Jan Redpath - Cherry production globally - a study of best practice.
I live in Scotland and I have been in the food and farming industry for 17 years now, having started in organic potato production for a business that became part of one of the UK’s largest potato producers and packers, at a time when the second coming of organic was just starting. This job involved not only figuring out how it could be done, but how it could be done on a large scale to supermarket requirements and quality, and then the satisfaction of seeing this develop into 200 acres of commercial production ending up on retailer shelves, as well as developing a group of growers to augment this tonnage.
I then started working for a major supermarket chain in their central offices travelling the world looking at all sorts of exotic produce. After five years travelling all over, I then moved back to Scotland and started working for a large soft fruit business dealing with a family of entrepreneurial growers. I’m a senior manager and the growers look to me and my team of five for advice and ideas on all aspects from agronomy to quality and standards, as well as what to grow next within or outwith soft fruit.
Outside of work I’ve been a keen horticulturalist since the age of 11 and have worked on farms since around the same age as well as growing vegetables in my parents back garden as a kid, which I sold back to them! I’m keen on travel, and enjoy hillwalking, surfing and swimming when time allows.
I am delighted to have been sponsored by Malcolm Isaac and The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society Scotland.