September 02, 2014 / Week N° 36
September 1st, 2014
U.K. fruit company BanaBay has continued its rapid expansion with the opening of a new office in Shanghai.
August 28th, 2014
After a recent U.S. launch, Tozer Seeds now has more new markets lined up for a kale-brussels sprout hybrid.
August 27th, 2014
A British teenager has overcome perceptions about growing conditions to supply watermelons to retailer Tesco.
For every hour un-chilled, a produce item can lose eight hours of life in the home, according to Morrisons.
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.
August 20th, 2014
The U.K.’s Elizabeth Truss has called for more clarity and flexibility in EU reforms related to crop diversification.
August 13th, 2014
One U.K. retailer has forecast a 30% uptick in sweet corn sales this summer.
Britain’s Potato Council aims to get consumers to ditch a “generic” approach to their purchases of the tuber.
August 8th, 2014
A British company with growing operations in Ecuador is upbeat about a banana supply contract in Libya.
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.
August 1st, 2014
Marketing expert Lisa Cork was impressed with produce packaging during a recent visit to London.
New EU organic certification rules threaten to derail mixed crop farming through a purist approach.
July 29th, 2014
A leading organic carrot supplier has been bought by a U.K. company.
July 25th, 2014
A mild spring has led to a much larger strawberry crop for Berry Gardens in the first six months of 2014.
VitalBerry BV’s new variety with the ‘strongest aroma of all strawberries’ has performed strongly in Great Britain.
July 23rd, 2014
Berry Gardens and Syngenta will be among the beneficiaries of a U.K. grant for agricultural innovation projects.
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.
British scientists have questioned why higher antioxidants in organic fruit should equate to public health benefits.
July 17th, 2014
A new technology used by Tesco in the U.K. has the potential to drastically change how consumers interact with supermarkets.
July 14th, 2014
Organic proponents hope a recent landmark international study will dispel consumer confusion about the category’s benefits.
July 7th, 2014
It is unconscionable that an academic researcher could face jail time for an audit conducted in a Thai fruit factory.
British Summer Fruits has responded to a European report into Salmonella and Norovirus risks in berries.
July 3rd, 2014
The British potato industry is changing tack to regain its presence in the minds of consumers.
June 27th, 2014
A young developer of 100% fruit-only jam is set to receive honors from the Queen of England.
June 26th, 2014
Scotland’s largest fresh herb grower is set to capitalize on demand for local items in the U.K. retail market.
June 25th, 2014
A U.K. ban on khat leaves may put trade ties with the Horn of Africa under strain.
June 24th, 2014
Pakistan will be hoping for a different fate to India after a recent pest discovery in its mangoes.
June 19th, 2014
British scientists are investigating the emotions associated with fruits, and our surroundings when we eat them.
June 17th, 2014
U.K. retailer Asda has given a startling estimate of expected fresh produce losses as a result of climate change.
June 16th, 2014
Execs from Angus Soft Fruits and BerryWorld talk shop about varietal development and raising winter consumption.
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.
June 12th, 2014
Retail analysts take an in-depth look at what a partnership may mean for Tesco and China Resources Enterprise.
June 10th, 2014
Drug busts involving fruit are becoming increasingly common, with the latest seizure involving Colombian bananas.
June 9th, 2014
Is there any point to creating fake but edible 3D fruit? One U.K. company thinks there certainly is.
June 6th, 2014
The results of a survey into Britons’ awareness of produce seasonality have been described as ‘shocking’.
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.
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.
Britain’s Andy Hall faces fresh legal action from Thailand’s Natural Fruit after appearing on Al Jazeera.
May 23rd, 2014
Leicester MP Keith Vaz says nothing can be done to reverse the EU’s ban on Indian mangoes over the summer.
May 21st, 2014
Around 70,000 consumers have signed a petition calling on the U.K. Government to intervene in supermarket banana price wars.
May 20th, 2014
Tesco asparagus buyer Adam Morris explain’s Britain’s growing taste for asparagus spears.
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.
May 13th, 2014
A U.K. Government authority has inspected farms for compliance with the new legal framework for migrant workers.
May 7th, 2014
David Cameron “looks forward” to discussing the ban on Indian mangoes with the country’s next prime minister.
The Speaker of the U.K. House of Commons has granted parliamentary debate on the EU mango ban for this Thursday.
After registering its highest ever profits, Britain’s leading berry grower-marketer has appointed a new chairman.
May 2nd, 2014
British retailer Waitrose will sell heritage musk strawberries, sold as bubbleberries, for five weeks.
April 29th, 2014
Monica Bhandari questions why Indian mangoes can’t be subjected to heat treatment instead of an outright EU ban.
Leicester East MP Keith Vaz is determined to “save the mango in Britain”.
April 28th, 2014
U.K. retailers are planning well ahead of the upcoming English pome fruit season to ensure supply of local produce.
April 21st, 2014
Lisa Cork questions how produce marketers are selling their product in light of a recent U.K. health study.
April 8th, 2014
A University College London study has been cited as a driver of increased veggie sales at Sainsbury’s.
April 4th, 2014
South Africa’s super avocado is expected to return for a second season to Tesco’s shelves in the U.K.
Discount retailers like Aldi and Lidl are moving in on the U.K.’s leading supermarkets.
March 27th, 2014
British fruit supplier Berry Gardens has been experimenting with biomass boilers to improve energy usage.
March 24th, 2014
Tesco’s joint venture with the Tata Group will bring 12 new retail stores to India.
March 20th, 2014
The British cartoon classic Bananaman has been slated for the big screen.
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”.
March 12th, 2014
A combination of mild weather and improved growing techniques will give the U.K. a wider asparagus window.
March 10th, 2014
Representatives from three U.K. supermarkets talk about a switch to 100% fairtrade bananas.
March 6th, 2014
English apple farmer Alison Capper believes her government is conducting a “social experiment” in scrapping a seasonal worker scheme.
March 5th, 2014
An Aussie farmer’s bid to get sole non-Bolivian commercial rights for an Amazonian superfruit has paid dividends.
February 27th, 2014
British Farming Minister George Eustice has made controversial comments about the unemployed and farm labor.
February 25th, 2014
British retailer M&S continues its exotic fruits campaign with an Amazonian specimen related to mangosteens.
February 21st, 2014
A buyer from Asda in the U.K. discusses the popularity of a fruit that is outselling kiwifruit and pineapples.
February 6th, 2014
Pome fruit farmers in Kent have found a value-added way to market “pretty serious volume” across the world.
February 3rd, 2014
In the produce aisles of Britain and the Netherlands, consumers can buy salads for the windowsill rather than the fridge.
January 28th, 2014
A Canadian company expects strong regulatory prospects with a U.K.-developed GM purple tomato.
January 27th, 2014
A virtual supermarket targeting British expats now offers them home-grown fruit and veg.
January 13th, 2014
M&S takes us behind the scenes with a licorice-flavored pear from the Czech Republic grown in England.
January 7th, 2014
A British government minister is set to give a speech rallying households to support local farmers.
January 6th, 2014
UNIVEG finalized acquisition of fruit importer Empire World Trade.
December 20th, 2013
Tesco’s chief executive officer for Asia explains plans for India and exciting times ahead for the supermarket chain.
December 19th, 2013
Tesco has taken a necessary step to gain greater access to India’s prospective retail market.
December 16th, 2013
American Airlines’ Carmen Taylor discusses new produce flight routes and the investment needed to keep perishables in top condition.
December 11th, 2013
England’s National Farmers’ Union says removing an historic migrant worker scheme will stifle growth for the sector.
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.
November 29th, 2013
Tesco has opened its sixth online center in London in the space of seven years, helping to tackle local unemployment problems.
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.
October 24th, 2013
It’sFresh! gained recognition for its ethylene removal technology at PMA Fresh Summit.
October 8th, 2013
Asda has been recognized for more than 40% sales growth for South African peaches, nectarines and plums.
September 11th, 2013
The U.K. government has rejected the science behind an EU neonicotinoid ban but will have to implement it anyway.
August 28th, 2013
Finnwatch has questioned the methods of Thai government labor inspections that defended the Natural Fruit Company.
August 19th, 2013
Predictions for full year supply could make the U.K. less dependent on apple imports within a decade.
August 15th, 2013
More airlines can transport fruit to the U.S. from Pakistan but irradiation restrictions remain a concern for exporters.
August 13th, 2013
Offering greater stability to South American blueberry growers is essential for Angus Soft Fruits’ Nicolas Sotomayor.
August 9th, 2013
Talks are underway to potentially form China’s largest multi-platform retailer with sales upward of US$15 billion.
July 30th, 2013
The U.K.’s recently-appointed Groceries Code Adjudicator admits a “climate of fear” exists among supermarket suppliers over new rules.
July 29th, 2013
U.K. retailer Morrisons plans to buy a former Del Monte banana ripening facility in a bid to better control quality.
July 26th, 2013
A late start hasn’t stopped the U.K.’s Berry Gardens from notching strong sales recently.
May 31st, 2013
A new packaging film may aid British supermarkets in goals to reduce food waste by 1.1 million tons.
May 20th, 2013
U.K. retailer Morrisons has slated a big budget for launching an online grocery delivery service.
May 8th, 2013
The “Frisco” and “Rocket” cherry varieties could encourage an earlier U.K. season.
April 8th, 2013
U.K. politicians have called for a ban on three pesticides with concerns over impacts on pollinators.
April 3rd, 2013
Banana Link’s Alistair Smith tells of a group of Panamanian growers selling fair trade fruit to Europe.
March 8th, 2013
Waitrose’s online sales growth outperformed the industry by 30 percentage points last year.
February 19th, 2013
Relaxed U.K. labor rules for Bulgarians and Romanians has left some asking, “Who will pick the strawberries?”
February 18th, 2013
Driscoll’s’ Soren Bjorn discusses a wide range of berry trends affecting the European, Middle Eastern and Australian markets.
January 15th, 2013
A survey has revealed very little knowledge of GM foods in the U.K.
December 18th, 2012
French and Belgian growers have formed FRESHCOOP, and plan to expand their European scope.
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