Retail news from Eurofruit

Important developments in Europe’s food retail arena, with a focus on fresh produce procurement, distribution, marketing, merchandising, and new product development.


Industry leaders to speak at Fresh Produce India


Top local and international players to discuss rapid market evolution as India’s premier fresh produce event returns to Mumbai

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Despar Italia blood orange sales aid cancer research


For the fourth consecutive year, the Italian retail operator has donated proceeds from its citrus sales in support of AIRC’s continued efforts to tackle the disease

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ICA invests in tomato production to reduce reliance on imports


Swedish retailer teams up with Swedish Growers Association to develop 10ha facility that will ultimately supply 8,000 tonnes of tomatoes per year


Sekoya highlights Egyptian blueberry opportunities


A special event held ahead of Fruit Logistica showcased the growth potential for blueberries globally and the advantages Egypt offered the market as a supplier

Red Desire tomatoes

Consumers and retailers need guidance in tomato category


A lack of consumer knowledge about tomato varieties and their different uses, and an absence of in-store assistance, leave many shoppers overwhelmed and likely to reach for the cheapest option, warns RedStar’s Martijn van Keulen

Franka Rodriguez, director of global sourcing at Aldi South Group

Aldi extends new sourcing model to pineapples


A year on from the launch of its new banana sourcing strategy, Franka Rodriguez, director of global sourcing at Aldi South Group, outlines the progress made and the challenges encountered along the way

Tesco's new mandarin hybrids

Tesco predicts big future for ‘best-ever’ easy peelers


Supermarket and supplier AMT Fresh believe new mandarin hybrids could replace clementines in the UK

Global Tomato Congress 2023

Global Tomato Congress to focus on taste and health


Global Tomato Congress takes place on 14-15 May in the Hague, bringing tomato experts together to explore what influences consumer purchases and how best to communicate on taste and health

Ecuador is the world’s leading banana exporter and saw volumes rise in January-October 2023

Ecuadorean bananas at a crossroads


Ecuador’s banana industry faces serious challenges around security and climate change, but hopes are high in the sector following the election of President Daniel Noboa, heir to one of the country’s largest exporters of the fruit. Fred Searle reports from Ecuador

INI Farms and LuLu Group International sign the MoU

INI Farms signs deal to supply bananas to retailer LuLu Group


Agreement establishes direct farm-to-retail partnership which will see Indian Cavendish bananas supplied to stores in the Middle East


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UK border

EU produce to be subject to border checks after govt reclassification


Defra reclassifies large number of EU fruit and veg as medium-risk, dealing ”severe blow” to UK fresh produce industry

Spar Slovenia Ljubljana

Spar Slovenia removes single-use plastic bags


Retailer is first in Slovenia to phase out the bags from all of its fresh produce departments

Moroccan tomatoes

Moroccan tomatoes recovering after record heat


Moroccan tomato growers have recovered well from last summer’s brutal heatwave, but ToBRFV issues in Spain mean an impact on European tomato supplies remains possible

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France’s Interfel confirms support for ditching plastic packaging


Despite the concerns of some environmental groups that France’s decree to ban plastic packaging on fruit and vegetables doesn’t go far enough, Interfel’s Laurent Grandin backs the sector’s efforts

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LatAm banana sector slams proposed new price cut by European retailers


Industry says the strategy of downward purchase prices should not be resumed