Shoppers should see more homegrown plums on shelves this year thanks to greater crop yields and improved forecasting data, trade body The English Stonefruit Group predicts.

The English plum harvest would be 14% bigger this year compared with last year thanks to an extended cold spell at the beginning of the year causing more flowers to develop than usual, while a lack of frost resulted in fewer young fruits being lost, the group said.

At 1,866 tonnes just under half of this year's total English plum yield Victoria plums were expected to be the biggest crop.

Buyers were better equipped to source fruits this year as they could take advantage of consolidated projected forecasts from key UK growers, said Adrian Barlow, chairman of The English Stonefruit Group. These have been made available to multiples for the first time this year.