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Fruit Growing and Jam Making?.

In an article advocating fruit culture on this coast the Taranaki " Herald " says : —We are indebted to Mr W. K. Hulke for a Kentish paper m which there is an i account of a jam factory which had gj own from a very small concern till the profit last year amounted to £12,140, The factory is at Swanley, m Kent, and covers an acre and a-half of ground. In the first year that Mr Wood started the business he turned out 300 tons of jam ; last year, which was his fifth yaar, he turned out not less than 2000 tons, all from fruits grown m the district. All jams are guaranteed to have no other ingredient besides fruit and sugar. The fruit is taken fresh as it is gathered, and convertad into whole fruit preserve within two hours. Thus 24 tons of fruit gathered between four and five m the morning, is converted into jam and landed m London by noonday. As the business increased other department were added to the jam factory, which now includes the manufacture of candied orange, lemon, and citron peel on a colossal scale, pickle making, a fruit cough compound, and confectionery. Everything is now done on the premises, even the making o": glass and earthen jars the printing of the labels, and the making of the cases m which the preserves are sent out, and other trades necessary to the business are all carried on on the spot. The firm have also extensive plantations of strawberries and raspberries ; altogether having about two ••housand acres of fruit. According to a statement made by one of the firm, the demand for jams, pickles, candied fruit, &c, is considerably on the increase, thus showing that the labouring class are now able to partake of some of the luxuries of life. We have referred to the extensive manufactory to show what may be achieved m this district if those engaged m similar industries have but patience and industry."

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Fruit Growing and Jam Making?., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2510, 5 September 1890

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Fruit Growing and Jam Making?. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2510, 5 September 1890