November 24, 2014 / Week N° 48

Posts Tagged U.K.

U.K.: Love Beets looks for South American opportunities

November 21st, 2014

A U.K. company recently visited Santiago de Chile in search of ready-to-eat beetroot export opportunities.

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New herbs in the pipeline for U.K. breeder

November 21st, 2014

A CN Seeds representative says the Southern European fresh herb market is on the way up.

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EU chemical review threatens U.K. pea sector

November 19th, 2014

An EU review over chemical usage could mean a mushy outlook for a £50 million industry in Britain.

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Jamaica to ‘lively up’ U.K. banana market

November 19th, 2014

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.

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U.K.: Desiva Produce pitches “slow ripening” for banana import deal

November 18th, 2014

After seeing the success of BanaBay, another U.K. fruit company aims to establish a fresh banana brand.

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‘Price factor becoming far less important for shoppers’, says Tesco U.K.

November 14th, 2014

Tesco’s Simon Mandelbaum spoke at PMA Fruittrade about the changing needs of U.K. consumers.

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U.K.: DFID invests £9M in West African farms

November 13th, 2014

A U.K. government department has bet on transforming West African smallholdings into large enterprises.

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BanaBay tries its hand at mangoes

November 12th, 2014

After adding pineapples to its product mix in April, British-Ecuadorian group BanaBay is now trialing mango sales.

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Farm monitoring app ‘seeCrop’ wins U.K. award

November 12th, 2014

A new mobile app that pinpoints diseases and pests in fields has won the U.K. leg of the European Satellite Navigation Competition.

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South Africa: Dutoit branches out into early cherries for U.K. market

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.

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New Octubrina clementine hits U.K. supermarket shelves

November 3rd, 2014

Production will ramp up over the next few years for a new clementine variety that was discovered in Spain.

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U.K.: Tesco under investigation for suspected fraud

October 30th, 2014

A criminal investigation is now underway after Tesco overstated its profits by US$423 million.

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Thai court dismisses first defamation case against Andy Hall

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”.

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U.K.: NFU condems government’s EU aid rejection

October 28th, 2014

The U.K.’s National Farmers’ Union says it is ‘dismayed’ about the decision to not accept EU support.

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U.K. supermarket launches ‘affordable’ organic range

October 24th, 2014

A discount retailer in Britain is hoping to attract a new middle class clientele with a line of fresh organic produce.

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U.K. govt awards grant to pest management company

October 23rd, 2014

A British company has been awarded government support to further develop its sticky trap to catch whiteflies.

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British growers gear up for blackberry boom

October 13th, 2014

Sales have doubled for the British blackberry sector, which is in revival with sweeter varieties.

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U.K.: Romanian fruit picker ruling in question

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.

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U.K. campaign seeks to make watercress a produce mainstay

October 8th, 2014

The Watercress Alliance in the U.K. is launching an aggressive PR pitch in a bid to raise consumption.

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Global cranberry crop to fall in 2014, says Ocean Spray

September 26th, 2014

The North American cranberry harvest is underway, with leading cooperative Ocean Spray expanding internationally.

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Researchers engineer plants for far higher photosynthesis efficiency

September 26th, 2014

A scientist has hailed the exciting possibility of increasing major global crop yields by 60%, using genetic modification to speed up photosynthesis.

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Peru: Camposol to hold blueberry tastings in Germany, U.K.

September 25th, 2014

Produce multinational Camposol is set to raise blueberry exports by 150% this year.

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Turkish fig season gets underway

September 23rd, 2014

Univeg is preparing to receive around 50 truckloads of Black Bursas from the world’s biggest fig exporter.

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U.K.: purple carrots go on sale at Tesco

September 23rd, 2014

Tesco has turned back time with its unique introduction of purple carrots originally popularized in 17th century Britain.

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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.

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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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BritishCornerShop.com adds produce to the mix

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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