Fruit and Veg

Fruit and veg suppliers blast Defra for spurning compensation fund

28 Oct 2014 | By Kevin White

British fruit and veg growers have blasted Defra for opting not to take advantage of an EU aid package offered in the wake of the Russian trade embargo on Western foods.

Veg box

Produce World launches Nature's Premium organic veg boxes Subscription

24 Oct 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Produce World Group is hoping to change public perception of veg boxes with new organic brand Nature’s Premium…

baby kale

Florette's introduces baby kale to the UK single leaf sector

24 Oct 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Florette is supporting its launch of the UK’s first baby kale leaves with a marketing push in 2015…

Compass salad

New Compass Group health strategy pledges to cut calories

24 Oct 2014 | By Ian Quinn

Compass Group has pledged to remove 50 million calories from meals by 2020 in a new strategy it said would help “fight obe…

Fruit and veg

Aldi launches its first-ever organic range

21 Oct 2014 | By James Halliwell

Aldi has rolled out its first ever range of organic vegetables, and claims shoppers will save 25% compared to a basket of organic veg from supermarket rivals.

Persimon

Spanish persimon set for a bumper season, predict retailers Subscription

18 Oct 2014 | By Vince Bamford

As the Spanish persimon season gets underway, retailers are predicting another bumper year for the fruit…

Hortgro

Hortgro fruit to help construct kids' hospital in South Africa

02 Oct 2014 | By Kevin White

Hortgro has teamed up with the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund for its latest UK promo push…

Innocent cold-pressed juices

Innocent debuts cold-pressed fruit and veg juices

01 Oct 2014 | By Helen Gilbert

Innocent has made its cold-pressed debut with a range of fruit and vegetable juices.

Potatoes

Bannisters' Farm offers bite-sized loaded potato skins

27 Sep 2014

Frozen potato brand Bannisters’ Farm has added bite-sized products to its range…

Fyffes bananas

Banana merger sweetened for Chiquita shareholders

26 Sep 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

Chiquita and Fyffes have agreed to revise the terms of their merger to give Chiquita shareholders a larger proportion of the merged company.

Vegetables

Organic sales surge 3.2%, says Soil Association

26 Sep 2014

Organic grocery sales grew 3.2% during the four weeks to 16 August, while non-organic sales fell…

Jersey Royal potatoes

Mercian potato app 'could be used for crop traceability'

20 Sep 2014 | By Kevin White

A potato merchant has created a mobile app that allows retailers and processors to access crop traceability data…

5 a day

5-a-day would cost average family an extra £810 a year Subscription

12 Sep 2014 | By Ian Quinn

UK families would have to spend more than half their current average annual food bill on fruit & veg to hit 5 a-day target…

Pink Lady Fiat

Pink Lady gives away 120,000 apples in summer sampling

11 Sep 2014 | By Helen Gilbert

Pink Lady gave away 120,000 apples in a sampling push at events such as Gay Pride and Race for Life this summer…

Citrus black spot

South African growers halt citrus exports to EU over black spot

11 Sep 2014 | By Kevin White

South African growers have voluntarily suspended some exports of citrus fruit to the EU…

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Russian embargo: EC halts fruit and veg emergency fund

11 Sep 2014 | By Kevin White

An emergency fund for perishable fruit and veg growers affected by Russia’s trade embargo has been suspended by the European Commission due to a “disproportionate surge in claims”.

Mangoes

Alphonso mango ban to be reviewed after India audit Subscription

11 Sep 2014 | By Kevin White

Suppliers are hoping an audit of Indian fresh produce controls is the first step in overturning a ban on Alphonso mangoes…

English Apples

English apples set for a bumper season

11 Sep 2014 | By Kevin White

English apple growers are predicting a bumper crop of 140,000 tonnes this season…

Fyffes bananas

Fyffes and Chiquita postpone shareholder votes

09 Sep 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

The protracted merger of banana producers Fyffes and Chiquita is no nearer a conclusion after the pair postponed shareholder votes to approve the deal.

Des Kingsley

Thanet Earth names Des Kingsley MD

03 Sep 2014 | By Andrew Don

Thanet Earth Marketing Ltd, the Kent grower of cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes, has recruited Des Kingsley from S&A Foods to be its managing director.

Potato sales

Potato sales fall thanks to promotional spike

30 Aug 2014 | By Julia Glotz

Potato value sales have fallen for the first time since early 2012, as a huge spike in promotional activity has weighed down prices

Morrisons produce dpt

Morrisons invests £19m in chilling fresh fruit & vegetables

30 Aug 2014 | By Kevin White

Morrisons is investing £19m on extending the shelf life of its fresh fruit and veg

Apple juice

Apple juice prices set to plunge in wake of Russian import ban Subscription

30 Aug 2014 | By Arabella Mileham

Apple juice prices are set to tumble as juice makers take advantage of a record crop…

Fyffes banana

Fyffes and Chiquita find new cost savings from proposed merger

27 Aug 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

Fyffes and Chiquita have announced their proposed merger would generate an additional $20m of annualised cost savings in a bid to convince investors to back the deal.

Banana bunch

Chiquita-Fyffes: Banana mega-merger goes rotten Subscription

24 Oct 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

After months of twists and turns, Chiquita shareholders today delivered a fatal blow to its merger plans with Fyffes to create the world’s largest banana supplier.

Fyffes banana

Fyffes-Chiquita merger looks increasingly likely to get thumbs up Subscription

17 Oct 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

The saga of the merger between Fyffes and Chiquita to create the world’s biggest fruit company could be entering the finishing straight.

tomatoes

Tomato prices rocket as season ends prematurely Subscription

03 Oct 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Tomato prices are up more than 50% month on month…

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California meringue mayhem for lemon lovers

25 Sep 2014

Visitors to the California Lemon Festival last weekend may have been surprised by its relative lack of lemons…

Potatoes

Potato prices fall on back of fine summer and high yield Subscription

19 Sep 2014 | By Liliana Gonzalez

From famine to feast, the price of spuds keeps plummeting…

Royal charter of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture

Horticulture wins a royal seal of approval Subscription

03 Sep 2014 | By Kevin White

The Chartered Institute of Horticulture now has a royal charter - and it’s hoping to change the image of the profession.

Orange juice

Orange juice market feels global squeeze Subscription

28 Aug 2014 | By Liliana Gonzalez

We might think of orange juice as an irreplaceable item on our breakfast table, but it may become a rarer item…

Fruit and veg

Fruit & vegetable prices on downward trend Subscription

22 Aug 2014 | By Julia Glotz

Seasonality and favourable conditions in many key growing regions mean fruit & veg prices remain on a firm downward trend…

Fyffes banana

Fyffes could suffer collateral damage from US battle over “corporate deserters” Subscription

11 Aug 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

US political pressure over Chiquita’s plans to shift its tax HQ to Ireland could help see rival bid succeed.

Sprouts

Nosey sprout pusher makes it up Mt Snowdon

09 Aug 2014

How do you dodge your Christmas sprouts? Feeding them to the dog can backfire in catastrophic fashion…

Fruit and veg

Russian sanctions will hit fruit and veg industry, warns Rabobank

08 Aug 2014 | By Cindy van Rijswick

The EU fresh fruit and vegetables industry is one of the sectors that will be hit hardest by the Russian import ban, according to Rabobank.

cash money

Why is UK fruit so expensive? asks Joanna Blythman Subscription

25 Jul 2014 | By Joanna Blythman

Back in Britain after a spell abroad, I can feel my healthy, sun-kissed diet go down the tube…

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