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Winner: Emma Watson (G's)

Through 2017/18, Emma has taken control of the G's Salads innovation trials process. She has overhauled and strengthened the process, bringing rigour and transparency to the wider G's team, growers, seed partners and customers.

Prior to Emma’s appointment, the varietal development programme had become unruly and disparate, due to people and structure changes. This resulted in variable customer buy-in and criticism.

Emma has developed and delivered a structured programme which has resulted in enhanced forward innovation plans with strategic customers. This allows for greater planning with customer marketing teams and also with growers to support and ensure greater commercial success of new innovations. For 2018, G's have lined up some of the strongest innovation launches on special and different lines, for the UK season. Emma has also engaged with our winter season farms to bring 52-week continuity to the supply of some of the more unusual innovations. 

Emma has taken responsibility for working with the seed houses to drive evolutionary product development and has worked extensively with the North American seed houses to build disease resistance packages that has allowed these seed varieties to successfully grow in the UK. 

She has undertaken extensive work with the growers and seed houses to develop varieties that deliver improved yields, in turn driving sustainably of the crops. As salad prices have come under pressure in the market place this program has ensured G’s remain competitive in the market place.