We’re thrilled to announce our partnership with Wilkin & Sons Ltd, you might know them as Tiptree, the historic jam and conserve producer based just next door to us in Essex!
Wilkin & Sons Ltd started growing fruit in the 1700s with their jam and conserve business dating back to 1885. Since then, the company has gone from strength to strength, acquiring several well-respected brands, opening tea rooms in Essex and beyond, all whilst maintaining their 850 acres of top grade fruit. Receiving Royal recognition with a visit from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to mark the anniversary of 125 years of their jam-making, Tiptree is the best-known jam business in the UK and one of the most iconic producers worldwide.
Now sharing ownership with their employees, the team at Tiptree are striving to keep their products high quality and increasingly sustainable. They are dedicated to innovation such as through irrigation systems with reservoirs built on site and installation of the first New Growing Systems in the UK in 2016 which involve movable suspended platforms for strawberries.
Our team visited their site this Wednesday to discuss our collaboration for 2023. After enjoying some warm freshly made scones with their iconic strawberry jam, we learnt all about Tiptree’s history and enjoyed a tour of their facilities including their innovative growing and irrigation systems.
“We’re excited about getting the Antobot team working on site here at Tiptree with their robots. We look forward to the innovations which this collaboration will bring.” – Andrey Ivanov, Farm Manager Tiptree
“We are looking forward to working closely with the team at Tiptree as an iconic British brand and brilliant innovator in horticulture. We can’t wait to see how this partnership can strengthen robotics and automation for the fruit sector.” - Howard Wu, CEO & Founder Antobot
Thank you to Andrey, Veso and Rado for the warm welcome and we are looking forward to a jam-packed year of activities on farm!
You can read more about Tiptree, its history (from 1757!), its ethos (sustainability and innovation!) and much more here on their website