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.

Belgian pears

Belgian campaign launches in UK


Belgian produce marketers are targeting retail and foodservice companies in the UK with a message of high quality and sustainability

British strawberry volumes are up 50 per cent on the same period last year

British strawberries sweet and plentiful as season gets underway


UK season begins weeks earlier than last year, with favourable weather boosting berries’ natural sugars

Birds Eye has planted a huge butterfly artwork at one of its North Yorkshire pea farms to boost biodiversity and inspire consumers

Birds Eye kicks off biodiversity campaign with giant wildflower artwork


Campaign seeks to educate nation on importance of biodiversity and impact of its loss, as well as what we can all do to help protect it, with 20,000 wildflower seed boxes up for grabs

A Cosmic Crisp tasting stand in a supermarket

A positive first season for Cosmic Crisp apples


Marketers Vog and VIP say their first commercial campaign has gone well, and say more fruit will be available in 2023

supermarket sales

Easter grocery sales dip as inflation crisis bites


Latest Nielsen IQ data shows subdued Easter supermarket sales as UK shoppers start to manage basket spend

Inflation is changing people's shopping behaviour

Shopper confidence slumps to all-time low


IGD Viewpoint report looks at threat inflation now poses to households’ spending power and further pressure expected in coming months

Azura is a leading tomato supplier in Europe

Azura sets out sustainability stall


Franco-Moroccan group signs up to global climate initiative SBTi and invests millions in female empowerment in Moroccan rural regions

Fruit and veg in UK now has fewer nutrients, says study

Fruit and veg in UK ‘half as nutritious’


New study reveals fresh produce sold in the UK contains fewer nutrients than it did in 1940, reports the Mail Online

Lidl Heston

Lidl asks public to find sites for new stores


Discounter has revealed it will pay a finder’s fee to anyone that identifies a suitable site for a new Lidl store


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Shoppers are watching their pennies amid rising inflation

Shoppers seek value as inflation hits 11-year high


Kantar reports “clear flight to value” as supermarket shoppers watch their spending and sales fall by almost six per cent in latest 12-week period

Retail inflation

Households with children already saving to afford Christmas


Retail inflation is pushing some UK families to start saving already with their Christmas shopping bills in mind

Asda announces price cuts

Asda and Morrisons slash prices in fight for market share


The two supermarkets announce they are cutting prices to help customers cope with inflationary pressures

M&S Food Jersey Royal potatoes Select Farmers

M&S campaign celebrates UK farmers


M&S Food showcases best of British farming with return of Fresh Market Update campaign

Eat Them to Defeat Them

Eat Them to Defeat Them ‘responsible for £92m in veg sales’


Econometric analysis concludes that healthy eating campaign has contributed to significant uplift in child vegetable consumption