Dawndew Salad – Expert cress and micro leaf grower

A family business

Established over a century ago, Dawndew Salad is a family business spanning five generations. The Ingle family take great pride in growing, cutting, packing and washing niche salad products for all sectors of the food industry.

Having started in 1901 on a small rented field in Thornton-Cleveleys, Lancashire, Dawndew Salad has grown to become one of the UK’s leading specialist salad cress, pea shoot and micro leaf producers. In 1990, the company moved to its current premises in Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire and the business has continued to invest to ensure its growing methods and techniques produce consistent, high quality, ethical and environmentally responsible salad products all year round.

A family tradition of quality and modernity continues today with a fifth generation of Ingles’ at the helm. Trudie Webster, Commercial and Technical Director and James Ingle, Operations Director, are supported by forty loyal employees, the majority of whom have long service records with the business.

Ensuring quality

Dawndew Salad ensures their customer expectations are met and the appropriate food safety standards are maintained. Their crops are grown in the UK, without the use of pesticides and are Red Tractor certified. The business also has BRC and Field to Fork accreditations, as well as a SEDEX membership which ensures all of their products are ethically produced.

Protection of the environment

Dawndew Salad is committed to reducing its environmental footprint and this is demonstrated in a variety of ways by:

  • recycling where possible and reducing their reliance on natural resources, such as water
  • investing in more energy efficient technology and equipment
  • utilising recycled materials which are more sustainable as growing mediums
  • selecting packaging which has minimal impact on the environment

 Charitable commitments

Dawndew Salad is proud to support their local area by providing donations to various community projects and events. The company also encourages their employees to take part in local and national fundraising events to raise money for a number of charitable organisations.