Samantha Lyster is a former deputy editor of the Fresh Produce Journal. She previously worked as an online editor for The Times newspaper's website, leaving in 2010 to travel through America, New Zealand and Australia, where she volunteered on organic farms. During her five years with The Times she contributed features on food and drink, as well as freelancing for a number of industry titles including The Grocer and Ice Magazine.
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Halls celebrating 125 years of growth
Sub-tropical produce supplier Halls is marking its 125th anniversary with a series of events and a new brand identity
Yes Peas! polishes its diamond status
The British Growers Association launches a fresh website for the campaign's 10th anniversary of promoting frozen peas
Apple growers fork out £250k for campaign
English apple industry aiming to boost demand for dessert apples with new website, social media, and consumer-facing advertising
Stickers spur children to eat healthy
Researchers find children respond positively to incentives to choose portions of fruit and veg
G's Fresh launches new organics brand
The leading producer is investing in the upturn in organic purchases with O'live
Markets must adapt or risk dying out
Experts warn market traders that they must embrace the digital age or risk losing out to the high street
The 51st State?
The European Union is negotiating the potential future of British agriculture with American corporations, developing deals that, unless tempered, could possibly threaten UK sovereignty
EU suspends Russian ban scheme amid fears of fraud
The European Commission is concerned that producers are submitting fraudulent claims after €125m pot is sucked dry
Cannabis 'could become a commercial crop'
Drugs minister Norman Baker to call for legalisation of cannabis for medical purposes, opening up possible opportunities for farmers
Robbers target Total Produce offices
Gang smashes its way into the firm’s Birmingham Wholesale Market offices, making off with a 'substantial' amount in cash
Sweet smell of success
British flowers are flying off the shelves at Waitrose, with the supermarket claiming sales of sweet peas are rocketing
Talent blooming all over the UK
British Flowers Week, which showcases the best product and floral design our island has to offer, starts today
Charity begins at home
It is hard to imagine in a wealthy city such as London that there are children being hospitalised with malnutrition, but it is happening and the organisation Kids Company is hoping the fresh produce industry can help to prevent it.
The green light
FPJ needs your help as we analyse a new round of funding available for rural businesses to upgrade to green technology
The last stand
Despite spirited opposition, Birmingham City Council’s decision to relocate the wholesale market looks set to go ahead. FPJ visited the city centre site to see how traders have reacted to the news
Not so sweetcorn
The market is growing for sweetcorn at a time when the weather is disrupting yields.
One pot revolution
Chef, restaurateur and author Georgina Fuggle’s latest project is to raise awareness of the diversity and range of flavours in vegetarian food and encourage consumers to be brave with their vegetable choices.
Women in the boardroom
The fresh produce industry has a reputation for being male dominated, but increasingly it’s becoming apparent that for women who do enter the business, the opportunities are there to be taken.
Thinking outside the bushel box
The fresh produce sector has seen new management faces appear, many recruited from outside the trade. With the sector gearing up for the future, experts say it’s a trend we will see more of.