December 19, 2014 / Week N° 51
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.
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