Retail news from Fresh Produce Journal

Important developments in the UK’s food retail arena, with a focus on fresh produce procurement, distribution, marketing, merchandising, and new product development.


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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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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Is it time for a fresh look at bananas?


Better consumer engagement is the key to shaking up the banana category and increasing sales, says Fyffes’ Juan David Alarcón

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

Tesco has beaten its food redistribution target

Tesco beats food redistribution target


Working with Fareshare and others, supermarket surpasses self-set 85 per cent target

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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

Waitrose's new coconut oil

Waitrose coconut oil boosts Sri Lankan farmers


UK-first product launch is offering Fairtrade premium to coconut growers in Sri Lanka


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Younger men are not eating enough fruit and veg

Diabetes campaign highlights lack of fruit and veg in diets


Tesco and Diabetes UK are urging younger men to get tested and eat more fresh produce

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Slight fall in grocery price inflation


Kantar figures indicate inflation may have peaked, but prices remain historically high

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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