Edward Keene runs the family farm in Gloucestershire, which specialises in growing crops for UK processing Companies. He is a third generation blackcurrant grower, his Grandfather and Father having introduced the crop to the farm in the 1950's to supply blackcurrants to Ribena. He is chairman of Blackcurrants UK, which has been established to look after the interests of growers at a national level. Other enterprises on his farm include apples, sugar beet and cereals.
What did you want to be when you were a child?
A Harrier Jump Jet Pilot
If you could change one thing in modern blackcurrant farming what would it be?
The British Summer – having had three wet harvests, we want to see the sun.
What is your motto in life?
We don’t have problems, just solutions
What do you like to do in your spare time?
What spare time?...Relax with friends, play tennis and watch Gloucester Rugby
What would you request as your final meal?
That’s a bit morbid! Roast Beef with pavlova for pudding – coated in blackcurrants of course.
What is the first thing you do when you go to work in the morning?
Open the post – we have an early postie.
Do you get your 5 a day?
What’s the best bit about being a blackcurrant grower?
Getting the harvest in.