Asparagus set for another bumper year despite cold spring Subscription

26 May 2016 | By Kevin White

The overall season had been delayed by about three weeks as a result of the subsequent cold snap in February and March


British strawberries set for a record year, say growers

25 May 2016 | By Carina Perkins

Crop set to hit 74,000 tonnes this season as it benefits from better availability

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Tesco launches cauliflower steaks in new UK BBQ veg range

25 May 2016 | By Kevin White

The veggie range is a response to demand for more choice at BBQ time by shoppers

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Supermarket lemon prices rocket as supply tightens Subscription

20 May 2016 | By Kevin White

Supermarket lemon prices have reached their highest point for at least eight years

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Berry Gardens launches strawberry variety in honour of Queen

17 May 2016 | By Beth Gault

Variety “provides an earlier, more consistent ‘top tier’ supply of UK-bred strawberries”

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UK first from Tesco with launch of dairy-free avocado spread Subscription

12 May 2016 | By Kevin White

New spread comes as demand for avocados jump by 40% over past year, Tesco says

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Mash Direct secures Fortnum & Mason listings for eight lines

10 May 2016 | By Beth Gault

Supplier also picks up Iceland listings for two new products


McDonald's shows off sourcing cred with Follow our Foodsteps

06 May 2016 | By Kevin White

Fast food giant to use virtual reality to play up food provenance credentials

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Tesco firm on banana sourcing as Aldi goes 100% certified Subscription

05 May 2016 | By Kevin White

banana one use Discounter’s move follows commitments by Asda and Lidl

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Lidl adds luxury fruit & veg to Oaklands brand

05 May 2016 | By Carina Perkins

Oaklands Selection is being rolled out as part of a relaunch of Lidl’s existing Oaklands range

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Aldi commits to sustainable sourcing of bananas Subscription

03 May 2016 | By Kevin White

Discounter’s move follows commitments by Asda and Lidl

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Baby leaf salad brand Steve's Leaves lists four new lines

03 May 2016 | By Helen Gilbert

Mild confetti coriander and red frilly mustard boost bagged salad range

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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

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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

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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…


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

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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

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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


Waitrose adds cucamelon plant to garden offer Subscription

12 Apr 2016 | By Helen Gilbert

Retailer says plant is a UK supermarket first


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

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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

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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


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

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Berry boom 'needs supply integration' says Rabobank Subscription

03 May 2016 | By Carina Perkins

Supermarkets and suppliers need to look towards integration if they want to cash in on the category

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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

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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”


'Whole Foods' Market oranges lack a-peel

09 Mar 2016

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


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


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

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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 

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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


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

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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

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