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.

Plastic pollution is a major problem on Ghana's coastline. According to the World Economic Forum, Ghana generates approximately 840,000 tonnes of plastic waste per year and only around 9.5 per cent of that is collected for recycling.

‘Collaboration is key in fight against plastic pollution’


The food industry is the single biggest user of plastics, and if it is serious about finding solutions to plastic waste, it must work together and innovate. Here is what the Fresh Produce Impact Hub (FRESHPPACT) is doing to make that happen

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April start for South African fresh produce inquiry


The intensive 15-month process may bring changes, but potentially from 2025 onwards

Zahra works with around 300 smallholder farmers who log their production in an app, as demonstrated by quality control manager Museke Yekoyada

Uganda’s jackfruit journey


Fred Searle visits Zahra Food Industries in Uganda as the up-and-coming jackfruit supplier begins to unlock the financial potential of the country’s ‘ancestral’ trees

Alk Brand says having a good spread of sourcing regions is key

Westfalia's avocado optimism


Despite concerns around oversupply, Alk Brand is full of optimism for the future of the European avocado market. The group CEO at Westfalia Fruit tells Fred Searle where he sees greatest potential for production and consumption growth

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LatAm Taskforce hits back at Lidl banana promotion


It says the decision misaligns with the commitments taken by the retailer to support the sustainability efforts of the banana sector

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Lidl exported 27,000 tonnes of Portuguese fruit and veg in 2022


German discounter said this represents an increase of 23 per cent on the previous year

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Bitesize lemons create consumer buzz


Dutch importer Yex says demand in northern Europe for the diminutive Italian limequat variety is strong and set to increase this season

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South African stonefruit campaign is in full swing


Suppliers have been carrying out a wide range of activity in recent months across a number of UK retailers


Lidl Spain adopts anti-waste measures


The retailer is rolling out the launch of its ‘anti-waste bag’ in Spain following the initiative’s success in its Canary Islands stores

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Westfalia Fruit India launches 2023 campaign


Avocado marketer kicks off new season with shipments from Tanzania and Peru as it prepares for first commercial harvest of Indian-grown Hass


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GB Sainsbury salad veg shortage

Mind the gaps: will the UK get caught short again?


UK retail buyers are renowned for staying cool as a cucumber to guarantee supply. But in the past few weeks, the reliability of their sourcing programmes has been called into question

Managing director of Halls International, Paul Devlin

Avocado balancing act


Fred Searle talks to Paul Devlin and Ayanda Kanana of South African avocado grower and global marketer Halls to hear how they think the industry should respond to the likelihood of an oversupplied global market in 2023

The project to develop FreshLock was part-funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development

Barfoots extends veg life with new FreshLock tech


New packaging pasteurises vegetables and locks in freshness to extent shelf life and help reduce food waste

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Fairtrade Premium is ‘critical step’ towards living wage for banana workers


Certification scheme plays key role in supporting retailers to meet their recently announced living wage commitments, according to report by Fairtrade Foundation

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French government recalls Tunisian oranges


Consumer protection site Rappel Conso issues alert over banned pesticide on Maltaise oranges, which were sold in several different supermarket chains across the country