Fresh fruit, fresh salads, fresh vegetables,
fresh people, fresh thinking. At Fresca,
we strive to be the best supplier of
fresh produce to the UK.
Through an ever-expanding group of companies, we source, supply, prepare, pack and deliver the finest quality fresh produce to customers all over the UK. From supermarkets and multiple retailers to wholesalers, food service companies and caterers, we offer nothing but the best and we deliver on our promises.
We conduct business ethically and sensitively, valuing our reputation and our principles. We never lose sight of the dynamism, ambition and enthusiasm that’s made us the company we are today.
We want our people to be the ones our customers want to do business with.
Citrus is a signature category for
all retail customers and it needs
expertise and dedication to succeed.
In MMG Citrus two industry leaders
have combined forces to create a
compelling commercial opportunity.
A joint venture, MMG Citrus was
created by Fresca business Mack
together with Spain’s largest citrus grower,
Martinavarro. The aim was to become more
vertically integrated, linking the retailer
directly with the grower, but retaining the valuable expertise
and commercial experience of the marketing agent.
Source teams around the world ensure a seamless 12 month supply,
with investment in varietal development and new plantings
helping to satisfy the growing demand for better quality easy peel, more
reliable seedlessness and for exciting speciality crops in particular.
MMG Citrus is a core supplier to well-known
UK retailers from its base at our Fresh
Produce Centre in Kent.
The longest-established part of the business,
Mack Wholesale is where our story begins.
We retain three busy wholesale branches,
located at Birmingham Bristol and Southampton.
Whilst the Covent Garden branch is a nostalgic memory these days, it’s
there that founder Matthew Mack began his business in 1874. He built his
trade thanks to his entrepreneurial flair and determination to succeed.
Characteristics that have stayed in the company DNA ever since.
Our wholesale outlets still run with the traditional night-time hours,
welcoming a wide variety of customers. Caterers, foodservice operators,
stallholders, small chain stores, airlines and cruise lines all
rely on Mack Wholesale.
Customers receive a friendly, tailored service, competitive
pricing and quality products – fruit, vegetables,
flowers and exotics. Sourcing to order and
added value services are available
Working from the Fresca wholesale
hub in Southampton, Mack International
is a primary wholesaler with core
customers from the mid-size multiples,
wholesalers and processors.
Particular emphasis and expertise at Mack International is on citrus
and top fruit, with a diverse sourcing operation that also includes
products such as kiwi and salad.
Growers large and small like the hassle-free nature of partnering
with Mack International as their sales channel. From West Sussex
to Western Australia growers find that MIT can provide access to
all parts of the UK wholesale, retail and catering markets.
The company also markets the Mack Select and Mack
Premium brands when seasons and product quality suit.
Amongst the more
pioneering UK growers, Wallings
Nursery is a key contributor to new
developments in the UK berry industry. Fresca helped
facilitate a management buyout for this business in 2008,
and its commercial management is now taken care of by Mack.
The strawberry crop from Wallings is dedicated to UK retailers through
Mack, with various varieties and growing techniques such as LED
lighting used to help extend the UK season for as long as
Essex-based Wallings is one of the growers
responsible for the emergence of the
much-lauded Malling Centenary® variety
as part of the East Malling
Strawberry Breeding Club.
Growing delicious, superb
quality strawberries in glasshouse
and polytunnel facilities.
From the excitement of the
newest of new potatoes
through to maincrop potatoes and a
wide range of field vegetables, the
grower partners for Manor Fresh are all totally
focused on achieving the very highest standards of
quality. Ethical and sustainable production using high
agronomic standards are key requirements.
The company is committed to operational excellence, with
continuous improvement and investment in efficiency an ongoing
Manor Fresh benefits from two well-known fresh produce
companies as parent partners. Along with Fresca
Group, AH Worth & Co are committed to
helping build a bright future in
this specialist area.
Potato and vegetable company Manor Fresh
is a joint venture business near Holbeach in
Lincolnshire. An expert and passionate team
work to source and pack for their retail customers.
The team at Mack Food Service includes dedicated
account managers to drive forward the business
opportunities for their customers. They work to tailor
a solution that connects the right produce with the
customer, streamlining the supply chain and labour
elements required in between.
From composite products for box and basket
schemes to re-packing and branding, quality control
checking and even washing – there’s a broad range
of services available. The operations team are flexible
and responsive, able to react quickly and reliably to
Added value service for fresh produce
customers from this Southampton
wholesaling business. Operating from
bright, modern facilities in Nursling.
With a phenomenal 11 month harvest window, Colombia’s
leading avocado grower, Cartama, stay busy with avocado
production all year round. Cartama UK is a joint venture with
Fresca through which the Cartama crop is marketed to
customers in the UK and Europe.
Customers range from UK multiple retailers to wholesale and
foodservice customers. Fast, efficient shipping routes and
consistent great fruit quality and volumes make for a
compelling commercial proposition.
Bringing avocados from Colombia to the
UK and Europe in a joint venture business
between Fresca Group and Cartama.
A formidable fresh produce partner for retailers
and growers alike. Broad product range, a global
network, huge operational capacity and business
process excellence make for an unrivalled
Linking growers with end
customers and making sure that
perishable, delicate products pass
through the supply chain in the most
efficient way possible is everyday work for Mack.
A market-leader with reputation built on quality of
products and strength of service, Mack is perhaps best known
for keeping the shelves of Britain’s best known retailers filled with
an enticing, diverse and tailored offer of fruit and vegetables.
Recent years have seen Mack adapt to offer a service provision model,
investing in ripening, rapid cooling, packing and systems. The customer
base has expanded, with Mack now delivering for food service customers
and developing an export offer too. Mack is an investor in
varietal development, helping secure longer term,
sustainable opportunities for growth.
High pressure, bespoke service for some
of the world’s best-known cruise liners.
Supply of fresh, frozen, protein, dairy
and dry goods to the docks in
Southampton and overseas.
The cruise line industry is one of
the success stories of recent years, enjoying
high growth rates as more and more people
discover what the giants of the seas can offer.
These ships dock for a very limited time, and the process
of re-stocking supplies is a complex and detailed operation.
Timings are crucial, with no margin for error.
Mack Ship Stores has a formidable reputation in the field for
uncompromising service. Our product range has expanded
at the request of the cruise line customers, with everything
from drinks to cleaning products, flour, fresh produce,
meat, fish and dairy products procured to order
and taken from our Nursling base to the docks.
The technology of tomorrow combines with the
brightest minds in horticulture at this major Kent
landmark. Producing millions of sustainably-grown
speciality tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers.
north Kent coast
near Birchington this
commercial greenhouse site has been
operational since 2009. It’s the UK’s most
technologically-advanced site of its kind, with an
approximate investment spend of £125m.
Around 18% of all tomatoes grown in the UK are produced here.
Construction will continue until the site reaches its planned potential
with 55 hectares of glasshouse on the 95 hectare site. Fresca
Group is a joint venture partner in this business along with
three specialist grower companies. The crops are grown
specifically to serve demand in the UK retail sector,
with additional volumes available for
wholesale or foodservice. Thanet Earth is
an importer too, with great
operational capacity that
benefits from the very latest
storage and packing systems.
A dedicated supply partner to Waitrose,
every grape, melon, pineapple, citrus
fruit, peach, nectarine, plum and apricot
sold there is supplied through Primafruit.
With banana ripening and packing at a facility
in Bishop’s Stortford and with commercial and
operational headquarters in Evesham, Primafruit is a
lean and effective supply chain partner for Waitrose.
Having agreed a long-term contract, significant
investment in buildings, machinery and capacity has
taken place, making sure that the commitment to
the customer is fulfilled.
Primafruit people source, import, ripen and
pack for Waitrose; they analyse category
opportunity and work in an open book
partnership that’s truly refreshing.
as an interspecific breeding
programme, crossing strong performing
varieties across plums, apricots and nectarines in the
main, has become a renowned source of really interesting
and commercially-viable new varieties of stone fruit.
Based in South Africa, CPC is another example of an innovative
Fresca joint venture business, linking Fresca with one of the leading
growers in RSA. The trees marketed by CPC are all from the Zaiger
breeding programme and are the results of years of
diligent research and development.
The varieties are designed to appeal to growers
and to end customers alike – breeding for
flavour, colour, yield, consistency
and harvest window.
New, exciting varieties of plums,
nectarines, apricots are key to
future success in the stone fruit
category. CPC is commercialising
the results of years of investment
in new varieties by Fresca
and our partners
The operational home for DGM
Growers is in Holbeach in Lincolnshire,
with commercial team based at The Fresh
Produce Centre at Paddock Wood. DGM is
a subsidiary of Mack, with the companies working
Most crops for DGM are UK-grown, with technologists
travelling extensively to support farmers and ensure
standards of product quality are met. The UK peas and
beans season is a particularly busy time. Some crops are
imported during non-UK season, with teams at source
working to procure and helping with logistics.
No ordinary vegetable company,
DGM Growers is where the more
exotic vegetable crops are found.
It’s the UK’s only commercial
grower of chicory, with fennel, chard,
celeriac, artichokes and pak choi
packed and sold too.
In a business this size there’s always a new development or an interesting
product or project. News releases can be found here, or contact our
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A brand new joint venture for Fresca with Colombian avocado specialist Cartama is set to take the UK market by storm.
The much anticipated open field day for the Volcani grape breeding project was held in Greece last week at the spectacular setting of the Fassoulis Vine Nursery in Nemea.
In a deal that brings fresh vision and significant investment for the future, Martinavarro have confirmed that private equity firm Miura have taken a 25% holding in their business.
Careers in fresh produce are really rewarding not only do you get to work with delicious, colourful and healthy products every day, you also work with passionate and interesting people.
As our products are seasonal and sourced from all around the world, there’s always a fresh challenge to manage. It’s a competitive industry, so keeping our forward momentum and spotting the next opportunity is also really important in our people.
Our group structure is one of our great strengths, and it means we have more to offer our people when it comes to career development. There are opportunities for travel, for learning and for broadening experience.
The positions we’re looking to fill today are listed here. Details of how to apply for each role are on the listing. We also welcome speculative contact from prospective candidates who may have interesting skills or experience.
You can email us at email@example.com remember to attach your CV and to let us know why you think we’re the perfect company for you.