May 21, 2015 / Week N° 21

Posts Tagged U.K.

U.K.: Mango on the menu at No. 10 Downing Street

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.

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Higher yields and demand to lift British strawberry season

May 19th, 2015

Although the British strawberry deal has started 10 days later than last year, expectations are high for a strong campaign.

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‘Food Revolution Day’ calls G20 leaders to action

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.

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BanaBay slips into Russia after successful trial

May 11th, 2015

BanaBay’s Vitali Donskoi sees huge potential for the company’s bananas in the Russian market.

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Will North Americans be tickled pink by the Rosanna onion?

May 6th, 2015

J.V. Steele has secured the exclusive rights to sell a unique onion variety in the U.S. and Canada.

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Tesco trials ‘eye-catching’ purple cross asparagus

May 4th, 2015

The fiber-rich Burgundine asparagus variety will be available in Tesco stores in the U.K. starting this week.

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English heatwave brings tomato season forward

April 24th, 2015

U.S. retailer Waitrose is expecting a ‘bumper crop’ of home-grown tomatoes over the coming months.

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British asparagus crop may rise 20%, says Morrisons

April 23rd, 2015

Predictions for a long heatwave in the U.K. have sparked high expectations for this year’s asparagus crop.

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U.K. Potato Council leader criticizes Canary Islands rejections

April 23rd, 2015

An ongoing row with the Canary Islands has led to a frustrating and costly season for U.K. potato exporters.

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U.K.: Yorkshire Fresh Fruits under fire over redundancy package

April 23rd, 2015

A U.K. fruit supplier has been forced to shut down its factory after losing a key contract with retailer Asda.

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Argentine pomegranate exporter doubles shipments

April 22nd, 2015

A few weeks of rainfall at the start of a company’s pomegranate harvest did not dampen an ‘extremely positive’ season.

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U.K. retailer to stock Thai mango plums

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.

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U.K.: Port expansion to make one of Europe’s ‘largest reefer facilities’

March 31st, 2015

A £20 million refrigerated distribution center in London will have capacity for 25,000 pallets.

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U.K.: Earliest ever raspberries hit Waitrose shelves

March 30th, 2015

British Summer Fruits (BSF) expects outdoor raspberry crops to be two weeks later than last year.

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U.K.: Scientist says govt drew wrong conclusion from neonicotinoids study

March 27th, 2015

A biology professor reportedly says the U.K.’s position on a type of pesticide “doesn’t add up”.

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U.S.: California hits second highest table grape export volume in 2014-15

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.

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U.K. firm develops micro-perforated lids for soft fruits

March 10th, 2015

A new British innovation allows berries to breathe but also prevents contaminants from affecting the fruit.

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Vegetables the first step for organic food converts

March 6th, 2015

Carrots came out on top in a recent U.K. study of organic produce consumption trends.

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Stress on young bees could explain colony collapse, U.K. study shows

March 5th, 2015

Researchers say bees that are forced to forage too early in their lives put the colony at risk.

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U.K.: Factory closures and job losses at Produce World

February 24th, 2015

A major U.K. vegetable supplier intends to form a joint venture with brassica grower and marketer Lincolnshire Field Products.

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U.K.: Vegetable sector labor supplier’s license revoked by authorities

February 18th, 2015

A U.K. government body has prosecuted the head of a company that supplied vegetable harvesting workers.

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U.K.: Perceived health benefits driving red cabbage sales

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.

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Japan: Kabocha and Yuzu turn heads at Fruit Logistica

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.

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U.K. sets up Food Enterprise Zones to drive growth

February 13th, 2015

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.

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Rupee appreciation to “definitely” cut Indian fruit exports to Europe, says Khakhar

February 12th, 2015

An Indian grower is gearing up for renewed mango exports to Europe, but thinks exchange rates will impact produce trading overall.

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U.K.: Upcoming event aims to encourage Fairtrade purchases

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.’

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Inside one of Europe’s largest banana ripening facilities

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’.

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U.K.: Tesco investigated by new regulator

February 6th, 2015

The U.K. Groceries Code Adjudicator has ‘reasonable suspicion’ Tesco breached its code of practice.

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U.K.: Waitrose announces exclusive partnership with Primafruit

February 5th, 2015

Waitrose hopes to build stronger links with growers through a deal with fruit supplier Primafruit.

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US$16M European funding aims to improve U.K.-France trade routes

January 30th, 2015

US$16 million worth of EU funds will help improve the capacity of two of Europe’s busiest ports.

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U.K.: Seville oranges get jamming after Paddington movie

January 29th, 2015

An animated bear who likes marmalade has given Spanish orange growers a boost in the U.K. this winter.

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Indian growers act quickly on EU mango ban withdrawal

January 22nd, 2015

India’s mango farmers are jubilant at the news they will soon be able to export their fruit to Europe again.

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U.K. reacts to EU’s lifting of Indian mango ban

January 20th, 2015

“It vindicates our opinion that the ban should never have been put in place,” says Monica Bhandari.

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Indian mango traders hold breath for outcome of EU ban vote

January 20th, 2015

“Everything points towards the easing of restrictions,” one source told www.freshfruitportal.com.

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Mayan Sweet onions from Peru trialed in British market

January 12th, 2015

Pacific Produce hopes to replicate the U.S. success of Peruvian sweet onions in the U.K.

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Are illegal stowaways a threat to the U.K.’s fresh produce industry?

January 7th, 2015

Truckloads of fruit are sometimes rejected in the U.K. due to the presence of illegal immigrants hiding in shipments.

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U.K.: 2015 is the year of Cavolo Nero, says Waitrose

January 7th, 2015

Cavolo Nero, also known as Tuscan Kale and Black Cabbage, is taking British foodies by storm.

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U.K.: Ugly fruit & vegetable trials to test shoppers’ bite at Asda

January 6th, 2015

Britain’s Asda has followed in the footsteps of French supermarket Intermarché with an ugly food initiative to sell ‘deformed’ produce.

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Record export year for U.K. juice industry

January 6th, 2015

British companies are selling record amounts of fruit and vegetable juices with exports increasing by almost 40% since 2010.

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U.K. salad specialist launches baby kale ‘superfood’ line

January 6th, 2015

U.K. salad company Florette is targeting on-the-go health conscious foodies as part of baby leaf kale campaign.

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Kalettes ‘slow to take off’ in U.S. despite widespread interest

December 24th, 2014

A U.S. Kalette producer says it has been hard to work out the best growing methods for the new product.

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U.K.: Supermarkets support English apple growers through higher prices

December 24th, 2014

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.

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U.K.: Tesco & Asda react to calls for more fairtrade fruit

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.

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U.K.: Waitrose offers up Brazilian grape selection

December 18th, 2014

Waitrose will stock various table grape varieties such as Sweet Mayabelle for the festive season.

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U.K: Sainsbury’s suppliers to be taught how to spot exploitation

December 18th, 2014

A ‘ground-breaking partnership’ has been created between a major British retailer and a labor investigator.

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U.K.: Festive season surge for organic vegetables

December 17th, 2014

A major British supplier says sales of its organic broccoli are up 20% year-on-year.

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British athlete backs BanaBay brand

December 10th, 2014

British high jumper Mike Edwards is supporting BanaBay in a bid to promote healthy eating habits for children.

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U.K.: Co-operative Food pledges three-year commitment to home-grown produce

December 9th, 2014

The Co-operative supermarket chain says British consumers are strongly in favor of buying locally-sourced produce.

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Del Monte Pacific inks frozen produce deal with European firms

December 2nd, 2014

Spain’s Nice Fruit has signed a joint venture to run a frozen fruit facility in the Philippines.

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LED technology extends British tomato deal

December 1st, 2014

British growers who supply retailer Sainsbury’s have come up with a way to grow tomatoes during cold months.

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Farming a powerhouse of U.K. economy, says govt

December 1st, 2014

U.K. Environment secretary Elizabeth Truss says agriculture is helping support the government’s long-term plans.

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Low rainfall lifts South African stonefruit quality, says Capespan

November 27th, 2014

While the stonefruit export season is generally going well for Capespan, some key markets are said to be inexplicably ‘flat’.

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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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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.

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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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U.K.: Waitrose sales rise 6.7%

March 8th, 2013

Waitrose’s online sales growth outperformed the industry by 30 percentage points last year.

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U.K. fears farm labor shortage pending immigration policy changes

February 19th, 2013

Relaxed U.K. labor rules for Bulgarians and Romanians has left some asking, “Who will pick the strawberries?”

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Berries to become top category “one country at a time”, says Bjorn

February 18th, 2013

Driscoll’s’ Soren Bjorn discusses a wide range of berry trends affecting the European, Middle Eastern and Australian markets.

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U.K. consumer attitudes study reveals preference for GM labeling

January 15th, 2013

A survey has revealed very little knowledge of GM foods in the U.K.

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European association to unite co-ops for better farmer returns

December 18th, 2012

French and Belgian growers have formed FRESHCOOP, and plan to expand their European scope.

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Opinion: does the British banana market make sense?

December 17th, 2012

Banana Link’s Alistair Smith questions whether trade will move from value-stripping to value enhancement.

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Tesco receives South African stonefruit award

December 4th, 2012

Tesco has been named the South African Stone Fruit Retailer of the Year 2012.

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Red-flesh apple project goes global

November 13th, 2012

Marketers from five continents have come on board with an IFO red-flesh apple project.

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U.K. study links bumblebee decline to pesticide exposure

October 24th, 2012

A study has shown exposure to two pesticides can reduce the lifespan or foraging behavior of bumblebees.

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South African stonefruit volumes ‘promising’

October 17th, 2012

South Africa is gearing up for high stonefruit volumes this season as new orchards come on stream.

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Mexico sets its berry sights on the Far East

October 10th, 2012

Mexico’s Aneberries president Mario Steta is confident growers will soon gain access to China.

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South African nursery on cusp of sweet grapefruit success

October 8th, 2012

A South African family is on the cusp of commercializing an unusually sweet grapefruit variety.

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Peru sees Camu-camu exports soar thanks to U.S. demand

October 5th, 2012

Peru’s Camu-camu exports have increased thanks to a growing appetite for dry extracts of the fruit.

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New apple set to cause a ripple in Tesco’s London stores

October 4th, 2012

Supermarket giant Tesco has launched a new raspberry tasting apple for sale in three U.K. stores.

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Poor weather prompts SA peach and nectarine export delay

October 1st, 2012

South African growers are hoping for hotter weather to avoid smaller-sized stonefruit this season.

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South African blueberry volumes set to rise by 30%

October 1st, 2012

South African growers are increasing their exports to U.K. supermarkets in the run up to Christmas.

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SA, Argentine citrus growers to voice ‘sustainability’ concerns in Europe

September 26th, 2012

South African and Argentine citrus growers will visit Europe next week to debate pesticide residue limits.

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Total Cherry gains U.K. rights to grow late-ripening cultivar

September 7th, 2012

Okanagan has granted production rights for the Staccato cherry in the U.K. and Ireland.

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South African grape wrangle resolved

September 5th, 2012

A controversial table grape ownership dispute was settled last week in South Africa’s Court of Appeal.

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Opinion: blueberries are the Peruvian export star

September 4th, 2012

Federico Beltrán Molina takes an in-depth look at Peru’s blueberry potential and competitive threats.

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Pakistani mango exports poised to treble in China

August 30th, 2012

The director of Pakistan’s largest mango exporter talks about innovative treatment and new export markets.

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ClemenGold steps up European shipments and marketing drive

August 15th, 2012

The ClemenGold brand of Nardorcott mandarins is making its presence felt in Europe with a marketing blitz.

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South African supermarket Pick n Pay quashes Tesco takeover talk

August 14th, 2012

A South African supermarket chain has denied suggestions of a possible takeover or merger.

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U.K. retailers on food waste reduction drive for 2014

August 13th, 2012

U.K. retailers have intensified measures to educate consumers in a bid to slash fresh produce waste.

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