The first crop of Dyson Farming’s strawberries from its new six-hectare glasshouse in Carrington, Lincolnshire will hit supermarket shelves this week.
This marks the start of the season for the new venture, which will produce around 750 tonnes of strawberries each year in the giant greenhouse powered by renewable electricity and surplus heat from Dyson Farming’s anaerobic digester.
The company, which is owned by home appliances inventor Sir James Dyson and recently rebranded as Dyson Farming from Beeswax Dyson, says the project supports the advancement of high-tech, sustainable farming in the UK, and avoids unnecessary food miles that come from imported strawberries at this time of year.
It is the latest addition to Dyson Farming’s circular farming approach, which has helped make the farming business carbon neutral.
According to The Telegraph the first fruit will be available at selected M&S stores.
The site also has packhouse and cold store facilities allowing Dyson Farming to pick, chill, pack and deliver fresh fruit to the end customer as quickly as possible.
Dyson says the glasshouse will incorporate new technologies as they evolve such as advanced robotic picking and advanced LED lighting that could increase glasshouse efficiency and lengthen the season further.
Sir James Dyson said: “Sustainable food production, food security and our environment are vital to the nation’s health and the nation’s economy; there is a real opportunity for agriculture to drive a revolution in technology and vice versa. Dyson Farming is developing new approaches to efficient, high-technology agriculture, which we hope will lead to a commercially sustainable future.
“I’m excited about the future of agriculture, despite the undoubtedly significant challenges it faces. The increasingly symbiotic relationship between our technology business and our farms will, I hope, yield novel new approaches to drive sustainability and performance.
"Material science, energy creation and energy storage are at the core of this and farming has much to give – growing materials and creating energy which can be used in a wider range of products. The parallels between the two businesses are greater than you might think since the future for both is dependent on investment in research, development, and continual improvement.”