Salad producers warn E.coli reports could damage sales Subscription

21 Jul 2016 | By Carina Perkins

Public health authorities announced last week that two people had died after becoming infected with E.coli 0157

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Tesco lists 'world's hottest' Carolina Reaper chilli pepper

20 Jul 2016 | By Kevin White

Chilli pepper is about 400 times hotter than a jalapeno pepper, says Tesco

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Apple growers hit back at 'bad apples' reports Subscription

19 Jul 2016 | By Kevin White

Reports that storage technique SmartFresh would affect the quality of apples “unfounded”, claim growers

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NFU launches official complaint over ‘fake’ farm branding Subscription

18 Jul 2016 | By Kevin White

Farmers’ union concerned that brands such as Tesco Farms and similar discounter brands are misleading to shoppers

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Wholesalers told to stop using imported rocket after second death in UK E.coli scare

14 Jul 2016 | By Julia Glotz

A small number of wholesalers have been told to stop adding imported rocket to their mixes

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Tesco's Perfectly Imperfect strawberries win over shoppers Subscription

14 Jul 2016 | By Kevin White

The popularity of the variant – added to Tesco’s wonky fruit & veg range in April – had amazed Tesco

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Potato supplier Branston unveils new £1.7m production line

07 Jul 2016 | By Lisa Riley

Potato supplier Branston has invested £1.7m in new facilities at its Scottish site

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Tesco introduces 'citrussy' Gwanipa melons for summer months Subscription

07 Jul 2016 | By Lisa Riley

Gwanipa melons have been launched exclusively in Tesco

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Salad leaves linked to major UK E.coli outbreak

06 Jul 2016 | By Julia Glotz

So far, 109 people have fallen ill, with the South West of England particularly affected

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Tesco to pay above cost of production to new potato group Subscription

05 Jul 2016 | By Kevin White

The Tesco Sustainable Farming Group – Potatoes, will launch in September

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Tenderstem broccoli crop 'set to be good' despite cold spring Subscription

23 Jun 2016 | By Carina Perkins

The first UK crop of tenderstem broccoli hit supermarket shelves this week

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Nature & More campaigns on cost of conventional fruit & veg Subscription

23 Jun 2016 | By Carina Perkins

Nature & More has launched an initiative to educate consumers about the “true cost” of conventional fruit & veg

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Tesco adds cucumbers and courgettes to 'wonky' fruit & veg

23 Jun 2016 | By Carina Perkins

Tesco has added cucumbers and courgettes to its Perfectly Imperfect lineup of ‘wonky’ fruit & veg

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Lidl signs NFU fruit & veg pledge to strengthen supply chain Subscription

21 Jun 2016 | By Kevin White

Retailer follows Aldi in committing to initiative

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English Gala apple sales set to hit record levels

20 Jun 2016 | By Kevin White

Longer season means some Gala apples still on sale well into June


Lidl forced to defend banana policy as RFA marque is attacked Subscription

14 Jun 2016 | By Kevin White

The retailer “cannot guarantee banana workers are being paid a fair price under Rainforest Alliance scheme”, NGO has claimed


Unique Fine Foods claims first with dried courgetti nests Subscription

13 Jun 2016 | By Beth Gault

Supplier has launched a ‘UK-first’ dried pasta alternative made from courgettes

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Florette set to hit £2m sales with Superfood Salad bag

09 Jun 2016 | By Kevin White

The bagged salad brand’s mix of peppery and tender leaves with beetroot launched last June


Brits falling behind on fruit & vegetables

09 Jun 2016 | By Carina Perkins

In 2010, the UK’s per capita consumption of fruit was 42.4kg and veg was 60.7kg

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English Apples & Pears appoints new CEO Subscription

09 Jun 2016 | By Kevin White

Munday replaces industry stalwart Adrian Barlow, who is retiring after a 20-year stint with EAP

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Tesco launches Red Prince apple that 'brings forward season'

02 Jun 2016 | By Kevin White

Apple went on sale this week - some three months before traditional start of English apple season

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Fruit & veg sales soar as health trend hooks Brits Subscription

02 Jun 2016 | By Kevin White

Volume sales of fresh produce were up 4.1% during the 12 weeks to 21 May, while value sales rose by 2.4%

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Tesco launches Red Prince apple that 'brings forward season' Subscription

01 Jun 2016 | By Kevin White

Apple went on sale this week - some three months before traditional start of English apple season


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


'Killer salad': time for a more careful approach to comms Subscription

22 Jul 2016 | By Carina Perkins

With reports of ‘killer salad leaves’ hitting the UK headlines this week, growers and packers are starting to get nervous

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Brazil heat drives up juicing orange prices Subscription

20 Jul 2016 | By Liliana Minton

A spike in prices for Brazilian processing oranges is threatening to push up the cost of juice

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Can fruit imagery be authentic as well as appealing? Subscription

07 Jul 2016 | By Simon Jones

Marketers are acutely aware consumers have become more and more attuned to fakery

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NFU pledge is an easy win for retailers – so why aren’t they signing up?

21 Jun 2016 | By James Halliwell

Slow progress, considering the pledge was launched in 2012. Is something wrong with it? 

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Sales of wonky fruit & veg are 'flying' at Tesco

27 May 2016 | By Ian Quinn, Carina Perkins

UK consumers are being won round by supermarket efforts to sell so-called ‘wonky’ fruit & veg

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Countryfile goes vegetarian for tales of innovation and doubt Subscription

27 May 2016 | By Megan Tatum

At first glance, life for the UK’s vegetable growers looks suitably idyllic

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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

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