Markets news from Fresh Produce Journal

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

Covid shopping

December set for record grocery sales


December grocery sales on course to beat £12-billion mark for first time, says Kantar

Azovian is a large plum variety from BASF with intermediate resistance to ToBRFV

BASF fast-tracks rugose-resistant tomatoes


Devastating tomato virus sparks urgent calls for resistant varieties, with breeder anticipating strong demand for new round cultivar

The UK is the first market where the full range of Kissabel apples is available

Bright start for Kissabel in UK


Red-fleshed apple range receives positive feedback in consumer tastings as Worldwide Fruit spearheads marketing push

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Paul Clüver handed conservation award


Former Capespan and Unifruco chairman rewarded for his conservation work on his family fruit farm in Elgin, South Africa

Asda ditches swede wrapping

Wrap urges increased collaboration and action on climate


The climate action group is calling on more businesses in the UK to take immediate action on climate change, including efforts on food waste and plastic packaging

Jane Swift has been in the top job at Borough Market since joining on an interim basis in September 2021

Borough Market makes Jane Swift permanent CEO


Swift has experience in corporate and charity sectors having worked with Trussell Trust, Workers Education Association and Landscape Institute before joining the market

Welsh leeks are now one of 92 UK-produced GI products

Puffin secures UK GI for Welsh leeks


Puffin’s Blas Y Tir branded Welsh leeks will now carry the UK GI logo giving consumers a guarantee of their quality and provenance

Fresh Produce Consortium CEO Nigel Jenney

‘New approach needed to save nation’s food supply’


Comment: Safeguarding the UK’s fresh produce and horticultural sectors must be a government priority

Salad production

Home-grown food ‘integral to national security’, says former MI5 chief


Former MI5 director general tells NFU lecture that domestic production is integral to national security 

Marcel Koks is the food and beverage industry and solution strategy director at enterprise software provider Infor

Automation and supply chain agility ‘will shape sector’ in 2023

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Comment: Fresh produce firms must remain agile to meet fluctuating demand, as well as considering investment in automation and AI, as they face up to supply chain instability, inflation, labour shortages and climate change


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Central Co-op rewards member loyalty with payout


Central Co-op splits £654,000 between members in latest ‘share of the profits’ payout 

Freshgrowers chantenay carrots carbon neutral

Carrots fit for a King


British-grown produce plays starring role in King Charles III’s first state banquet 

Sunions launched in January 2022

Season extension for Sunions


Tearless onion variety will return to Waitrose shelves six weeks earlier this winter in bid to capitalise on Christmas sales spike

Indonesian seasonal workers were allegedly saddled with debts by unlicensed brokers earlier this year

Industry unites to protect seasonal worker welfare


Roundtable meeting addresses seasonal labour challenges following difficult year for recruitment and worker welfare

This summer's drought brought home the urgency of the climate crisis to UK producers

2023 could be ‘watershed moment’ for produce


Comment: Following a turbulent year defined by climate change, rampant inflation and political uncertainty, Britain’s fresh produce industry is at a crossroads and looks set for further upheaval