Thorne Produce Ltd is a Kent based business that has been established since 1981. We are tropical fruit puree and specialist ingredient importers who supply to ice cream and sorbet makers, chocolatiers, cocktail bars, bakeries and restaurants. Our products have contributed to many awards for our customers including Great Taste Awards and Ice Cream Alliance medals and diplomas.
We strive to find producers that take pride in their products. We have no desire to enter into the mass market but to champion great taste and enable artisans by building strong working relationships and providing high quality products.
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Roderick C. Thorne - Company Creator...
Roderick C. Thorne Produce Ltd. was established in 1981 by the late Roderick C. Thorne. Roderick started his working life as a trainee salesman for Nestles in the UK. He went on to do management training in Switzerland and worked with Nestles in Hong Kong and the Philippines. On leaving Nestles he decided to sail to Australia; he purchased a yacht and fitted it out in Singapore, and with his wife decided to broaden his knowledge of Asia along the way. They arrived in Darwin in January 1971. After too many adventures along the way to tell you about, and after a delay due to a refit, they eventually entered Sydney Heads on 1st May 1972.
Roderick continued his career with White Wings Ltd., Food Service Department, Sydney, as a Product Manager, introducing 15 new products including sweet and sour and bolognaise sauce in A10 cans. He went on to work for Able Lemon & Co., Sydney before returning to the UK.
On his return he worked for RJ Hall before setting up on his own as Roderick C. Thorne Produce Ltd. Roderick was probably the first to import Alphonso Mango Pulp in tins. He introduced it to a large apple juice manufacturer to mix with their high quality English apple juice, which was rather successful and a trend setter. After Roderick passed away on 17 January 2010, his daughter Fiona C. Thorne took over the running of Roderick C. Thorne Produce Ltd.
Fiona Thorne and Fleur Kentish, aka The Mango Girls, are now bringing their enthusiasm and love of all things foodie to Thorne Produce Ltd.
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