation.
Eric Wall Ltd produces four million kilograms of the vegetable a year in 28 million packs. The produce leaves its 11.5 hectare site in Lake Lane for stores like Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Lidl.
Nick Gibb, MP for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, said: “Horticulture is an important local industry, employing thousands of people.
“We can be proud that the combination of our climate and the cumulative expertise that has grown up over the years has resulted in this area producing a significant proportion of our domestically grown tomatoes.”
Eric Wall Ltd was founded in 1977 by Eric Wall. It is now run by his son, Chris Wall.
Mr Gibb visited the company at the invitation of its managing director, Richard Diplock, and the West Sussex Growers’ Association. This represents businesses employing about 10,000 people in the Chichester and Arun districts alone.
Nationally, tomatoes are an £850m business, up from £720m two years ago.
Pictured above are Richard Diplock, left, and Nick Gibb.