Turkey is targeting the UK with higher volumes of cherries as it looks to increase exports to the EU.

Last year exports of sweet cherries reached a new high of 57,000 tonnes, with the UK ranked as the third-largest importer of the fruit, USDA figures show. The increase followed a trend towards larger-scale production in Turkey and the introduction of better management practices, including a stronger emphasis on EurepGAP accreditation, said producers.

Producers are also now looking to extend the season, which runs from early May to late August, as they begin to grow earlier and later-maturing varieties and invest in frost protection.