Chambers welcomed the next generation of fruit growers to its Oakdene Farm headquarters last Friday, when it hosted a presentation and educational tour for members of the NextGen Fruit Group – the networking and educational association of like-minded youngsters working across the UK fresh fruit supply chain.
The visit provided an opportunity for Chambers to share its knowledge with the rising stars of the fruit growing industry. The half-day event included a tour of the farm, the AA+ BRC rated packhouse and the company’s latest innovation – The Fruitery – which underpins Chambers’ pioneering approach to business, signifying the first specialist grower to open its own high care prepared fruit facility. The new £2 million Fruitery division supplies fruit that is transferred from the field to chilled within one hour and builds on the established reduced supply chain model for which Chambers is renowned. Prepared fresh berry medley pots are delivered direct from the grower, representing reduced food miles, 100% traceability and assured provenance – and an extended shelf life of up to two days. Attendees were also able to improve their understanding and expertise on irrigation matters, following a presentation by Netafim, the Israeli manufacturer of irrigation equipment.
The visit from NextGen comes hot on the heels of Chambers’ return from Madrid’s Fruit Attraction show.
Commenting on the morning’s proceedings, Commercial Director James Miller said, “It has been a pleasure to meet with so many members of the NextGen Fruit Group today. Chambers is 100% committed to establishing a strong rapport with the emerging talent in the UK fresh fruit supply chain, whose professionalism and hunger for progress will help future proof our sector. In years to come, it is this generation that will be in-part responsible for the evolution of the latest technological advances in the field and we hope that by sharing our examples of best practice, we can work collaboratively to further enhance the end product and ultimately boost industry growth.”
Chairman of NextGen Ben Bardsley said, “Friday’s visit to Chambers perfectly showcased what NextGen Fruit Group represents; the coming together of bright, motivated and passionate young people within the fruit industry, networking and sharing ideas. However none of this would be possible without the support of businesses like Chambers who kindly open their doors and show us around their impressive sites.”