Potted herb supplier Langmead Group has invested £3m in a fully automated glasshouse growing facility - which it claims is a UK first.
The 1.2ha facility in West Sussex grows potted basil, parsley, mint, thyme and chives for UK retailers. Running 24 hours a day, it uses robotic technology to automate the entire growing cycle.
Langmead Group COO Graham Lee said automation reduced costs and improved quality and consistency. It had also boosted production at the site by 20% to about five million pots a year, ensuring a year-round supply of high-quality herbs at a consistent price, he added.
The site was developed by Codema.