Weak sterling pushes up price of apples Subscription

22 Jun 2017 | By Beth Gault

Apple prices in the UK are up 25.5% year on year thanks to a weaker sterling over the past 12 months

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Banana prices hiked by crop disruption in South America Subscription

22 Jun 2017 | By Beth Gault

Banana wholesale prices are up almost 20% year on year after poor weather in Central and South America hit production…

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Soft fruit industry at risk without labour assurances

22 Jun 2017 | By Kevin White

British Summer Fruits warns of “extreme” situation over labour shortages and soaring prices if the government does not address migrant labour shortages soon

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World Avocado Organization and Tesco link for marketing push

20 Jun 2017 | By Kevin White

Campaign will see Tesco take an ‘al fresco’ avocado roadshow around the UK

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Tesco launches 100% fruit watermelon ice lolly

19 Jun 2017 | By Beth Gault

The healthy “real fruit on a stick” lolly is available now from 500 Tesco stores nationwide as a four-pack…

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Tesco launches new resealable packs across bagged salads

30 May 2017 | By Beth Gault

The new bags are described as an investment to help reduce food waste at home

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British strawberry crop set for 'bumper' year Subscription

25 May 2017 | By Beth Gault

The British crop is set to reach 70,364 tonnes this season, up 6% from last year

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The Co-op extends 100% British meat pledge to frozen Subscription

23 May 2017 | By Beth Gault

Commitment means retailer will invest £2.5bn to sourcing UK-farmed produce by 2019

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Avocado sales up 184% over past five years Subscription

18 May 2017 | By Beth Gault

Volume sales have increased by 184% since 2013 to reach nearly 38,000 tonnes in the past year

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Asda removal of loose fruit & veg slammed over waste concerns

18 May 2017 | By Beth Gault

The retailer is trialling the removal of some loose fruit and veg lines from its fresh aisles


Costa Rica food industry launches UK export push Subscription

16 May 2017 | By Beth Gault

Tropical fruit & veg such as rambutan, mangosteen and golden berry will feature in ads on the Tube and in airports

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Tesco gives out 20 millionth item in Free Fruit for Kids push Subscription

16 May 2017 | By Beth Gault

Initiative launched in 801 stored last July after a suggestion by staff member Maria Simpson

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Morrisons adds 39p avocados to wonky fruit and veg range

12 May 2017 | By Beth Gault

With wholesale prices up by 150%, the retailer claims its South African avocados are the “cheapest on the UK market”

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Tesco buys thousands of small lettuces from G's to avoid waste

11 May 2017 | By Beth Gault

The smaller icebergs would normally be ploughed back into the ground as they sit outside standard supermarket specs


Anti-GM campaigners hit out at Norwich potato trial

10 May 2017 | By Beth Gault

Farming minister George Eustice approved trial at end of April

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Growers play down threat of potential drought on UK crops

08 May 2017 | By Beth Gault

The UK had just 47% of its average April rainfall over the past month according to the Met Office

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Fyffes suspended from Ethical Trading Initiative Subscription

08 May 2017 | By Beth Gault

The Irish food giant has reiterated its denial of labour rights violations in southern Honduras

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Avocado shortages in America 'unlikely to affect UK supply'

04 May 2017 | By Kevin White

Year-on-year wholesale avocado prices in Mexico have soared by 150%

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NFU calls for clear origin labelling in election manifesto Subscription

02 May 2017 | By Kevin White

The union has also called for the GCA’s remit to be extended to the farming sector

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British Growers Association unveils changes to its team Subscription

28 Apr 2017 | By Beth Gault

James Richardson has become head of the finance operation, supported by a new management accountant…

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Government confidence in migrant labour supply 'misplaced' Subscription

27 Apr 2017 | By Kevin White

Agriculture and horticulture facing ’considerable difficulties in recruiting and retaining labour’

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Mults slash veg prices in response to spring crop glut Subscription

27 Apr 2017 | By Beth Gault

Warm weather during the spring has contributed to a glut of supply from UK growers

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Health halo pushes up sales of beetroot Subscription

27 Apr 2017 | By Beth Gault

UK beetroot sales reached £68.7m during the past year, with chilled short-life beetroot seeing the greatest growth

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Fresh Produce Consortium advises on worker caravans Subscription

26 Apr 2017 | By Kevin White

Guidelines follow spate of exposés on poor conditions for migrant workers in the fresh produce sector

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Why did Asda decide to stop the sale of loose fruit & veg?

30 May 2017 | By Ian Quinn

Has Asda really lost the plot on packaging or is there method in its ‘madness’?

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UK's fresh fruit & veg faces volatile future, warns Rabobank Subscription

18 May 2017 | By Kevin White

There were warnings of drought in some parts of the UK last week, but temperatures have also swung in the opposite direction

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Impulse promotions on the rise as fruit & veg deals decline Subscription

30 Mar 2017 | By Carina Perkins

Latest data reveals the mults are ramping up impulse promotions while cutting back on fruit & veg deals

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Spanish orange production back to normal Subscription

23 Mar 2017 | By Beth Gault

Orange production in Spain has returned to normal levels this year

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Made in Britain Subscription

16 Mar 2017 | By Megan Tatum

As Brexit, extreme weather and Trump threaten our reliance on imported fruit and veg, is it time to grow more British produce?


Going green: Juices & Smoothies Category Report 2017 Video Subscription

24 Feb 2017 | By Carina Perkins

Smoothies are shrugging off their sugar woes with souped-up blends packed with virtuous greens and added vitamins

Fruit & veg

Ten portions of fruit & veg a day? It’s not going to happen Subscription

23 Feb 2017 | By Beth Gault

New research suggests we should double the recommended daily amount of fresh fruit and vegetables in our diet, but is it a case of easier said than done?


Spanish weather hikes price of lettuce and tomatoes Subscription

23 Feb 2017

Lettuce prices have risen in the UK due to lower supplies from Spain

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Will Brexit uproot organic? Subscription

23 Feb 2017 | By Beth Gault

Will the Brexit squeeze on spending stunt the growth of organic food? Or does the sector now have enough appeal?

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Cost of basket of fruit & veg moves up 3% on last month

17 Feb 2017 | By Carina Perkins

Some individual SKUs are significantly more expensive than a year ago – including those affected by widespread shortages

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Has Brexit put an end to the era of cheap fruit & veg? Subscription

10 Feb 2017 | By Carina Perkins

There is a risk that suppliers will send their produce elsewhere

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Britain’s ‘veg panic’ needs a little perspective

06 Feb 2017 | By Kevin White

A shortage of fresh produce in UK supermarkets is creating havoc in the country, with lettuce and broccoli sales now being rationed in some supermarkets 

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