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Tomato cordial launched by The Tomato Stall

24 Jul 2014 | By Lisa Riley

Tomato supplier The Tomato Stall has launched what it claims is the first cordial made from the fruit…

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Organic food study by Newcastle University: a tipping point? Subscription

20 Jul 2014 | By Simon Creasey

After FSA’s damning 2009 report, is this the tipping point?…

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Tesco credits bumper crop for 38p iceberg lettuces

19 Jul 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Tesco says a bumper lettuce crop has enabled it to slash the price of its iceberg lettuce…

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Tesco starts selling first British apricots

19 Jul 2014 | By Daniel Woolfson

A grower supplying Tesco with British apricots says the UK could become an exporter of the fruit…


Banana prices pushed up by Sainsbury's and Waitrose Subscription

11 Jul 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Sainsbury’s and Waitrose have upped the price of bananas in the wake of rising costs…

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Florette expands polytunnel operation in year-round push

09 Jul 2014 | By Kevin White

Florette has begun constructing the second stage of its polytunnel growing operation near Colchester in a bid to reduce imports and become a year-round UK grower.

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British raspberries set for bumper crop in 2014

06 Jul 2014 | By Kevin White

Growers are predicting a bumper British raspberry season for 2014, with sales forecast to grow by 15% on last year…


Snacking olive supplier Oloves launches multipack

29 Jun 2014 | By Arabella Mileham

Snacking olive supplier Oloves is launching its first multipack as it looks to expand into the mults…


Potatoes face 'fight for relevance' as volume sales fall

29 Jun 2014 | By Kevin White

Retailers and suppliers have to work harder to address the volume decline in potato sales, a report by the Potato Council …

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Sainsbury's gives bigger herbs contract to Scotherbs

29 Jun 2014 | By Kevin White

Own-label fresh cut herbs for Sainsbury’s stores across Scotland, Northern Ireland and North West England…

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Herb supplier Scotherbs bought by Langmead Group

25 Jun 2014 | By Kevin White

Scotherbs, the fresh culinary herbs grower, has agreed to be purchased by fresh food, farming and property business Langmead Group.


Tenderstem broccoli UK supply set to overtake imports Subscription

22 Jun 2014 | By Kevin White

Sales of British-grown Tenderstem broccoli are tipped to exceed those of imports for the first time…

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Florette extends its salad bowls range

22 Jun 2014 | By Kevin White

Florette is to extend its salad bowl offer as sales of the format grow…

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Morrisons fresh produce managers get refresher training

22 Jun 2014 | By Kevin White

Morrisons has held motivational away days for more than 500 fresh produce managers…

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Cornish new potatoes go into Tesco in South West

22 Jun 2014 | By Kevin White

Tesco has rolled out seasonal Cornish new potatoes to 100 stores across Cornwall and the South West…

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Innocent leaps to defence of smoothies with new sugar research

21 Jun 2014 | By Ian Quinn

Innocent Drinks this week launched the “case for the defence” of its fruit-based no-added sugar drinks…


Asparagus crop falls short and leads to imports Subscription

15 Jun 2014 | By Kevin White

Despite a promising start, the 2014 British asparagus season has not delivered the bumper crop expected…

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Chingford Fruit eliminates waste and saves £220k a year

15 Jun 2014 | By Kevin White

Chingford Fruit has concluded a four-year project to become more environment friendly – and save up to £220,000 a year…

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M&S trials eco-friendly 'tattoo' laser labels for fruit Subscription

08 Jun 2014 | By Kevin White

Marks & Spencer is to become the first UK supermarket to label its fruit using new laser ‘tattooing’ technology…

Fruit and Veg

'Alarming' number of Brits not aware UK grows apples or strawberries Subscription

02 Jun 2014 | By Kevin White

Nearly 20% of Brits are not aware that apples are grown in the UK, new research has suggested.

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Citrus suppliers welcome decision not to ban SA fruit

30 May 2014 | By Kevin White

UK citrus suppliers have described the European Commission’s decision not to ban the import of South African citrus fruit as a “sensible outcome”.

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British apple growers link with Defra and UKTI on export plans

25 May 2014 | By Julia Glotz

British apple growers have started working with Defra and UKTI to pave the way for the UK to be a major apple exporter…


Barfoots launches sweeter asparagus into Ocado

25 May 2014 | By Kevin White

Veg producer Barfoots of Botley has launched a new, sweeter variety of asparagus, listed exclusively with Ocado…


British farming can benefit from imports, says Tesco’s Tim Smith

22 May 2014 | By Kevin White

Supporting British farmers and growers does not necessarily have to mean moving to 100% British on certain grocery lines, Tesco’s group technical director, Tim Smith, has suggested.

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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…


Dried apricot prices soar following frost in Turkey Subscription

24 Jul 2014 | By Guy Montague-Jones

UK dried apricot prices have more than doubled over the past year – largely as a result of a devastating frost in Turkey…


Bananas: farmers and workers are paying the price

20 Jul 2014

The retail price of bananas has halved in the past 10 years while production costs have doubled…

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Pre-packed red Brusselberry sprouts set for Waitrose and Asda

13 Jul 2014 | By Arabella Mileham

Red Brusselberry sprouts – a milder, sweeter Brussels sprout – will be going into a pre-pack format for the first time thi…

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Florette Fiery PepperCress back on TV

11 Jul 2014 | By Kevin White

Florette is to run a second burst of TV advertising for its Fiery PepperCress bagged salad from Monday…

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Fresh fruit is not fresh

05 Jul 2014

I have been unable to buy a crispy, fresh apple…

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Wimbledon Waitrose gets set for soaring strawberry sales

29 Jun 2014 | By Kevin White

Staff at Waitrose have been preparing for the rush on strawberries and cream…


Wimbledon all set for bumper strawberry crop Subscription

06 Jun 2014 | By Kevin White

With Wimbledon just two weeks away, British strawberry growers are set to serve up a bumper crop…


Apples get new life as Norman Collett tackles waste Subscription

06 Jun 2014 | By Thomas Hobbs

Norman Collett has come up with an ingenious way to reduce the number of apples that go to waste.

Fruit and Veg

Price war pushes fruit and veg prices down Subscription

16 May 2014 | By Vince Bamford

A price war is rarely a good thing for grocery suppliers – but could end up being a boon to the nation’s health…


Mexican lime shortages push up UK prices Subscription

09 May 2014 | By Julia Glotz

A severe lime shortage in the US meant many Cinco de Mayo revellers had to make do without the fruit in their margaritas…


Onion prices stabilising, but still high year on year Subscription

23 Apr 2014

The onion market continues to feel the impact of the extremely wet weather in the UK earlier this year, which hampered planting and led to low supplies.

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