Vertical farming pioneers, Fischer Farms, have reached a major milestone as they secure the coveted Red Tractor and Global GAP accreditations, enabling the team to sell their produce to both domestic and international markets. To bolster these new achievements, Fischer Farms has now met all the criteria to become an approved SEDEX member.
With the farm now fully operational, the two industry-leading certifications give retailers and food service operators further confidence that Fischer Farms’ produce has been cultivated to meet the highest standards of food safety, traceability and sustainability.
Following stringent site visits recently, both Red Tractor and Global GAP have given Fischer Farms the seal of approval on their vertically farmed herbs and short leafy greens.
Fischer Farms is now distributing their first harvest of watercress, rocket, basil to customers, including Fresh Direct. These accreditations will accelerate advanced discussions with retailers, bringing Fischer Farms one step closer to sharing their sustainably-produced crops with consumers across the country.
Red Tractor is a world-leading food assurance scheme that underpins the high standards of British Food and Drink. It forms the basis of buying and sourcing specifications for major supermarkets, household brands and restaurant chains. Fischer Farms’ recent accreditations provides best-practice assurance at every stage of the production process, from farm to fork.
Global GAP is a trademark and set of standards for good agricultural practices and demonstrates on-farm food safety and sustainability. It is a seal of excellence for the entire production process, from food hygiene and safety to water efficiency, waste management and worker welfare.
Tristan Fischer, Founder and CEO of Fischer Farms, said: “Our new farm in Norwich – which is one of the largest vertical farms in the world – is now fully operational and open for business. Securing Red Tractor and Global GAP are the final pieces in the jigsaw, opening up a wealth of opportunities with retailers and new markets. As we strive to build a more resilient food supply chain in the UK, these accreditations demonstrate our commitment to safe, traceable and sustainable British food production.”