Chambers launches a pioneering trial which is believed to be the first of its kind in the UK. The trial will be run from Chambers Homefield Farm in Kent and will offer an opportunity for propagators to see how their plants deliver against a range of criteria.
In less than a year since its official initial BRC certification, The Fruitery – Chambers’ prepared, ready-to-eat fruit division – has been awarded an AA* (the highest achievable) grade, following an unannounced audit in February.
The BRC two-day audit, was based on analysis of the paperwork trail for all fruit that is processed via The Fruitery’s high care facility as well as face-to-face meetings with key production staff. Auditors spent time with members of The Fruitery team to assess their levels of awareness of the recommended processes to ensure compliance with the global food safety initiative – and of course to determine whether they understood and fully implemented the required protocols in line with industry best practice, to deliver a quality, safe product.
Kate Boxall, Compliance and Health & Safety Manager for The Fruitery commented, “100% traceability, an unmatched time scale from harvest to preparation and a hefty investment in state-of-the-art technology to ensure that we comply with the most stringent food hygiene protocols, these have always been the cornerstone of The Fruitery proposition. These factors are key in providing reassurance to our customers that The Fruitery represents the freshest, direct from the farm, high-quality ready-to-eat prepared fruit pots. However, the BRC AA* certification in such a short space of time since The Fruitery’s launch in 2019 is further proof of the business’ ongoing commitment to delivering a superior product that boasts the top level of global food compliance.
Check out the interview in the latest issue of Fresh Talk Daily as James Miller (Commerical Director at Chambers) discusses a variety of challenges to be faced by Chambers and The Fruitery this year.
The team are offering more convenience to the younger generation, a wider service offering to The Fruitery’s customers, workforce concerns, packaging and environmental initiatives plus improving the nations eating habits.
Read in Fresh Plaza how – “These days it’s all about shortening the supply chain, sourcing directly from the grower so by growing in the UK and abroad and forming grower partnerships we hope to achieve this and so far it is working really well for us.”
EuroFruit have kindly covered the latest news story about The Fruitery. have picked up on The Fruitery becoming the first standalone berry brand. “Chambers is launching the first branded, prepared berry product on the UK market by making The Fruitery business into a proprietary brand.”
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Certified since 2003. The LEAF Marque is a farm assurance system showing that food has been grown sustainably with care for the environment.
BRC certified since 2002. The Chambers packing facility is on the option 1 unannounced scheme, certified to AA+, the highest possible standard. The BRC Global Standard for Food Safety assists in providing a framework to manage food safety, integrity, legality and quality.
Certified since 2001. The Associated Food Standard helps to promote UK fruit and vegetables and assists in keeping us up to date with relevant legal requirements.
WB Chambers’ packing facility is accredited by the Soil Association to pack organic produce.
The Asplins Producer Organisation Ltd is a fruit producing, packing, and marketing co-operative with twelve Members who produce top, stone, and soft fruit across the UK. www.asplinspo.com
Sedex is a global membership organisation that prides itself on making it simpler to do business that’s good for everyone. www.sedexglobal.com