Edibles Grower of the Year - Winner AJ & CI Snell

The award for Edibles Grower of the Year 2016 is chosen from all the winning entrants of edible crop categories and this year it was soft-fruit grower AJ & CI Snell that pipped fellow award winners to the post with judges awarding the firm the very highest marks.

Edibles Grower of the Year - Winner AJ & CI Snell
Edibles Grower of the Year - Winner AJ & CI Snell

Part of the Berry Gardens co-operative and a mainstay of British soft-fruit production since its owners decided to specialise in berries in 1998, AJ & CI Snell is a great example of a production business that constantly strives to utilise the latest growing techniques, to develop new products and to improve its already very high quality standards.

In 2015 it supplied Sainsbury's and Tesco with fresh fruit, Marks & Spencer and Booths with frozen fruit, 150 farm shops plus online customers with own-brand Windmill Hill Frozen Fruits, Yeo Valley with organic blackcurrants and Lucozade Ribena Suntory with contract-grown blackcurrants.

Sales were up by nearly 12 per cent in 2015 despite challenging weather and the firm achieved 100 per cent quality service to its major retailers.

- For more on what earned AJ & CI Snell the top accolade click here.


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