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Puffin Produce sees sales & profit fly as investment pays off Subscription

28 Apr 2016 | By Kevin White

The Haverfordwest-based grower saw turnover increase from £14.6m to £15.8m according to its latest accounts

bramley apples

Bramley apple shortages loom this year Subscription

28 Apr 2016 | By Carina Perkins

Supplies of the baking favourite will be about 2,000 tonnes short of what is needed to meet demand

Citrus black spot

European Commission defends citrus black spot measures Subscription

25 Apr 2016 | By Carina Perkins

Copa-Cogeca slammed the new measures as “unacceptable”, warning they would increase the risk of citrus black spot entering…

potatoes

140 jobs at risk as QV Foods eyes potato packing site closure Subscription

19 Apr 2016 | By Julia Glotz

The company plans to consolidate its potato business at its Holbeach site in Lincolnshire

tesco imperfect wonky apples

Tesco adds apples & strawberries to Perfectly Imperfect range

15 Apr 2016 | By Helen Gilbert

Class 2 apples went on sale this week at 60p for 800g, while 227g punnets of misshapen strawberries were listed at 99p

Riverford new branding van

Riverford revamped to highlight its 'authority about veg'

13 Apr 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The revamps also features a new ‘live life on the veg’ slogan

Cucamelon

Waitrose adds cucamelon plant to garden offer Subscription

12 Apr 2016 | By Helen Gilbert

Retailer says plant is a UK supermarket first

nisa

Nisa offers more loose fruit & veg with new wholesale service Subscription

08 Apr 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Nisa has launched a new wholesale service for fresh fruit & veg, which allows members to buy larger quantities of loose

broccoli leaves

Broccoli leaves trialled by Asda as clean eating trend takes hold

01 Apr 2016 | By Maddie Maynard

Broccoli leaves are being marketed as a superfood and are currently being trialled in Asda

Fyffes banana

Fyffes seals deal for Canadian mushroom supplier Highline Subscription

01 Apr 2016 | By Carina Perkins

The CAD$145m (£77.6m) deal adds a fourth product to Fyffes’ fresh produce line-up

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Tenderstem sales boosted by 'Body Coach' Joe Wicks

31 Mar 2016 | By Carina Perkins

Volume sales of Tenderstem were up 25% in the first two months of this year

asparagus

Cold weather scuppers hopes of early start to asparagus season Subscription

31 Mar 2016 | By Carina Perkins

Unseasonably warm weather caused some British outdoor grown spears to sprout as early as January

Farm worker

Seasonal labour shortage will hit fruit & veg supply warns NFU

29 Mar 2016 | By Carina Perkins

Last year, one in three (29%) British growers struggled to find the seasonal labour they needed to harvest their crops

fruit and veg

Government must address poor state of UK fruit and veg, warns report Subscription

24 Mar 2016 | By Carina Perkins

The report pointed to a serious mismatch between supply and demand of fruit and veg in the UK

Farmdrop blue potatoes index

Blue potatoes are making a comeback via Farmdrop Subscription

22 Mar 2016 | By Helen Gilbert

The nutty-tasting vegetable disappeared from UK plates after the war

Greenvale potatoes

Produce Investments half-year profits grow by almost £1m Subscription

18 Mar 2016 | By Kevin White

Interim results show increase in operating profits to £3.43m

Low calorie smoothie

Smoothies downgraded to just one of the recommended 5 a day Subscription

17 Mar 2016 | By Ian Quinn

PHE’s new advice also says smoothies should only be drunk as part of a meal

tesco fruit and veg

Tesco joins wonky veg bandwagon with new range

15 Mar 2016 | By Helen Gilbert

Retailer will launch misshapen potato and parsnip lines this week

phil hogan

European Commission unveils support package for struggling farmers Subscription

15 Mar 2016 | By Kevin White

Agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan said the package would have a “material and positive impact on agricultural markets”.

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Onion prices up 60% on supply shortfall Subscription

14 Mar 2016 | By Daniel Selwood

Last year’s heatwave in Continental Europe continues to have an adverse effect on the cost of fruit and veg

oranges one use

Spanish frosts reduce supply of oranges Subscription

11 Mar 2016 | By Carina Perkins

Orange prices are up following reduced supply as a result of frost in Spain

coriander

Coriander popularity drives boom in sales of herbs Subscription

03 Mar 2016 | By Lisa Riley

Coriander, the top-selling herb, clocked up nearly £18m in sales last year

Mash direct

Mash Direct wins listings in more than 100 Tesco Extras Subscription

01 Mar 2016 | By Kevin White

The supplier now has a presence in Tesco stores across UK

fairtrade bananas

British shoppers standing up for Fairtrade

29 Feb 2016 | By Carina Perkins

Brits ate 88 million more Fairtrade bananas and drank 255 million more cups of Fairtrade coffee last year

fruit and veg aisle one use

Are supermarkets to blame for falling fruit & veg sales? Subscription

29 Apr 2016 | By Carina Perkins

Retailers are working hard on availability and affordability, but with consumption down on a decade ago, the NFU wants action

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Wonky fruit & veg heralds dawn of a more honest age Subscription

22 Apr 2016

Tesco’s decision to extend its Perfectly Imperfect brand of wonky veg into fruit is a wider reflection of brands

tesco fruit and veg

NFU urges more support for fruit & veg as consumption falls Subscription

21 Apr 2016 | By Carina Perkins

UK fresh produce consumption is estimated at just three portions

WC Rowe makes living wage commitment, man in bakery baking bread

Climate Change Agreement continuation is relief for suppliers Subscription

31 Mar 2016

“Though overshadowed by other measures announced by the chancellor in last week’s Budget”

Oranges

'Whole Foods' Market oranges lack a-peel

09 Mar 2016

Ironic that the retailer selling peeled oranges last week was… Whole Foods Market

Juices

Sugar isn't the only reason consumers are abandoning juices Subscription

26 Feb 2016 | By Carina Perkins

Juices and smoothies have been one of the highest-profile casualties of the war on sugar

veg

Good fruit and veg driven out of the country Subscription

12 Feb 2016

Having worked in produce for 20 years, I have seen how the grocers have driven value out of this sector

organic fruit and veg

Are vegetables the next food to face a public health backlash? Subscription

04 Feb 2016 | By Julia Glotz

Specialist diets mean the likes of tomatoes, onions, cauliflower and broccoli are at risk of being portrayed as less than healthy 

heinz tuscan beans

Pulses will be the new sweet potatoes says UN Subscription

07 Jan 2016

The United Nations has declared 2016 as the International Year of Pulses

pear

Wholesale prices: falling supplies drive up pear prices

11 Dec 2015 | By Kevin White

British pear prices have risen by 44.1% month on month

Man with umbrella in rain weather

Storm Desmond shows how vulnerable our food supply chain is becoming Subscription

07 Dec 2015 | By Carina Perkins

The NFU warned just last week that food production was at risk from severe weather

plant for peace pomegranates

James Brett's pomegranate mission in Afghanistan Subscription

04 Dec 2015 | By Megan Tatum

Give pomegranates a chance. That was James Brett’s pitch to poppy-growing Afghani farmers. And they did

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