John Worsp has retired from the post of technical director at Essex-based jam makers Wilkin and Son.

He has spent the past 41 years in the jam-making industry, having joined Wilkin and Son in June 1965.

He has held a variety of roles within the family-run company in that time, and ultimately held responsibility for all technical aspects of the business, as well as the purchasing of ingredients and fruit for the jams, preserves and marmalades. He now plans to spend much of his time on board his yacht.

His role will now be split between members of the management team at Wilkin and Son.

The company was

founded in 1885 and now holds royal warrants for both preserves and marmalades.

Four out of every ten jars that leave the factory are sold overseas, with major export markets including Germany, USA, France, Japan, Italy, Hong Kong, Australia, Spain, and Israel.

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