All articles by Elizabeth O'Keefe

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    Foods from Spain targets kids


    Foods from Spain has announced its plan of action for 2008 and has revealed it will again run its national healthy eating competition for children in English primary schools, as well as a new logo for the fresh produce campaign.

  • West Midlands horticultural study to be revealed

    West Midlands horticultural study to be revealed


    A new West Midlands horticultural study will be launched to growers this week.

  • generic cherries

    Berry Gardens sees domestic cherry growth


    Nick Marston tells Fruit Focus visitors that the UK could become the principal supplier of cherries to the domestic market

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    Aphid alarm despite cool weather


    Vigilance will be required to monitor aphid populations in many arable and horticultural crops and growers should be prepared to treat with an effective pyrethroid once thresholds have been reached, Interfarm UK Ltd has warned.

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    The Co-op to stage seminar in the West


    The Co-operative Group is joining forces with HRH The Countess of Wessex to stage a seminar for local farmers, food producers and suppliers at the Royal Bath and West Showon 3 June.

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    FPJ Conferences - North West is ready to go


    The FPJ Conferences - North West event will be held at the Midland Hotel, Manchester, on Thursday and there are still places left for anyone who has not registered yet.

  • L-R: Quentin Willson, Clive Wareing, Debbie Wareing, QV Fresh Approach's Simon Martin

    Wareings does it again


    Wareings of Tarleton has won the QV Fresh Approach sponsored Independent Retailer of the Year award for the second consecutive year at the Re:fresh Awards.

  • Neil Gibson, Budgens category manager, Steve Normington, Budgens trading manager and Paul Morgan, Budgens trading manager collect the award from QV's Simon Martin and Quentin Willson (either side)

    Budgens takes convenience crown


    Budgens has won the QV Fresh Approach Convenience Retailer of the Year Award at this year's Re:fresh awards.

  • Quentin Wilson and FPJ md Chris White presented the award Wealmoor's Avnish Malde, Jayesh Dodhia and Mark Horton

    Wealmoor rises from the ashes


    Wealmoor has proved its credentials by bouncing back from tragedy to reposition itself among the leading pack of UK-based exotic fresh produce importers and bagging the FPJ-sponsored Importer of the Year Award at the Re:fresh Awards.

  • The company celebrated the award in style at last Thursday's ceremony

    Father and daughter team celebrate


    Brian Cleaver and Daughter has won the QV Foods Retail Market Trader of the Year award at the Re:fresh Award, piping Wareings of Tarleton to the post.

  • Quentin Willson, Andrew Garton, Nigel McCormick, Jane Speakman, Michael Jackson and QV Foods' Simon Martin

    Morrisons shines at Re:fresh


    Morrisons has won the QV Fresh Approach-sponsored Multiple Retailer of the Year award.

  • Andrew Fearne

    Fearne warns asparagus industry


    Kent Business School’s Professor Andrew Fearne told the UK asparagus industry that it is in danger of commoditising its product if it bows down to low prices by increasing yields.

  • Christopher Chinn of Cobrey Farms

    Green fingers encouraged by asparagus sector


    Pam Lloyd PR presented its Grow Your Own plans for the 2010 asparagus PR and marketing campaign to the industry at European asparagus symposium Euro Asper 2010 last week.

  • Simon Martin at the SL Meet the Chef event 2010. Picture: Andrew Errington

    Select Lincolnshire meets London chefs


    Select Lincolnshire and QV Foods are aiming to strengthen relationships with the foodservice industry in London, with the first of the regional food project’s new Meet the Chef events held this week.

  • Francis Wheatley

    Conceptual thinking from EMRA


    East Malling Research Association’s (EMRA) concept pear orchard will produce its first harvest this year and will reach full production by 2015.

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    Sainsbury's backtracks on Basics pears


    Sainsbury’s has admitted setting guidelines for its Basics range of pears at too high a level.

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    Monsanto shows signs of success


    Monsanto’s Vegetable seeds division presented itsleading vegetable seed brands - Seminis, De Ruiter Seeds, Peotec Seeds and Western Seeds - during German trade show Fruit Logistica this month.

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    Warner joins British Onions


    British Onions is publicising a selection of light recipe ideas to gear consumers up for spring and summer, ahead of welcoming TV chef Valentine Warner onto the campaign in May.

  • Angela Paymard

    KPG launches new traceability site


    US-based firm KPG Solutions - which will be known as N2N Global as of March 2010 - will launch agricultural traceability help engine in mid-April.

  • Chiquita predicts bright future for smoothies

    Chiquita predicts bright future for smoothies


    Chiquita believes there is a "big future" ahead for the fresh fruit smoothie market after the recession, as long as consumers are well informed by the industry.