Angus Soft Fruits’ profits bounce back to £290,000

Angus Soft Fruits' profits bounce back to £290,000

Arbroath-based Angus Soft Fruits has reported a strong turnaround, posting pre-tax profits of over £290,000 for the year ended 30 March 2023, according to accounts filed with Companies House.

This contrasts with a loss of nearly £115,000 in the previous year, despite a slight dip in turnover from £173 million to £161m.

While UK sales declined by over £2.4m to £146,699,767, the company’s overseas sales at its East Seton Farm base also fell from £23,943,921 at the end of March 2022 to £14,884,709 in March last year. The accounts also revealed that the company closed its operations in the Netherlands, known as Angus Soft Fruits BV.

Celebrating three decades of business success this year, the berry specialists have expanded through collaborations with Angus Growers and over 50 like-minded growers globally, ensuring a year-round supply. Its berries are supplied to several UK supermarkets, foodservice and wholesale outlets, and European retailers, with exports reaching retailers in the Middle East and Asia.

Having won the Best Use of Robotics or Automation in Food and Beverage award in collaboration with Proseal UK, and the Primary Producer of the Year award at the Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards last year, the company is passionate about promoting high environmental trade practices across its farming and packing operations in the UK and overseas.

The business’ aim is to use 100% recyclable packaging by June 2024 and reach the government’s ambition of net-zero carbon emissions by 2040. Since 2013, it have measured their farms’ carbon footprints and have already reduced emissions per kilo of fruit by 28%, equivalent to preventing the release of 1,247 tonnes of carbon per year.

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