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His fruit and some of the botanicals he grows are also going into a new London Dry Gin, Reliquum, one of his newest ventures. “That has been very well received and we are very proud of it,” he said. It’s clear to us we are getting about the same rainfall in the course of the year but we are getting it but we are getting it in much fewer and more violent episodes,” he says. “That gentle summer rain seems to have disappeared. Now you get torrential storms for an hour, it runs straight off and causes soil erosion. These adverts enable local businesses to get in front of their target audience – the local community.
We are not organic, but we are pinching some organic ideas - it’s hard enough to become an apple and pear grower from scratch without doing it organically from scratch.”I voted to stay in, not because I don’t think it needs fixing. A big percentage of our staff are European Union (EU) staff and all our inputs come out of the EU. The exchange rate is really pushing prices up and it’s getting worse.” It might also be encouraging suppliers to build in some padding above and beyond the exchange rate, he suspects. Until we know the reality of labour availability and labour costs we can’t plant any orchards so it’s frozen the business,” he says.
The fruit growing business in the UK reaped what it sowed a few decades ago when it fell by the wayside as continental growers stormed ahead, he believes, as the sector hadn’t invested in research and innovation, which he thinks are key to success. “I think UK farmers have a history perhaps of being slightly complacent,” he says. Innovation is at the heart of the business, and he now has planning permission for a Fresh Produce Innovation Centre, and expects to break ground on the project soon.
The Thompson family has been farming fruit and vegetables since 1948 and has adapted to survive. That has remained Pete’s strategy, with crops constantly changing to suit demand. Last year’s heatwave justified a decision to invest in a fifth reservoir five years ago, as freak weather patterns continue to throw up challenges for farmers.