East Coast Viners (ECV)
Based in Tayside on Scotland’s temperate east coast East Coast Viners are one of the UK’s largest and longest-established producers of frozen peas and broad beans. All grades of peas and beans are supplied, and all are grown and frozen to the highest quality industry standards.
The business is owned and run by three local farmer brothers, Graham, Mike and John Forbes, who have been growing peas and broad beans in the area for over 35 years.
As well as their own farms, they also rent seasonal land from other local farmers, giving them a combined acreage of just under 5000 acres dedicated to pea and broad bean production within a 25-mile radius of the freezing plant in Dundee.
This year (2005), East Coast Viners plans to grow around 9000 tonnes of peas and 800 tonnes of broad beans, sown to a precision schedule which will allow continuous 24-hour harvesting of perfectly-ripened peas throughout most of July and August.
Through retaining complete control of the entire production operation from seed selection through to packing, and by taking advantage of the excellent local road links from farm fields to the freezing plant, East Coast Viners can supply all grades and sizes of peas, from AA 150 minute to DD and from tender garden peas to petits pois. This is subject to full traceability.
Peas and beans are frozen in the state-of-the-art Dundee-based facility owned and operated by Alpine Foods Ltd, one of the largest processors of frozen vegetables in the country. Alpine Foods has also recently invested in packing facilities which are available to East Coast Viners.
East Coast Viners currently supplies major supermarkets and other frozen pea and broad bean buyers all over the UK. Export sales are also being cultivated in Spain, Portugal, Israel, Canada and other international markets.
Through retaining complete control of the operation and operating a flat management structure, East Coast Viners is highly responsive to all enquiries for frozen peas and broad beans. Click here for direct access to the management and partner contact details.