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.


Comber Earlies herald start of NI summer


Wilson Country’s new season potatoes to hit Northern Ireland Tesco stores from next week

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Farming Fortnight returns for fifth year


LEAF Education’s annual online initiative to help schools spotlight British food and farming will run from 5-16 June

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MyFresh enters administration


Bedfordshire fresh-prep firm goes bust less than a year after its acquisition by Hull potato business Tuber Group

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Supermarkets see May sales surge


British shoppers spend more as UK supermarkets see total till growths of 12.3 per cent, Nielsen IQ data reveals

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‘The Batch Lady’ gets behind Veg Power


Family cooking expert joins Simply Veg campaign to help families get more fresh produce into their kids

The price of 33 everyday grocery items at Lidl is £19.91 cheaper than at Waitrose

Lidl named UK's cheapest supermarket


Analysis conducted by The Grocer found a basket of everyday items at Lidl cost just £50.27, making it cheaper than competitors even with their discount schemes applied

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Pink Lady rolls out prize promotions


Shoppers at Morrisons stores can win monthly prizes when they pick up a pack of Pink Lady apples 


Lidl delivers pay hat-trick


Lidl store and warehouse workers receive third pay rise in 12 months

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RedPop gets a ticket to ride


The new apple variety is riding high in the UK with adverts on London’s double decker buses this spring

Polly from AgriSound captures and analyses the sound of a range of common pollinating insects

New insect monitors listen out for bee activity in UK apple orchards


Insect tracking tech rolled out on three Kent apple orchards, providing real-time data on precious pollinator activity


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Henry Pollard will continue as chair of the Markets Board

Henry Pollard re-elected as Markets Board chairman


Financial Services veteran will continue to oversee management of Smithfield Market, Billingsgate Market, and New Spitalfields Market

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Riverford to become 100 per cent employee-owned


Founder Guy Singh-Watson to sell his remaining shares to the Riverford Trust but remain a co-owner

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Photos: Global Tomato Congress 2023


A selection of pictures from Fruitnet’s Global Tomato Congress, which brought more than 300 people from 50 countries together at the Beurs-WTC in Rotterdam on 16 May 2023

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Back British apple month, BAPL asks retailers


The grower body wants more supermarket investment in selling and promoting British apples in stores this season

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BAPL issues SOS to retailers


British apple growers appeal to UK supermarkets for support to return to profitability and stay in business