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To guarantee freshness and good shelf-life the cold-chain distribution should extend at least as far as the retailers’ storage facilities.

Incoming produce should ideally be kept in cold-stores at 3°C, and put on display as soon as possible.

The majority of retailers have invested in refrigerated display facilities; this will also help to keep the product in good condition until it finally leaves the store.

Wholehead lettuces in particular are delicate creatures and careful handling is essential if they are to avoid bruising and damage.

Like any modern business, the British leafy salad industry prides itself on its dedicated workforce, good facilities and strict attention to detail to produce safe quality products.