SOFT fruit supplier Scotty Brand is tucking into a bumper rise in sales thanks to this month’s heatwave.
The Airdrie-based firm, which is owned by potato producer Albert Bartlett, has sold 500,000 punnets of strawberries since the start of the summer, three times as many as the same period last year, chalking up additional sales thought to be worth as much as £1 million.
Michael Jarvis, marketing manager at Scotty Brand, which supplied fruit to the Brodies Champions of Tennis tournament in Edinburgh, said: “Strawberries and sunshine go together very well and we’re delighted to have been able to supply berries to shoppers this summer. The weather definitely helps.”
Scotty Brand’s strawberries were grown by Bruce Farms, which owns six sites in Perthshire. Bruce Farms – which also supplies peas to Birdseye and blackcurrants to Ribena and lists Marks & Spencer and Tesco among its customers – traces its roots back to 1898 and is now run by Bill and Geoff Bruce, a father-and-son team.