Arbroath based Angus Soft Fruits has announced that they have signed an exclusive licence agreement with the Sant Orsola raspberry breeding programme in Northern Italy.
The agreement gives Angus Soft Fruits Ltd (ASF) the exclusive right to plant, propagate, cultivate, grow and produce the floricane raspberry varieties Lagorai Plus and Vajolet in the United Kingdom.
They will also promote, market and distribute the fruits all over the world.
John Gray, commercial director, for ASF believes retailers and consumers alike will be delighted with the new variety of raspberries.
He said: “A number of our growers have been testing these varieties for a number of years and were pleased with the results.
“Our strong relationship with Sant Orsola reflects our wish to ensure that both our retail customers and our Angus Soft Fruit Growers in Scotland and England are at the forefront of varietal development whether that is through our own breeding programme or by collaborating with international breeders.
“What matters to ASF is that the best berries are grown in order to deliver quality and customer satisfaction.
“The new varieties yield greater than Glen Ample with large, well flavoured, sweet berries and have a good shelf life, making them good varieties for growers and retailers and ultimately the consumer.”
In addition to this new agreement ASF have also made a number of raspberry selections from the company’s breeding programme which will be in larger trials next season.
The strawberry breeding programme has also grown to include up to 30,000 seedlings and there has been an increase in the raspberry programme to 8,000 seedlings.
This is also along with plans to begin a blackberry breeding programme, meaning Angus Soft Fruits will be as busy as ever this year.