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Brussels sprouts crop set to be hit by summer drought Subscription

17 Aug 2018 | By Rachel Graham

The heatwave drove down consumer demand by around 30%, said the British Growers Association

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Asda takes plastic off swedes in first of 'rolling programme'

15 Aug 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Retailer is not removing plastic from cucumbers as it fears an increase in food waste

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Riverford Organic to remove single-use plastic from veg boxes

14 Aug 2018 | By Rachel Graham

The brand has pledged to ditch single-use plastic by 2020 and replace it with compostable solutions

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Campbell-Gibbons to leave the NFU to join AHDB board

14 Aug 2018 | By Rachel Graham

She will chair the AHDB’s Horticulture Sector Board as part of the appointment


Florette unveils two new salad bags including a 'winter mix' Subscription

10 Aug 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Consumers were looking for new salad options that were fresh, convenient and nutritious all year round, said the brand

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The Veggie Plot secures Ocado listing for two savoury yoghurts

10 Aug 2018 | By Kevin White

The brand mixes Greek-style yoghurt made from British milk with vegetable purées

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Feed shortages push prices up as heatwave hits home Subscription

10 Aug 2018 | By Kevin White, Rachel Graham

Christmas turkey could be up to 5% more expensive in supermarkets, warned the BTF


Strawberry sales up but dry June could cause shortage Subscription

09 Aug 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Soaring sales could be curbed over the coming months due to difficult growing conditions and problems attracting labour

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Morrisons removes cucumber plastic sleeves to reduce waste

07 Aug 2018 | By Rachel Graham

The move will cut out the use of 16 million plastic sleeves per year


Heatwave: growers warn of potato shortages

05 Aug 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Yields are predicted to fall by a minumum of 180,000 tonnes following a decrease in planted areas

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Brits pay more for fruit & veg as extreme weather impact hits Subscription

03 Aug 2018 | By Carina Perkins

The combined impact of the cold spring and heatwave has driven up food price inflation

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Total Produce's $300m investment in fruit giant Dole cleared Subscription

31 Jul 2018 | By Henry Saker-Clark

The deal, which was first agreed in February, was completed following approval from the European Commision

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Fresh food specifications relaxed as heatwave hits crops

26 Jul 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Morrisons, Asda and Aldi have been among the first to amend specifications on a range of fresh produce SKUs


UK set for carrot crisis as lack of rain hits crop

13 Jul 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Chairman of the British Carrot Growers Association Rodger Hobson said it was “almost inevitable” shoppers would face price increases

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Iceland named worst offender in fresh produce plastic use

13 Jul 2018 | By Rachel Graham

The retailer, which has pledged to go plastic-free across its own label range by 2023, was the worst performing according to new research

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Pea supplies set to be reduced by heatwave Subscription

11 Jul 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Faltering water supplies and scorching temperatures means crop yields are likely to be smaller than expected this season


Bumper harvest predicted for British raspberries this year Subscription

10 Jul 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Growers are predicting an extended season that could last into November

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Listeria alert as frozen veg supplier Greenyard issues recall Subscription

06 Jul 2018 | By Kevin White

The recall is linked to a pan-European outbreak of listeria dating as far back as 2015

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British cherries set for bumper harvest of 'stronger' fruit Subscription

04 Jul 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Growers have set their sights on a 5,000-tonne harvest this year, up about 300 tonnes on the 2017 yield

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Drought-like conditions of UK heatwave leaves crops wilting Subscription

02 Jul 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Growers have warned a host of UK crops have stopped growing due to the heatwave

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Morrisons sees sales of its wonky fruit & veg range soar

27 Jun 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Sales of the range have tripled compared to last year, with products now present in 12% of all shopping baskets

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Morrisons swaps plastic for sustainable fresh produce bags

25 Jun 2018 | By Kevin White

The paper bags come in one size and can be used for any of Morrisons’ loose fruit, veg and salad items


Migrant labour crisis sees 15% fall in soft fruit production

20 Jun 2018 | By Rachel Graham

It follows a 63% drop in applications for seasonal positions last year, says British Summer Fruits

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Veg Power ad fund hits £100k crowdfunding target

12 Jun 2018 | By Rachel Graham

The Food Foundation initiative to create a generic advertising campaign has hit its funding target

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Industry must collaborate to address conflicts in fights against plastic and food waste Subscription

15 Aug 2018 | By Ian Quinn

If ever there was evidence of how quickly the war on plastic has changed the agenda, Asda’s about-turn is it

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Nothing wonky about Lidl's Too Good to Waste campaign

10 Aug 2018 | By Steve Farrell

The scheme could have a big impact, but did message get lost?

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Fresh produce scares show food safety starts with properly trained workers

08 Aug 2018 | By Chris Elliott

Evidence in the US suggests that cases of fresh produce-related food poisoning are often due to contamination with human waste, says Professor Chris Elliott


Wholesale prices for dairy, meat, fish & poultry, fruit & veg, ingredients and packaging

07 Aug 2018

Wholesale pricing information from Mintec across dairy & eggs, meat & poultry, fish, packaging and dry ingredients. Includes fruit & veg, skimmed milk powder, PET, cod and haddock as well as lamb, beef, pork and chicken

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Heatwave shortages continue to inflate prices for fruit & veg Subscription

27 Jul 2018 | By Rutika Ghodekar

Four-week average UK lettuce prices for mid July are now up 21.7% year on year at 66p/unit

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Heatwave: growers struggle with the hottest summer since 1976 Subscription

24 Jul 2018 | By James Halliwell

The weather has been glorious for retailers, but there is a problem. The sun just won’t seem to stop


Why the time is now for fresh produce box companies Subscription

26 Jun 2018 | By Angelina Mason

Established operators have been joined by a host of new arrivals launching new and often specialised takes on boxed up fresh produce

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Strawberry bargains set to become a thing of the past Subscription

25 Jun 2018 | By Carina Perkins

Shoppers will face higher prices for the fruit next season, experts warn

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Japanese veg packing boss to share pricey melons

06 Jun 2018

Two ‘luxury’ Yubari melons sold for ¥3.2m (about £22k) at an auction in Hokkaido, Japan, last week

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Families forking out more for fresh fruit & vegetables Subscription

03 Jun 2018 | By Carina Perkins

Average supermarket prices for fresh veg have risen 2% year on year across 360 SKUs in the major mults


Cold weather causes shortage of carrots in the UK Subscription

24 May 2018 | By Rachel Graham

The cost of the Beast From The East is continuing to stack up

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Banana republic, Forensic traceability

18 May 2018

The recently announced Asda-Sainsbury’s merger brings with it the threat of an ever more powerful buyer



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