The G’s Story

Guy Shropshire commences farming

Guy Shrop

Celery washing and packing business established

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Started celery growing with 3 acres

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G's brand introduced

1960 Gs Brand

Began selling to Marks & Spencer

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Started growing Cos Lettuce and Onions

Onions

New packhouse opened at Barway near Ely, Cambridgeshire

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Guy Shropshire invented the strawplanter

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Guy Shropshire’s son John joins the business

John-Shropshire

Guy Shropshire's son Peter (centre) joins the business

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G's Growers Cooperative launched

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Development of farming operations in Spain; G's Espana SA established

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David Abram begins farming 28ha in Fortuna as G’s España SL, growing celery, Iceberg, Little Gem, Romaine and Brassicas for the UK market

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Farm area increased to 2,300 ha

Farm area increased

Laser land-levelling technology introduced

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Iceberg, Chinese Leaf & Little Gem crops introduced

Chinese leaf harvesting

Purchase of Hassy Ltd, including beetroot business at March from St Ivel

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Beetroot business acquired from Coy & Manchett

Beetroot

Marketing of radish added to crop portfolio

Radish

G’s España supplies its first non-UK retailer – Edeka in Germany

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G's send first lorry load of UK fresh produce through the Channel Tunnel

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G’s España purchase Torre Pacheco packhouse facility

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First fields in organic conversion at Cambs Farms

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Start of £10m new prepared produce factory at Barway

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Hainey Farm launched as LEAF demonstration farm

Hainey

New Beetroot factory opened in March, Cambridgeshire

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G's celebrates it's Golden Jubilee

2002 50yrs

Guy Shropshire receives Grower’s Lifetime Achievement Award

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Purchase of Onion business in Ramsey, Cambridgeshire

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Purchase of Pascual Hermanos SA, introducing tomatoes & citrus to the Group's range

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John's children Davina, Guy, Charles and Henry - all working in the business

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J B Shropshire & Sons Ltd (G’s Cambs Farms) receives the Leaf Marque Grower of the Year award

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New greenhouse plant-raising facility established at Second Willow, Littleport

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De-salination plant commissioned in Torre Pacheco, Spain

Desalination plant Spain

G’s España achieves 100% LEAF Marque

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Merger in Czech Republic with Valtr family company, entering plant raising, flowers & nursery business

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Acquired the spring onion, asparagus & legume farming business based at Sandfields Farm near Evesham from Bomfords

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Launch of 'fresh & naked' unwashed salads brand

GS marketing fresh and naked leaves bags product

Love Beets Inc established in the US to sell British fresh beetroot products

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G's win new Marks & Spencer grocery range business, with improved recipes in innovative new jars, reducing packaging by 80%

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G's begin investing in farming business in Senegal, W Africa for winter salad production

Senegal-2010

J B Shropshire & Sons receive Marks & Spencer Plan A Award, for focus on quality, customer satisfaction and sound environmental practices

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Chelbury Mushroom Farms Ltd set up

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New Mushroom growing facility opens at May Farm

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G's celebrates it's Diamond Jubilee

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Fiddleford Mushrooms Ltd joins the G's Growers Producer Organisation

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Launch of Love Beets beetroot juices in USA

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G's Ramsey win Marks & Spencer Plan A Environment Award

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G's Fresh Beetroot win Queen's Award for Enterprise, in recognition of Innovation

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