Charltons is a fourth generation family business founded in 1946 by George Charlton, who had been in the fruit business since 1905. His son Harold then ran the business from 1947, grandson Philip took over in 1972 before his son Sean took over the day to day running of the business in late 1990s.
Charltons are a leading UK based grower and packer of quality top, stone and soft fruit. A family owned business with over half a century of experience.
In conjunction with our producer organisations and marketing desks, Charltons provide quality produce to multiple leading retailers across the UK. Charltons work closely with our marketing organisations and retail clients to ensure we provide a range of carefully selected fruit varieties and take pride in ensuring that we maintain only the highest standards from grower to customer.
Charltons grow Apples, Strawberries and Cherries on approx 445 hectares across 11 sites within a 5 mile radius. Charltons have a state of the art storage and packing facility that handles fruit from its own farms as well as from other growers within the UK and worldwide.
Charltons grow just over 90 hectares, producing between 5,000 and 6,000 tonnes of strawberries, all grown on a table top system under polytunnels.
Charltons farm over 175 hectares of orchards producing 6,000 to 7,000 tonnes of apples.
At Charltons, cherries are one of the latest additions to our crop portfolio; currently a total of 12 hectares of young orchards producing approximately 200 tonnes of fruit in a range of varieties.
Alongside our own fruit, Charltons also pack and store fruit from both UK and overseas growers, marketed to multiple retailers and supermarkets in the UK, through our marketing partners. This is an all year round operation.
Extensive crop varietal trials are carried out annually in cooperation with our Producer Organisations, Marketing Organisations and also Retail Clients, recording all aspects of plant habit, growth and their responses to cultural practices. Resistance to pest and disease are also measured along with berry size, quality and yield.
Soft fruit manager
TOP FRUIT manager
assistant PACKHOUSE MANAGEr
assistant PACKHOUSe MANAGER
Campsite liaison officer
campsite liaison officer assistant