History

Vitacress has a proud tradition of growing, procuring, packing and selling the finest in fresh produce. From our humble beginnings with one acre of watercress, we have become an international company, employing 1500 people and managing 720 hectares of farms and nurseries. Some key moments in our journey are detailed below

1951 Vitacress established in Hampshire


1964 Introduction of cold chain


1986 Opening of St Mary Bourne salad facility


1988 Baby salad leaves launched in the UK market


1989 Van Heyningen Brothers pioneer fresh herbs in the UK


2003 Launch of Vitacress brand in Portugal


2005 Launch of Vitacress Espana


2006 Launch of spring water washing for salads


2008 Vitacress joins Grupo RAR


2010 Van Heyningen Brothers joins Vitacress


2010 Launch of Steve's Leaves


2011 Launch of Vitacress Real in the Netherlands


2015 New living herb facility and packhouse in Chichester