Seaweed diet

Fucoxanthin, a chemical found in brown seaweed, commonly used in Oriental dishes, can help to shed belly fat without even exercising, it has been claimed. Japanese scientists could have perfected a pill containing it within five years.

McCoy's spud drive

McCoy's has launched a new recruitment drive for potato growers. The company wants to promote future growth of the brand, which it says is now worth £80m a year.

Overheated market

European vegetable processors organisation OEITFL has warned that the heatwave is pushing up costs because of irregular crop supply. It says the stop-go effect on some production lines has added 5-10% to costs.