Kent producer set for record strawberry yield

Fruit Posted 15/07/19
A local supplier is on course to deliver its highest ever yield of British strawberries thanks to a blossoming partnership with Aldi, the UK’s fifth largest supermarket.

Chambers, based in Langley, will provide 4,500 tonnes of strawberries to Aldi stores across the country in 2019, almost doubling the amount they delivered in 2018, to help Aldi shoppers to enjoy the quintessential British favourite this summer and throughout the year.

Chambers has been owned and run by the Chambers family in Kent since 1952, and have worked with Aldi since 2013. Thanks to the partnership with Aldi they have been able to invest £4m in their operations, which has enabled the family to purchase new equipment and develop innovative growing methods, helping them to supply berries all year round to meet the growing demand of customers.

Tim Chambers, managing director at Chambers, said: “Our long-standing partnership with Aldi has helped us to grow more strawberries than ever before and expand our business.

“It has provided us with the stability to open new sites, invest in new equipment and create more secure employment in Kent. We have even more exciting projects planned and look forward to continuing to work closely with Aldi in the coming years.”

The stability provided by the long-term contract with Aldi has also seen the supplier expand its operations across fifteen sites in the region, including a recently-opened site near Heathrow. As well as the successful expansion plans, Chambers have also turned a number of seasonal roles into permanent full-time jobs and created even more employment opportunities for members of the local community.

Chambers, the UK’s leading independent soft fruit experts, also provides Aldi with a range of British berries including raspberries, cherries and blueberries. The business will continue to work with Aldi on new projects in the coming months and years, including a range of berry medley pots that are currently in development.

Julie Ashfield, managing director of buying at Aldi UK, said: “Chambers’ range of berries has proven incredibly popular since we began working with them, and their growth means that even more customers will be able to enjoy our British strawberries.

“Collaborating with British suppliers has been key to our growth, so we’re delighted that we’ve been able to help this family run business on their incredible journey so far.”

Aldi is committed to working with British suppliers, and their long-term partnerships have seen them ranked the best-performing supermarket for compliance with the Groceries Supply Code of Practice for six consecutive years.


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