Fourayes Farm invests £80k in chill store

Fourayes Farm has spent £800,000 on a new chill store and dispatch area to handle a growth in output of Bramley apples.

The firm in Sittingbourne, Kent, packed the 450sq m building with high-tech refrigeration, loading docks, electric fast up-and-down doors and resin floors.

Managing director and chairman Philip Acock said: "Factory output was going up and the back end of the business - storage and dispatch - couldn't keep up."

Output of apples had gone up by a tonne on last year's total of 10 tonnes, and the firm now had three instead of one loading bay, Acock said.

Fourayes grows almost 1,500 tonnes of apples in its own orchards and also offers hot- or cold-mix Bramley apple fillings and mincemeat.

Philip's father John Acock, who founded the firm, died of lung cancer aged 79 earlier this month.

John Acock was credited with revolutionising the processing of Bramley apples for bakers, and helping to make Fourayes the largest apple processor in the UK.

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