In the UK, Good Natured, is a term given to describe someone who is kind, warm-hearted and friendly. We like to think that we are just that…
Good Natured is powered by Angus Soft Fruits www.angussoftfruits.com
Our growers are passionate and aim to produce their berries using the most environmentally friendly and sustainable methods.
"We have an in-house Innovation department that specialises in breeding new varieties of berries, in a dedicated site in England.
We breed varieties that have excellent flavour, appearance, yield, a good shelf life and are disease resistant and we have been very successful with our AVA™ berries brand – that now boasts 7 varieties of strawberries and 2 raspberries that are sold commercially in the major UK and European retailers." Our breeder Dave Griffiths, has been growing berries for over 40 years and is extremely GOOD NATURED!
Lochy’s family have been growing soft fruit for over 50 years, and Lochy appreciates the importance of development and improvement of fruit varieties.
When Dave Griffiths, breeds new varieties they are trialled at Lochy’s farm in Co. Angus, Scotland, to assess their characteristics on a commercial scale and to ensure that they have excellent flavour, appearance, yield, good shelf life and are disease resistant.
Marc propagates strawberries, raspberries and blackberry plants for the Good Natured growers in UK, Europe and beyond!
Working with the growers, Marc helps to develop berry varieties that have great flavour, appearance, yield, shelf life and disease resistance. Marc has always worked with berries, since he left school 22 years ago and is thoroughly passionate about his work. He also enjoys eating strawberries straight from the plant, they don’t even make it to his home!
La Cartuja de Moguer, S.L., part of Frutas de Andalucia’s group.
They are based in the Almonte area and their 4 farms grow Strawberries, Raspberries and Blueberries. La Cartuja has been in farming soft fruit since 1998, although Manolo’s (THE MD) father and grandfather were growers too but they were involved in potatoes crops, cereals & stone fruit, so working with the land and growing is in their blood – that is SO Good Natured. Manolo also trials new varieties that we have bred in the UK, to understand their characteristics in a different climate, before commercial production.
"My farm is J P Gray and Son, I am actually the 6th generation of farmers in my family which has been growing soft fruit for over 50 years.
We have been growing Good Natured Strawberries for four years and now have about 16 acres in total. As well as strawberries, we also grow potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, barley and wheat. I think farms, particularly ones that employ a lot of people, have an integral part to play in supporting local communities which is great to be a part of. There is a lot of wildlife in and around the farm but we see much more bumblebees and ladybirds around the Good Natured crops. We have created ponds, hedges and areas of rich grass to encourage wildlife.You might also be interested to know that in 2004 I was awarded a Nuffield Scholarship to study soft fruit production."
Bart is one of our berry specialist growers in his home country of The Netherlands.
He started working in Produce almost 5 years ago because of his love for berries! He enjoys working with nature and the challenges that this brings, variable temperatures to nutrients to quality standards to human resources to accounting – it is never dull! When asked what is his favourite fruit to eat, he answered without hesitation, “Strawberries, picked straight from the plant!”
Alvaro Gatica Perez, is one of our key Blueberry growers, based in Region de Region de Ñuble, Chile.
He has been growing Blueberries for 20 years and also grows Cherries, Asparagus and Kiwi fruits! He enjoys all of the produce he grows with his family.
Maria Baptista, originally from Portugal, has worked in a Technical role for 15 years.
After finishing her degree in Agriculture she moved to the UK in 1990 and started working with berries and then travelling around the world visiting berry suppliers and helping them improve their product quality and develop food safety standards at source. When asked about her job, Maria said, “It’s a challenging role, but I love to travel and meet so many interesting people. Seeing the good results from changes I have implemented is so rewarding.”
Alicia Mostazo is the Procurement Manager for Spain, Portugal and Morocco, so has the fantastic job of travelling to meet lots of great berry growers.
She has been in the Produce industry for 15 years and enjoys the dynamic and excitement of the business. Originally from Huelva, Alicia speaks Spanish, English and French. When asked about what she enjoys the most about her job she said; “To meet so many interesting people and learn from them.” She also enjoys the challenges of adapting to different terrains and environments. Alicia enjoys smoothies every day, which is good as all berries are great for them!
Mila Den Engelsman, is the Managing Director of Angus Soft Fruits Europe.
Born in Russia, Mila has lived most of her life in Rotterdam in the Netherlands. She has worked in Produce for over 20 years and has loved working in such an international environment. Speaking 6 languages, Mila enjoys working with people and learning from different nationalities. Mila said, “Selling such a healthy product, such as berries is a lot of fun for me and I see it as a real privilege and I am thrilled developing our team of Berry Specialists to allow more customers taste our fruit.” She can often be found eating cherries, day and night!
If you have a good recipe that you would like to share please email it firstname.lastname@example.org and you might even win some beautiful bakewear!
A simple oaty breakfast bar with added fruitiness of blueberries. Perfect for breakfast on the go or a quick and healthy snack
Time: 30-40 mins. Makes: 9-12
Nutritional info: Calories 190, Fat 5.3g (Saturated Fat 2.7g), Sugar 13.7g, Fibre 3.4g, Protein 3.8g.
Succulent, sweet and tasty Good Natured strawberries,
Makes 1 loaf. Ready in 45 mins, plus proving
Nutrition per slice: Calories 208, Energy (kj) 870, Total Fat 4.1g, Saturated Fat 0.5g, Total Sugar 1.2g, Total Salt trace
A classic combination of strawberries and cream.
Serves 6. Ready in 35 mins, plus cooling.
Nutrition per slice: Calories 268, Energy (kj) 1121, Total Fat 16g, Saturated Fat 6.2g, Total Sugar 10g, Total Salt 0.2g
Everyone loves canapés. Decadent, glamorous and a bite sized snippet of perfection.
Makes around 30. Ready in 25 mins.
Nutrition per canapé (30g): Calories 46, Energy (kj) 192, Total Fat 0.3g, Saturated Fat 0.04g, Total Sugar 0.8g, Total Salt 0.2g
Help our frenzied farmer get all of his Succulent Strawberries in to the Good Natured crates but be warned…it is addictive!
Don’t take our word for it, try it for yourself! Just click PLAY on the Iphone.
Or for mobile versions click the links below or search “The Farmer Frenzy Game”
For further information or if you would like to be one of our Good Natured Growers please contact our Good Natured team:
Angus Soft Fruits Europe, Handelsweg 200 2988 DC Ridderkerk.