Andy Merrick, 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.
Merrick has been an integral part of the Farplants product development team who have made over 1000 updates to the 2018 offering. This includes two new consumer focused initiatives – Wildflowers and Small Plants for Small SpacesTM, available from February.
Merrick has over thirty years’ horticulture experience, covering all aspects of the industry from retail and transport through to sales. He is looking forward to supporting their customers in his new role, he said: “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.
"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.
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, is delighted with the promotion. He said: “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.”
Merrick’s promotion is the latest staff development; the wholesale group has been bolstered this year with a sweep of new appointments.