fruit and veg

IPL managing director Jonathan Tremayne to leave in June

16 Mar 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Tremayne has resigned after nearly six years at the helm of the Asda-owned company’s produce division

One use - snow covered potato field

Potatoes and asparagus hit by 'Beast from the East' weather Subscription

07 Mar 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Impact of last week’s weather could delay start of the asparagus season in some affected areas by about two weeks, growers have warned

Ali Capper NFU and EAP

Ali Capper to lead English Apples & Pears as executive chair

06 Mar 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Capper is also the NFU’s horticulture board chairman and replaces Steven Munday at the helm of the top fruit grower body

Total Produce

Total Produce reveals profit jump in preliminary results Subscription

01 Mar 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Pre-tax profits were up 43.2% to €72.5m (£64.3m) in the year to 31 December 2017

Vegan labelling

Animal Aid calls for clear labelling for own-brand vegan products Subscription

26 Feb 2018 Updated: 03 Mar 2018 | By Rachel Graham

The animal rights group has launched a petition calling on Waitrose, Marks & Spencer, Iceland and Lidl to signpost vegan-friendly grocery items

AMT Fruit web

AMT Fruit hits one million meals in fruit for FareShare

23 Feb 2018 | By Rachel Graham

The Munoz-owned company has supplied FareShare with surplus, incorrectly packaged or out of spec citrus fruit since 2015

carrots farming

Food waste accounts for 10% to 16% of farmer crops says Feedback

22 Feb 2018 | By Ian Quinn

A new Feedback report claims retailers are using buying power to transfer risk and cost of overproduction to producers

Reynolds lorry

Reynolds buys Wimbledon-based greengrocer Solstice Subscription

19 Feb 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Solstice had been in administration before being acquired by Reynolds…

Birds Eye peas ad

New Birds Eye peas campaign brings back the 'pop' sound Subscription

19 Feb 2018 | By Rachel Graham

The push for Garden Peas and Petits Pois launched today under a £4.2m investment that includes social media outreach and a packaging refresh

albert bartlett

Scots grant to fuel Albert Bartlett chilled potato product drive Subscription

12 Feb 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Albert Bartlett has been awarded the largest ever Food Processing, Marketing and Co-operation grant

Ready to eat avocados

New avocado packaging seeks to extend fruit's shelf life

08 Feb 2018 | By Rachel Graham

The new packaging uses UV light treatment and a plastic film

British plate

Brexit 'could see Brits face post war-style diets' Lords told Subscription

07 Feb 2018 | By Carina Perkins

Lords committee warned by FDF that the British had not voted to go back to the “dark times” of rationing in the 1950s…

carrots farming

Brexit-related labour crisis inquiry re-opened Subscription

06 Feb 2018 | By Kevin White

Efra Committee will assess whether labour shortages in food production has ‘improved or deteriorated’ during the past year

Dole Pineapple

Total Produce buys 45% stake in Dole Subscription

02 Feb 2018 | By Edward Devlin

Dole is market leader for bananas in North America

salad shortages

Fears raised over a repeat of last year's salad shortages Subscription

26 Jan 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Salad suppliers are scrambling to secure alternative supplies to avoid a repeat of last year’s veg crisis

Frozen Tenderstem

Tenderstem broccoli makes frozen debut with Iceland listing Subscription

09 Jan 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Brand licensor Coregeo said it was also eyeing listings with other supermarkets in response to positive feedback

Sainsburys pulled jackfruit

Sainsbury’s launches ‘next-gen’ plant-based range Subscription

02 Jan 2018 | By Carina Perkins

The new products rolled out under the ‘by Sainsbury’s’ sub-brand to tap into the growing trend towards flexitarian eating

Morrisons Oranges

Morrisons doles out oranges to revive flagging festive tradition Subscription

15 Dec 2017 | By Rachel Graham

They will be handed out in stores from tomorrow, with story cards detailing the history of the tradition…

tesco fruit and veg

Festive price war looms as Tesco cuts cost of Christmas veg Subscription

14 Dec 2017 | By Ian Quinn

Tesco has relaunched its Festive 5 promotion, with prices reduced to 29p for key Christmas ingredients

fyffes banana link

Fyffes' Ethical Trading Initiative suspension upheld Subscription

11 Dec 2017 | By Rachel Graham

Suspension from NGO will continue into the new year due to ongoing labour dispute, ETI says

M&S cocktail avocado

M&S rolls out limited-edition stoneless mini avocado

07 Dec 2017 | By Rachel Graham

Between 5-8cm long and 50g on average, the ‘holy grail’ of avocados has edible skin


Asda joins retailers hiking banana prices as supplies tighten Subscription

07 Dec 2017 | By Kevin White

The supermarket has hiked prices across several banana packs…

dover lorries

'Big concerns' over EU planning for hard Brexit border checks Subscription

29 Nov 2017 | By Kevin White

Readiness of European authorities, in addition to the UK, would be a key ‘determining factor’ in delivering smooth Brexit, MPs hear

Morrisons Fareshare

Morrisons launches leftover grape redistribution drive

24 Nov 2017 | By Rachel Graham

FareShare CEO Lindsay Boswell said the idea came on a factory walkthrough at a Morrisons fruit packing facility


Turmoil in Latin America pushes up banana prices Subscription

01 Mar 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Political unrest, poor weather and interrupted transport facilities have all contributed to rising banana prices in the UK…

Focus on Juices and Smoothies

Smoothie operator: juices & smoothies report 2018 Subscription

26 Feb 2018 | By Natalie Brown

From charcoal juice shots to chia seed smoothies, juices brands are making some astute moves to tempt consumers to pay more

Valerio Simonetti

Valerio Simonetti, Mr Organic, on tomatoes and Paul Young

22 Feb 2018

I worked as part of my family tomato factory at the age of 14

Raisin fruit loaf

Dried fruit prices on rise ahead of Easter Subscription

22 Feb 2018 | By Jara Zicha

Producers of hot cross buns and Eccles cakes are facing higher dried fruit costs

Market stall fruit and veg

Radio 4's Charlie Hicks tribute gives insight into grocery

15 Feb 2018 | By Richard Pendleton

It’s easy to forget that there was a time when spam seemed like a delicacy


Bananacoin: can a Bitcoin-style scheme work for banana growers? Subscription

01 Feb 2018 | By Kevin White

Bananacoin is being hailed as ’the first eco-friendly’ cryptocurrency, as merging tech offers new forms of finance for growers in deprived areas


Spanish production drop pushes up price of oranges

18 Jan 2018 | By Carolyn Robertson

Price of oranges decreased slightly but are up a 10th on last year following a 25% drop in Spanish production

apple juice

Apple production shortfall to drive up juice price Subscription

12 Jan 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Global production of apples is forecast to fall 3.2% on last season to 76.2 million tonnes in 2017/18

Duncan Brewer

Better fruit & veg online will be a winner

30 Nov 2017 | By Duncan Brewer

Recent statistics from ONS show online food sales are growing slower than online non-food sales

brussels sprouts one use

Brussels sprouts 'crisis' fears prove to be unfounded Subscription

30 Nov 2017 | By Rachel Graham

A mild summer and late start to autumn should ensure Christmas tables groan under good quality brussels sprouts


Rising import and labour costs drive up price of fruit Subscription

03 Nov 2017 | By Carina Perkins

Pineapple was one of the big risers in this week’s Grocer 33, and exclusive research by The Grocer shows it’s not alone

Apple juice

Apple shortage continues to hit juice and concentrate prices Subscription

02 Nov 2017 | By Rachel Graham

Apple juice prices remain on the rise as shortages in Poland continue



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