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A history of Griffin & Brand

Originally a marketing company set up to manage carrot, and onions from Texas in the USA. Griffin & Brands rapid expansion in the 1970’s saw both the customer base and the seasonal product range develop to include strawberries, avocados, asparagus, papayas, kiwis, grapes & stone fruit.

Tony Elliott was one of the pioneers and was one of the first to import kiwi fruit, Iceberg lettuce, long stem strawberries and Texas ruby grapefruit from the USA.

Our customer base is varied from retail and convenience to food service, processing & catering sectors

Supplying Grapes 52 weeks of the year to our retail partners and being the largest importer of grapes from Mexico in the 1990’s was instrumental in the decision to focus entirely on being Grape experts. We source our Grapes from 31 grower groups in 11 countries on 5 continents and ensuring 52 week availability. 

However, we are not just grape experts; we also have solid knowledge on other fresh produce and have many excellent connections within the industry

Alongside our Import business; we also have a dedicated team that manages Service Provision, 3rd party storing, packing and transport. Within our Grade “A+” BRC accredited facility; we are able to process Soft Fruit, Soft Dates, Avocados, Cherries, Stone Fruit & Grapes.

Griffin & Brand remains a family owned company; with the second generation Mark Elliott (Managing Director) at the helm, and supported by fellow director Matt Surgeon. A recent addition and the third generation of Elliott’s to join Griffin & Brand is Mark’s son Joe Elliott.

We are based in Ashford in Kent and currently employ around 100+ staff.

50 years of Griffin & Brand

2017 saw the 50th anniversary of Griffin & Brand supplying the best in fresh produce.

Passionate about produce since 1967…