AC Goatham & Son is celebrating after it was last night, (Thursday 5 October 2017) crowned Farmers Weekly Specialist Crop Producer of the year, for its work reviving the fortunes for British Conference Pears.
The awards are entered by farmers and farm businesses from across the UK and showcase the very best of British farming.
Reviving the fortunes of British Conference Pears has been a major objective for AC Goatham & Son to enable them to compete directly with northern European growers.
The business has over the last two years embarked on the largest programme of pear planting believed to have taken place in the UK for over 40 years. This has created a template for how conference pears can be sustainably grown in the UK in the future, to help revive the fortunes of this category.
It has also invested in ripening rooms to provide ripe and ready British Conference Pears to consumers who want to eat fruit on the same day as it is purchased.
Ross Goatham, Managing Director at AC Goatham & Son comments: “The team here at AC Goatham & Son are absolutely delighted to have won this award and to be recognised nationally in front of representatives from the whole farming industry.”
“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 apples and pears on new and more efficient growing systems. By 2020 we will have planted in excess of two million new fruit trees.”