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Essential stories, analysis and research from UK’s fresh produce markets, with a focus on retail, wholesale, marketing, and consumers.

Volunteer with FareShare South West this Summer

SPAR South West teams up with FareShare


The food retailer is partnering with FareShare to cut waste and fight hunger in the South West

Labour supply is just one of the challenges facing UK tomato growers at the moment

Turbulent times in tomatoes


Cost pressures, supply chain disruption, and the threat of ToBRV are taking their toll on the British tomato sector, but Alex Margerison-Smith of Keelings sees opportunities for innovative growers with a focus on premium varieties

GB banana Booths Keswick

Comment: Cheap bananas are here to stay


Unless the supply of bananas into European markets can be managed somehow, shippers in Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean will always be at the mercy of retailers.


Eye-tracking software clocks loose produce shop


Eye-tracking tech is being used to measure loose produce purchases in Waitrose trial

Jersey potato farm L'Etacq

Jersey Royal season gears up with producer power shift


The acquisition of the island’s biggest supplier is one of the sector’s most significant events in years

UK border

BTOM will create a ‘gaping hole’ in UK border


Government’s new border control rules create ’needless risk’ to UK biosecurity, says Dover Port Health Authority

Wilson's Country won the Best Medium Company Product Award for Mashed Potatoes.

NI spud supplier scoops Food & Drink award


Northern Irish potato supplier Wilson’s Country wins Best Medium Sized Company gong at Northern Ireland Food and Drink Awards for mashed potato products


Early Easter boosts grocery sales


Take-home grocery sales are up this month over last year thanks to early Easter, says Kantar


Aldi extends meal support over Easter


The supermarket is set to donate over 500,000 meals during school holidays to help struggling communities

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Soil Association delivers data for more sustainable food


Soil Association Exchange facilitates shift to more sustainable food procurement for public sector, it says


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red tractor

Red Tractor axes Greener Farms Commitment


The food and drink assurance scheme is ditching its sustainability module after NFU backlash 

Aldi store - London

Aldi set for cracking Easter


The discounter is set to spend £34 million on British fruit and veg as it prepares for its biggest Easter sales yet

GEN trolley full of fresh produce in supermarket alley

IGD highlights risks to UK food system


Institute of Grocery Distribution publishes new report outlining long-term risks to a resilient UK food system

OneThird Jumbo avocado ripeness tester

European supermarket chains install fruit ripeness scanners


Retailers including Jumbo and Migros have apparently recorded higher avocado sales and reduction in waste thanks to arrival of AI-based checkpoints


Cut tax on fruit and veg to boost consumer health, says report


New research based on consumer survey in seven countries suggests governments can do more to help people meet WHO’s recommended daily intake