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News updates for the UK fresh produce business.

RABI chief executive Alicia Chivers

RABI boss Chivers meets Coffey to discuss farm mental health


Charity has seen huge rise in interest in its support services as farmers’ mental health suffers under current pressure

Aldi store

Aldi to open five UK stores in five weeks


The discount retailer is poised to increase consumer access to its stores with five new openings across the UK in the coming weeks, including in Southampton and Whittlesey

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Driscoll’s wins Superior Taste Awards


Global berry supplier, and owner of UK grower group Berry Gardens, won three awards for ’superior’ varieties at recent International Taste Institute event 

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Renewed hope for British blackcurrants


UK producers feel optimistic after recent sunny period brings renewed hope for blackcurrant crop hit by adverse weather and high costs

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‘It’s time to back British’


Angus Soft Fruits MD John Gray tells Fred Searle why it is more important than ever for supermarkets, and government, to support the UK berry sector


Vertical Future

Project aims to develop ‘new source of plant protein’


Amaranth production is at the centre of two-year, Innovate UK-funded project led by Vertical Future

IPP has launched a drive to improve pallet recovery rates in the UK

IPP launches pallet recovery drive


Campaign aims to reduce pallet loss and boost sustainabilty of the supply chain

Hospitality is under pressure

Two-fifths of hospitality firms ‘operating at a loss’


New survey by Peckwater Brands paints bleak picture of profitability in the sector

PGRO pulses

Major project boosts pulse production


Farmers sought to take part in ’defining project of our time’

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High costs take toll on farmers


Spiralling production costs have adversely affected farmers’ mental health, NFU survey shows


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L-R: Adam North, area sales manager, Crossroads Truck & Bus Ltd; Simon Telfer, Branston HR & logistics director; Lindsey Burrows, driver trainer at Branston; and Mark Williams, transport supervisor

Branston leads the way with electric lorry trial


Potato supplier is exploring electric vehicles as part of its roadmap to net zero


Agroberries buys stake in BerryWorld


The Americas berry giant has acquired shares in UK supplier BerryWorld’s EMEA and APAC businesses

Festival of Fresh 23 takes place on 21 June

Heavyweight speakers get set for Festival of Fresh 2023


Leading figures from Tesco, AMFRESH, Fresh Direct and S&A Produce are among top-class speaker line-up

ReCover Louth Christian Kolark & Mark Dalby Opening Ceremony

Coveris launches Louth ReCover unit


Packaging manufacturer opens new recycling hub at its plastic-film production facility in Lincolnshire to keep plastic circular

Jorge Valenzuela

New water law will “halt expansion of Chilean fruit industry”


Fedefruta warns that changes will remove incentives for the construction of new irrigation infrastructure in bigger farms