Kent-based topfruit grower J L Baxter top the awards at this year’s National Fruit Show, taking a total of 14 prizes at the event held at the Kent Event Centre at Detling last month.
As well as taking two of the top awards – the Fruiterer’s Company Medal for the Best Exhibit of Dessert Apples and the NFU South East prize for Best Exhibit of Apples or Pears in the Show – the family firm lead by Clive Baxter won a number of other prizes.
Bardsley England won nine prizes in total, including the John Acock Memorial Rosebowl for the Exhibitor with Most Points in Culinary Classes, thanks to some very strong Bramley samples. The Prize for tastiest apple was award to a sample of Jazz from Clockhouse Farm, while the runners-up prizes in that class also went to the variety, grown by Simon Bray and Chandler & Dunn.
Gary Harrison, UK commercial manager for Jazz Apple at Worldwide Fruit Ltd commented “Winning the ‘UK’s Tastiest Apple’ prize again is fantastic news for the brand and kick-starts the UK Jazz Apple season in the best possible way… The long hours and attention to detail all our growers put in is extraordinary so accolades like this are essential to highlight their dedication and skill.”
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