May 21, 2015 / Week N° 21
May 19th, 2015
A British MP has delivered a box of Alphonso mangoes to the Prime Minister in appreciation for his help in lifting the Indian import ban.
Although the British strawberry deal has started 10 days later than last year, expectations are high for a strong campaign.
May 14th, 2015
British chef Jamie Oliver believes quality food education is every child’s human right and hopes to create a ‘strong sustainable movement’ to help reverse sky-high obesity rates.
May 11th, 2015
BanaBay’s Vitali Donskoi sees huge potential for the company’s bananas in the Russian market.
May 6th, 2015
J.V. Steele has secured the exclusive rights to sell a unique onion variety in the U.S. and Canada.
May 4th, 2015
The fiber-rich Burgundine asparagus variety will be available in Tesco stores in the U.K. starting this week.
April 24th, 2015
U.S. retailer Waitrose is expecting a ‘bumper crop’ of home-grown tomatoes over the coming months.
April 23rd, 2015
Predictions for a long heatwave in the U.K. have sparked high expectations for this year’s asparagus crop.
An ongoing row with the Canary Islands has led to a frustrating and costly season for U.K. potato exporters.
A U.K. fruit supplier has been forced to shut down its factory after losing a key contract with retailer Asda.
April 22nd, 2015
A few weeks of rainfall at the start of a company’s pomegranate harvest did not dampen an ‘extremely positive’ season.
April 8th, 2015
Like a mango with an edible peel and the texture of a plum, the ‘plango’ is the latest exotic introduction at Marks & Spencer.
March 31st, 2015
A £20 million refrigerated distribution center in London will have capacity for 25,000 pallets.
March 30th, 2015
British Summer Fruits (BSF) expects outdoor raspberry crops to be two weeks later than last year.
March 27th, 2015
A biology professor reportedly says the U.K.’s position on a type of pesticide “doesn’t add up”.
March 20th, 2015
California raised its table grape exports to several destinations this season, including Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, the U.K. and Indonesia.
March 10th, 2015
A new British innovation allows berries to breathe but also prevents contaminants from affecting the fruit.
March 6th, 2015
Carrots came out on top in a recent U.K. study of organic produce consumption trends.
March 5th, 2015
Researchers say bees that are forced to forage too early in their lives put the colony at risk.
February 24th, 2015
A major U.K. vegetable supplier intends to form a joint venture with brassica grower and marketer Lincolnshire Field Products.
February 18th, 2015
A U.K. government body has prosecuted the head of a company that supplied vegetable harvesting workers.
February 17th, 2015
Red cabbage’s nutritional properties such as high vitamin A levels have led to one supplier seeing a 49% year-on-year rise in volumes.
February 13th, 2015
Whether it’s edible-skin squash, a unique citrus fruit or fresh wasabi, Japanese horticultural companies are banking on growing overseas interest in their national cuisine.
The British government hopes to unleash ‘entrepreneurial spirit’ and attract investment through a new initiative designed to boost the potential of local food and farming businesses.
February 12th, 2015
An Indian grower is gearing up for renewed mango exports to Europe, but thinks exchange rates will impact produce trading overall.
February 10th, 2015
A representative of a Caribbean cocoa farmers’ cooperative who will speak at Fairtrade Fortnight later this month says the certification has helped growers ‘to plan ahead and make improvements.’
February 9th, 2015
The head of a major U.K. banana ripening facility likens the business to a ‘hamster wheel’, and says reputations can be ‘built over years and lost in days’.
February 6th, 2015
The U.K. Groceries Code Adjudicator has ‘reasonable suspicion’ Tesco breached its code of practice.
February 5th, 2015
Waitrose hopes to build stronger links with growers through a deal with fruit supplier Primafruit.
January 30th, 2015
US$16 million worth of EU funds will help improve the capacity of two of Europe’s busiest ports.
January 29th, 2015
An animated bear who likes marmalade has given Spanish orange growers a boost in the U.K. this winter.
January 22nd, 2015
India’s mango farmers are jubilant at the news they will soon be able to export their fruit to Europe again.
January 20th, 2015
“It vindicates our opinion that the ban should never have been put in place,” says Monica Bhandari.
“Everything points towards the easing of restrictions,” one source told www.freshfruitportal.com.
January 12th, 2015
Pacific Produce hopes to replicate the U.S. success of Peruvian sweet onions in the U.K.
January 7th, 2015
Truckloads of fruit are sometimes rejected in the U.K. due to the presence of illegal immigrants hiding in shipments.
Cavolo Nero, also known as Tuscan Kale and Black Cabbage, is taking British foodies by storm.
January 6th, 2015
Britain’s Asda has followed in the footsteps of French supermarket Intermarché with an ugly food initiative to sell ‘deformed’ produce.
British companies are selling record amounts of fruit and vegetable juices with exports increasing by almost 40% since 2010.
U.K. salad company Florette is targeting on-the-go health conscious foodies as part of baby leaf kale campaign.
December 24th, 2014
A U.S. Kalette producer says it has been hard to work out the best growing methods for the new product.
Although prices are still depressed, British supermarkets have helped to relieve the ‘tough times’ the English apple industry is going through as a result of the Russian ban.
December 19th, 2014
British shoppers have ‘bombarded’ Asda and Tesco with more than 100,000 emails calling for the retailers to sell 100% fairtrade bananas.
December 18th, 2014
Waitrose will stock various table grape varieties such as Sweet Mayabelle for the festive season.
A ‘ground-breaking partnership’ has been created between a major British retailer and a labor investigator.
December 17th, 2014
A major British supplier says sales of its organic broccoli are up 20% year-on-year.
December 10th, 2014
British high jumper Mike Edwards is supporting BanaBay in a bid to promote healthy eating habits for children.
December 9th, 2014
The Co-operative supermarket chain says British consumers are strongly in favor of buying locally-sourced produce.
December 2nd, 2014
Spain’s Nice Fruit has signed a joint venture to run a frozen fruit facility in the Philippines.
December 1st, 2014
British growers who supply retailer Sainsbury’s have come up with a way to grow tomatoes during cold months.
U.K. Environment secretary Elizabeth Truss says agriculture is helping support the government’s long-term plans.
November 27th, 2014
While the stonefruit export season is generally going well for Capespan, some key markets are said to be inexplicably ‘flat’.
November 21st, 2014
A U.K. company recently visited Santiago de Chile in search of ready-to-eat beetroot export opportunities.
A CN Seeds representative says the Southern European fresh herb market is on the way up.
November 19th, 2014
An EU review over chemical usage could mean a mushy outlook for a £50 million industry in Britain.
British consumers no longer have to wait in vain for Jamaican bananas, with more volumes from the Caribbean nation set to soon come their way.
November 18th, 2014
After seeing the success of BanaBay, another U.K. fruit company aims to establish a fresh banana brand.
November 14th, 2014
Tesco’s Simon Mandelbaum spoke at PMA Fruittrade about the changing needs of U.K. consumers.
November 13th, 2014
A U.K. government department has bet on transforming West African smallholdings into large enterprises.
November 12th, 2014
After adding pineapples to its product mix in April, British-Ecuadorian group BanaBay is now trialing mango sales.
A new mobile app that pinpoints diseases and pests in fields has won the U.K. leg of the European Satellite Navigation Competition.
November 11th, 2014
Gysbert du Toit talks about the evolution of an early cherry deal from South Africa in a tie-up with Californian varieties.
November 3rd, 2014
Production will ramp up over the next few years for a new clementine variety that was discovered in Spain.
October 30th, 2014
A criminal investigation is now underway after Tesco overstated its profits by US$423 million.
October 29th, 2014
The first case brought by a Thai pineapple company against migrant worker defender Andy Hall has been dismissed due to “unlawful interrogation”.
October 28th, 2014
The U.K.’s National Farmers’ Union says it is ‘dismayed’ about the decision to not accept EU support.
October 24th, 2014
A discount retailer in Britain is hoping to attract a new middle class clientele with a line of fresh organic produce.
October 23rd, 2014
A British company has been awarded government support to further develop its sticky trap to catch whiteflies.
October 13th, 2014
Sales have doubled for the British blackberry sector, which is in revival with sweeter varieties.
October 10th, 2014
An anti-slavery enforcement authority has slammed a decision to give a small fine given to an orchard manager in Northern Ireland.
October 8th, 2014
The Watercress Alliance in the U.K. is launching an aggressive PR pitch in a bid to raise consumption.
September 26th, 2014
The North American cranberry harvest is underway, with leading cooperative Ocean Spray expanding internationally.
A scientist has hailed the exciting possibility of increasing major global crop yields by 60%, using genetic modification to speed up photosynthesis.
September 25th, 2014
Produce multinational Camposol is set to raise blueberry exports by 150% this year.
September 23rd, 2014
Univeg is preparing to receive around 50 truckloads of Black Bursas from the world’s biggest fig exporter.
Tesco has turned back time with its unique introduction of purple carrots originally popularized in 17th century Britain.
September 17th, 2014
An EU delegation recently visited India to inspect the country’s mango supply chain.
Tesco has launched another funky apple with colorful flesh, two years after the last one.
September 15th, 2014
Peru’s citrus industry has notched a more sober export result after a blistering start to harvests raised expectations.
September 11th, 2014
A popular British TV show has helped Waitrose raise its early season pear sales.
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.
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.
December 17th, 2012
Banana Link’s Alistair Smith questions whether trade will move from value-stripping to value enhancement.
December 4th, 2012
Tesco has been named the South African Stone Fruit Retailer of the Year 2012.
November 13th, 2012
Marketers from five continents have come on board with an IFO red-flesh apple project.
October 24th, 2012
A study has shown exposure to two pesticides can reduce the lifespan or foraging behavior of bumblebees.
October 17th, 2012
South Africa is gearing up for high stonefruit volumes this season as new orchards come on stream.
October 10th, 2012
Mexico’s Aneberries president Mario Steta is confident growers will soon gain access to China.
October 8th, 2012
A South African family is on the cusp of commercializing an unusually sweet grapefruit variety.
October 5th, 2012
Peru’s Camu-camu exports have increased thanks to a growing appetite for dry extracts of the fruit.
October 4th, 2012
Supermarket giant Tesco has launched a new raspberry tasting apple for sale in three U.K. stores.
October 1st, 2012
South African growers are hoping for hotter weather to avoid smaller-sized stonefruit this season.
South African growers are increasing their exports to U.K. supermarkets in the run up to Christmas.
September 26th, 2012
South African and Argentine citrus growers will visit Europe next week to debate pesticide residue limits.
September 7th, 2012
Okanagan has granted production rights for the Staccato cherry in the U.K. and Ireland.
September 5th, 2012
A controversial table grape ownership dispute was settled last week in South Africa’s Court of Appeal.
September 4th, 2012
Federico Beltrán Molina takes an in-depth look at Peru’s blueberry potential and competitive threats.
August 30th, 2012
The director of Pakistan’s largest mango exporter talks about innovative treatment and new export markets.
August 15th, 2012
The ClemenGold brand of Nardorcott mandarins is making its presence felt in Europe with a marketing blitz.
August 14th, 2012
A South African supermarket chain has denied suggestions of a possible takeover or merger.
August 13th, 2012
U.K. retailers have intensified measures to educate consumers in a bid to slash fresh produce waste.
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