Medway-based fruit grower AC Goatham, has walked away from the inaugral UK Fruit & Vegetable Awards with a basket full of trophies.
The awards were voted for entirely by the readers of Fresh Produce Journal (FPJ), and highlight examples of excellence by both individuals and companies
AC Goatham, a family-owned fruit grower since 1947, won the Total Produce Award for Best Supporter of British, beating Aldi, and fellow Kent grower Mansfields.
It also took the title: Fruit Grower/Supplier of the Year, and Clive Goatham was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
It also took second prize in the Unsung Hero Award, sponsored by Lea Valley Growers Association, and second prize in the Digital Initiative category.
FPJ editor Michael Barker said: "We were overwhelmed with the response, both in terms of the number of entries and votes, and I'm delighted to be able to reveal the first-ever winners of these exciting new awards.”
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