KENT INVICTA CHAMBER PATRONS NEWS:
AC GOATHAM & SON
AC Goatham & Son has expanded its fruit growing business with the acquisition of eight new farms in Medway and Swale and the East Kent cold storage facility in Faversham.
The business now farms over 2,650 acres of orchards growing 12 varieties of apples and three varieties of pears.
Ross Goatham, Managing Director at AC Goatham & Son comments: “We have taken the opportunity to acquire several new sites which came onto the market this year and which are close to our existing farm sites.
Over the last year, we have seen a significant interest from British consumers for British grown top fruit. We are continuously working with our partner growers and customers towards providing a secure and sustainable supply for the future. This will be done by securing more orchard sites and over time replanting on new and more efficient growing systems. By 2020 we will have planted in excess of 2 million new fruit trees.”
“Despite a difficult growing season, the 2017 harvest started early and has been progressing well and we aim to have this finished by mid/late October.”
AC Goatham & Son has also been shortlisted for a Farmers Weekly Award, Specialist Crop Grower of the year, which is announced on Thursday 5 October.
The award can be entered by any farmer across the UK and AC Goatham & Son is one of three finalists.