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.


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

What is being done to develop biocontrols against orchard pests?

What is being done to develop biocontrols against orchard pests?

The SIVAL horticultural trade show in Angers, France, this week (16-18 January) heard about several initiatives to promote more environmentally sustainable orchard growing.

What does the 25-year plan mean for growers?

What does the 25-year plan mean for growers?

Published on 11 January, the Government's long-awaited 'A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment' brings together a number of policy strands into a single framework that will impact many sectors, not least fresh produce, over the coming decades.

What will 'embracing change' mean for horticulture?

What will 'embracing change' mean for horticulture?

At the Oxford Farming Conference, whose theme was "embracing change", Defra secretary Michael Gove expanded on what a post-Brexit UK agriculture and land-use policy will look like and how it will impact farmers and growers.


Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Pest & Disease Tracker bulletin 

The latest pest and disease alerts, how to treat them, plus EAMU updates, sent direct to your inbox.

Sign up here

Professor Geoffrey Dixon

GreenGene International chair Geoff Dixon on the business of fresh produce production
 

Read Professor Geoffrey Dixon