Bardsley & Son claims best in show and best culinary titles at National Fruit Show

The National Fruit Show's display awards saw the best in show and best culinary titles won Bramleys grown by Bardsley & Son with a score of 99 points. The Best Dessert Apple was Gala grown by Miller & Bradley, while Best Pear was Conference grown by Agrii.

Display awards: success for Annette and Nigel Bardsley - image: HW
Display awards: success for Annette and Nigel Bardsley - image: HW

Grower Nick Bardsley said: "It's very unusual for Bramleys to win best in show. The returns for Bramleys haven't been good in recent years and growers have been grubbing them so they need a bit of promotion. We are long-term storers of Bramleys supplying year-round and hope to maintain our tonnage, but if returns don't improve that could be problem.

"We don't have oversupply any more so shouldn't have to push the market. In the long run we need demand to outstrip supply. The Bramley Apple Campaign is necessary to keep it in the mind of the public and make them aware it's a 12-month-a-year product, and a unique British brand."

The competition drew 127 entries across 21 fruit classes from 35 entrants. Other prizes went to Agrii for best overall trade stand, Kirkland UK for best machinery stand and fundraising initiative The Great Fruit Adventure for best shell scheme, while Hadlow College received a special commendation.

The show now has a more modern website intended for multi-platform use and integrated with social media, designed by Maidstone-based Ether Creative.


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