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  Driscoll’s, the global market leader of fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries and Berry Gardens Growers Limited (BGG), the UK’s largest berry grower co-operative, formally agreed on the terms for the purchase of Berry Gardens Limited (BGL), the sales, packaging and distribution entity of Berry Gardens Growers Limited (BGG). Berry Gardens has grown, distributed […]

Berry Gardens Achieves Stronger Together Business Partner Status for 2021

Berry Gardens Achieves Stronger Together Business Partner Status for 2021 We are proud to announce that we will continue to be a Business Partner for the Stronger Together initiative for 2021, a demonstration of our commitment to preventing hidden labour exploitation. Stronger Together is a multi-stakeholder initiative which aims to tackle and eradicate modern slavery, […]

Robin Walker Appointed Chairman

Berry Gardens Growers Ltd is pleased to announce the appointment of new Chairman, Robin Walker.  Robin has been Vice-Chairman of the co-operative for the last six years, supporting former Chairman Alastair Brooks.  “Robin has been a tremendous help during my tenure and is my natural successor.  He is ideally positioned to offer continuity as we […]

Berry Gardens Ltd Appoints New CEO

Berry Gardens Ltd, the UK’s leading berry and stone fruit production and marketing group, is pleased to announce the appointment of Nick Allen as permanent Chief Executive Officer, with immediate effect. Nick has been Acting CEO since autumn 2019, a role he took on having previously been the company’s Chief Operating Officer.  As COO Nick’s […]

British Berry & Cherry 2019 Season

The 2019 British soft fruit season was off to a great start with first picks back in mid February from glass house and heated production.  “This year the weather has been more unpredictable, with unseasonally warm temperatures in April supporting good Easter weekend sales.  However, in May the temperature dropped resulting in plants slowing down, […]

Hat Trick at the Horticulture Business Awards

Berry Gardens Grower’s celebrates three wins at the 2019 Horticulture Week Business Awards.Clock House Farm was crowned Soft Fruit Grower of the Year for leading the way in innovation from raw plants, to husbandry, irrigation and growing environment. Mansfields Fruit Services, based in Kent won Top Fruit Grower of the year, recognising the business’ market leadership […]

Samantha Desforges, Manager of the Year at FPC Awards

Samantha Desforges, Head of Human Resources at Berry Gardens won Manager of the Year at the Fresh Produce Consortium Awards held in the impressive setting of the Tower of London on Thursday, 6th June 2019.  The judges highlighted Sam’s delivery of the business change strategy as inspirational, innovative and engaging.  Sam has created a strong […]

Berry Gardens working with Darktrace AI supplier

Darktrace, the world’s leading AI company for cyber defence, has today announced that Berry Gardens, the UK’s leading berry and stone fruit producer, has deployed Darktrace’s Industrial Immune System to protect its entire digital infrastructure from highly disruptive attacks and insider threats. The British co-operative joins a growing list of industry leaders, including Sunsweet, the […]

Berry Gardens Supports Industry with Internship

Following successful steps towards encouraging careers and recruitment within the fresh produce industry, The Worshipful Company of Fruiterers will extend its support again this year, with the offer of two internships at Berry Gardens and G’s Fresh and up to three cash prizes for students, plus a prestigious Under 30s Award for young people already working in the fruit industry. Incoming Fruiterers’ […]

Team Work Pays off at Berry Gardens

Following a year of fundraising events from Bake Offs, Fancy Dress Fridays and the more energetic of the team competing in Tough Mudders, marathons and cycling endurance the Berry Gardens staff have raised £4,644.30 for My Shining Star, a local Kent charity that supports families financially who are dealing with the effects of childhood cancer. […]

2018 Season and Business Development

The berry category continues to grow at an enviable rate compared to the rest of the fruit market.  According to Kantar1 the category grew 7.6% in value and 3.7% in volume over the last 52 weeks compared to just 3.44% value growth across the total fruit market and a decline in volume of -1.70%. “Led […]

Success at the Horticulture Week Business Awards

Berry Gardens Growers enjoyed a successful night at the inaugural Horticulture Week Business awards with two wins – A R Neaves & Son for Top Fruit Grower of the Year, and Mee Farmers winning New Business of the Year. Sarah Neaves and farm Manager Will Dixon received the award on behalf of A R Neaves, […]

A Business Fit for the Future

Berry Gardens Grower Limited invited its grower members to attend its 46th Annual General Meeting. The co-operative has once again enjoyed a successful year with turnover increasing by 8% to £346million.  “The main driver of our success last year is the performance of our UK grower owners – home grown produce sales grew in excess […]

Step Change in Extending Shelf Life

Berry Gardens are delighted to announce the signing of an arrangement with Anacail Ltd to exclusively use their Ozone technology for berries, cherries and plums in the UK Marketplace. Berry Gardens CEO, Jacqui Green, comments “This technology is game changing in our industry, using Ozone, a proven sterilant, to reduce the presence of yeasts and […]

Fruit Development Packs Economic Punch for Kent

The start of construction work on a new £18m fruit packing warehouse in Kent has been described as a major vote of confidence in the county’s fruit industry. Mayor of Maidstone, Cllr Malcolm Greer formally got construction under way when he dug the first turf at a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday 28 September, with Jacqui […]

An Early Season With Many highs!

Berry Gardens has enjoyed an early strawberry season this year – with the first pick on the 28th February! Alastair Brooks, Berry Gardens Chairman says “the last few weeks have been challenging due to the warm weather, particularly in England but due to the investments we have made in recent years to ensure fruit is […]

Berry Gardens Winning Formula

Berry Gardens Growers Limited held its 45th Annual General Meeting at the Mercure Hotel, Maidstone on 27th April 2017. Berry Gardens Growers have again enjoyed another record year with turnover exceeding £300m for the first time, ending the year at £318.7million, an increase of over 14% year on year. “Our continued success and double digit […]

A Berry Good Night

Berry Gardens enjoyed four wins at The Grower Awards this year, including Variety of the Year, with Driscoll’s® Victoria™, Place UK scooping both Soft Fruit Grower of the Year and Edibles Grower of the Year and finally Nick Marston, Berry Gardens Managing Director being recognised for his contribution to the industry over the last 21 […]

Updated Registered Office Details

The registered offices of Berry Gardens Growers Limited has been amended to: Berry Gardens Growers Limited Berry Gardens Packhouse, Redwall Lane, Linton, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 4BB   The registered offices of Berry Gardens Ltd remains: Berry Gardens Ltd Tatlingbury Oast, Five Oak Green, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 6RG

Berry Gardens supports Local Charity

Berry Gardens Ltd, located near to Maidstone, have raised £1,300 for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance as their nominated charity for 2016. Fundraising events at the company featured throughout last year including Berry Gardens very own Berry Bake Off as well as selling copies of the Berry Gardens calendar in support of the […]

Proposed New Packing and Distribution Facility

Berry Gardens Ltd is currently exploring the potential of new premises at Wares Farm, Redwall Lane to support its ongoing growth. DHA Planning on behalf of Alan Firman Ltd and Berry Gardens Ltd will be holding a publich exhbition in Linton Village Hall on Monday 28th November 2016, from 3:30pm to 8pm.  The exhibition will […]

Sweet Blackberries and Blueberries

“Sweet blackberries as a category didn’t really exist a few years ago and although blackberries overall remain the smallest category in soft fruit we have seen sales of Driscolls® Victoria™ sweet blackberries have already more than doubled this year compared to 2015 (99 tons compared to 45 tons)”. “Several Berry Gardens members are investing significantly […]

British Cherries

“Over the last few years we have seen many growers investing in orchards and trialling different growing methods to meet the growing demand by customers for consistent quality”, say Alastair Brooks, Berry Gardens Growers Chairman. “This year has been no different, and in addition our growers are starting to invest in state of the art […]

2016 – A Moving Feast

“This season has certainly kept up on our toes with the mild winter, colder than normal spring and unpredictable weather patterns. However, whilst volumes are not yet in line with our forecasts, eating quality has been exceptional”, says Nick Marston, Managing Director of Berry Gardens at Fruit Focus. Nick continues “fortunately the good weather was […]

Berry Gardens Banking – Change to HSBC

Following a review of the Co-operatives banking requirements we have taken the decision to move our business from RBS to HSBC. We have been planning the switch for the last month and are now ready to complete the move to HSBC. Therefore any payments from 6th May should be to our new HSBC accounts. Details […]

Berry Gardens Growers Rewarded with Record Rebate

Berry Gardens Growers Limited held its 44th Annual General Meeting at the Hilton Hotel in Tewskesbury on the 28th April 2016. “2015 has been another record year for Berry Gardens, says Alastair Brooks, Chairman.  Following a second year of mild winters the season started as expected and production across the Group largely followed our preseason […]

Grower Awards 2016

Congratulations to AJ & CI Snell winning Soft Fruit Grower of the Year at the Grower Awards ceremony this year.  The company is a first generation business producing through the Berry Gardens Co-operative the finest varieties of great tasting berries for fresh and frozen supermarket retail customers.  Despite a late spring, and major March poly […]

British Cherries At Their Best

“The cherry market is very exciting at the moment with many growers investing in orchards trialling different growing methods, and planting concept orchards to ensure consistent supply as British cherries continue to enjoy a resurgence, says Alastair Brooks, Berry Gardens Chairman. In fact one of our growers, Lower Hope Farm were recognized in the Grower […]

Season Update – Raspberries and Blueberries

“Raspberries have had a fantastic year so far, with Kantar1 showing value growth of +16% year on year with both penetration increasing by 3.5% to 37.7% and frequency up slightly to 8 times a year”, says Nick Marston, Managing Director of Berry Gardens Ltd at Fruit Focus, the fruit industry leading event held on Wednesday […]

Every Year Unique

“Whilst this season has generally been later than last year due to the cold snap in late spring eating quality has been consistently outstanding”, says Nick Marston, Managing Director of Berry Gardens at Fruit Focus. Nick continues, “the good weather over the last few weeks tied in perfectly with Wimbledon and strawberry availability was good […]

Berry Gardens Record Year

Berry Gardens Growers Limited held its 43rd Annual General Meeting at the Royal Windsor Race Course on 27th April 2015. In his inaugural AGM speech, Chairman Alastair Brooks reflected on the previous two years “After enduring two seasons of difficult weather in 2012 and 2013 the early season last year was very welcome and has […]

Berry Garden’s Unrivalled Success at Grower Awards 2015

Berry Garden’s Unrivalled Success at Grower Awards 2015 Berry Garden Growers enjoyed an outstanding night at the Grower Awards last night scooping four Awards in total and one Commendation. “It is great to see so many of our growers and staff recognised by the judging panel for their dedication and passion to the UK fruit […]

Blueberries Coming of Age and New Kid on the Block

“UK Blueberries are forecast to have the longest season ever this year, thanks to significant investment in production by Berry Gardens’ growers”, according to Nicholas Marston, Managing Director of Berry Gardens. Mr Marston continues “Several of our growers have developed their knowledge of growing blueberries over the last few years and we are enjoying the […]

Super Strawberry Season

“This year has been in complete contrast to 2013 with the UK strawberry season starting three weeks early following an exceptionally mild spring, we have supplied over 90% more strawberries to the market between March – June this year compared to last year1”, says Nicholas Marston, Managing Director of Berry Gardens at Fruit Focus. Nicholas […]

Raspberry Perfection

“Raspberries have followed a similar pattern to strawberries this year and we have enjoyed an early season”, says Nicholas Marston, Managing Director of Berry Gardens at Fruit Focus, the fruit industry’s showcase event held on Wednesday 23rd July at East Malling Research, Kent. Mr Marston adds, “The mild spring coupled with cooler, drier weather in […]

Berry Gardens Appoint New Chairman

The 42nd Annual General Meeting of Berry Gardens Growers Limited has been held at the Dakota Hotel, Edinburgh. In his address to the meeting Chairman Paul Kelsey commented, “2013 was a challenging year with a late start to the season due to an exceptionally cold spring. However Berry Gardens rose to the challenge and, under […]

Berry Gardens Welcomes New Non-Executive Director

Berry Gardens Growers Ltd is pleased to announce Graham Keniston-Cooper will be joining the board of the company as Non-Executive Director from 29th January 2014. Graham is a seasoned Non-Executive Director with board experience across retail, consumer and financial services, and holds a first class Master’s degree in Mathematics from Trinity College, Cambridge. Prior to […]