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Our Story

Our History

Working in harmony with the land since 1966

The Summer Berry Company (TSBC) captures all of the best elements from it’s history and combines them in concentrated form driven by a management team with many years of experience.

The initial seeds of TSBC come from a business model that was first created in 1966.

TSBC captures the very best of its parentage and distils it into the future model of soft fruit production. State of the art growing facilities which are unrivalled anywhere.

A concentration of production and expertise on the south Coast of England and Southern Portugal that allows an extended cycle of production to delight our customers for longer.

The business incorporates both glasshouse and field production sites and one propagation site in the UK with our newest in Odemeira in Portugal.

Our approach combines decades of experience, expertise and passion with modern, innovative techniques. The result? Exceptional tasting fruit that brings a smile to your face.

Our Values

We are driven by passion, innovation and the creation of outputs that excite us

We remain true to the ethos of our forebears: To nurture every plant, person and environment so that they reach their full potential; to deliver sweet fruit, picked from fields that buzz with life by people who aspire to be the best they can be.

Family values form the cornerstone of our company. They keep us focused on prioritising the key elements that are important to everyone who works with us.

We strongly believe that this provides the best foundation for all to grow and always produce berries that our customers have come to associate with us.

By deploying new fruit varieties and methods, we’re able to consistently delight our customers with beautiful fruit every time. We pride ourselves on our expertise, meticulous attention to detail and commitment to always operating ethically and with integrity.

A heart shaped strawberry which representing The Summer Berry Company's passion for what they do

Passion

We genuinely love what we’ve built and bring energy, enthusiasm and drive to everything we do.

Family

We’ve created a caring and like-minded team who share the same aspiration - to succeed and help each other grow.

A group of The Summer Berry Company employees smiling at the camera holding a tray filled with punnet of raspberries
A close up shot of high quality raspberries grown by The Summer Berry Company

Quality

The small things come together into larger things that are worth celebrating. We focus on the detail and consistently produce the best.

Ethical

We conduct our business and ourselves with honesty, integrity and respect.

A bumble bee leaving a beehive specially installed on one of The Summer Berry Company's farms

Pioneering

We aim to set the industry standards in all that we do and like to be regarded as thought-leaders.

The Summer Berry Company has been developed by a truly inspiring team, who’s aspirations and hard work have created market leading growing systems in areas of the world that allows us to produce the best fruit for more of the year than most
David KayCEO, The Summer Berry Company

Our Motivation

Leaving a positive, tangible legacy

Our role is to leave things in a better condition than when we receive them, with only the lightest of our footprints remaining.

We farm because we love the lifestyle. We love the thrill and joy of producing the best fruit, working with nature, embracing the elements, the ever-changing weather and the unity and diversity of our family of workers.

Our culture revolves around being authentic, vibrant, honest and demanding. The creation and development of our farms and the nurturing of talented managers leaves an inspiring, tangible legacy for the future.

Work for us
  • A female Summer Berry Company employee packing raspberries in the Heathlands Farm packhouse
  • A male Summer Berry Company employee checking berries on the farm
  • A photograph of Summer Berry Company's Tuesley Farm picking team

Our success comes from a commitment to being authentic, honest, and relentlessly focused on detail

We’re competitive, passionate and always striving to be the best we can be. This is balanced by an openness to new or different ideas that may help us improve.

For us, the ultimate proof of success is when our customers eat our fruit, are delighted and return time and again to get some more.

What people say about us

  • The Summer Berry Company have always been at the forefront of what they do and a critical part of our soft fruit offer to customers. They were chosen as a Waitrose Demonstration Farm as they really do lead the way.
    Jocelyn Rogerson, Buying Manager Fruit Waitrose and Partners
  • Amazing strawberries grown by Hall Hunter
  • When I visit the farms I am always really excited about the beautiful fruit and the progressive nature of their business. I am very proud to have such a vibrant example of British horticulture in my constituency. It’s great to be able to buy locally grown fruit in my local supermarket and now I always look out for their label on raspberries and strawberries.
    Gillian Keegan, MP

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