“From one family business to another, we love growing apples for Thatchers. Their ethos for quality is exactly in line with how we work. We supply what our customers want, and Thatchers want the best. Their success is our success. So we invest in our farm to make success happen.
“Knowing you’re working with people who have the same values as you, breeds a successful working relationship. By talking directly to the Thatcher family, this makes a big difference.”
Philip and Felicity Griffiths have been growing apples on their Herefordshire farm for us since 2016 – and now have 150 acres that they planted just for Thatchers. Favourite apples Gilly, Jane, Helen, 3 Counties, and Dabinett were chosen, varieties that are regularly selected by our cider makers for our range of award-winning ciders.
With both Philip’s father and grandfather growing apples before him, and now his son Robert joining the family business having studied agriculture at University, there’s definitely a passion for growing the very best. And introducing apples alongside the farm’s main potato crop was Robert’s initiative to diversify the business and move it forward. It was a shrewd choice.
“The Herefordshire soil is deep, red and rich, it’s really suited to growing apples. Maintaining orchards is a long-term commitment – we’re in it for the long-term, while we’re custodians of this amazing land.
“We gain so much from the close relationship we have with Thatchers. The annual growers day is a great place to share experiences, but most of all it gives us confidence that we’re supplying fruit to a cider maker that is committed to quality through and through.”