September 18, 2014 / Week N° 38

Posts Tagged U.K.

Indian phyto strengths on show in bid to lift EU mango no-go

September 17th, 2014

An EU delegation recently visited India to inspect the country’s mango supply chain.

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U.K.: Tesco launches pink-fleshed ‘Surprize’ apple

September 17th, 2014

Tesco has launched another funky apple with colorful flesh, two years after the last one.

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Peruvian citrus volumes fall back to initial estimates

September 15th, 2014

Peru’s citrus industry has notched a more sober export result after a blistering start to harvests raised expectations.

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U.K.: early pears at Waitrose proving popular with consumers

September 11th, 2014

A popular British TV show has helped Waitrose raise its early season pear sales.

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South Africa suspends certain EU-bound citrus exports

September 8th, 2014

A U.K industry body says the suspension of some citrus exports from South Africa to Europe will cause ‘major issues’ for the British market.

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BanaBay starts operations in China

September 1st, 2014

U.K. fruit company BanaBay has continued its rapid expansion with the opening of a new office in Shanghai.

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Tozer to expand flower sprouts on European continent

August 28th, 2014

After a recent U.S. launch, Tozer Seeds now has more new markets lined up for a kale-brussels sprout hybrid.

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U.K. youngster grows watermelons for Tesco

August 27th, 2014

A British teenager has overcome perceptions about growing conditions to supply watermelons to retailer Tesco.

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U.K.: Morrisons reveals £19M plan to boost produce shelf life

August 27th, 2014

For every hour un-chilled, a produce item can lose eight hours of life in the home, according to Morrisons.

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Brazilian authorities approve GM fruit fly trials

August 22nd, 2014

A U.K. company is taking a further step in testing fruit fly controls through genetic modification, but GeneWatch believes the move could threaten the food supply.

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British minister calls for clarification over European CAP reforms

August 20th, 2014

The U.K.’s Elizabeth Truss has called for more clarity and flexibility in EU reforms related to crop diversification.

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‘Earliest start ever’ for U.K. sweet corn grower

August 13th, 2014

One U.K. retailer has forecast a 30% uptick in sweet corn sales this summer.

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U.K. Potato Council plans marketing blitz

August 13th, 2014

Britain’s Potato Council aims to get consumers to ditch a “generic” approach to their purchases of the tuber.

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U.K.: BanaBay secures fresh Middle East deal

August 8th, 2014

A British company with growing operations in Ecuador is upbeat about a banana supply contract in Libya.

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U.K.: The Co-operative offloads farms for £249M

August 5th, 2014

A British charity has paid a substantial sum for a consumer cooperative’s farms, covering 15,997 hectares of land as well as facilities and properties.

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The Packaging Pitch: using packaging to sell the sizzle

August 1st, 2014

Marketing expert Lisa Cork was impressed with produce packaging during a recent visit to London.

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British growers slam proposed EU organic regulation changes

August 1st, 2014

New EU organic certification rules threaten to derail mixed crop farming through a purist approach.

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U.K.: Produce World Group buys organic veggie player

July 29th, 2014

A leading organic carrot supplier has been bought by a U.K. company.

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U.K.: Berry Gardens almost doubles strawberry volume in H1

July 25th, 2014

A mild spring has led to a much larger strawberry crop for Berry Gardens in the first six months of 2014.

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Bubbleberries ‘received very well’ by U.K. market

July 25th, 2014

VitalBerry BV’s new variety with the ‘strongest aroma of all strawberries’ has performed strongly in Great Britain.

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U.K. govt sends US$31M message for ag innovation, but pledges ‘buy local’

July 23rd, 2014

Berry Gardens and Syngenta will be among the beneficiaries of a U.K. grant for agricultural innovation projects.

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Organic industry reacts to comparative nutrition study

July 21st, 2014

U.S. and European organic companies assess the many facets of their category and how it relates to a recent study claiming superior nutritional benefits.

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U.K. organic health study is misleading and dismisses key facts, experts say

July 21st, 2014

British scientists have questioned why higher antioxidants in organic fruit should equate to public health benefits.

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U.K.: future checkouts take retail experience up a notch

July 17th, 2014

A new technology used by Tesco in the U.K. has the potential to drastically change how consumers interact with supermarkets.

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Organic crops have significantly more antioxidants, study finds

July 14th, 2014

Organic proponents hope a recent landmark international study will dispel consumer confusion about the category’s benefits.

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Opinion: it’s time to drop the charges against Andy Hall in Thailand

July 7th, 2014

It is unconscionable that an academic researcher could face jail time for an audit conducted in a Thai fruit factory.

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British strawberry industry reacts to EFSA health risk report

July 7th, 2014

British Summer Fruits has responded to a European report into Salmonella and Norovirus risks in berries.

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U.K. potato consumption peels off

July 3rd, 2014

The British potato industry is changing tack to regain its presence in the minds of consumers.

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Young Entrepreneur: fresh export opportunities simmering for ‘Jam boy’

June 27th, 2014

A young developer of 100% fruit-only jam is set to receive honors from the Queen of England.

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Scotherbs inks two U.K. supermarket deals

June 26th, 2014

Scotland’s largest fresh herb grower is set to capitalize on demand for local items in the U.K. retail market.

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Drug policy advisory groups slams U.K. khat ban decision

June 25th, 2014

A U.K. ban on khat leaves may put trade ties with the Horn of Africa under strain.

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Pakistani fruit fly interception puts U.K. authorities on alert

June 24th, 2014

Pakistan will be hoping for a different fate to India after a recent pest discovery in its mangoes.

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U.K. sensory study finds strawberries have ‘happiest’ association

June 19th, 2014

British scientists are investigating the emotions associated with fruits, and our surroundings when we eat them.

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U.K.: fresh produce a major victim in Asda climate change report

June 17th, 2014

U.K. retailer Asda has given a startling estimate of expected fresh produce losses as a result of climate change.


Flavor and shelf life vital to future berry growth in U.K.

June 16th, 2014

Execs from Angus Soft Fruits and BerryWorld talk shop about varietal development and raising winter consumption.

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Smartphone app mixes home gardening with education and design chic

June 13th, 2014

With the help of a smartphone app, a U.K. company makes hydroponic gardening an easy and visually appealing addition to the living room.

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China: Tesco-CRE agreement marks strategic investment by both retailers

June 12th, 2014

Retail analysts take an in-depth look at what a partnership may mean for Tesco and China Resources Enterprise.

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U.K. authorities uncover cocaine in Colombian banana shipment

June 10th, 2014

Drug busts involving fruit are becoming increasingly common, with the latest seizure involving Colombian bananas.

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3D printer company ‘reinvents concept of fruit on demand’

June 9th, 2014

Is there any point to creating fake but edible 3D fruit? One U.K. company thinks there certainly is.

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U.K. survey shows seasonal produce knowledge on the decline

June 6th, 2014

The results of a survey into Britons’ awareness of produce seasonality have been described as ‘shocking’.

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U.K.: Asda partners with Melinda to supply alpine Italian cave apples

June 3rd, 2014

What started as a restoration project for the Vatican has become a unique, energy efficient storage system for an Italian apple company.

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U.K.: FPC slams ‘fortress Europe’ approach to plant safety

May 29th, 2014

FPC chief executive Nigel Jenney says the European Commission ignored recommendations from its own experts in the way it tightened rules for South African citrus imports.

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Thai fruit company launches new criminal case against English activist

May 29th, 2014

Britain’s Andy Hall faces fresh legal action from Thailand’s Natural Fruit after appearing on Al Jazeera.

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EU to audit Indian mango operations in September

May 23rd, 2014

Leicester MP Keith Vaz says nothing can be done to reverse the EU’s ban on Indian mangoes over the summer.

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‘Make Bananas Fair’ gains traction with U.K. customers

May 21st, 2014

Around 70,000 consumers have signed a petition calling on the U.K. Government to intervene in supermarket banana price wars.

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U.K.: Tesco doubles local white asparagus offer

May 20th, 2014

Tesco asparagus buyer Adam Morris explain’s Britain’s growing taste for asparagus spears.

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U.K. mango importer urges ‘no more knee-jerk reactions’ to pest threats

May 15th, 2014

Ripe Now’s Lewey Hook is focusing more efforts on West African mangoes now that India-sourced trials have had to be put on hold.

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U.K. govt carries out migrant worker audit

May 13th, 2014

A U.K. Government authority has inspected farms for compliance with the new legal framework for migrant workers.

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U.K.: Cameron to discuss mango ban with next Indian PM

May 7th, 2014

David Cameron “looks forward” to discussing the ban on Indian mangoes with the country’s next prime minister.

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U.K.: Vaz confirms Indian mango debate for Parliament

May 7th, 2014

The Speaker of the U.K. House of Commons has granted parliamentary debate on the EU mango ban for this Thursday.

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U.K.: record profit for Berry Gardens in 2013

May 7th, 2014

After registering its highest ever profits, Britain’s leading berry grower-marketer has appointed a new chairman.

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U.K.: Waitrose puts bubbleberries on store shelves

May 2nd, 2014

British retailer Waitrose will sell heritage musk strawberries, sold as bubbleberries, for five weeks.

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Campaigner for Indian mangoes heads to U.K. Parliament

April 29th, 2014

Monica Bhandari questions why Indian mangoes can’t be subjected to heat treatment instead of an outright EU ban.

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Indian mango ban is “Euro-nonsense”, says British politician

April 29th, 2014

Leicester East MP Keith Vaz is determined to “save the mango in Britain”.

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Local U.K. apples and pears riding wave of enthusiasm

April 28th, 2014

U.K. retailers are planning well ahead of the upcoming English pome fruit season to ensure supply of local produce.

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The Packaging Pitch: the good and bad news about driving consumption

April 21st, 2014

Lisa Cork questions how produce marketers are selling their product in light of a recent U.K. health study.

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U.K.: Sainsbury’s vegetable sales jump on UCL recommendation

April 8th, 2014

A University College London study has been cited as a driver of increased veggie sales at Sainsbury’s.

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South Africa’s Avozilla set for return to U.K. shelves

April 4th, 2014

South Africa’s super avocado is expected to return for a second season to Tesco’s shelves in the U.K.

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Hard discounters change face of U.K. retail market

April 4th, 2014

Discount retailers like Aldi and Lidl are moving in on the U.K.’s leading supermarkets.

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Biomass energy fuels growth for U.K.’s Berry Gardens

March 27th, 2014

British fruit supplier Berry Gardens has been experimenting with biomass boilers to improve energy usage.

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Tesco announces joint venture with Tata in India

March 24th, 2014

Tesco’s joint venture with the Tata Group will bring 12 new retail stores to India.

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U.K. studio to make Bananaman movie

March 20th, 2014

The British cartoon classic Bananaman has been slated for the big screen.

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U.K.: National Farmers’ Union gives mixed response to budget

March 19th, 2014

Britain’s NFU is pleased with an increased annual investment allowance rate from the national budget, but says other areas are “sadly lacking”.

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U.K. asparagus to hit shelves earlier in 2014

March 12th, 2014

A combination of mild weather and improved growing techniques will give the U.K. a wider asparagus window.

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Three U.K. retailers back banana growers’ futures

March 10th, 2014

Representatives from three U.K. supermarkets talk about a switch to 100% fairtrade bananas.

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U.K.: “We seem to have somewhat of a work ethic problem in this country”

March 6th, 2014

English apple farmer Alison Capper believes her government is conducting a “social experiment” in scrapping a seasonal worker scheme.

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An inside look at Australia’s adopted achachas

March 5th, 2014

An Aussie farmer’s bid to get sole non-Bolivian commercial rights for an Amazonian superfruit has paid dividends.

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British Farming Minister slams jobless for shunning farm work

February 27th, 2014

British Farming Minister George Eustice has made controversial comments about the unemployed and farm labor.

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Aussie-grown Bolivian superfruit debuts in the U.K.

February 25th, 2014

British retailer M&S continues its exotic fruits campaign with an Amazonian specimen related to mangosteens.

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Spanish persimmon sales outpace key produce items, says U.K. buyer

February 21st, 2014

A buyer from Asda in the U.K. discusses the popularity of a fruit that is outselling kiwifruit and pineapples.

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U.K. company makes mark on global dried fruit crisp market

February 6th, 2014

Pome fruit farmers in Kent have found a value-added way to market “pretty serious volume” across the world.

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Living Salad range expands to continental Europe

February 3rd, 2014

In the produce aisles of Britain and the Netherlands, consumers can buy salads for the windowsill rather than the fridge.

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British GM purple tomatoes take off in Canada

January 28th, 2014

A Canadian company expects strong regulatory prospects with a U.K.-developed GM purple tomato.

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January 27th, 2014

A virtual supermarket targeting British expats now offers them home-grown fruit and veg.

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U.K.: Marks & Spencer highlights “licorice” Dicolored pear

January 13th, 2014

M&S takes us behind the scenes with a licorice-flavored pear from the Czech Republic grown in England.

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U.K. govt calls on consumers to buy local, ditch imports

January 7th, 2014

A British government minister is set to give a speech rallying households to support local farmers.

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Univeg acquires Empire World Trade

January 6th, 2014

UNIVEG finalized acquisition of fruit importer Empire World Trade.

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Tesco’s Indian retail tilt to deepen ties with Tata

December 20th, 2013

Tesco’s chief executive officer for Asia explains plans for India and exciting times ahead for the supermarket chain.

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U.K.: Tesco makes Indian retail pitch

December 19th, 2013

Tesco has taken a necessary step to gain greater access to India’s prospective retail market.

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Getting in early: airfreight produce for “sophisticated” consumers

December 16th, 2013

American Airlines’ Carmen Taylor discusses new produce flight routes and the investment needed to keep perishables in top condition.

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U.K. seasonal migrant scheme removal could bring “devastating impact”

December 11th, 2013

England’s National Farmers’ Union says removing an historic migrant worker scheme will stifle growth for the sector.

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New Spain-U.K. fruit trade route scrapped

December 5th, 2013

A corporate takeover has put plans for a 500,000MT fruit trade route between Almeria and Southampton on ice for the moment.

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U.K.: Tesco opens new online grocery facility in London

November 29th, 2013

Tesco has opened its sixth online center in London in the space of seven years, helping to tackle local unemployment problems.

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London seeks place on global produce event calendar

November 26th, 2013

Not only does London now have a new super-port, but in June it will host a new produce event to link exporters with the innovative U.K. market.

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U.K. tech company wins PMA newcomer award

October 24th, 2013

It’sFresh! gained recognition for its ethylene removal technology at PMA Fresh Summit.

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Asda named U.K.’s top South African stonefruit retailer

October 8th, 2013

Asda has been recognized for more than 40% sales growth for South African peaches, nectarines and plums.

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U.K. govt rejects European Union conclusions on pesticides, bees

September 11th, 2013

The U.K. government has rejected the science behind an EU neonicotinoid ban but will have to implement it anyway.

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Thai govt claims Natural Fruit Company complied with labor laws

August 28th, 2013

Finnwatch has questioned the methods of Thai government labor inspections that defended the Natural Fruit Company.

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Year-round supplies likely for English apples

August 19th, 2013

Predictions for full year supply could make the U.K. less dependent on apple imports within a decade.

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Pakistan gains broader U.S. access for mangoes

August 15th, 2013

More airlines can transport fruit to the U.S. from Pakistan but irradiation restrictions remain a concern for exporters.

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U.K.: Angus Soft Fruits bets on South American blueberries

August 13th, 2013

Offering greater stability to South American blueberry growers is essential for Angus Soft Fruits’ Nicolas Sotomayor.

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Tesco signs MoU with Chinese retailer

August 9th, 2013

Talks are underway to potentially form China’s largest multi-platform retailer with sales upward of US$15 billion.

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U.K. supplier-retailer talks to get tough

July 30th, 2013

The U.K.’s recently-appointed Groceries Code Adjudicator admits a “climate of fear” exists among supermarket suppliers over new rules.

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U.K. supermarket chain to buy banana facility

July 29th, 2013

U.K. retailer Morrisons plans to buy a former Del Monte banana ripening facility in a bid to better control quality.

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U.K.: Berry Gardens stakes record strawberry sales

July 26th, 2013

A late start hasn’t stopped the U.K.’s Berry Gardens from notching strong sales recently.

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U.K. packaging extends mushroom shelf life

May 31st, 2013

A new packaging film may aid British supermarkets in goals to reduce food waste by 1.1 million tons.

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U.K.: Morrisons to go online with food offering

May 20th, 2013

U.K. retailer Morrisons has slated a big budget for launching an online grocery delivery service.

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Univeg Katopé UK to trial new Californian cherries

May 8th, 2013

The “Frisco” and “Rocket” cherry varieties could encourage an earlier U.K. season.

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U.K. Environmental Audit calls for neonicotinoid ban

April 8th, 2013

U.K. politicians have called for a ban on three pesticides with concerns over impacts on pollinators.


Opinion: surviving Panama’s banana crisis cooperatively

April 3rd, 2013

Banana Link’s Alistair Smith tells of a group of Panamanian growers selling fair trade fruit to Europe.

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