Duerr’s donates over 200,000 breakfast portions to FareShare

Manchester-based marmalade manufacturer Duerr’s has donated over 200,000 breakfast portions to national charity FareShare. 

The donation is the first of four donations in the brand’s year-long mission to help stop the spread of hunger with its You Buy, We Donate campaign. For every jar of Thick Cut, Fine Cut or Manchester Marmalade that is sold in stores nationwide, Duerr’s has donated a single serve breakfast portion to the charity. Duerr’s is set to continue this initiative into 2021 having set an ambitious target to donate 1 million breakfast portions over a 12-month period. 

With 8.4 million people in the UK struggling to afford a meal*, FareShare will deliver Duerr’s contributions to their Regional Centres nationwide, to ensure they reach people in local communities who are most in need.

Richard Duerr, marketing and sales director at Duerr’s, said:

‘‘We’re pleased that the initiative is off to a strong start and the first product donations are now with the people who need them most. We’re looking forward to continuing our support in 2021 as we aim to meet our target of 1 million breakfast portions. Throughout the past couple of months, our business has also been working with the charity to donate additional products – we want to ensure that we, as a family business, are doing everything we can to help other families across the country have a good start to the day.’’

Alyson Walsh, Commercial Director at FareShare UK, said: 

‘‘We’re hugely grateful for the initial donations from the Duerr’s team and we’re working hard to distribute the breakfast portions across the country, to ensure as many people as possible have a good breakfast each day. We look forward to working with the team more in 2021.”  

Duerr’s partnership with FareShare is an extension of its ongoing charitable activity. The business has raised thousands of pounds for various causes over recent years, and most recently has supported local schools by providing spreads, jams and marmalades to breakfast clubs, ensuring as many children as possible have access to a good breakfast each day.

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

FareShare is the UK’s largest food redistribution charity, with more than 30 warehouses across the UK. They take good quality surplus food from across the food industry and get it to almost 11,000 frontline charities and community groups. 

https://fareshare.org.uk/ 

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*Voices of the Hungry, Food & Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, 2016

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