UK Vining Pea Industry Conference


Peterborough, UK

Start Date:

Wednesday 11th November


11 November 2015, PGRO, Great North Road, Thornhaugh, Peterborough PE8 6HJ, UK


The very first UK Vining Pea Industry Conference will be held this year. A packed day will feature presentations and update from AHDB Horticulture, PGRO and British Growers. Our keynote speaker will be Brian Young from the British Frozen Food Federation. There will be knowledge transfer sessions from PGRO staff and updates on Research and Development work carried out through AHDB Horticulture.


Hatch Communications will inform the industry about the Yes Peas! promotion campaign which they took over earlier this year and the work they have done, as well as what is in the pipeline. Jack Ward from British Growers will deliver the finding of research carried out by British Growers and Tim Mudge will update the conference on the 2015 season at both home and abroad.


Every year in the UK we aim to produce over 130,000 tonnes of vining peas for freezing and canning, with smaller amount going into the fresh market, on about 35,000 hectares of land mainly down our unique eastern facing seaboard. We are the largest single producer of vining peas in Europe, and our quality product is loved by British consumers.


It is an important crop in the rotation of many growers providing an excellent break crop with the added benefit of helping to providing nitrogen in the soil for the following crop. Over the years there has been much consolidation in the growing and processing sectors with each industry scaling to adjust to supply the customers requirements.


Now there are about twenty grower groups supplying peas into eight factories up the east coast from East Anglia to Dundee. Behind all of these facts are dedicated managers, owners and growers who work to get the best peas from the land into the factories as quickly as possible.


The 2015 UK Vining Pea Conference is the first cross industry event to look at every aspect of the process. It will be of interest to managers and growers from pea groups as well as agricultural and field staff from the processing industry. There will also be plenty to interest the commercial departments from processing companies as well as the seed houses, crop input companies, machinery and affiliated industries.

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