Competition win lets A C Goatham explore export markets for UK top fruit

Kent top fruit grower A C Goatham & Son has won the Taste of the South East competition run by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), earning it a place on a promotional trip to Italy to coincide with next month's World Expo in Milan.

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The three-day Grown in Britain Market Insight Visit on 5-7 May will take in the Tutto Food Exhibition and Expo Milano UK plus networking events and the opportunity to meet overseas industry leaders.

A C Goatham commercial director Carol Ford said: "This will put our fantastic English apples and pears in front of potential customers from around the world.

"We are already using the latest cold storage technology in our business to help push the boundaries which restrict the number of months our produce can be available to the British public. It makes sense to look at markets on the other side of the world to see if we can fulfil any shortfall they have at the end of their growing season when our produce is in plentiful supply."

The company has also gained planning permission for a £9m expansion of its cold storage and packhouse facilities at Flanders Farm, Hoo, creating 15 full-time and 40 full-time seasonal jobs.

A C Goatham & Son partner Ross Goatham explained: "It will use the latest technology which will allow us to store our own Kent-grown apples and pears for longer and help to extend the season for British Fruit in supermarkets across the UK."

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