A combination of demand from retailers for UK produce, and technical advances to extend the season for home-grown fruit, has meant that UK growers now provide a mainstay product on supermarket shelves that is recognised for its quality while also supporting rural economies.
Apples and strawberries continue to form the bedrock of UK fruit growing, accounting for more than two-thirds of all fruit production by value. But several other crops have recently shown striking growth, from cherries to sweet-eating blackberries and even apricots, not to mention the stellar rise in recent years of English vineyards.
Looking to the future, the plentiful supply of seasonal labour, which was brought on by the EU’s expansion into central and eastern Europe since 2004, is a constant concern. Many fear this is an era that is now drawing to a close, given the challenges of Brexit and the Government’s reluctance to countenance schemes to bring in short-term labour from elsewhere in the world to meet growers’ needs.
In HW’s ranking by turnover of the top 25 fruit producers, figures are from Companies House and other sources. In some cases, HW has made an estimate based on hectarage and fruit production.
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