TSS BUSINESS OF THE MONTH – AUGUST 2014 is DUERR’S – the oldest family owned jam making business in England

About Duerr’s
Duerr’s is an independent manufacturer of jam, marmalade, honey, condiments, mincemeat and other preserves/spreads, as well as peanut butters. The business was founded in Lancashire UK by Fred Duerr in 1881 and has been passed down through five generations of the Duerr family.

Background
Duerr’s jams, marmalades and spreads were produced in an old Manchester factory in Old Trafford; purpose built for jam making. Duerr’s continue to produce food items made from traditional recipes passed down by its family members. The jams and marmalades as an example contain a sugar content of between 62 – 65% per 100g. The process involves boiling to 104 degrees centigrade for around 20 minutes then being transferred into vacuum-sealed jars.

The Place
Duerr’s is now based in Wythenshawe (a Manchester district that is south of the city centre). The peanut butter manufacture is handled in separate premises at the same location. Duerr’s supply products under the Duerr’s label, and under own brand labels for UK food retailers. The business has always been pioneering, advancing and innovative.

Tony, Mark and Richard Duerr
Tony, Mark and Richard Duerr

Duerr’s Board of Directors
Duerrs became a limited company in 1924. The present board of Directors are: Chairman, Tony Duerr OBE (pictured above middle with sons Richard and Mark Duerr) Tony is an ex Managing Director, now retired. Mark is the current Managing Director (pictured right); Richard is Director of Sales and Marketing (pictured left); David Weatherhead is the Director of Finance, and Paul Dineen (pictured left alongside Richard below) is Operations Director.

Duerr's directors in the kitchen
Duerr’s directors in the kitchen
Duerr's employees at Blackpool
from the archive – Duerr’s employees at Blackpool

Duerr’s Employees – Past and Present
Duerr’s is an established employer of Mancunian people. All of the workers from the premises were offered transfers to the Wythenshawe when the old factory closed down. The company invests in training and development; including an apprentice scheme. The black and white photograph below shows Duerr’s staff on a day at Blackpool Pleasure Beach (nice hats!)

Duerr’s on Facebook and Twitter

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