Fruits of labour pay off as Boxford family farm wins national award
An 80-year-old family business in Boxford has won a national award.
Boxford (Suffolk) Farms was named Soft Fruit Grower of the Year at the Horticulture Week national awards.
The judges cited the company’s long-term business strategy and innovation – resulting in a year-on-year growth in turnover of 30 per cent – as a key factor in the win.
The farm grows 250 hectares of fruit on the Suffolk and Essex border and, together with its sister companies Peake Fruit and Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf and Spa, employs around 600 people.
Specialising in strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, apples, cherries and asparagus, Sainsbury’s and Tesco both stock the company’s mixed berry packs.
Susanna Rendall, second generation family member and chief executive officer, said: “These are very challenging times in our industry, and we have invested significantly in technology and new growing techniques to remain competitive. This award will help spur us on to greater achievements.”
She added: “Fruit growing has been at the heart of our family business for 80 years and we, and our brilliant team of staff, still have the same passion and pride as our parents did when they started farming here in the late-1930s.”