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Last week saw the launch of our late season Red Prince apple exclusively at Tescos. The Red Prince, a deep red-skinned apple, is relatively new to the UK market but has the ability to actually improve in taste and sweetness during storage. This has meant an extension to the availability of quality British fruit for longer in to the year. And as the Red Prince is exclusively marketed by ourselves you can be assured of good quality.

You can read the full press release on the Tesco website and be sure to look out for it next time your shopping!

I spy an Osprey!

Look at these great photos snapped at one of our Tonbridge farms. This Osprey is perched on top of it's favourite...

Is there a pot of gold in the coldstores?

Its been a week of strange weather in Kent, from glorious sunshine, to high winds and rain and everything in between! We managed to snap some photos of the farm throughout all this, and its safe to say - no matter the weather Moat Farm is absolutely beautiful! First...

Hononton Farm Hosts NFU Orchard Competition 2017

We were very proud to host this years farm walk and prize giving ceremony for the 67th Goudhurst and Paddock Wood NFU orchard competition 2017... and Hononton Farm, was the overall winner of the orchard competition! NFU Group Secretary Martin Webber, of Flimwell, who...

Harvest has started!

So fruit picking is now in full swing on all of our Kent farms, the harvest season is very early this year and approximately 2 weeks ahead of last year. We're picking Bramley apples & Conference Pears this week and the fruit size & quality is excellent. The...

Tractor Driver

We have a vacancy for a skilled tractor driver

Harvest 2018

Put your name on the waiting list for picking season!

New addition to the orchards at Moat Farm

It's been a busy day over at our Moat Farm site!... We're having these amazing hail nets installed on our gala orchard to protect the fruit! The nets can be retracted over winter and bought down in spring and will ultimately provide shelter to the fruit from the...

Bee’s Welcome Here!

Check out this amazing bee hotel, built by our Assistant Farms Manager - Mihai! Encouraging and supporting the local wildlife is one of our core values at Adrian Scripps, after all if it wasn't for the bees pollinating the blossom... we wouldn't be able to grow the...

Adrian Scripps Ltd Supporting The Princess Alexandra Hospital

Here at Adrian Scripps, we believe in promoting a healthy lifestyle.. after all as the saying goes 'an apple a day, keeps the doctor away', so when we were given the opportunity to provide lots of yummy braeburn apples to the Princess Alexandra Hospitals heart failure...

Prizes in the National Fruit Show Storage Competition

We're very pleased to have won first prize in the AOV class 24 for our Braeburn and our Coldstores Manager Ashley Bournes also won the Ron Tassell Trophy for the best Store Operator in the National Fruit Show Storage...

Meet Sean, our Pre-Sizer Manager and find out how we grade 108 million apples a year!

This month we’re looking inside our pre-sizing department with Pre-Sizer Manager Sean McCaig, Sean’s been with Adrian Scripps for over twenty years! All our apples go through the pre-sizing machine to be graded and sorted in to different categories, such as weight and...

A day in the life of a Cold Stores Manager!

Meet Ashley, our Cold Stores Manager... He’s in charge of the management of the cold stores in which we store our fruit. He’s been with Adrian Scripps Ltd for over twenty years and in that time, has seen some huge technological changes to the ways in which we store...
Bramleys

Bramleys

This is the definitive English cooking apple which is green with a white flesh and which cooks down to a tart puree. It is great for pies and toppings as well as baked apple. It is available all the year round.

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Gala Apples

Gala

The most popular apple in the UK. A super dessert apple which not only looks good but is very tasty and available from October to April in all multiples and green grocers.

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Red Prince Apples

Adrian Scripps Red Prince Apple

This is a superb looking bright red apple which is both sweet and juicy and stores well.

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Braeburn Apples

Braeburn Apple

A great bi-coloured variety that combines sweetness and acidity giving a very rich tangy taste. A family favourite.

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Kanzi Apples

Kanzi Apples

A Gala – Braeburn cross which has an extremely attractive bright pink blush. It is slightly acidic but with great sugar balance. Find out more here

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Conference Pears

Conference Pears

This is by far the most widely cultivated pear in North west Europe due to its good flavour characteristics due to its higher sugars and its excellent storage properties. It can be eaten at any stage of ripening from crisp to very ripe depending upon ones taste.

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Blackcurrants

Adrian Scripps ltd Black currant bush, close up the berriesHere at Adrian Scripps Ltd we have been growing blackcurrants continuously for the high vitamin C Ribena drink since the 1960’s.

We grow a succession of varieties on 80 ha on four of our farms to enable a timely harvest, so ensuring the best quality berries are used for making  the juice.

We grow Ben Gairn, Avon, Dorain, Hope and Tirran.

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Arable

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In addition to the fruit crops, we also grow approx. 300ha of arable  crops in the Medway valley and East Kent.

Crops grown include winter wheat, spring beans and oil seed rape in rotation. All crops are grown to the Assured Produce protocol. All crops in west Kent are stored in our grainstore facilities.

In addition, we are members of the Entry Level Scheme with wild bird mixes, pollen and nectar areas, buffer strips, low input grasslands and over wintered stubbles.

We also manage over 25 ha of woodland.

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Spartan

 

A traditional apple variety with an attractive crimson-red, almost purple skin, and white flesh. Sweet and crisp Flavour

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Opal

 

This very distinctive apple has a great taste to match. It’s crunchy with a floral aroma and sweet, tangy flavour with the added benefit of not browning after cutting making it not only great for eating but also ideal for salads or lunchboxes.

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Grapes

Great wine starts with great fruit and we are proud to grow grapes that are  part of the English sparkling wine revolution

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Community

Tesco Eat Happy

We believe it is important to promote the healthy natural alternative to sweets that Apples can provide and this starts with education at a young age. That is why we support the Tesco Eat Happy Project by offering school visits or talks. If your school is interested in visiting why not click on the ‘Tesco Eat Happy Logo’ to learn more

 It’s not just about the great benefits of apples either. We are championing the great potential for a career in the fruit industry. That’s why we were delighted to be recognised with the Work Experience: Outstanding Employer Contribution award by EBP Kent. If you are interested in work experience why not Contact Us for more information 

Alternatively everyone is invited to come and see what we do at Open Farm Sunday. Held annually in June, we, like 1000s of other farmers across the country open our gates to the public. Keep checking the website for details of the next event

 We are also proud to sponsor Capel Cricket Club  

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Storage

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Harvesting at the right time and only picking the best quality is key to maintain the freshness, flavour and eating quality of our fruit.

This is backed up by the use the latest computerised storage technology. Adrian Scripps Ltd. has one of the largest and most modern controlled atmosphere storage complexes in the UK. We operate a total of 77 chambers capable of holding 15,000 tonnes (45,000 bins) of fruit in Ultra Low Oxygen conditions. The stores are designed to cool the fruit and establish U.L.O. conditions post harvest in the shortest possible time.

Within each individual chamber Ethylene removal as well as controlled atmosphere technology is used to balance the natural gases of respiration. This means the fruit can be maintained in excellent condition until the desired marketing period.

The latest computerised equipment continually monitors the storage conditions. With regular sampling of the fruit by our technical team we are able to ensure it is in its optimum condition when supplied to our customers.

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Packing

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Adrian Scripps Ltd has just invested in brand new state of the art MAF- Roda pre-grader, utilising the most modern technology and recent advances in computerised colour, size and blemish sorting. Adrian Scripps Ltd have also invested in new packing lines and are able to grade and pack several varieties and product lines daily. Typically 15 tonnes of fruit an hour can be graded and packed into a range customer packs and standards.Pre-packing facilities allow the packing of poly bags, over-wrap packs and flo-wraps to match our customers’ individual requirements.

An experienced and motivated team ensures that all packed product meets customer standards and reaches the consumer in perfect condition. Through our traceability system the origin of fruit can be traced from the supermarket shelf back to the orchard where it was grown.

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