Home Harvest Salads, which recently won two NFU awards (The Grocer, 1 July, p61) has scooped another prize, winning Waitrose's small producer award in the fresh produce section. Grower Andrew Johnson said that he was not yet listed with the retailer but had high hopes for the coming year.
A swell crop
The first British blackcurrants of the season are expected in store next week and growers are predicting a bumper harvest. Recent warm rain and moist soil have provided perfect conditions for crop development and encouraged healthy swelling of the berries to produce large, juicy fruit.The strong sunshine of the past few weeks is said to have provided a sweeter taste.