Tomatoes

with 100% LED

APS Salads, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom

 

Established in 1949, APS Salads is a family-run tomato business based in Cheshire, UK. It began by growing vegetables and focused on tomatoes in the early 70’s. They acquired Wight Salads in 2015, which essentially doubled their operations.

Philips has sent me down
a new path.

I have had to re-think how we are growing tomato crops, and I’m really impressed with the results.”


- Phil Pearson, Group Development Director, APS Salads

The challenge

 

“There is a high demand for British tomatoes,” says Pearson. “Our customers don’t just want British tomatoes in the summer, they also want them in the winter. Moving to year-round production of tomatoe presents a number of challenges.

The right lighting

 

“This year changed my mind. I went to the launch of GrowWise Center, the Philips research facility in Eindhoven where light recipes are optimized, and saw that LED technology had taken an enormous leap. I knew that this was what we needed,” says Pearson. He became convinced that a full LED installation was the future.

 

“The LEDs make a huge difference. You can almost watch the plants growing as you look at them. If you normally grow in December, due to of the lack of light you would only get about half a flower a day and half a truss of tomatoes a week. Now we are getting almost one flower a day and over one truss per week.”

 

A lot of people have been trying year-round production of tomatoes in the UK for years but the economics have just not made sense. We are expecting a five-year payback on our investment and we are keeping our customers happy. That’s going to give us a big competitive advantage in our market.”

Philips GreenPower LED interlighting

 

The interlighting module is a bi-directional lighting module for interlighting in between tall plants e.g. tomatoes.

 

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Philips GreenPower LED toplighting

 

Philips is introducing an LED-based toplighting solution for greenhouse growers, easy to install and no need for water cooling systems.

 

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Impressed with the results

The Team

APS Salads (Isle of Wight location)

Grower

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