World Record breaking Tiptree Strawberry Race

At Sixties theme event


The fastest picker at the annual Tiptree Little Scarlet Race, Nicolae Petrechivta, has beaten our world record with an amazing pick of 8.92 kilos in just one hour.  He was joined by farm workers, guest teams and staff teams who competed to be fastest picker and the best dressed – sixties style.  The race started with the traditional horn blowing as pickers tried to pick as many tiny Little Scarlet strawberries as possible on what was a magnificent summers day.

As he presented the prizes Walter Scott, chairman of Wilkin & Sons Ltd said, “welcome everyone and what wonderful attire on this beautiful day. Last year I remarked that the Tiptree Strawberry Race was a quirky event similar to the Maldon Mud Race; but unlike that muddy event we are dependent on the weather and this year we had to delay the race because of the late harvest.  Walter then introduced Debbie de Boltz from Farleigh Hospice who said:  “A huge thank you to the staff of Wilkin & Sons for voting for Farleigh Hospice to be this year’s Strawberry Race charity.  Farleigh provides care for people with life limiting illness.  Our pledge is that they will receive care free of charge and it is thanks to people like you and Tiptree that we can do this.  We ask for money, we spend it then we ask for more – it really works – thank you!!”

The competition lasts just one hour, the fruit is then weighed, put into a chill store and then taken to the jam factory where it will be made into Little Scarlet Strawberry Conserve; before being shipped to shops and hotels in the UK, Paris, New York and Sydney. 



Fastest picker Nicolae Petrechivta of Romania with 8.92 kilos

Fastest team – guests - English Spirit Distillery 12.42 kilos

Best dressed individual -  Coral Salmon of Dummett Copp LLP

Best dressed guest team - Crest Nicholson Eastern

Best dressed – in house team – Pudding Room Ladies




“Preserving the Peace”

Surprise drop into Open Farm Sunday

Visitors to Open Farm Sunday at Wilkin & Sons’ farm at Tiptree were amazed to see a BE2e aircraft approaching a nearby field and dropping a message streamer requesting “more jam”; replicating an act that took place 100 years ago during the First World War.  People left the tasting tables where they had been enjoying fresh strawberries and juicy cherries, curds, jams and cakes to watch this historic aircraft as it flew over the wheat fields and dropped the streamer with messages, this time, about “preserving the peace”.

Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, the WW1 Aviation Heritage Trust and Tiptree farms worked together to recreate the dropping of a replica message streamer.  On Sunday it contained messages from HM Lord Lieutenant of Essex Jenny Tolhurst, Dan Snow MBE and Lt. Col. Steve Caldwell but this time, about “preserving the peace”.

Chairman of the WWI Aviation Heritage Trust, Dick Forsythe, gave a commentary of the progress of the BE2e as it approached the Tiptree farm.  The most poignant time was as Dick read a letter from Lt Colin Milburn, a young pilot who thanked Wilkin & Sons for jam in a letter dated 6th January 1918, sadly Lt Milburn was killed less than a month after his letter was written.  Dick Forsythe said “it’s a great pleasure to be part of this event and as a charity our role is to preserve the heritage of World War 1 for future generations.”


The streamer and pouch were collected from the field by Arnold Frost, Tiptree’s sign writer, and presented to Walter Scott, chairman of Wilkin & Sons who said:  “I’d like to thank the WW1 Aviation Heritage Trust and our friends at Stow Maries for their work in recreating this amazing flypast.  Open Farm Sunday is a national event, but we concentrate on farming in this area: with Wicks Manor Pork, the delicious fruit and vegetable displays, huge farm machinery on show, a bee enthusiast along with hawks, lawn mowers, charity stands and an interactive field to fork display of wheat”   

Open Farm Sunday is a great opportunity for visitors to take a ride across the farm to see the different fruits that are grown at Tiptree and the acres of strawberry plants, many loaded with ripe berries, waiting for the next morning’s pickers.   The event provides fun for the family, a taster of local food and this year a special message “preserving the peace” thanks to the visit of the BE2e.



“Welcome to your new home” - The Wilkin tradition continues

Wilkin & Sons were delighted to hand thirteen new 1-3 bed homes over to staff on Thursday where Walter Scott, Chairman of Wilkin & Sons, cut the ribbon to officially open the new Nine Acres site opposite the jam factory.  Walter was joined by Peter Wilkin, directors, Mark Vanson the project manager, Crest Nicholson’s site manager and the young families who are just moving into their new homes.

“We are proud to continue the Wilkin tradition of providing local homes for our staff.  I can remember when this was a field and now there are homes and open spaces for local families just a few steps away from their work,” said Walter Scott.  “It is a lovely opportunity to offer these homes to our staff and we hope they will all be very happy – at least they already know their neighbours!”

These new highly energy efficient homes continue a Wilkin tradition, first started over 100 years ago of providing accommodation for their staff.  During Victorian times many benevolent companies provided homes for their workforce: Francis Henry Crittall conceived the idea of a model village at Silver End, Cadbury’s built a community in Bourneville, Levers had a large village at Port Sunlight and Sir Titus Salt developed an amazing textile mill and village homes, which is now a world heritage site, each company creating local accommodation for their workers but we think Wilkin & Sons are one of a very few who continue this tradition. 


New Tiptree truck proves its life-saving potential

Tim Sharp, a Wilkin & Sons’ driver, was at the wheel of his new Mercedes-Benz Actros when a woman stepped off the kerb in front of him – and the truck’s Active Brake Assist 4 emergency braking system intervened instantly to prevent an accident.

“I was on my way out of London,” he recalled. “A lady was on her phone and decided to take a short cut to a zebra crossing. The vehicle picked up on her before I could, and brought me safely to a halt in good time. I didn’t touch anything; the truck did it all. And the speed with which it did so... I was just blown away. Fantastic!”

Active Brake Assist 4 employs multi-mode radar to monitor moving and stationary objects in front of the vehicle and sounds an audible warning when it senses potential for a collision. If the driver takes no action, it will apply staged braking followed by full braking power to prevent a crash, or dramatically reduce the effects of an impact. The system is looking for moving pedestrians from a standstill, even one stepping into the truck’s path from behind a parked car.

We have an amazing team of drivers and some very special trucks - their distinctive green and gold colours can be spotted on motorways and delivering Tiptree products to customers across the country.


The Bread “Oscars” return to New York

After a stunning debut last year, the Tiptree World Bread Awards, supported by American Bakers Association, are coming to New York again for 2019 to celebrate the very best American bread bakers; registration is now open.

The Judging Day will take place at Landmark on the Park on Tuesday October 29, 2019 where a top panel of 40 judges will taste and argue their way through all the entries. The 2019 Awards will have 14 categories, from sourdough to bagel and, for the first time for the USA, include a category dedicated to the talented Home Baker.

The judges, a line-up of New York’s food aristocracy include: bakers, food editors, pastry chefs, deli owners, food specialists and the sponsors. 

Inspired by the UK Awards, the top annual competition for professional bakers in the United Kingdom, the USA Awards were a great success - loaves were received from all round the country on the Judging Day in Brooklyn last October. The 2018 winner was Sarah Owens of Ritual Fine Foods in Queens, NYC who received a cheque for $1000 and global publicity.

The 2019 Awards are now open for online registration at:

Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @breadawardsUSA

For more information: Cat Shaw 00 44 7866 689932


Calling all rising stars – “it’s the Bread Oscars!”

Calling all rising stars! “The Oscars” of the bread world, Tiptree World Bread Awards with Brook Food, open for their seventh year from Tuesday 5 February 2019. There are 17 categories so please check the entry details:  artisan bakers, home bakers and trainee bakers – can demonstrate their baking skills and let the judges taste their best bread whether it is sourdough, gluten free, brown, white, flat bread or a  spectacular show stoppers.

The Awards were launched in 2013 and are now an annual highlight of the British baker’s calendar, attracting hundreds of loaves to the Judging Day at Cathedral Hall, Westminster Cathedral in 2018.

The 2019 judging board includes; Eyal Schwarz, Head Baker, E5 Bakehouse, Emmanuel Hadjiandreou, author and bread tutor, School of Artisan Food and Louise Williams of Great British Bake Off along with Henry Jefferies with over 50 years’ industry experience.

“This year, an astonishing 90 judges will be gathering on the big day,” says Caroline Kenyon, Director of the Awards. “It’s a major logistical task to bring the loaves in from around the UK, each one is allocated a number and judged anonymously.”

Top prize is £1000 with a host of KitchenAid equipment along with national publicity, while lucky category winners are also invited to the historic fruit farms at Tiptree in Essex. 

Tiptree World Bread Awards with Brook Food – open for entries from 5 February 2019 until 4 September 2019.


Introducing Arthur and Charles – the “new” boilers

Reducing energy use & emissions while powering the jam factory

Creating the steam to cook the jam in the Tiptree factory has been a challenge for over 130 years.  The boilers introduced by Mr Arthur Charles Wilkin in 1911 used coal, they were later replaced by oil and now the latest installation in the new Energy Centre which was unveiled by Mr Peter Wilkin in December 2018, is fuelled by gas.

Peter Wilkin, named the two new boilers “Arthur” and “Charles” as a tribute to his great grandfather, the founder of the business.  As Peter welcomed the guests he said, “I want to thank you for your contribution to the development of this energy Centre; the first time in the history of the company that all these services will be under one roof.” Reflecting on the changing skyline he reminded everyone that chimneys are getting shorter, as in his youth the factory’s brick chimney was 120ft high, this was taken down in the 1980s when the first gas boilers were installed.  Peter concluded, “It gives me a great deal of pleasure to declare this facility open,” as he unveiled the special plaque to mark the occasion.  Many of the staff from the factory were able to explore the new boiler house that will be providing power for their boiling pans.

“The construction of the new Energy Centre, behind the jam factory, has been designed to minimise the fuel we burn and reduce emissions while maximising the savings we can make by: the introduction of solar panels, innovative LED lighting, heat recovery and ultra-efficient air compressors in the new centre,” said Chris Newenham joint managing director.   “This investment marks the start of the next exciting chapter of our business.”  

Clarifying the technical specification of the new centre, Ian Clark, who had been responsible for overseeing the energy centre project explained:  “Our new Bosch boilers which are 97% efficient, should see carbon dioxide emission reduce by up to 350 tonnes each year. Three new energy efficient air compressors will reduce the energy required for compressed air by over 20% reducing our carbon dioxide emissions further by more than 30 tonnes every year. Heat recovery is also being evaluated to effectively utilise the heat generated from the compressed air process.

“The new energy centre is positioned to reclaim as much waste heat and steam condense as possible once the new production hall is constructed. It is not possible to quantify all of the potential savings at this stage.  The Solar panels on the energy centre roof will have an output of 60kW and an anticipated reduction in our carbon dioxide emissions of a further 30 tonnes every year.”

When the new coal fired boilers were introduced in 1911 the Wilkin family were already producing a wide range of products made with fruit grown on the farm.  Order forms from 1911 reveal an extensive list of products including:  conserves, marmalades, fruit in syrup, bottled fruit for tarts, table jellies, fruit cheeses, Crystalized and Glace fruits, sauces and pickles. They refer to:  “Cherry Conserve Morello:  As supplied to Her Majesty the Empress of Russia.  At the time a customer wrote “I had some last year sent to Shanghai and it was excellent and not spoiled in the least by travelling.”

Today a wide range of products are made under the Tiptree brand, the most famous being the range of preserves that are made in the Tiptree jam factory that are enjoyed by consumers in the UK and in homes, hotels and restaurants across the world.  


BBC Good Food Show November 2018

Enjoy Christmas tastings and gin sampling at the Tiptree trailer at this week’s BBC Good Food Show at the NEC Birmingham 29th November to 2nd December.  The show is a great opportunity to meet TV chefs to be inspired by the cookery demonstrations, to pick up new ideas and to buy a gift for you or a friend.

The team from Tiptree will be happy to talk to visitors about their range of products, offer tastings and sell some Christmas essentials; handmade Christmas puddings and some high spirits!  You may find some great show offers.

Look for the green Tiptree trailer on STAND N110.

The RAF Centenary marked with new RAF Heritage Canister

Every November a representative from the Royal British Legion sits quietly in the entrance to the visitors’ centre at Tiptree selling poppies.  Their unassuming presence is a reminder of some of the local people who lost their lives in conflicts across the world. 

This year marks 100 years since the end of the First World War and a special display of model aircraft, created by our sign writer Arnold, is a reminder of the planes that flew from local airfields in wartime, including Stowe Maries.  To mark the centenary a commemorative RAF Heritage Canister has been produced containing a jar of Tiptree Strawberry Conserve.  The illustration on the canister shows a message being dropped from an aircraft into the field near the factory, the message is revealed on the canister: “send more jam….” Lieutenant Milburn; naturally Wilkin & Sons obliged.  One of the slings that carried the messages can be seen in the Tiptree Jam Museum; just look up!

The RAF Heritage Canister and the RAF Trio box of preserves, which has images of aircraft past and present,  are available from the Tiptree Jam Shop, CO5 0RF, The RAF Association online shop at and, view the Tiptree RAF gifts here.



New products from Tiptree

The Tiptree Elves have been working hard to make lots of new tasty Tiptree treats available just in time for Christmas....

Look out for Strawberry, Salted Caramel, Tawny Marmalade and Chocolate Orange Vodka Liqueurs, these can be sipped over ice, added to your favourite mixer, or used as the base for cocktails. Two measures of Vodka Liqueur, one teaspoon of Tiptree spread, shaken with ice then strained, makes for a marvellously mellow Vodka martini!

Our Christmas Pudding Rum Liqueur has just the right amount of spice!

Our new Cocktail Conserves are available in five varieties, Berry Daiquiri, Buck’s Fizz, Lime Mojito, Peach Bellini and Piña Colada.

Terrific on toast, or mix with your favourite cocktail for a little extra pizzazz.


In addition to our original Heritage Canister which includes East Anglian Strawberry Conserve, we have now introduced an Orange Canister with ‘Old Times’ Orange Marmalade and a Cherry Canister with Morello Cherry Conserve. These are a fantastic gift for Christmas and make a nice collector’s item.

Keep your eyes peeled for yet more new products coming…..



British bread bakers rise to the challenge

After weeks of anticipation and a long day of judging the best of British bakers gathered for the results of 2018 Tiptree World Bread Awards with Brook Food at the beautiful St John’s Church, Hyde Park, London. The awards ceremony was hosted by Stephen Hallam, Master Baker, Managing Director of Dickinson & Morris and Chair of the Judges who was delighted to declare Istvan Nadhazi of M’s Bakery, Bournemouth as Winner of the Real Bread Campaign supported by Shipton Mill category– and overall winner of the Awards.

Liz Baker, Marketing Manager of Tiptree, presented Istvan with £1000, a Tiptree hamper and trophy.  “The field was more competitive than ever,” says Hallam, whose fellow judges, all 90 of them, included legendary baker Richard BertinetDr John Foster of BBC’s Victorian Bakers and Harry Lomas, Executive Head Chef, Wembley Stadium.

Istvan beat off competition from hundreds of loaves sent in from around the United Kingdom – delivered by courier, taxi and in person on the morning of the judging at Cathedral Hall, Westminster Cathedral, to ensure maximum freshness.

Tiptree World Bread Awards with Brook Food, launched in January 2013, seek to celebrate the very best of British bread baking. “The choice, range and quality of bread in Britain today is immense,” says Caroline Kenyon, Director of the Awards.

Full results available here

Photographs courtesy of Henry Kenyon.


Judging day at the Tiptree Bread Awards

Bakers from across the country delivered their treasured loaves to Westminster Cathedral Hall this morning ready for an afternoon of judging.  The time and effort the bakers put into making their amazing loaves – sourdough, white bread, fruit bread, gluten free, bread with malt and the Tiptree Showstopper – was reflected in the time and effort put into judging every entry. 

Each class has a lead judge who receives a brief on how each loaf should be assessed, this is not a quick cut and taste; it is a lengthier process as each team of judges takes time to consider the appearance of a whole loaf, the smell, the colour, the crust before they are allowed to cut into the loaf and consider the qualities and taste of the crumb. The initial marks are then reviewed and agreed, it takes time.

Caroline Kenyon, director of the Tiptree Bread Awards, instigated the event six years ago; the reputation of the Awards has grown so that they now attract even more great bakers and foodie people who give up their time and share their expertise to judge an exceptional array of loaves.

Thank you bakers and we wish you success when the results are announced in October. 


Tiptree on TV – Robotics the future of picking?

Tiptree farm is working with Essex University on their research into the use of robotics for picking strawberries.  This early stage of research was filmed by BBC TV for Look East and appeared on several news bulletins on Thursday 16 August.

Look out for Andrey explaining the split second decisions made by our pickers as they evaluate each berry to see if it should be picked or left to ripen for 24 or 48 hours. 

Science Correspondent Richard Westcott and his cameraman Mark filmed on the farm and in the factory at Tiptree before investigating the latest robotic development at the university.  Robotic use is challenge but it will be many years before it takes over from the experience and sharp eyes of our great team of pickers.


Permissive Path Closures at the Tiptree farm

Wilkin & Sons entered an agreement with Natural England in 2008 to create a permissive footpath on their farm.  This agreement was for 10 years and comes to an end in July.  We hope that many of our neighbours have enjoyed using this footpath over the intervening decade but as the number of people utilising this route has increased, along with the number of farm vehicle movements we have also become increasingly concerned for peoples safety as and when vehicles and pedestrians meet.  It is with regret therefore that we have taken the decision to close this permissive path from the end of July which we hope you will understand.  All of our other public footpaths remain unaffected.

Please find the below map showing the path closures in red, effective from 1st August 2018.


Fruit & Grain Trail for The Bakers

In July we welcomed members of The Worshipful Company of Bakers on their “Master’s Day Out” when they visited Tiptree and Cressing Temple to follow our Fruit and Grain Trail.  The Master, HH Stephen Kramer QC, brought members and their guests to discover more about fruit growing from Chris Newenham, joint managing director, who took them on a trailer of discovery round the farm; there was a long stop tasting strawberries!

Entering the New Growing System (NGS) there was a huge amount of interest in the innovative system where alternate troughs of strawberries can be raised and lowered to allow space for picking, while maximising the growing space. This NGS is a first for strawberries the UK and is very effective.  Tally Flack then guided the group round the museum and highlighted some of the more unusual pieces of equipment such as the very old cherry stoner.

A short cross country route took us all to Cressing Temple Barns, the oldest timber framed barns of the size in Europe and probably the world.  After a hearty ploughman’s lunch farmer and countryman, Robert Bucknell, spoke about the history of the Knights Templars and their relationship with the City of London.  The Bakers were particularly interested in the history of cereals from the early grains of more than 2,000 years ago to a sample of the previous day’s harvest.  After a day of fruit and grain there was time to relax in the walled garden with the camomile seat, running water and traditional garden plants that thrive under the care of the gardener and volunteers. 

No visitor to a Tiptree tea room can escape without enjoying a special cream tea and we celebrated the day with a welcome glass of Raspberry Gin Fizz. 

We have strong links with The Worshipful Company of Bakers through Caroline Kenyon of the Bread Awards who is a member of the Company, and it was thanks to Caroline and the staff from the farm and the tea rooms that everyone had a day to remember.

Thankfully we were blessed with a warm day and a cool breeze.


The Little Scarlet Music Festival, July 2018

Nearly 1000 people enjoyed the music and the sunshine at the third Little Scarlet Music Festival on the farm at Wilkin and Sons in Tiptree. The Festival is a local event to thank the community for their support during the year.  This year six bands entertained the crowd:   Chopper 4, Band of Fools, Pet Needs, Hobo Chang, The Kopy Katz and the headliners were Frisco Monk.

A “busk stop” presented budding musicians with the opportunity to show off their talent by signing up on the day to sing along with local band Sound Mirrors in accompaniment.

 KYDS, the local youth drama society opened the main stage, performing a song from their recent production 'Oliver'.

 ‘Gunpowder Gertie’ entertained the children with her wonderful interactive show, whilst the adults could sample a Gin Spritzer from The Gin Rummy Bar. Freshly picked strawberries were enjoyed in the sunny weather, and Meeleyhoops encouraged all ages to try hula-hooping! Local firm Millins provided the hot dogs and burgers and Colchester based ‘The Chickpea Company’ provided delicious curry.

 Joint Managing Director Chris Newenham thanked everyone who attended and those who helped to organise the event raising valuable funds for The Child Growth Foundation – (research fundraising and supporting children, adults and families dealing with rare growth conditions) and the Friends of Columbus School & College (raising funds for fun experiences and days out for pupils with special needs.)


''High Flyers'' at the Tiptree Strawberry Race 2018

 This year’s Tiptree Strawberry Race, for the fastest picker of the tiny Little Scarlet strawberry, took place on Ship Field on Wilkin & Sons’ farm.  This was the first time pickers were faced with fruit at table top height, instead of crouching on the ground for the tiny strawberries.

The pickers: farm workers and visiting teams took the theme “High Flyers” to heart and arrived in various hats and costumes to reflect RAF100 and high flying machines.  The celebrity “guest” was a replica of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang kindly brought to the field by Lodge Coaches which gave a splash of nostalgia and colour to the event. 

Funds raised will be given to RAF100 and Aspire.  Rebecca Davies of the RAF Association thanked everyone for taking part and said, “We are a welfare charity looking after RAF personnel and are part of the RAF100 appeal. Congratulations on the hats that look incredible and the fancy dresses are amazing.”

Hannah Wyatt from Aspire added her thanks and said, “Thank you so much for all turning up to compete for our charities.  Aspire provides practical help for people with spinal injuries which enables many of them to return to their own homes.”

As he presented the prizes chairman of Wilkin & Sons, Walter Scott said:  “This really is a quirky event with so many people raising money for two important charities.”



Best Hat: Pat Bembridge in a hat called “Another safe return”

Best Dressed Team: “The Quirks” from the sales office, Tiptree

Fastest Team: Thursday Cottage with 14kg

Fastest Picker: Slavcho Pavlov (Bulgaria)      4.28kg


We were fortunate that visitors from our German distributor, local businesses and HMKM – London designers of Tiptree Bond Street Chelmsford store were all able to join us

All the fruit picked during the competition hour will be chilled and made into Little Scarlet Conserve.

(Photo: Fastest Team: Thursday Cottage)

 Little Scarlet Music Festival 2018



Now Open! Tiptree Jam Jar Bar at Fenwick, Colchester

Tiptree’s Jam Jar Bar at Fenwick, Colchester, is the perfect spot to relax whilst out in the town.

Choose from our fine selection of fruit gin liqueurs, wines, and bubbly. Better still, try one of our Jam Jar Cocktails – all with a Tiptree twist, or get creative with our 'Create your own Cocktail' to create something really unique! Soft drinks, coffees, smoothies, and shakes complement the offer, along with a selection of savoury nibbles and sweet treats. Pop in to say ‘hello’ when you’re in town.

Scott Goodfellow, joint managing director of Wilkin & Sons Ltd. said: “We are all very excited to see our first ever Tiptree Jam Jar Bar open at Fenwick, Colchester.

"Together, we’ve created a really smart space where friends can relax, catch up, and enjoy a tipple or two.”


National Cream Tea Day 2018

Celebrating a Great British tradition, this year’s National Cream Tea Day will be held on Friday 29th June. 

The aim of this special day is to encourage charity fundraisers, family and friends to come together to enjoy a traditional British occasion – a cream tea with delicious scones, fine conserves and Cornish clotted cream. Naturally we believe there should be Tiptree Strawberry Conserve and Rodda’s Cornish Clotted Cream on the table.

The aim of the day is to encourage as many people as possible who have a passion for baking to get together with family and friends to help beat last year’s fundraising total of over £171,000.

This year we are delighted that Master pâtissier and Afternoon Tea author Eric Lanlard will be supporting National Cream Tea Day; Eric said: “As a huge fan and curator of many Afternoon Teas both across the UK, and all over the world, I’m delighted to support National Cream Tea Day this year. I’ve been having cream teas since I was a little boy, in my home town of Plomelin, Brittany – a region often named ‘the French Cornwall’. My London boutique patisserie, Cake Boy, will be giving out up to 100 cream tea boxes on the day itself in exchange for donations to our two charities, The Back Up Trust and the Teens Unite Cancer Trust. I’ll also be sharing two of my recipes – Bee Pollen Scones and Cocao and Raspberry scones – to inspire others to take part. Let’s make the 29th June the sweetest and most delicious day in the calendar!”

Managing director of Rodda’s, Nicholas Rodda, said: “National Cream Tea Day is one of the finest celebrations of the British calendar year. A cream tea is a memorable treat, passed down through the generations, and enjoyed amongst friends and loved ones of all ages. We hope that communities across the country will once again gather together to celebrate this wonderful British tradition, all in aid of a good cause.”

 “Over a hundred charities benefitted from the Tiptree jam and Rodda’s cream donations in 2017 and we hope even more people will be involved in 2018.”  

Scott Goodfellow, joint managing director of Wilkin & Sons Ltd, commented: “We were amazed and delighted by the number of people who were able to share a cream tea together while raising funds for charities, all thanks to the Cream Tea Society.

The Cream Tea Society is a community that shares in the love and enjoyment of this popular pastime, dating back to the 1840s. Founded by Wilkin & Sons Ltd Tiptree and Rodda's Cornish Clotted Cream, each year the Society pledges up to 50,000 portions of jam and clotted cream to charity cream tea events.

For more information on cream teas and a great competition: 

Join in the conversation on social media using  #NationalCreamTeaDay.

Tiptree at BBC Good Food Show

Delicious tasters will be available from the Tiptree trailer, stand F650, at the BBC Good Food Show on the 14-17 June 2018 at the NEC Birmingham.  It is a great opportunity to taste and buy some of our latest products:

Sweet spreads:  Salted Caramel, Banoffee, Coconut and all the Chocolate flavours

Fruit Gin Liqueurs: English Strawberry, Raspberry, Rhubarb and Damson

Fruit & Veg Crisps: fruit and vegetable - Beetroot & Parsnip, Tomato & Cucumber, Pepper & Courgette, Pineapple, Pear, Apple

Come and talk to the Tiptree team and taste some of our new products.


The new Tiptree Tea Rooms map is now complete with thanks to Michael Hill of Maps Illustrated

As well as making ‘Tiptree’ preserves, Wilkin & Sons also has a flourishing collection of traditional tea rooms across Essex, each with a unique character of its own. There is a common thread that runs through all of them and we’d like to describe that as good old-fashioned service, with care and respect. If we can make you comfortable with good quality service, food and drink, then say ‘goodbye’ in the knowledge that you’ll be back soon, we’ll have done our job. At our home in Tiptree, we also have a Museum of Jam-Making, a Gift Shop, and countryside walks around our fruit farm.

Have you visited all 10 Tiptree tea rooms or know someone who would? For more information on each tea room please visit


New Fruit & Vegetable Crisps from Tiptree

New Fruit & Vegetable Crisps have just been released in time for the summer market for a snack when travelling, at a barbecue or on a picnic. The range is:  Beetroot & Parsnip, Tomato & Cucumber, Pepper & Courgette, Pineapple, Pear and Apple.

“Tiptree Fruit & Vegetable Crisps are light, tasty, and provide at least one of your ‘five a day’ portions. They are gluten and dairy free, retaining fibre and Vitamin C. There’s nothing artificial added, just 100% natural fruit and veg” said Scott Goodfellow joint managing director of Wilkin & Sons Ltd.  “Air dried, not fried.”

View our teaser video here.


A Timeless British Classic gets a Modern Twist

Tiptree Tea Room at Bond Street, Chelmsford.

A welcoming blend of simplicity and warmth, Tiptree’s first store and tea room in Chelmsford draws inspiration from the classic British farmhouse, resulting in a rich language that shapes the customer experience. HMKM created a confident new look for the beloved British brand, playing on the principles and values that have made it a home-grown success story. Read more

A new graphic language illustrates Tiptree’s long history, juxtaposing differently sized typography with vintage imagery and evocative, hand-drawn illustrations to create a lively in-store narrative.

On arrival, customers are greeted by a vibrant, orchard-inspired retail space, anchored by a dramatic central wall devoted to Tiptree’s iconic jam products. Slatted oak storage units alternate with apple-green shelving, nestling under large trestles heaped with the brand’s wide array of products. A playful market trolley encourages customers to explore and interact.

Upstairs is an elegant tea room designed to evoke memories of traditional farmhouse parlours – lined in gooseberry fool wall panels, flooded with natural light, and filled with comfy tub chairs in soft creams and moss-green tones.

For a virtual tour, visit the HMKM website


“Is this a record - the biggest Belgian Bun?”

A huge one metre wide Belgian bun was made by Tiptree Patisserie to celebrate the launch of the new route from Southend (London) airport to Antwerp; a record winning bun perhaps.   

The special bun was nearly a metre wide and weighed more than 17kg; created by Clarence Hayden, Tiptree Patisserie bakery manager, the ingredients included:  15kg flour, sultanas, yeast and 3kg of apricot glaze and 1.5kg of Tiptree Lemon Curd, plus fondant icing and 50 cherries.

Glyn Jones, chief executive from Stobart Aviation, joined Clarence and his team from the Patisserie at the airport to cut the huge bun that was share with their colleagues.  Passengers taking the inaugural flight to Antwerp were given a mini Tiptree Chocolate Spread, made with Belgian chocolate, as a reminder of the link between the two countries.


National Toast Day

National Toast Day will be celebrating the nation’s love of toast and all of our favourite toast toppings on Thursday 22 February 2018.

In Britain alone, we consume toast 4.7 billion times a year, with butter, marmalade, jam, chocolate or eggs - some of the most popular toppings.

So, whether you reach for a nutty wholemeal, a raisin-fuelled fruit, a deliciously soft and fluffy white, or a modest gluten free, we will be toasting the toast.  In 2017 toast popped-up on the Chris Evans breakfast show when toast guru, Professor Tim Jacobs revealed his fascinating research into producing the perfect slice of toast to millions of listeners.

We all have our preferred way of making toast: a simple one click toaster, under the grill where you watch it turn from golden brown to blackened bread in seconds or for those with an open fire thick bread toasted on a toasting fork when the logs or coals are warm enough to cook but not too hot that each slice will be flamed.  

Away from home, hotels seem to have an interesting problem providing “warm!” toast at breakfast when the guest wants to eat it, which varies at each table.  Part of a holiday experience is overcoming the challenge of the conveyor toaster where you select from an amazing array of rustic breads and commercial sliced wrap – the bread disappears into the machine and is thrown out to you a lighter shade of pale.  Put it in a second time and the result might be a much darker shade of brown and disgruntled guests behind you waiting for space on the rack!

Be a part of the big toasty debate and share your ideas and photos on Thursday 22 February tweet @WorldBreadAward with the hashtag #NationalToastDay  - it could be the trendiest of mornings.



Marmalade Making

Oranges from the orchards of the Seville region of Spain arrive at Tiptree from mid-January; and the process of marmalade making was captured by a team from BBC Essex.  The clip shows oranges being split by hand and the busy mini line with individual portion jars being filled, labelled before being exported to hotels across the world.  The Seville oranges will be followed by: lemons, limes, grapefruit and tangerines that will be made into many other varieties of Tiptree marmalade.

Watch the video here on BBC catchup.


Tiptree Mulberry Jelly

Our ancient mulberry trees at Tiptree provide a rather erratic crop of this rich and much prized fruit.  Some years we are unable to make any conserves using the fruit, but we did have some berries last year and you may have seen them being gathered on “TV “Countryfile” when Adam Henson visited the farm.

The jam factory has just released a limited edition of a new product: a small quantity of Tiptree Mulberry Jelly, “the unique taste of the fruit in the soft texture of the jelly lets it almost melt in your mouth”.

340g jars with a rrp of £6.99, available from the Tiptree jam shop, selected retailers and online – while stocks last. To view and order this product online please click here.


Feature in 'Best Brands 2017 - 2018'

Wilkin & Sons are delighted to appear in the latest version of 'Best Brands' where our jams and gins are mentioned.

View the feature here on pages 2, 4 & 16 of the digital brochure.


Board Changes at Tiptree

January 2018                                     

Walter Scott, chairman of Wilkin & Sons Ltd is pleased to announce that Scott Goodfellow has been appointed joint managing director as from the 1st January 2018.  Scott is taking over the role from Stuart James who retired from the post at the end of December 2017.

“Scott takes over at this most exciting time in the history of our Company, I wish him every success” said Walter Scott chairman.  “I’d like to thank Stuart James for the work he has done as joint managing director and previously as financial director; Stuart will continue his interest in the