The Kent company Newmafruit, based near Canterbury, is harvesting its first
crop of 5,000 cantaloupes this year.
They will be sold through Morrison’s and Co-op stores, with hopes of expansion.
The company’s managing director, Tony Frankham, said: “The early indications are
this has been very successful. The melons are looking absolutely fantastic.”
The fact that warm weather crops can now be grown in this country is seen as evidence of both improvements in farming techniques and a change in the climate.
The chalk slopes of southern Britain are producing excellent grapes and wine, while sweetcorn is grown on a significant scale as far north as Yorkshire.
M&S expects to receive five tons of British apricots, which would normally be grown in France, from a Kent farm.
Newmafruit Farms Ltd and Newmafruit International Ltd manage over 1300 acres of orchard and soft fruit production, with extensive warehousing, storage and packing facilities.
The company handles over 60,000 tonnes of product a year, the majority of which consists of 26 varieties of apple and six of pear, plus cherries, plums and soft fruit.
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Daily Mail Online, August 2013