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Tesco brings back Festive Five 29p fresh food promotion Subscription

14 Dec 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Festive Five was launched by Tesco boss Dave Lewis in his first Christmas as CEO, in 2014

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Berry sales boom in year of extremes for fruit & veg

14 Dec 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Brits splashed out an extra £100m on blueberries, strawberries and raspberries in 2018

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Morrisons adds discount produce box to cut food waste

13 Dec 2018 | By Rachel Graham

The Too Good to Waste boxes are set to go on sale this week at £1

potatoes

Potato processors to feel impact of heatwave until next summer

12 Dec 2018 | By Rachel Graham

The total tonnage fell to 4.9 million tonnes, compared to the five-year average of 5.6 million tonnes

Bananas

Banana supplier Reybanpac faces worker abuse claims

06 Dec 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Ecuadorian union ASTAC has accused Reybanpac of a host of workers’ rights abuses

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Tesco switches to single supplier for own-label potatoes Subscription

06 Dec 2018 | By Rachel Graham

It dropped Greenvale as a supplier and will now only source own-label potatoes from rival Branston

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Ex-Dairy Crest dairies MD Mike Sheldon takes reins at Vitacress Salads

05 Dec 2018 | By Kevin White

Sheldon most recently worked for Medina Dairy, and left Dairy Crest in 2015

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Christmas citrus supplies set to be hit by Spanish floods Subscription

29 Nov 2018 | By Kevin White

Heavy rain has caused coastal deluges from Murcia in the south east to Barcelona in the north east of Spain

Marmite Sprouts

Iceland and Unilever to roll out Marmite Sprouts

12 Nov 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

The launch was an effort to rekindle the UK’s love of sprouts, said Unilever

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Potato shortage to blame as price of crisps and chips soar Subscription

09 Nov 2018 | By Carina Perkins

The UK potato planted area fell by 4.4% year on year to just 117,300 hectares in 2018 – the third lowest on record

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Albert Bartlett brings back 'forgotten' veg salsify

07 Nov 2018 | By Rachel Graham

The veg has been repopularised by cooking programmes such as Great British Menu, said the supplier

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Fruit & veg specialist Natoora opens third London store Subscription

02 Nov 2018 | By Andrew Don

Compnany said it had ambitious plans for expansion across London

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Supermarket veg prices still rising in wake of heatwave Subscription

02 Nov 2018 | By Carina Perkins

Onions, carrots, asparagus and broccoli are getting pricier following the cold spring and long hot, dry spell over the summer months

Pumpkins

Big pumpkins in short supply this Halloween Subscription

26 Oct 2018 | By Rutika Ghodekar

High temperatures and low rainfall over the summer months restricted the growth of British pumpkins

Del Monte

Del Monte launches 'indulgent' fruit pot ranges

26 Oct 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Its Fruit Fusions and Fruit Express ranges went on sale in Tesco earlier in the month

Avocados

Fresca Group sales dive 7% after Sainsbury's contract loss Subscription

26 Oct 2018 | By Henry Saker-Clark

Sales slid after the loss of the Sainsbury’s supply deal which was phased out in 2017

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Peers warn of Brexit risk to animal and plant disease management

24 Oct 2018 | By Rachel Graham

A House of Lords report warned a no-deal brexit would leave the UK at risk hundreds of biosecurity risks

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Princes hits 100% ethical tomato sourcing goal Subscription

24 Oct 2018 | By Kevin White

All of Princes’ tomatoes now come from farms in Italy that hold an ethical accrediation

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Defra confirms post-Brexit funding for UK producer organisations Subscription

11 Oct 2018 | By Kevin White

The UK’s 33 producer organisations currently receive matched funding from the EU’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Aid Scheme

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Veg ad campaign to debut on ITV in the new year

08 Oct 2018 | By Rachel Graham

The campaign, championed by Food Foundation-led initiative Peas Please, will benefit from £2m-worth of prime-time ad spots

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Tesco to remove best before dates from 100-plus fresh fruit & veg lines

08 Oct 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Tesco said best before dates would be scrapped on 116 items including apples, oranges, cabbages and asparagus

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Ideal weather in September boosts British raspberry crop Subscription

08 Oct 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Crops have been boosted by a cool, sunny September, extending the season until the end of October

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Retailers importing potatoes in short supply after heatwave Subscription

27 Sep 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Asda have all been stocking produce from as far afield as Israel

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NFU calls for businesses to join Wrap food waste initiative

25 Sep 2018 | By Rachel Graham

It is supporting the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap which aims for half of the UK’s 250 biggest food businesses to measure waste by next year

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Does the rise in popularity of the avocado have a dark side? Subscription

07 Dec 2018 | By Carina Perkins

The popularity of the millennial’s superfruit of choice has been linked to cartels and deforestation

Spudsy

Eight innovative new sweet potato products coming to supermarkets

05 Nov 2018 | By Ellis Hawthorne

From puffs to bread, the bright orange root veg has inspired a wealth of quirky product innovation this year

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How retailers can use premium fruit & veg to take on the discounters

06 Sep 2018 | By Cindy van Rijswick

Premium supermarkets must keep abreast of consumer trends and make sure they’re first to market to defend against the discounters, says Cindy van Rijswick of Rabobank

Potatoes

Brits still love nutritious and healthy spuds

24 Aug 2018

The latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel shows a 2.6% rise in consumption of potatoes since 2015

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Al Shariat, director of Coconut Merchant, on Saint Germain and sourcing

23 Aug 2018 | By Megan Tatum

Through our focus on ethical sourcing, I know that for every product we sell means we are helping a farmer and their family

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Water scarcity means there’s no such thing as ‘guilt-free’ fruit & veg

22 Aug 2018 | By Chloe Sutcliffe

Source: Getty Images Over the past two decades the UK per capita demand for fruit has risen by 23% and vegetables by 7%

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Latest reports on food waste are a harsh wake-up call

20 Aug 2018 | By Ian Quinn

A study from the University of Edinburgh suggests as much as 4.5 million tonnes of food is being wasted in the UK because of cosmetic standards

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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

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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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