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It’s not hard to see why 2,500 food and drink companies have chosen to relocate to The Garden of England.
Not only does Kent have some of the most productive agricultural land in the UK, it also has an impressive catalogue of state-of-the-art facilities benefiting from lower commercial and employment costs than many surrounding regions.
Food and drink companies locating in Kent will find all the support they need to establish themselves and expand their business substantially. We have several production clusters around the county, supplying everything from fresh fruit and veg to supermarkets to some of the finest wines in Europe to Michelin-starred hotels and restaurants.
Approximately 1 in 4.5 British apples come from AC Goatham & Sons in Medway, while Britain’s oldest brewer, Faversham-based Shepherd Neame, supplies award-winning ales around the world. We have a collective of almost 450 food and drink businesses in Ashford alone, including Premier Foods and Brakes, and incredible vineyards and spirit producers bringing fresh innovation and flavours to the industry.
The region also benefits from steady stream of graduates from our universities and industry leader Hadlow College, which trains the food and agricultural professionals of the future, so an abundant and skilled workforce is ready to be tapped.
Food and drink business in Kent have the added support of both Produced in Kent and Rural PLC Kent, and the new Growing Kent & Medway research and innovation collaboration will support productivity and sustainability across the sector.
Kent is serious food for thought…