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New cold store building work is underway at Swanton farm near Sittingbourne

The new cold store will have the capacity to store over 20,000 bins of our British apples and is due to be operational for harvest 2022.

Ross Goatham, comments: “To enable our business to continue to grow, we have a programme of long-term investment in place. We need to have this vital, modern infrastructure available to store the fruit from our new orchards after harvest. Our successful growing technology means that we grow significantly more fruit per acre than traditional British orchards.”

“We are planning to build new facilities like this at some of our other individual farms, which also helps to reduce vehicle movements during the busy harvest period. On-farm storage offers better protection for the fruit once harvested and allows us to reduce the field heat from it as soon as possible. This successful combination of growing and cold storage technology ensures that our fruit stores for longer. Ultimately our goal is for British consumers to enjoy our British grown fruit all year round.”