In 1996 Maurice Buchanan, a farmer from Debach, Suffolk, bought the exclusive rights to sell the Gressingham duck, which is reportedly larger and more flavoursome than other breeds. Now jointly managed by Maurice’s sons, Geoffrey and William, the company processes more than 170,000 birds a week. Gressingham ducks are sold to French, German and Danish customers – who traditionally eat duck on Christmas Eve – helping the company’s international sales grow 61% a year, from £2.4m in 2009 to £6.1m in 2011.
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