British Growers & Beanstalk Global Monthly Broadcast.

The hugely well thought of and recognised British Growers Association is a grower owned, grower led, not for profit umbrella group. They comprise a range of organisations operating in the key UK horticulture industry and fresh produce sectors. Their  membership includes Crop Associations, Producer Organisations, marketing groups and professional membership groups.  The organisation is run by a Board of Directors drawn from all sectors of the fresh produce industry with a great team running the day to day operations and communications. Their mission is very straight forward – to support their growers to do what they do best. 

To find out more about the British Growers Association and the great work they do CLICK HERE.

Jack Ward is the Group CEO and he has a prestigious background in the sectors having previously held roles such as Regional Director for the NFU, Director for the Oxford Farming Conference, Chairman & Trustee for Nuffield Farming Scholarship, CEO of the City & Guilds Land Based Services before becoming CEO of British Growers in 2014.

As he states “We aim to raise the profile of UK Fresh Produce & horticulture by encouraging a greater understanding of the industry and its importance to the UK economy. The sectors are a major employer, an important source of investment and an integral part of the UK food supply chain. We believe that raising the profile is an ongoing process and our ability to bring together a diverse cross sector of the industry enables us to provide a focal point for the Fresh Produce and horticultural industry.”

With the Monthly Broadcast with Beanstalk, Jack wishes to explore and discuss key elements of the day – this month it will be National Food Strategy Review.

Joining Max and Jack will be Barbara Bray MBE and Coral Clark, Horticultural Crop Association Executive at British Growers.

Barbara Bray has 20 years’ experience working in the agri-food sector in the UK and Europe, Middle East and African countries. Her career has covered fresh produce procurement and the provision of food safety advice and nutritional compliance information as Technical Manager with Bakkavor, an international food manufacturer. She regularly chairs meetings on nutrition and speaks at events on the subject of food production and nutrition.  In 2017, Barbara was awarded a Nuffield Farming Scholarship and her project on ‘Vegetable Production For Specific Nutritional Need’ reviewed biofortification initiatives and food policies in countries including China, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. Her findings have inspired her to create solutions to encourage different parts of the food chain to collaborate and communicate more effectively with each other.

Barbara was awarded an MBE in the 2019 Birthday Honours list for ‘Services to Food Nutrition’.

Coral Clark has been working in the Fresh Produce sector with British Growers for 4 years. Providing crop associations and producer organisations with the administration, organisation and representation skill to achieve their goals. Prior to her work with British Growers, Coral worked in the agriculture sector after completing her Degree in agriculture at Harper Adams University. Coral and the British Growers team aim to raise the profile of UK horticulture by encouraging a greater understanding of the industry and its importance to the UK economy.


We are delighted that our Britsh Growers Broadcast Series is continued to be sponsored by Kantar,

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Joining us will be Rikesh Panchmatia  – Client Manager for Kantar join us on the Broadcast to give us an current overview of the UK Fresh Produce Sector.


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Filmed 3rd August 2021.

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