Bardsley England, a 128-year-old fruit farming business, is preparing for the next chapter in its history following the acquisition of a local competitor.
Kent-based Bardsley England – which has been growing fruit since 1892 – acquired the assets of a nearby competitor, Newmafruit, following the news its owner is exiting the industry and retiring.
Newmafruit, a neighbouring, family-run business, owns over 485 hectares of fruit-producing land.
Bardsley England produces approximately 10,000 tonnes of fruit, with the acquisition of Newmafruit increasing this volume to 23,000 tonnes. This volume makes up a proportion of the 35,000 tonnes of fruit which is stored, graded, packed and distributed through Bardsley England’s state of the art packhouse facility based at their HQ.
The fifth generation business will now operate across 820 hectares of productive orchards and agricultural land across Kent.
Ben Bardsley, Managing Director at Bardsley England, believes the acquisition places the business in prime position for expansion. He commented: “Newmafruit is an excellent addition to the Bardsley England group and this is a great opportunity for the business. It will enable us to increase our offering of top and stone fruit to the UK market and therefore enhance the strategic partnerships and alliances we have already forged.
“The significant funding provided by Shawbrook has not only secured our growth by allowing us to purchase and implement the trading assets of Newmafruit into the Bardsley England organisation but also enables us to focus on strengthening our position as one of the leading top fruit producers in the UK. Our future goals of a fully automated business are one step closer, with the assistance of this funding and plans to implement game changing technology into our business we will in time see full digitalisation across the entire supply chain, further cementing our offering to the market.”