Fruit market 'soft'

Growth is slowing in the £250m-a-year soft fruit industry and growers must work harder to excite consumers, according to Nick Marston, MD of KG Fruits. More research was needed, he said.

Food safety scandal

Irish mushroom growers have been hit by a food-safety scandal after allegations that workers were being told to use formaldehyde. The Health and Safety Authority is investigating the claims.

Growing anxiety

Scottish fruit and vegetable growers say they may have to close, if proposals put forward by the Scottish Executive come into force. Farmers disagree with its views on protecting Nitrate Vulnerable Zones.