UNIVEGUK is an innovative grower and importer of fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers.

The UNIVEG UK business combines vertical integration and product expertise from three core business units:

  • Winchester Growers (Horticulture – Daffodils)
  • Katope (stonefruit, cherries, exotic fruit, Fairtrade, soft dried fruit, nuts, dates)
  • Empire World Trade (apples and pears)

UNIVEG UK is a customer driven, vertically integrated business and committed to growing consumption of fruit and vegetables for a healthier future, by partnering from fork to field to meet consumer needs – creating value for all.Empire World Trade is a specialist apple and pear importer for over 28 years, working within the partnership with some of the best top fruit growers around the world. Our suppliers are fundamental to our business, leading in their field due to ability, attitude and geographical location.Empire World Trade is committed to providing its suppliers with financial sustainability to ensure that the farming and growing environment is maintained and looked after for future generations. Empire World Trade is minimising the impacts of its activities on the environment, working to deliver complete sustainability:

  • Natural
  • Material
  • Financial
  • Social
  • Human

Through a continued focus on the requirements of the UK shopper, and our commitment to reduce our environmental footprint, EWT has focussed on UK apple and pear production since 2002.Alongside a proactive UK grower base, EWT has developed an innovation Orchard. The mission of the innovation orchard is to improve the UK top fruit production techniques and varietal offer in line with the commitment to total sustainability.In the following video’s EWT explore a range of initiatives to enhance sustainability.

JohnPortass, lead EWT grower shares his pioneering trial work with BASF in the biological control of Apple Tortrix and Codling Moth.

John Portass, lead EWT grower shares his pioneering trial work with BASF in the biological control of Apple Tortrix and Codling Moth.

Robert Jarvis shares an insight into a few of the British EWT variety innovations that may excite the Waitrose customer in the future, that have been developed in line with the sustainability credentials.

David Northcroft and Greg Sehringer discuss the development of a UK Pirouette apply for the Waitrose customer.