Meatless sausage producer beats driver shortages by growing herbs in 'vertical' farm

The company's founder Andrew Keeble appears on Channel 5's This Week on the Farm to show presenter JB Gill around the 'vertical' micro-greens growing operation. Basil for the brand's vegan sausages, which make up 20 percent of their business, is grown inside the £100,000 facility.

Mr. Keeble said: “ We currently import 10,000 tonnes of basil from Spain each year, so the vertical farm immediately eliminates a huge amount of food miles. We are farmers turned producers but now we are able to look to the future of agriculture. There are huge benefits to vertical farming - no pesticides or herbicides, less water, no transport, less food waste, higher production, better shelf life - the list is endless. Our aim is to be able to produce a wide range of leafy vegs and herbs that we can use across the range, delivering tasty flavors from farm to factory, to plate.”

Heck, founded in 2012, now produces 50,000 meatless sausages every day.

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