Pandemic shopping trends unwind for Tesco as sales growth slows

Little Helps? Tesco to have shareholder vote on tackling obesity in UK

Tesco expects some of the changes driven by the coronavirus pandemic to begin reversing in the months ahead as a period of rapid sales growth combined with elevated costs draws to a close. Ken Murphy, chief executive of the UK’s largest supermarket group, said there were already signs that as restrictions eased and hospitality reopened, […]

Much More Data Needed in Studying Food Pantries

There is little question that giving away anything for free tends to increase use or consumption of that item. If we give away healthy produce, but people still have to pay for unhealthy items, people’s diets will likely show some shift to healthier items. Despite its claims, the report below provides no evidence that 300 […]

Australians enjoy dirt cheap avocados amid record production

Robinson Fresh adds value to European supply chain

A record avocado crop in Australia has sent local markets prices down to just A$1 (US$0.77), just a couple of years after prices hit A$9 (US$7) in the summer of 2018. The eye-watering drop in price is due to a bumper crop – the result of good weather and new trees. Australia is home to three […]

U.S.: Lidl Builds Sustainable Presence by Listening to Customers

Today’s consumers are focused on produce purchases that fit their lifestyle and improve their health, but environmental sustainability is becoming an important buying factor too. And that’s something Retail Sustainability Award winner Lidl US is embracing in a big way. At a time when COVID-19, a related recession and a major lifestyle realignment have made consumers rethink […]

Retailer rescues 400 tonnes of British strawberries, puts them on sale in stores

A huge surplus of strawberries brought on by mixed weather conditions have ended up in Tesco stores. The UK retailer rescued 400 tonnes of the fruit and immediately put them on sale in supermarkets – £3 for one kilo boxes instead of the regular £2 for a 400g punnet. “Last week’s heatwave brought the strawberries […]

Cherry growers see strong season for UK consumers

Consumers across the UK can expect to see a bevy of cherries arriving in supermarkets now and through the remainder of the summer thanks to a strong crop this year. The prediction from Love Fresh Cherries, the nation’s biggest representative trade body for the sweet British fruit, is that stores will be getting a total […]

Borough Market traders embrace Sunday reopening

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, when many businesses shut down, London’s 1,000-year-old Borough Market managed to stay open. Now that some of the restrictions have been lifted, the Market’s officials say they not only will continue to serve customers during normal hours but are expanding to offer their many products on Sundays. In a return to […]

Total Produce, Dole get green light from European Commission

Despite coronavirus challenges, Total Produce reports 'satisfactory' start

The European Commission has granted its clearance for the combination of Dole Food Company and Total Produce, moving the entities closer to creating the world’s largest fruit and vegetable company. Total Produce, which bought a 45 percent stake in dole for $300m in July 2018, reached the agreement with Castle & Cooke (C&C), which owns […]