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  • Camstar at FI 2019

    Last Chance to Visit Us At Stand #7M171

    05 December 2019

    We're now into the last day of the Fi Europe & Ni 2019 Exhibition which started on the 3rd of December. There was plenty of interest in Camstar, and a photo opportunity with Operations and Sales Director Ben...
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  • The End of the 2019 Parsley Season

    05 December 2019

    As the 2019 Parsley season draws to a close we look back to a good harvest that suffered all the problems and unpredictability that the English weather could muster. As the parsley refused to grow we all waited...
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  • Clay Pigeon Shoot - 2019

    Camstar Growers Show Their Mettle

    01 November 2019

    Held at High Lodge Leisure Ltd. the 2019 Camstar Clay Pigeon Shoot was attended by our growers as well as Camstar Directors and Managers, the Evergreen Harvesting Team, Darryl Shales (Agronomist) and local contractors.
    4 teams of 5...
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  • Camstar Parsley Harvest 2019

    From the Air

    30 October 2019

    The 2019 Parsley Harvest is our biggest ever, with a second Plogeur harvester being brought into play. It's been a challenging year weather wise, with someof the hottest days on record contrasting with some very wet weeks. We're...
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  • Camstar at Fi Europe 2019

    3-5th December, Paris, France

    19 September 2019

    Camstar will be presenting their products and services at the Fi Europe & Ni 2019 Exhibition. With 1,700+ exhibitors, 60,000+ sqm of exhibition space and a 27,000 people expected to attend.

    We'll be at stand #7M171 and look forward...
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  • Who's Keeping All This Under Control

    29 August 2019

    It's convoy time for the vehicles associated with the Camstar parsley harvest. From right to left we see our two Ploeger harvesters, the 'chaser', a tractor and trailer that follows a harvest round the field, and the three lorrys which...
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  • Congratulations Harry!

    ...and to Kristy...and Tommy

    29 August 2019

    Here's Camstar's Harvest Co-ordinator Harry Wilkins with his partner Kristy and youngest member of the family Tommy, their cause for celebration is Tommy's christening.

    Rumour has it that CEO Ed Starke has already plotted out a long...
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  • Organic Parsley in the Fields

    Nearly Ready for Harvest

    22 August 2019

    Judging by the look of the fields Camstar's dedicated team have excelled at the challenge of growing parsley pesticide free, parsley crops are prone to being swamped out by weeds so an organic crop needs plenty of tender...
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  • Our New Harvester

    2019 Parsley Harvest

    15 August 2019

    The new Ploeger harvester is now up and running, and out in the fields. This is our second harvester and uses a different mechanism to our existing one, having the option to use a cutting action rather than...
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  • 2019 Camomile Harvest Begins

    25 July 2019

    Despite scorching UK weather this week the camomile fields are looking great as harvest starts.

    The camomile is first cut into rows and left to dry in the field  in order to prepare it for the distillation...
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  • 2019 Camomile Crop Looking Great

    11 July 2019

    As the time for harvest approaches the Camomile crop at Chestnuts farm is looking particularly fine. Harvest, once it commences, will be over in a matter of days, but for now there's time to take in the view...
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  • Ben Tells Us What He’s Going To Do Next

    Charity Ascent of Kilimanjaro!

    11 July 2019

    Hello,

    After completing a half and full marathon for two charities this year (Guide dog association/Pancreatic cancer UK) and raising over £1000 I have just signed up to my next challenge; I will be climbing Kilimanjaro to...
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  • Staff Incentives

    Production Means Prizes

    04 July 2019

    Operations Manager Kerry Reynolds is very pleased to demonstrate how our new staff incentives initiative will work. A target has been set for the 2019 parsley season which, when reached, will result in a bonus for all production...
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  • Ed in Turkey

    Sage and Oregano in Denizli

    27 June 2019

    Here at Camstar we're always keen to make sure that we're sourcing the best possible herbs and spices for our customers. Here's CEO Ed Starke in Denizli, Turkey checking out the latest crops of Oregano and Sage. The...
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  • 2019 Parsley Season Gets Underway

    27 June 2019

    Snapped this morning in a field near Uggeshall, Suffolk, here's one of Camstar's two Ploeger harvesters just about to start on the main 2019 harvest. Recent exceptionaly heavy rains seem to have given the parsley a good start...
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  • Organic Parsley from Camstar

    New for 2019

    06 June 2019

    While Camstar Herbs have offered an extensive range of organic products for a number of years now for the first time this season we will be actually producing organic parsley for the first time.

    100 acres have...
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  • Congratulations Charly & John!

    16 May 2019

    We're very pleased to announce the marriage of our Accounts Manager Charly Rowland to her partner John. Charly will be changing her surname to Marshall.
    All at Camstar wish them a happy future together.

    As might have...
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  • Spanish Garlic

    Our Intrepid Explorers Visit the Source

    09 May 2019

    With the current worries about the detection of peanut allergens in Chinese grown garlic Camstar Group Sales Manager Martin Hoxworth and Camstar Ingredients Operations and Sales Manager Ben Land have wasted no time in getting over to see...
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  • Well Done Liam and Joe!

    Camstar Staff Promotions

    02 May 2019

    We're happy to announce two promotions within the ranks of Camstar Employees this month.

    Liam Potter has been with us since September and has now risen to the dizzy heights of Senior Accounts Assistant. With his positive...
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  • 2019 ASTA Annual Meeting

    Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Florida, USA

    18 April 2019

    Here's Camstar CEO Ed Starke at the 2019 ASTA Annual Meeting in Florida, this year held at the prestigiuos Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. Key topics for discussion were the US spice trade and importers to the US...
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  • Camstar at the 2019 Farm and Deli Show

    NEC Birmingham, 8-10 April

    11 April 2019

    This year's Farm and Deli Show was a roaring success for Camstar. Visitors to the show were tempted by the smell of freshly baked bread and invited to taste Camstar Ingredients' products. Here we see from left to...
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  • Marathon for Camstar Ingredients Director

    Operations and Sales Director Ben Land Runs for Charity

    04 April 2019

    We're very pleased to report that Operations and Sales Director Ben Land has just completed a half marathon in London as  a fund raiser for the Guide Dogs Association. Ben was quietly pleased with his time of 1...
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  • Congratulations Jack!

    Promotion for Jack Pickerden

    04 April 2019

    Jack Pickerden started work for Camstar 7 years ago as a young apprentice. Since then he has become a valued member of the Technical Team, on occasion even taking to the helm of the Technical Dept. to cover for Technical...
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  • Parsley Growers’ Information Document

    Ready for 2019 Harvest

    04 April 2019

    Camstar Herbs have issued their latest Growers' Information Document as the 2019 Parsley Harvest approaches.
    The document plenty of information for growers, with an overview of every step along the way from planting to harvest.
    There's also plenty...
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  • Changing Room for New GMP Area

    Camstar Ingredients Invest for Ready To Eat Products

    03 April 2019

    For ready to eat products requiring extra care in handling, Camstar Ingredients have a new segregated area. Operatives will change into dedicated protective clothing which is only to be used in the new area. The stainless steel barrier...
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  • Ed at the Parliamentary Review Gala Dinner

    21 March 2019

    Here's CEO Ed Starke representing Camstar at the Parliamentary Review Gala Dinner, following the recent selection of Camstar Herbs as a 'Best Practice Representative'.

    We see Ed in conversation with the BBC's Andrew Neil. Mr. Neil, well...
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  • Spanish Garlic Available from Camstar

    Chinese Product Flagged as At Risk from Peanut Contamination

    20 March 2019

    Recent reports have raised issues of the possibility of peanuts being present in Garlic products from China. Previously this was restricted to Garlic powder, but now there are suspicions about the wet product too.
    Detection of the presence...
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  • New Equipment for Camstar Ingredients, Sachet Filler

    Sachets filled to customer’s request

    14 March 2019

    Camstar Ingredients are very pleased to announce that we now have the ability to produce retail ready full colour sachets on site. These sealed sachets are also available unprinted, ideal for inclusion into ready meals. Filling can be...
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  • Indian Cooking Masterclass

    Ed Shares his Knowledge

    07 March 2019

    Here we see CEO Ed Starke in his element, surrounded by delicious food ingredients and an attentive audience as he demostrates his cooking skills. Ed's knowledge of Indian food is extensive, being a frequent visitor to the country...
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  • Camstar featured in Parliamentary Review

    07 March 2019

    The Parliamentary Review focusses on a different area in which government are involved each year, and this year they feature Agriculture and Rural Affairs. CEO is delighted that Camstar Herbs were selected as a representative business, and has...
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  • New Welfare Lorry

    14 February 2019

    Our new welfare lorry is currently being prepared for the 2019 Parsley season, now scheduled for an early start in May. By then it will be fully fitted and adorned with the Camstar logo. Facilities will include an...
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  • Plans for Expansion

    Big Changes at Camstar

    14 February 2019

    Plans for expansion will be going ahead in two stages,
    Stage 1: A large increase to our existing warehousing facility, a new loading bay and accomodation for seasonal workers.
    Stage 2: A new factory, a new production office and a...
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  • Our Delivery Lorry Now Ready to Go

    13 February 2019

    Our new delivery lorry has now been given the finishing touch, with the addition of the Camstar logo.

    While customers will continue to receive deliveries from our regular hauliers the lorry provides the option of a specialised quick and convenient service.

     

  • Ed at the International Spice Conference

    2019, Hyderabad India

    31 January 2019

    Here we see CEO Ed Starke representing the Camstar Group at the 2019 International Spice Conference. This year's theme is "Challenges of Change, Redefining the Value Chain".
    Ed's response is to demostrate his finely honed technique for dealing...
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  • Water For Kenyan School

    Pe-Hill now has a bore hole

    24 January 2019

    Great to see that the new bore hole for Pe-Hill Boys Secondary School is already up and running. Camstar CEO Ed Starke is delighted that we have been able to provide funding for this, and hopes that our...
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  • New Equipment for 2019

    17 January 2019

    Here at Camstar herbs we're gearing up for the 2019 season by making some serious investments in equipment.
    Our second Ploeger harvester should join our existing one out in the parsley fields in May. The new harvester has...
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  • Ed and Martin in Poland

    10 January 2019

    CEO Ed Starke and Group Sales Director Martin, our intrepid globe trotters, are recently back from a trip to Poland. They've discovered an excellent source of botanical herbs to add to our ever increasing range, and also took...
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