AC Goatham takes on imported pink apples with Flanders Pink

Kent top fruit grower AC Goatham & Son says a new variety it has developed will enable it to compete with imported pink apples.

Image: AC Goatham & Son
Image: AC Goatham & Son

The UK's largest top fruit grower has named the variety Flanders Pink after its farm on the Hoo peninsula. It is a cross between Kanzi and Greenstar made initially on the Continent.

After several years of growing trials, this is the first year that the new orchards of the variety will produce a large enough crop for it to be sold in commercial volumes, though sales of last year's crop, the first, were previously trialled in Sainbury's.

Described in blind consumer tasting sessions as being sweet, crisp and very juicy, it enables the British industry to address a gap in the market, as all other pink apples sold in the UK are grown overseas.

AC Goatham commercial director Carol Ford said: "Flanders Pink has scored highly in the all-important consumer taste tests as well as being suitable to grow in the UK’s damp climate.

"It also travels and stores well – vital for modern apple varieties, so that they reach the end consumer in the very best condition."

Its new orchards growing Flanders Pink are among over 2 million new fruit trees AC Goatham has planted in the last several years. 

This year the company has also supplied home-grown Royal Gala apples for 48 weeks, in another measure to reduce reliance on imported fruit.

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