Duerr’s spreads its community support with donation to local school

Britain’s oldest family-owned jam maker, Duerr’s, has donated hundreds of jars of preserves and £1,000 to Crossacres Primary Academy to support the running of its breakfast club.

The Manchester-based manufacturer has donated more than 200 jars of its jams and marmalades to help feed the vast numbers of children that attend breakfast club each day.

The monetary donation will go towards supporting disadvantaged families within the school, allowing them free access to the breakfast club for the full school year.

The support offered by Duerr’s is part of a wider community initiative run through the newly launched Duerr’s Foundation, which aims to provide product and monetary donations to local schools across Wythenshawe throughout 2019 and into 2020.

Richard Duerr, sales and marketing director of F. Duerr & Sons said:

“We know how important a good breakfast is, so we are thrilled to be able to give the children in breakfast club a great start to the day with our jams and marmalades. Also, to know that our monetary donation will go directly towards helping families that wouldn’t normally have access to the breakfast club is fantastic.’’

Suzanne Blay, headteacher at Crossacres Primary Academy said:

“We’re delighted with the donations from Duerr’s. Our breakfast club is a vital resource for students as it sets them up for the school day, so any support we receive to help keep the club running is hugely welcome.’’

Duerr’s has been producing high-quality and innovative jams, marmalades, sweet spreads and condiments from Manchester for over 135 years.

We’re hosting our 20th Charity Ball

We’re hosting our 20th charity ball in November which has collectively raised over £700,000 for various charities since it began.

We raised a whopping £40,000 for children’s charity, Cash for Kids at last year’s ball. Cash for Kids provides a helping hand to disabled and disadvantaged children across Greater Manchester. Each year they hope to have thousands of pounds available for grants to different projects, small children’s charities, and individuals, all of whom are in need of help in some way.  All money raised locally is spent locally and goes to children and young people under 18 throughout Greater Manchester, with mental, physical or sensory disabilities, with behavioural or psychological disorders, living in poverty or situations of deprivation, suffering through distress, abuse or neglect.

Our next annual Charity Ball will support Walking with the Wounded, a charity that helps raise much needed funds for vulnerable veterans to help them to re-integrate back into society and sustain their independence.

Mark Duerr, Managing Director of F. Duerr & Sons said:

“We are thrilled to once again host our annual charity ball to support another hugely worthy charity. We’re a family business and it’s important to us that we give back to communities and support charities that need it. We’re proud of how much we’ve raised over the past 20 years and appreciate each and every person who joins us to support the charities and give back. We’re looking forward to the same again this year!”

Michelle Williamson, Charity Manager for Cash for Kids:

“We are incredibly grateful for the donation from Duerr’s – it’s a huge amount of money that will help us to continue the important work we do for so many youngsters in our communities. A massive thank you to the team at Duerr’s and everyone who attended the ball and supported us – we simply couldn’t help as many children as we do without the support of companies like Duerr’s.”

This year’s Duerr’s Charity Ball will be held on Saturday 9th November at The Hilton Hotel Manchester. There will be top quality entertainment, prizes to be won and fabulous auction items to bid on. The theme this year will be ‘Back to the 80’s’.

For further information or tickets please get in touch with Sharon Lees –  01619460535/ sharon.lees@duerrs.co.uk

Duerr’s collaborates with Manchester artists for new jams and marmalades range

We recently launched a new range of innovative jams and marmalades featuring unique packaging designed by artists.

Our Artists Range includes four fruity jams and four zesty marmalades, all of which have a bespoke, bold label design crafted by artists with a connection to Manchester, where we’ve been perfecting its preserves since 1881.

The Seville Orange Marmalades – Thick Cut, Fine Cut, Half Sugar and Manchester Marmalade – pack plenty of flavour. We use the finest juicy Seville oranges to create a unique recipe that perfectly balances sweetness and sharpness to give a moreish marmalade. The Half Sugar, Fine Cut Seville Orange Marmalade is filled with zest and tang, but with reduced sugar for health-conscious shoppers.

Our new jams have taken traditional flavours to a new level with a modern, zingy twist. Blueberry & Lime Jam brings a mix of sweet and citrus flavours, while Strawberry & Elderflower Jam is like a taste of summer with a sweet, delicate taste. Raspberry & Orange Jam is bursting with flavour, filled with the juiciest raspberries and sweet oranges, and Ginger & Honey Jam contains a warming kick of spice with subtle notes of honey.

The full Artists Range is suitable for vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs.

Richard Duerr, sales and marketing director of F. Duerr & Sons said:

‘‘We pride ourselves on making delicious jams and marmalades which are full of flavour, in the city we love. So, in celebration of Manchester’s vibrancy and creativity, we teamed up with local artists to help us create labels that will stand out to shoppers.

“Our flavour combinations also bring something new to the market, keeping taste buds tingling.”

UK’s First Marmalade Of Manchester Gin

What could be better than gin?…marmalade AND gin of course!

To celebrate our very proud Mancunian roots we have teamed up with Manchester distillery, Zymurgorium to create the Marmalade-of-Manchester Gin.

Made by combining our famous Duerr’s Manchester Marmalade with lime, lemon, coriander, grains of paradise, Madagascan bourbon vanilla and eight balancing botanicals. The end result is an elegant, 40 per cent proof drink bursting with citrus flavour with a finishing note of soothing orange blossom.

Perfect with tonic or as part of a cocktail, preferably served in one of our gorgeous jars, it’s a must for any self respecting gin lover.

The Marmalade-of-Manchester Gin RRP £33.50 is available at selected retailers throughout the UK or online at zymurgorium.com.

For more information, stockists or to purchase visit www.zymurgorium.com

It’s Nuts And Bolts For Duerr’s Graduating Apprentice

It’s a sweet end to the year for newly-qualified engineer Sam Boswell.

Sam, 22 from Wythenshawe is the second engineering apprentice to complete the scheme run by Manchester peanut butter, jams and spreads manufacturer Duerr’s. Following a four year programme, Sam has now earned his Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Engineering Manufacture.

The Duerr’s Food Manufacturing Apprenticeship scheme sees young people gain industry recognised qualifications, including a BTEC in Engineering Operations & Maintenance, NVQ in Engineering Maintenance and HNC in Electrical & Electronic Engineering. Last year, Tom Heppenstall was the first to graduate from the initiative and now Sam has followed in his footsteps.

Apprentices complement classroom learning with on the job experience, working across various parts of the Duerr’s manufacturing process under the guidance of experienced engineering mentors.

Sam came to Duerr’s aged 18 in 2011 and has since completed a number of work-based projects as part of his training, whilst attending Trafford College one day a week to gain his qualifications. Following his recent graduation, Sam is now employed by Duerr’s on a full time basis as Junior Food Manufacturing Engineer in their peanut butter production facility on Dallimore Road.

Sam comments: “The Duerr’s apprenticeship has given me qualifications that will stand me in good stead for the rest of my working life, while also setting me on a career path.

“Working as well as learning was perfect for me as I was able to take my classroom learnings and immediately put them into practice in a working environment, with the guidance of my various mentors. For the most part it’s been smooth sailing, but there have been some crunchy moments too – it’s great to be working here full-time now.”

Mark Duerr, Managing Director at Duerr’s, says: “As a family business, we treat everyone who works for us as one of our own. That’s why we are especially keen to nurture and develop young people and set them up for a long association with us.

“Having an apprentice scheme lets us provide the training and development that turns a raw recruit into someone well equipped with the knowledge to succeed.”

Newly graduated engineering apprentice, Sam Boswell

JamFest Rocks Up £60,000 For Brainwave

Peace, love and rock ‘n’ roll came together at The Mere Golf Resort & Spa for the Duerr’s Annual Charity Ball, this year raising a chart-topping £60,000 for Brainwave.

The UK’s oldest family-owned preserve and peanut butter producers are renowned for their annual themed knees-up, and with a stellar effort from all guests, this year’s ‘JamFest’ was no exception.

With wellies, wrist-bands and peace-signs galore, everyone from ‘Jimi Hendrix’ to ‘Janis Joplin’ made an appearance. Hall of fame musicians danced the night away alongside guests in Oktoberfest’s famous lederhosen and dirndls, in a festival free-for-all.

Party-goers were welcomed with a Bucks Fizz and feasted on a festival-inspired three course meal before rummaging in their bumbags to compete for auction prizes including backstage passes for Olly Murs, a money-can’t-buy trip to a Caribbean Island and VIP tickets to the X Factor final.

The money raised will go towards aiding Brainwave’s incredible work supporting families with disabled children, providing therapy and exercise programmes to help develop children with physical and cognitive disabilities such as cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome and autism.

Mark Duerr, managing director of F.Duerr and Sons comments: “This year had everything a good festival should have, apart from the mud and toilet queues! The room was rocking, but even better than that we raised an astonishing amount of money for a brilliant cause.

“Once again, we’ve been blown away by the generosity of our guests who are true Jamfest legends.”

Carole Headley, Development Manager at Brainwave added: “What a fantastic event! I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone at Duerr’s for raising such an incredible amount of money.

“The work we do is very important to families across the UK, helping children to reach their full potential; but it is dependent on donations, which is why we’re so incredibly grateful to Duerr’s for their support.”

Party goers in all their festival finery at Duerr’s JamFest