The Fruitery – the recently launched prepared ready to eat division launched by soft fruit experts Chambers – is supporting this year’s London Produce Show with a number of initiatives.
The Fruitery, which has just achieved early Grade A BRC accreditation, represents a first in the UK as Chambers is the only specialist fruit grower to have invested in its own prepared fruit facility. The Fruitery delivers a retailer own-label soft fruit product to foodservice and major multiples direct from the farm and offers seamless year-round supply of fresh soft fruit that leads to an extended shelf life of up to two days. Response to the launch has been swift with the business already securing accounts with UK and continental retailers, and a number of other high-profile food retailers registering an interest.
The London Produce Show will provide an opportunity for delegates to the event’s ‘The Perishable Pundit’s Thought Leader Breakfast Panel’ on Thursday 6th June to sample the quality fresh berries during the early morning (07.30 – 09.15) debate. Later the same day, from 09.30 The Fruitery will be on show at the trade exhibition on stand 108, with a team of Chambers’ personnel on hand ready to provide more details on The Fruitery’s unique offering. On Friday 7th June, Chambers has organised an exclusive Production Tour, comprising a hands-on, interactive and educational tour of the company’s largest own berry farm and the new high care prepared fruit facility.
The Production Tour will be two-fold starting with a visit to Home Farm located near Dartford, where members of the senior management team (including Chambers’ owner and managing director Tim Chambers) will give a tour of the largest Chambers’ farm. This will be followed by a trip to the company’s headquarters at Oakdene Farm in Maidstone, where they will visit The Fruitery, the prepared fruit division which represents a £2m investment.
Commenting on the inaugural Production Tour, Group Technical Director Rupert Carter says, “Visitors will witness the two different aspects of British fruit farming today. They will have the chance to see a traditional soft fruit production site, as well as understand the berry journey from field through to the high care facility and beyond. We will also share our learnings since setting up The Fruitery which may be useful for any visitors thinking about doing something similar, or establishing comparable revenue streams. We hope that retailers and buyers will find it interesting to see at first-hand how all the aspects of the supply chain are carefully managed directly by Chambers. Soft fruit is notoriously challenging and fast-changing so our goal is to establish a stronger awareness of the complexities associated with this type of product.”
On a lighter note, the Tour will also include some more fun activities, including pitting the highly experienced Chambers’ fruit pickers against the visitors and of course there will be extensive tasting opportunities!
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