IGD on course as fresh produce targets are exceeded Pupils tuck into raw veg snacks A single organisation representing all sectors of British horticulture is now needed to build on progress made through the IGD's food project, claimed grower Mark Tinsely. He was reviewing the progress which includes the successful trial by Bangor University to increase fresh produce consumption in schools. Initial results from tests at two primary schools, which began in January and continued until September after a pilot study, already show massive improvements. Professor Fergus Lowe said the results were "statistically highly significant". The amount of fresh fruit eaten by the pupils, aged four to 11, doubled in many cases. They also ate more vegetable snacks, including some unusual selections such as raw swede as well as carrots. The increase in the children's consumption of fresh produce was more than the 60 per cent needed to meet the government's recommendation of 400g a day. Retailers, the HDC and FPC have funded the research to the tune of more than £500,000. But the trade is concerned about how the cost would be met if the scheme was extended nationwide. And there is a question mark over how industry would cope with distribution. Lowe revealed that Tesco and Safeway provided produce for the trials, and Safeway was now experimenting with value for money fruit tuck shops. "Maybe it is time that other multiples thought about adopting a school," he said. {{FRESH PRODUCE }}