Shandong Province is home to some of the most advanced freeze drying factories in the world. Whilst we do not own a freeze drying facility ourselves, we have many years of experience in supplying fruit to such factories on a toll charge basis and marketing the freeze dried products. We promote transparency and all facilities used in the process may be audited by our customers. Dragon’s Garden fruits are available as freeze dried whole fruit, slices or powders.
For many years now, the message from most consumers has been a reluctance to choose dried fruit that has been sulphured and/or has had artificial colours added. Our response has been to build a new factory to produce juice infused dried fruit, without sulphur and colours. Our products have a prominent position in the UK market and our portfolio includes strawberries, blackcurrants, raspberries, blueberries and others.
We produce the following IQF (Individually Quick Frozen) fruit: • Strawberries • Raspberries • Blueberries • Blackberries • Blackcurrants • Lingonberries • Apricots • Peaches • Pears and many more, including: • Retail bags of individual fruits • Retail bags of combinations Our capabilities include dicing, slicing and sugar addition which allows us to maximise important characteristics such as fruit firmness and integrity. We have a dedicated team of workers in our chilled packing room that have helped us win consistent and growing business in packing frozen berries and other fruit for retail and food service. A wide range of packaging options is available.
Our latest investment is the installation of cooking kettles for the production of fruit preparations for the bakery and dairy industries, as well as traditional jams. Our standard pack is a 10kg heat sealed bag in box. Please get in touch with us if you have a recipe you would like produced with high quality and competitive cost.
The main crops on our organic farms are strawberries and blackberries; we grow the strawberry varieties Totem and Honeoye which are prized for their intense red colour and good flavour, and the blackberry variety Kiowa, bred by the University of Nebraska. We also grow raspberries and cultivated blueberries. As we grow our own raw materials as well as processing and packing we have excellent traceability for our organic items. The following organic fruits are available as IQF, purees, puree nuggets, dried or freeze-dried: · strawberries · raspberries · blueberries · blackberries · blackcurrants · lingonberries
Our factory produces seed in and seed out purees of berries and other fruit and vegetables. Generally, we do not heat treat our purees and ship frozen in a variety of packaging options such as cartons, pails or drums. This allows the full flavour, nutrient value and colour of the original fruit to be retained. Our purees include: • Apricot • Blackberry • Blackcurrant • Blueberry • Lingonberry • Passion fruit • Peach • Pear • Raspberry • Strawberry • Yumberry (yang mei) … and many more. We have blending capabilities at our factory and can deliver quite complex blended puree recipes. Furthermore, our packaging options range from cubes of 5g, 20g or 30g to cover all demands. This option results in: • Easy portion control • Easy handling • Attractive appearance • Flexible packaging This is a popular option for the smoothie industry.
Our two factories are located on the same 7-acre site located just outside Yifengdian village which is about 40 minutes by motorway from Qingdao airport.
We have invested in our facilities over the years and as a result, our capabilities are extremely flexible. The facilities available at our factories, together with the diverse skill set of our staff makes us uniquely placed to offer a very wide product range, including:
• Production of IQF fruit and vegetables;
• Dicing and slicing with sugar added if required;
• Deep frozen purees including blends;
• Blended or single fruit, vegetable or herb purees packed in cube form;
• Dried, infused fruit;
• Jams and fruit preparations.
Packaging formats include drums, cartons, pails and a wide range of retail and food service options.
Berry Ltd is not limited to sourcing from China. China is where we have vertically integrated our activities; however, 30 years’ experience in the fruit growing and trading world means we have an extensive network of connections on all continents save Antarctica.
So, if you are looking for sour cherries or currants from Poland, raspberries from Serbia or South America, boysenberries from New Zealand, blueberries from the USA or Canada or juice and puree concentrates from the best packers in Europe and the USA we can help.
We welcome your enquiries.
FARMING IN CHINA
The climate is different in Shandong to other parts of the world at the same latitude and presents its own challenges. Shandong gets the tail end of a monsoon in midsummer which makes the months of July and August often wet. Furthermore, the dry winter and wind chills from Siberia can be very cold indeed. We have learnt over the years that there are benefits to this rigorous climate as well as some drawbacks, for example:
• Adequate winter chilling which allows the many fruits that need a dormant period to thrive. Apples, pears, peaches, and apricots are produced in colossal quantities in China; some 30 million tons of apples and 14 million tons of pears are produced annually with the USA by comparison producing 4.3 million tons and less than 1 million tons respectively.
• Organic management of fruit is easier. Pest populations are knocked back every year and the mould that can often be a big problem for strawberries in Poland, for example, does not trouble us. With plentiful labour to hand weed we do not need herbicides. So, while there are critics of organic farming in China we have 18 years’ experience which shows it can be done well.
Much of the challenges associated with a cold winter climate can be overcome by the fantastic large Chinese warming polytunnels, of which we have 19 on our farms. With these structures, it is possible to ripen strawberries in mid-winter when the outside temperature may be no more than zero, and night time temperatures at around -10°C. Some of our fruit is grown on table top systems that can be raised or lowered to maximise sunlight exposure. As a result, we can ensure we keep up with our customers’ demands and supply fruit all year round.
We take our ethical and social responsibility very seriously. In addition to our organic stewardship of our land, we have installed a waste water treatment system that allows all our waste water from washing and processing to be returned to nearby farms as completely clean irrigation water. We have a tank in our final outlet stocked with fish as evidence of this purity. We observe the employment laws of China and our staff is our greatest asset.
We are members of SEDEX.
Rising living standards together with government initiatives such as the universal vaccination for HAV have improved the health of the Chinese population. At our factory, all workers undergo health checks prior to employment.
The key to product with the lowest possible microbiological levels is an effective washing line with appropriate kill steps.
We encourage customers with an interest in food safety to contact us for all details from field to fork.
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