Fourayes reaps reward on investment with food business award

Kent fruit grower and processor Fourayes has won the food and drink category of the Made In The South East Awards in recognition of its investment in processing and diversification.

image: Insider Media
image: Insider Media

Fourayes has invested £1.3million in modern Bramley apple peeling and grading equipment at its Sittingbourne site, and also invested in jam processing.

Fourayes managing director Phil Acock said: "The investment we have made in new technology and equipment has paid off and we are grateful to the judges for giving us this recognition amid so many other excellent businesses in the South East."

It will now contest the Made in the UK Awards 2015.

Fourayes has also been working with manufacturers to emphasise the provenance of food products on packaging, including using the Union Jack as well as the word "British" or "Kentish".

Acock wrote on the Fourayes blog: "British labelled products have sold remarkably well this year. We know that consumers want to know where their food comes from and that it is safe. That means having a good brand and a good reputation and when it comes to fruit, it doesn't get much better than British."

Examples have included Kentish Bramley apple pies, scones with Kentish strawberry jam and buns with semi-candied Kentish Bramley apple.

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