Essential stories, analysis and research from UK’s fresh produce markets, with a focus on retail, wholesale, marketing, and consumers.
December grocery sales on course to beat £12-billion mark for first time, says Kantar
Devastating tomato virus sparks urgent calls for resistant varieties, with breeder anticipating strong demand for new round cultivar
Red-fleshed apple range receives positive feedback in consumer tastings as Worldwide Fruit spearheads marketing push
Former Capespan and Unifruco chairman rewarded for his conservation work on his family fruit farm in Elgin, South Africa
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
Swift has experience in corporate and charity sectors having worked with Trussell Trust, Workers Education Association and Landscape Institute before joining the market
Puffin’s Blas Y Tir branded Welsh leeks will now carry the UK GI logo giving consumers a guarantee of their quality and provenance
Comment: Safeguarding the UK’s fresh produce and horticultural sectors must be a government priority
Former MI5 director general tells NFU lecture that domestic production is integral to national security
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 splits £654,000 between members in latest ‘share of the profits’ payout
British-grown produce plays starring role in King Charles III’s first state banquet
Tearless onion variety will return to Waitrose shelves six weeks earlier this winter in bid to capitalise on Christmas sales spike
Roundtable meeting addresses seasonal labour challenges following difficult year for recruitment and worker welfare
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