Dales company launches reduced sugar range of jams

Rachel Kettlewell with daughters Fearne and Rosie.


A Yorkshire Dales company has launched a new range of reduced sugar jams inspired by two of the newest members of the family firm.

Fearne and Rosie jams are made by Raydale Preserves, based at Stalling Busk, near Bainbridge.

Fearne, 3,  and one-year-old Rosie are the daughters of Drew and Rachel Kettlewell, the son and daughter-in-law of Raydale founders Lesley and Derek Kettlewell.

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Rachel had the idea to produce reduced sugar jams and is now helping to build this side of the business, as well as working as a primary school teacher in Richmond.

She said she was very proud of the foods they had created.

“When I started to wean the girls I was overwhelmed with information, ideas and enthusiasm as to how to provide my children with healthy, nutritional and fun foods. I read recipe books, I meal planned, I batch cooked and froze bits and bobs and I loved it!

“But I struggled with the days that I hadn’t pre-prepared pepper boats  – thanks CBeebies – the days when I was tired and running late and the girls just needed a quick meal.

“I was shocked at the amount of sugar in a lot of the readily available quick meal choices and I felt like there must be a better alternative.

“That’s when I thought of Fearne and Rosie. I wanted there to be a healthier alternative for my children. Not a health food but a healthier food.”

Rachel Kettlewell.

To start with the company is producing two different flavours of reduced sugar jam – blackcurrant and strawberry jam. Both are available as super smooth or with juicy bits.

The company has also launched a no added sugar tomato ketchup.

The products are already available in several Richmondshire shops including Campbells of Leyburn, Brymor Ice Cream at Jervaux, Berry’s in Swinithwaite, Humble Pie in Askrigg and Mainsgill Farm Shop on the A66 near Ravensworth, but more stockists are wanted.

For more details on Fearne and Rosie jams visit their website here.

You can also follow the company on Facebook here or on Instagram here.