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AC Goatham & Son Ltd

Business Address: AC Goatham & Son Ltd, Flanders Farm, Ratcliffe Highway, Rochester, Kent, ME3 8QE

Country: England,

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About AC Goatham & Son Ltd

A C Goatham & Son began trading in 1947 as agricultural contractors and fresh produce merchants. In 1980 it established a farming operation growing apples and pears. It is now run by father and son Clive and Ross Goatham along with their business operations team.

Founded in 1947 by Arthur Conference Goatham, our family firm is now run by his son Clive and grandson Ross.  In the last 25 years the business has gone from two farms to currently farming 1,650 acres of top fruit and allied with this a standalone marketing desk with close relationships with Sainsbury, Morrisons and Asda.  Our relationship with the major retailers began in the 80’s packing fruit for the Safeway operation based at Aylesford.

In addition to our own production of around 50,000 bins of fruit each year we also work in partnership with an additional 20 growers; either share farming with them, purchasing fruit early in the season or providing storage and packing services.  Every year additional growers join us; we must be doing something right!

We currently farm 1,650 acres including 990 acres under leasehold arrangements; our partnerships with 20 other growers means that there is an additional 1000 acres worth of fruit flowing through our business each year.  These partnerships have been a consistent part of our business growth; for many years the family bought fruit at the Horsmonden hard fruit sale to supplement their own production, we now have direct relationships and support growers with agronomic and technical support services when required.