On 13th May 2020 BBC SE visited Fourayes Farm to see how the largest fruit processor in the UK has been adapting and developing to create a COVID-Secure workplace; safe for staff, whilst still allowing for the processing of tonnes of Bramley apples and other British fruit for the UK’s bakery industry.
As an essential food business Fourayes has been fully operational since the lockdown began and hasn’t missed a day’s production. However, our priority has been to make sure our staff are properly protected whilst ensuring that our customers receive the same quality they’ve come to expect from Fourayes.
MD Phil feels that as the UK returns, very slowly, to the workplace the adaptations that Fourayes has implemented provide the ‘perfect model’ for other industries to study and create their own COVID-Secure ‘new normal’.
The factory has introduced one-way systems, lots of additional signage, regular training and PPE for staff, as well as hand washing stations and sanitisers throughout the site. It’s a new attitude, as well as a new way of working that has become the norm for everyone at Fourayes over the last 12 weeks and is set to continue for the foreseeable future.
Managing Director of Fourayes, vice-chairman of English Apples & Pears, Fruitician and Mad Scientist.