Known as the Garden of England, Kent has built upon its reputation thanks to an innovative approach to food manufacturing as well as high-quality natural assets. Not only does Kent have some of the most productive agricultural land in Britain, it also offers state-of-the-art facilities for businesses looking to relocate.
Ashford has the highest number of businesses in the food and drink sector, with 425 drink or food companies now calling the borough home. These include market-leading food manufacturing companies Premier Foods and Brakes as well as micro-businesses, who all enjoy the district’s exceptional connectivity and affordable business rates. A central location on the M20 corridor with quick access to the main UK ports and airports, as well as fast train services to London and Europe make for a key location for drink and food manufacturers looking to distribute across the UK and export to Europe. Tenterden has also gained a reputation as one of the top locations in the country for winemakers, with Chapel Down Wines or Gusbourne located there. Following the success of these home-grown brands, French champagne maker Taittinger has also invested in the region and created its own domain: Domaine Evremond, proving once again the county’s stellar reputation in the drinks industry.
North Kent has built a strong reputation as a top destination for food and drinks businesses in the UK following multiple success stories. Distillery Copper Rivet is considered one of the country’s top up-and-coming distilleries and has built on the region’s heritage to create unique spirits. Apple and pear growers AC Goatham & Son’s reputation in the county and beyond has helped showcase Medway’s exceptional location for agricultural businesses as well as innovation.
NIAB EMR, East Malling
NIAB EMR has been recognised as one of the UK’s top centres for horticulture research. They support fruit growers across the world and are recognised for their innovation in this sector. With a strong focus on fruit crops, they specialise in developing new fruit varieties that are able to adapt to changing global climates. Their advances in this sector have not only benefited growers and producers, but also the main public.
Thanet Earth, Ramsgate
The largest greenhouse complex in the UK, Thanet Earth covers 90 hectares of land and grows tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers across six greenhouses. They produce and deliver vegetables for some of the top British retailers and have been praised for their innovative approach to growing vegetables. For more information on key locations in the county and how we can help you find the right premises, download our factsheet.