First the salad, then pasta and other side dishes.
Image: Domenic Driessen
Up to a million salad boxes and pre-cut bags leave the Gartenfrisch Jung factory every week. Despite all the technology, a lot of manual work is still necessary. This also applies to the harvest.
SSalad is not the same as salad”: Anyone who travels with Daniel Jung quickly learns the intricacies. A lettuce that consumers buy as a head in the supermarket grows relatively quickly and usually weighs a similar amount. “We, on the other hand, need varieties that grow slowly and form enough structure so that they don’t get muddy later in the bag or bowl,” explains Jung on the way to a lettuce field.
There are numerous of these – as well as areas of maize – around Jagsthausen in the district of Heilbronn. Gartenfrisch Jung is one of Germany’s largest producers of ready-cut salads and vegetables in a wide variety of varieties. Around 700,000 salad bowls leave the factory every week, and in particularly busy times it can be a million. A good 900,000 salad bags are added, all for retailers’ own brands such as Edeka , Aldi , Penny , Tegut or Kaufland.