Worldwide Fruit, headquartered in Spalding, Lincolnshire, has reported a turnover of £222.8 million for the 53 weeks to 2 January 2021, up from £160.9 million. Its pre-tax profits also increased from £3 million to £4 million. Its latest financial year, turnover and profits rose at a major fruit distributor. Business officials described this as a ‘good performance’ in a ‘uniquely challenging year’.
The company, which was established in 2000, also has a base in Whitstable, Kent, and employs in the region of 250 staff. Its products are sourced from suppliers in the UK, New Zealand, South America, South Africa, US and Europe.
Insidermedia.com quoted Chief executive Steve Maxwell as saying: "This was a good performance in a uniquely challenging year. The results are testament to the amazing resilience and can do attitudes shown by the people in our business."
A statement signed off by the board added: "2020 was a year unlike any other as we managed our way through the Covid-19 pandemic. This impacted us across a number of areas, our people, our customers, our supply chains and cost implications. Our business is focused on supply to the major UK food retailers and they all had increased demand from lockdown one onwards. We worked incredibly closely with them to ensure full availability of product.”
"To enable full availability to our customers, our supply chains needed to be robust, responsive and agile. We faced challenges across several areas but our suppliers, across the world, met these and kept up full supply. Our business grew alongside the demand from our customers and this growth helped us mitigate the increased costs we faced meeting the challenges of working within the Covid-19 environment."