July 2019: Chambers celebrates its highest ever yield of British strawberries this year, achieving a 100% increase on the tonnage produced when compared to the 2018 crop.
The growth in tonnage is in response to blossoming partnerships with the multiples, which has seen Chambers increase its own crop of strawberries and draw upon the business’ extensive network of partner growers – courtesy of its membership of the Asplins Producer Organisation – to meet consumer demand. The relationship with Asplins (a fruit producing, packing and marketing co-operative) makes it possible for Chambers to supply its supermarket customers with the quintessential British favourite throughout the summer months.
The business has invested heavily in its operations, which includes introducing innovative growing methods and equipment. In addition, Chambers has secured new sites to propagate plant stock which is then sent to various partner sites both in the UK and overseas for growing and ultimately harvesting, enabling a year-round offering.
As well as growing strawberries, Chambers – the leading independent soft fruit experts – supplies a range of British berries including raspberries, cherries and blueberries.
James Miller, Commercial Director at Chambers, says: “Our long-standing partnership with the multiples has helped us to grow even more strawberries than ever before, and enhance our business further. It has provided us with the stability to open new sites, invest in new equipment and create more secure employment in Kent. We have even more exciting projects in the pipeline and look forward to continuing to work closely with our key accounts to bring these plans to fruition.”