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WHAT WE GROW

Lettuce

Crunchy and crisp – iceberg is a kiwi icon for good reason.

Here at LeaderBrand we have been growing lettuce for over 20 years. Today we are still one of the largest growers in New Zealand, supplying for both retail customers and processing.

location

Where does it grow?

We grow lettuce at both our Pukekohe and Gisborne farms, harnessing the warmer climate and fertile soil at both locations.

In Gisborne our salad house located close to the farm. Meaning we can process as soon as it’s harvested, getting it to customers fresh daily.

our process

How do we grow it?

To make sure our iceberg is always crunchy and crisp, we follow these important steps:

  1. Depending on the season, our seedlings grow for around 5-9 weeks at our Gisborne nursery.
  2. Our seedlings are then transplanted into the soil, to grow for between 6 to 12 weeks. The growing time constantly changes depending on season and conditions on the farm.
  3. We harvest our lettuce by hand and bag it in the field. Bagging it immediately ensures it’s only touched once and helps give you the best shelf life.
  4. As soon as it’s harvested, we vacuum cool our lettuce to lock in the freshness. From there, it goes straight out to customers or into the salad house for processing.
  5. At the salad house, we prep, double-wash, shred, dry and pack our lettuce. Our lettuce is added to our popular Crispy salad, we also proudly supply shredded lettuce to Subway and Pita Pit .
Wrapped crispy lettuce

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OUR PRODUCTS

LeaderBrand Wrapped Iceberg Lettuce

WRAPPED LETTUCE

When it comes to lettuce, we cut out the middleman. Every bag of our Wrapped Lettuce is grown, harvested, packed, and delivered to your local store by LeaderBrand.

  • wb_sunny Available All Year Round
  • grass Gisborne & Pukekohe
  • tag_faces Gluten Free
  • cruelty_free Vegan

LeaderBrand runs its own independently verified food safety programme.

The programme incorporates internationally recognised standards of agricultural production, product safety, traceability and record-keeping.

Avg Quantity per serving Avg Quantity per 100g
Energy (kJ/Cal) 13/3 74/18
Protein (g) 0.3 1.9
Fat, total (g) 0.05 0.3
– saturated (g) 0.01 0.04
Carbohydrate (g) 0.3 1.8
– sugars (g) 0.3 1.7
Fibre (g) 0.1 0.6
Sodium (mg) 2.3 13

Source: The Concise New Zealand Food Composition Tables, 8th Edition, Plant & Food Research.

LeaderBrand Bagged Crispy Salad

CRISPY SALAD

Sweet, crisp iceberg lettuce with carrot, red cabbage and our traditional Kiwi dressing creates an unbeatable combination of taste and colour.

  • wb_sunny Available All Year Round
  • grass Gisborne & Pukekohe
  • auto_awesome Washed & Ready To Eat
  • panorama_vertical Dressing Included
  • cruelty_free Vegetarian

LeaderBrand runs its own independently verified food safety programme.

The programme incorporates internationally recognised standards of agricultural production, product safety, traceability and record-keeping.

Avg Quantity per serving Avg Quantity per 100g
Energy (kJ/Cal) 173/41.3 231/55.2
Protein (g) 1.2 1.6
Fat, total (g) 1.0 1.4
– saturated (g) 0.1 0.1
Carbohydrate (g) 6.0 8.0
– sugars (g) 5.9 7.9
Sodium (mg) 32 43

Source: The Concise New Zealand Food Composition Tables, 8th Edition, Plant & Food Research.

ICEBERG LETTUCE CORONATION CHICKEN RECIPE LEADERBRAND
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