fruit and veg

Brexit to bring 'opportunities & challenges' to fresh sector Subscription

23 Mar 2017 | By Kevin White

BGA CEO Jack Ward said there were “immediate issues” that needed to be addressed, such as access to labour

Potato sales

90 jobs lost as £9m supermarket potato supplier collapses Subscription

22 Mar 2017 | By Edward Devlin

A supermarket potato supplier has collapsed after the loss of a major contract, with 90 staff made redundant.


Tesco to sell more cauliflowers at 79p following bumper crop

22 Mar 2017 | By Beth Gault

Retailer has acquired 220,000 extra cauliflowers after good growing conditions led to increased yields

Potato field in Majorca

Majorcan new potatoes ‘not affected’ by Spanish rains Subscription

17 Mar 2017 | By Beth Gault

The seasonal potatoes will be in Tesco stores from Monday, says supplier

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English apple season to end early on high sales, low yield

16 Mar 2017 | By Beth Gault

Poor weather and issues with colour and size at the time of picking have led to a smaller yield this season

cartama avocados

Fresca and Cartama form joint venture for avocado supply Subscription

16 Mar 2017 | By Kevin White

The jv formalises an eight-year trading relationship between the two companies


Irish 'hard border' must be avoided, urge food trade bodies Subscription

13 Mar 2017 | By Kevin White

Disruption to established cross-border supply chains would cause “significant economic damage” for both countries

waitrose salad glasshouse

Waitrose to grow British salad all year Subscription

09 Mar 2017 | By Beth Gault

The development will “ensure a consistent UK supply of salad leaf crops” it said

veg shortage

Salad crisis over as courgette and lettuce supply stabilises Subscription

09 Mar 2017 | By Beth Gault

Supplementary imports from the US have now stopped, as yields across Europe have picked up

Cauliflower waste

Cauliflower growers play down waste fears after Times report

08 Mar 2017 | By Beth Gault

Retailers would be “foolish” to supply their produce from the UK alone dur to seasonal fluctuations, says Brassica Growers Association

Fruit and veg

Total Produce notches up 9% revenue hike in strong 2016 Subscription

02 Mar 2017 | By Beth Gault

Supplier reports “very strong performance” in its full-year results

florette smoothie mix

Florette expands into smoothie market with new salad mixes Subscription

02 Mar 2017 | By Beth Gault

Superfood mix and Energy Boost mix are on sale now in Ocado

tesco frozen pomegranate

Tesco rolls out 'fuss-free' frozen prepared fruits range Subscription

02 Mar 2017 | By Beth Gault

The range includes diced beetroot and coconut, watermelon chunks and seeded pomegranate

Lidl kids veg range

Lidl unveils range of fresh vegetables aimed at kids Subscription

01 Mar 2017 | By Kevin White

Discounter says pilot range is a UK-first and will be rolled out permanently if successful

Aunt Bessie's veg chips

Aunt Bessie's jumps on low-carb trend with veg chips Subscription

28 Feb 2017 | By Kevin White

The frozen chips are a branded UK first for frozen, says brand owner William Jackson Food Group

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Ten portions of fruit & veg a day offers 'maximum protection'

23 Feb 2017 | By Beth Gault

A study found that as little as two-and-a-half portions of fruit & veg a day could reduce risk of diseases

Fyffes banana

Fyffes to face Ethical Trading Initiative inquiry Subscription

14 Feb 2017 | By Beth Gault

Fruit importer could be suspended from ETI if found guilty of breaking code of conduct over treatment of workers

mash direct fries

Mash Direct wins national supply deal with Morrisons Subscription

14 Feb 2017 | By Beth Gault

The £1m annual deal will see five gluten-free veg side dishes sold in the free-from aisle from 20 February…

Sainsburys recall

Salmonella discovery prompts Sainsbury's stir-fry recall Subscription

13 Feb 2017 | By Beth Gault

Low levels of salmonella were found during routine testing

Chris Chinn Efra

Video: Growers tell MPs why they struggle to find seasonal workers post-Brexit Video

10 Feb 2017

Watch Chris Chinn of Cobrey Farms explain why his company finds it harder than ever to recruit seasonal workers

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Potato growers 'frustrated' over payment deductions Subscription

10 Feb 2017 | By Kevin White

Some growers were experiencing penalties of up to 30% on potato deliveries with little or no explanation

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Fresh produce shortage bites UK retailers to tune of £8m Video Subscription

09 Feb 2017 | By Kevin White

eThe UK’s top nine supermarkets saw year-on-year sales of courgettes fall by more than £2m last month


Courgette shortages cost supermarkets £2m in lost sales Subscription

07 Feb 2017 | By Kevin White

Year on year value sales fell by 58% in last week of January, data from IRI shows

Sainsburys empty lettuce crate

The UK's veg crisis explained - video Video

06 Feb 2017

Fresh foods editor Kevin White explains why there’s a produce shortage and why some supermarkets are rationing supplies

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Spanish orange production back to normal Subscription

23 Mar 2017 | By Beth Gault

Orange production in Spain has returned to normal levels this year

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Made in Britain Subscription

16 Mar 2017 | By Megan Tatum

As Brexit, extreme weather and Trump threaten our reliance on imported fruit and veg, is it time to grow more British produce


Going green: Juices & Smoothies Category Report 2017 Video Subscription

24 Feb 2017 | By Carina Perkins

Smoothies are shrugging off their sugar woes with souped-up blends packed with virtuous greens and added vitamins

Fruit & veg

Ten portions of fruit & veg a day? It’s not going to happen Subscription

23 Feb 2017 | By Beth Gault

New research suggests we should double the recommended daily amount of fresh fruit and vegetables in our diet, but is it a case of easier said than done?


Spanish weather hikes price of lettuce and tomatoes Subscription

23 Feb 2017

Lettuce prices have risen in the UK due to lower supplies from Spain

carrots farming

Will Brexit uproot organic? Subscription

23 Feb 2017 | By Beth Gault

Will the Brexit squeeze on spending stunt the growth of organic food? Or does the sector now have enough appeal?

Iceberg lettuce

Cost of basket of fruit & veg moves up 3% on last month

17 Feb 2017 | By Carina Perkins

Some individual SKUs are significantly more expensive than a year ago – including those affected by widespread shortages

lettuce shortage

Has Brexit put an end to the era of cheap fruit & veg? Subscription

10 Feb 2017 | By Carina Perkins

There is a risk that suppliers will send their produce elsewhere

lettuce shortage

Britain’s ‘veg panic’ needs a little perspective

06 Feb 2017 | By Kevin White

A shortage of fresh produce in UK supermarkets is creating havoc in the country, with lettuce and broccoli sales now being rationed in some supermarkets 


Fresh produce heads for the bunkers, and a good thing too Subscription

02 Feb 2017 | By Kevin White

Popular with suburban marijuana growers, hydroponics - the method of growing plants without soil - could be the solution to our growing vegetable ’crisis’

Fruit & veg

Sainsbury’s will need to be sensitive with its meat-free push Subscription

23 Jan 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

We all know the standing joke about giving up meat: you may not live longer, but it certainly feels like it


Why #courgettegate could be a taste of things to come Subscription

19 Jan 2017 | By Kevin White

The great veg shortage of 2017 has been dominating headlines this week

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