Growth at Farplants sees key promotion

Following strong growth this year for the nursery co-operative Farplants, Andy Merrick has been promoted to head of sales.

Andy Merrick (pictured), previously the garden centre sales manager for the West Sussex based plant wholesaler, has been appointed to head of sales to continue the company’s growth plans. Since joining in 1999, he has progressed within sales and account management to manage the sales team and provide support to Farplants’ garden retailing customers.

Andy has been an integral part of the Farplants product development team who have made over 1,000 updates to the 2018 offering. This includes two new consumer focused initiatives – Wildflowers and Small Plants for Small SpacesTM, available from February.

Andy has over thirty years’ horticulture experience, covering all aspects of the industry from retail and transport through to sales, and is looking forward to supporting their customers in his new role, Farplants says.

Andy commented: “During my 18 years with Farplants, I have been given fantastic support and the opportunity to work with amazing garden retailers. I am proud to be a part of the Farplants family; they have the same strong focus on development for their people, as they do for their plants.

“My career in horticulture and love of nature began when I was given my own patch of the garden growing up. This has transformed into a passion for plants and helping the industry continue to encourage consumers embrace a past time with real physical and mental health benefits.

“Working for Farplants gives me the opportunity to collaborate with our five different growers, all with their own expert knowledge. Our group structure enables me to offer our customers a broad spectrum of plants that have come from specialists within the co-op.”

He added: “With so many new plant lines for 2018 and trails continually introduced, next year will hold many initiatives and promotional lines that consumers will love. It is an exciting time for British growers and I look forward to supporting our customers meet the changing needs of the gardening consumer.”

Farplants managing director Brett Avery added: “Andy is receiving well-deserved recognition, he has shown true commitment to the industry and has provided our valued customers with first-class support.

“His passion and drive continues to help Farplants innovate with new plants and sales promotions that entice consumers for increased sell-through.”