Towards the end of 2015, Spinneys furthered its commitment to supporting farms that harvest safe, sustainably grown produce by forming a partnership with Global GAP, a non-profit organisation for good agricultural practices. At the same time, it also reiterated its dedication to increasing the quantity and range of locally grown fruit and vegetables available in store. It’s no surprise, then, that Abu Dhabi-based Elite Agro (EAG) is such an important supplier.
WHO THEY ARE
They are part of the Spinneys Farmers Club – which focuses on driving farming standards across the UAE to help the region improve its sustainable food production – and will contribute to the SpinneysFood range of local fruit and vegetables.
WHAT THEY DO
EAG’s sales and marketing manager, James Varghese, explains a little bit more: “We began in 2010, with the idea of setting up a self-reliant farming business for the region, with new benchmarks in regards to high-quality, safe production.” As well as holding Global GAP status, the company meets international regulations and is a HACCP-certified production centre. “We follow strict guidelines to limit pesticide use, which in turn reduces risk to public health and the environment,” says James.
TRY THE PRODUCTS
This monitoring continues right up to the point produce hits stores, allowing EAG to achieve 100 per cent compliance for all its fruit, vegetables and grains. Seeds and seedlings are only sourced from suppliers with verifiable GMO-free certifications. “By applying international best-agriculture practices to our region’s weather and soil conditions, we can grow produce in a sustainable way.” What does this mean for the Spinneys customer? That they’ve made the right choice and can reap the benefits of eating fresh fruit and vegetables, while at the same time supporting sustainable sourcing and local farmers.
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