Morrisons today announces it is acquiring Lansen Nursery, a leading supplier of outdoor plants.
The acquisition means that Morrisons will offer more locally sourced and homegrown British horticulture whilst becoming more competitive for customers.
Lansen Nursery has been a long standing supplier to Morrisons with over 20 years trading experience together.
It is based in Spalding, Lincolnshire, the home for many leading outdoor plant businesses.
The acquisition will enable Morrisons to develop its garden centres further, widening the range of outdoor plants available for customers.
All 25 staff employed at the site at Spalding in Lincolnshire will become Morrisons staff in a growing manufacturing business.
Andrew Thornber, Morrisons’ manufacturing director, said: “We’re already the single biggest customer for British farmers and the addition of Lansen Nursery to our manufacturing business will give us a strong position in horticulture. Uniquely, we will be able to control the quality and cost of plants that are grown for sale in our supermarkets.”
The acquisition broadens Morrisons Horticulture business, complementing its existing Flowerworld business in Derby which packs the majority of all the fresh cut flowers and bouquets that are sold in Morrisons stores.
Morrisons is already the largest supermarket customer for British farmers and makes most of its own fresh food in 18 manufacturing sites and 497 stores, including bakery, seafood, meat, fruit and vegetables, flowers and chilled processed products.
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