Our Heritage

Bruce Farms began farming in 1898 and after four generations of rearing livestock, planting, growing and harvesting crops we enter our 125th year. We are extremely proud of our heritage, this milestone and look forward to farming for the next 125 years and beyond.

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W P Bruce

Starting out as a tenant farmer, WP Bruce (William) started farming in Perthshire in 1898 growing cereals, potatoes, and also rearing blackface sheep.

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W T Bruce

W T Bruce (Willie) took over from his father at Balmyle Farm, Perthshire, in 1937, where operations for Bruce Farms are now based. He too enjoyed success with livestock, both cattle and sheep, while continuing to farm the land.

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W P Bruce

W P Bruce (Bill) joined the family business in the 1950s, quickly diversifying the business into vining peas in the 1960s, and blackcurrants in 1981. Bill farmed Suffolk sheep and Shorthorn cattle before introducing the Charolais breed in 1969, building up the multi-award-winning Balmyle herd. In 2007, he oversaw the purchase of Dundee Cold Stores Ltd., and has been instrumental in the development and operations for this facility which processes over 30,000 tonnes of produce annually.

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CGW Bruce

CGW Bruce (Geoff), Bill’s son, joined the company in 1993 as Director, quickly overseeing the introduction of soft fruit in 1996, and the building of a state-of-the-art Packing Hall which furthered capacity and improved efficiency. In 2007, he oversaw the purchase of Dundee Cold Stores Ltd. In 2018 Geoff further diversified the farm’s produce by investing in freeze-drying equipment, and driving the creation of the Podberry brand of freeze-dried pea snacks which launched in 2019.

Bruce Farms Timeline

  • 1898

    W P Bruce began tenant farming in Perthshire at Greenburns Farm

  • 1908

    Tenancy of Drumkilbo Farm

  • 1938

    Tenancy of Balmyle Farm

  • 1960

    Balmyle Farm purchased

  • 1967

    Peas first grown

  • 1971

    Drumkilbo Flock of Suffolk Sheep Dispersal Sale

  • 1975

    Longleys Farm purchased

  • 1976

    Drumkilbo Farm purchased

  • 1981

    Blackcurrants first grown

  • 1986

    South East Fullarton Farm purchased

  • 1990

    Balmyle Shorthorn Herd Dispersed

  • 1996

    Strawberries first grown

  • 1996

    Cold Store 1 constructed

  • 2001

    Viewbank Farm purchased

  • 2002

    Broad Beans first grown

  • 2002

    Raspberries first grown

  • 2005

    Packing Hall constructed

  • 2007

    Joint Purchase of Dundee Cold Stores Processing Factory

  • 2010

    Creation of the “Bruce Farms” name

  • 2011

    Hallyards Farm (south) purchased

  • 2012

    Potatoes first grown in the Borders

  • 2012

    Official pea supplier for the London Olympics

  • 2015

    Glenluie Farm purchased

  • 2016

    Langlogie Farm (north) purchased

  • 2017

    Winners of the Scotland Food & Drink inaugural “Primary Producer of the Year” award and “Business of the Year” award, held at the EICC in Edinburgh

  • 2019

    Launch of Podberry

  • 2019

    Swinwood Mill Farm (west) purchased

  • 2023

    125 Years of Farming