National Fruit Show 2021 – Video Reports from Key Industry Experts.

Video Reports from the UK’s National Fruit Show 2021!


The committee of the Marden Fruit Show Society (MFSS) where delighted to bring back the 88th National Fruit Show back as a live event at the Kent Event Centre in Detling on the 20th & 21st October 2021. Beanstalk was there to speak to some of the key players.

Ever evolving, the show has a number of new features this year as MFSS Executive Chair Sarah Calcutt oversees a series of exciting changes to the structure, governance and content of the annual industry get together.

The 2021 show was opened by the Minister for Farming, Fisheries and Food, Victoria Prentis MP (Cons, Banbury & North Oxfordshire), with NFU Vice President Tom Bradshaw also in attendance. The Minister also meet growers throughout the morning.

The MFSS committee take their sustainability obligations seriously, and in a move to boost its environmental footprint the event moved away from plastic packaging and instead used recycled and recyclable paper pulp punnets and tray liners.

The show’s return is being enthusiastically welcomed by the industry as a marker of ‘business as usual’ coming back. Calcutt said: “The National Fruit Show is a much-loved industry event that delivers a useful and important forum for growers. We are determined that its new features – including the conference forum, new speakers and industry-led advice and support – really answer growers’ urgent questions. These are unprecedented times and we are doing everything within our power to ensure that the voice, and needs, of growers are heard by those with decision-making responsibilities.”

Video Reports:

Victoria Prentis MP – Defra Minster of State opening the show with Tom Bradshaw from the NFU telling us what we need from Government to actually survive.

Tom Bradshaw of the NFU:

Sarah Calcutt of the National Fruit Show:

Kirk Siderman-Wolter – Chief Operating Officer at Agri-EPI Centre:

Neil MacDonald of the Nuffield Trust:

Steve Maxwell & Tony Harding of Worldwide Fruit:


To watch all of the video’s as one film, JUST CLICK HERE.

To listen to the Podcast of all of the interviews, just click on the Podcast icon below.

All filmed on the 20th October 2021

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