Berry Gardens sets new profits record

Record profits of £3.6m for 2013 have been announced by Berry Gardens, despite the late start to the soft-fruit season last year.

At its annual general meeting in Edinburgh, the grower-owned production and marketing group revealed that sales rose by 2.6 per cent for the year, to £213m.

Outgoing chairman Paul Kelsey described the results as "outstanding" and said they mean that rebates to growers will total £3.8m.

The group completed a £3m extension to its Maidstone packhouse in November 2013 as well as upgrading its internal processes, allowing it to better handle greater volumes of counter-season fruit, Kelsey explained.

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