M&S survey shows Brits’ top priority this summer is to live, eat healthy

How are families planning to spend their summer in the UK? More than half of those who were surveyed as part of the M&S Family Matters Index said they are prioritizing eating more healthy foods and looking to exercise more. Many are looking to take trips to the country to improve their mental health or […]

South Africa concludes record table grape season, though UK down slightly

South Africa forecasts lower table grape crop for 2017-18

South Africa’s 2021-22 table grape season has officially concluded, and the intakes reached a total of 77.7 million cartons (4,5kg equivalent), marking a 4% year-on-year increase, the SATI industry body said. When comparing regional performance to the 2020-21 season, the Orange River and Hex River regions displayed the highest volumes inspected with an increase of […]

Could Mexico present big opportunity for UK, emerging export markets?

Mexican growers can benefit from huge, untapped potential in markets from Asia-Pacific to the Middle East and Europe as well as increasing demand for fresh fruits and vegetables by looking beyond traditional export destinations, delegates to the inaugural IFPA Mexico Conference. Despite being traditionally focused on the neighboring U.S. market, Mexico can realize greater export sales […]

In U.S., transportation and produce supply chain also remain uncertain

Paul Revere was worried only about Land and Sea. Today, our transportation troubles include Air as well. Current transportation and supply chain woes are testing the resiliency so frequently attributed to the produce industry. For many of us, the increased cost of sea and air transportation is easily measured in the number of air pallets […]

Australia facing fruit and vegetable shortages until September

As the impact of floods and cold weather hits Australia, the farmer’s federation predicts that fruit and vegetable shortages will continue for six weeks, with supply levels returning to normal in September, but warns that distribution issues and high prices could persist. According to a report by The Guardian, the acting chief executive of the National […]

M&S hires former Tesco, Coles executive to lead its Food business

Marks & Spencer, which is outpacing its supermarket rivals on growth in the UK, has tapped a new leader to run its Food business: former Tesco executive Alex Freudmann. Freudmann, who has been managing director of Australian wine and spirits firm Dan Murphy’s for the past two-plus years and has built a career in both […]

Camposol makes good progress towards year-round avocado supply

Spanish avocado growers saw better volumes, historic price peaks in 2016-17

With its avocado season in full swing, Camposol is broadening its focus to include additional areas to develop further sourcing alternatives and strengthen year-round avocado supply. In a statement, Commercial Operations Director of Camposol David Bruggen said that “as our growth plans move forward, we continue to deepen our capability to supply fresh avocados on a year-round […]

Growing demand for plant-forward food

Plant-forward is now the widely accepted term for menus and eating patterns that include more plant-based ingredients and fewer animal-sourced ingredients. The Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH), in its Have A Plant: The Plant-Forward Eating Guide, positions plant-forward as an inclusive style of eating that is appealing to more people simply because it doesn’t omit […]