The machine can meet specific customer requirements on colour, length and diameter, and will play a pivotal role in developing sales and trials of long life salad packs and ready meals. A soup brand to be marketed in farm shops is being considered. The crop is delivered daily to a grading station at Red Star Growers, near Pershore, and dispatched either from RSG or RD McGuffie and Sons, New Farm, Lichfield. Based in the Midlands and the south-west, WAG has 180 acres in production and a further 60 acres which should reach maturity in two years. It will test new varieties to increase yields and extend the season. There has been further investment of £25,000 in eight battery-powered harvesting buggies. The crop results, mainly Dutch white hybrids, are being carefully scrutinised. {{FRESH PRODUCE }}