Funding Organisations

Berry Gardens Growers

Berry Gardens Growers Ltd (BGG) is the Industry lead for this CTP programme. BGG provides all year-round fresh fruit to Britains top retailers. The company is unique in the industry within the UK in being wholly owned by growers. BGGs mission is to delight consumers and drive exciting category growth year round for their customers by delivering a full range of top quality berries, cherries and plums direct from the grower owners and other innovative producers around the world. This is achieved through a fair, efficient and sustainable supply chain, maintained by optimising returns, constantly innovating and providing excellent value services to growers.

Contact: Mr Richard Harnden.

Marks and Spencer Plc

Marks and Spencer Plc (M&S) is a premium food retailer, we are dedicated in supporting UK agriculture and innovation and are committed to help drive sustainability with our farming supply base for our growers, customers and shareholders, enhancing lives every day through offering of the high quality, own brand food, clothing and home products in the stores and online both in the UK and internationally.

Contact: Mr Matt O’Hagan.

The National Association of Cider Makers

The National Association of Cider Makers (NACM) was founded in 1920 and is the governing body of the cider and perry industry in the UK. It represents both larger producers and many smaller scale Cider Makers. The NACM is a member of the Association of the Cider and Fruit Wine Industries of the European Union.

Contact: Mr Richard Heathcote.

Worldwide Fruit Ltd

Worldwide Fruit Ltd and their sister company Fruition lead UK pome fruit production with a third market share and supply to leading supermarkets. Driven by excellence in production and profitability through innovation, the company participates in BBSRC studentships as well as collaborative LINK proposals and Innovate UK bids successfully.

Contact: Mr Tony Harding.

AHDB Horticulture

AHDB is the UK levy board, which includes the horticultural sector, with a remit that includes funding R&D on behalf of the industry and communicating results to growers. With responsibility for over 300 horticultural crops, AHDB Horticulture represents the different crop interests through several crop-specific sector panels. The Tree Fruit and Soft Fruit panels fund a range of applied/applied strategic research relevant to those sectors.

Contact: Dr Nikki Harrison.

The Worshipful Company of Fruiterers

The Worshipful Company of Fruiterers plays an integral role in the governance of the City, joining other Livery Companies in electing the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs each year. The company aims: to promote excellence across all sectors of the fruit industry; to support education and research within the fruit industry; to be active in raising funds and giving to charity; and to support and promote the City of London.

Contact: Mr Andrew Tinsley.

Mid Kent Growers

Mid Kent Growers are a collective of commercial fruit growers in the County. With eighteen growers and thirty eight farms this co-operative provides a huge amount of top quality English fruit. The traditional Cox apple is the main variety grown followed by Gala and Conference pears as well as more traditional varieties that act as good quality pollinators.

Contact: Gill Harper.