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News updates for the UK fresh produce business.

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Defra delays post-Brexit border checks


UK government postpones start of physical checks on EU food imports for sixth time to avoid “serious disruption” at the border, according to report

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Unite warns of empty shelves at Morrisons


The union says Morrisons’ logistics workers in Cheshire and Wakefield could strike over pensions, leaving store shelves empty

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Flooded fields highlight imbalance in risk to reward for UK veg growers


Tim O’Malley, group managing director of UK grower-importer Nationwide Produce, highlights the current weather challenges facing the fresh produce industry

New-season strawberries always create buzz

First British strawberries of the season hit Tesco shelves


New-season crop has been grown by Summer Berry Company and supplied by DPS

Farming has more physical and outdoor work than other sectors

Agriculture sector sees large rise in sick leave


Farming industy has seen sick leave rise 44 per cent since 2019


Aston University is working with Tropical Growers in Ghana

British university project offers AI future for Ghanaian growers


Aston University is working with Tropical Growers to help boost domestic production in Ghana


Blossom heralds early UK cherry deal


Abundant Kent cherry blossom announces possible early start to British season

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LettUs Grow takes tech to US and Canada


LettUs Grow and Innovative Growers Equipment announce partnership to bring advanced aeroponic technology to North America

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Early start for Zespri as NZ kiwifruit arrives in Europe


Europe and North America director Steven Martina confirms plan for bigger marketing campaign this year as the company targets sale of around 70m trays in Europe

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How can fruit growers conserve water? Just ask the trees


British apple supplier Adrian Scripps joins trial to evaluate special ‘listening’ technology, which could interpret stress signals in plants and help growers produce more sustainably


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B-hive partners with Adrian Scripps to deliver apple data


Agri-tech R&D firm secures funding to carry out 12-month project with apple grower that could cut crop wastage

Tesco is showing its support for British producers

Tesco adds ‘Best of British’ page to support farmers


Market leader is the latest to launch a page to back domestic producers


SBTi approves Nature’s Pride and Berries Pride climate targets


Climate targets for 2030 cover the reduction of emissions throughout the chain

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SPAR South West teams up with FareShare


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

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Farmers warn of flood threat to food security


Farming unions of England and Wales are calling on governments for more flood-damage support after record-breaking rain hits production