South Africa expects big pome fruit harvest, but shipping costs a concern

South African fruit group Hortgro says exports to UK will continue as planned

South Africa’s Hortgro says it is expecting a record apple and pear crop this season after “near-perfect growing conditions”. The “exceptional” harvests come despite challenges relating to the Covid-19 pandemic and a “few tough years of drought”, it said. Additionally, the expected record volumes come in spite of the Langkloof hail which in January removed […]

Berry Gardens partner with Coveris on sustainable film for products

UK production and marketing group Berry Gardens is teaming with sustainable packaging manufacturer Coveris to launch a new printed lidding film containing more than 30% post-consumer recyclate (PCR). This first-to-market film is being utilized across all of Berry Gardens’ fruit lines, including strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and other stone fruit.  Berry Gardens have been responsible […]

Pink Lady gives UK consumers a chance to name apple trees in France

Pink Lady is welcoming the Northern Hemisphere season with a unique promotion for Aldi’s UK customers – the opportunity not only to adopt one of its apple trees in France but a chance to win a trip to its orchards. Some 500 shoppers will have a tree in Nantes named for them on an eco-friendly […]

Retailers Tesco, Aldi coming to rescue for those in need, including children

Supermarket chain Tesco is opening up 250 food donation areas at its Superstores and Tesco Extra stores for shoppers to continue to give to those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their charitable offerings will be collected and eventually given to foodbanks that are part of the Trussell Trust network or groups associated with FareShare. […]

New greenhouse project in China promises Dutch-style vegetables will have ‘lasting impact’

Produce wholesaler Jaguar The Fresh Company of the Netherlands has entered into a marketing and sales partnership with Leopard Fruit Trading and FoodVentures China Ltd. on fresh produce grown in Shanghai. The new FoodVentures project will be growing an abundance of tomatoes and cucumbers with the Dutch horticultural model in newly constructed greenhouses on Chongming […]

Startup Grocemania passes funding target, is expanding same-day service

Officials at London-based Grocemania, a same-day grocery delivery startup that serves Budgens, Nisa, Londis and Costcutter and a number of independent retailers, said it has raised more than £170,000 on the crowdfunding platform Seedrs.  Looking to roll out its services nationwide, Grocemania said it surpassed its funding target of £100,000 at a valuation of £2.4 million. More […]

Brakes unveils Help for Hospitality campaign to help businesses recover from pandemic

Foodservice wholesaler Brakes is offering significant discounts to hospitality sector businesses in the continued wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The new campaign promises to not only help customers weather the next month or so as vaccines roll out across the UK but also over the next few months as companies look to rebound from an […]

IFCO’s European Lift Lock containers become Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver

Reusable plastic container company IFCO announced its Lift Lock range in Europe has achieved Cradle to Cradle Certified (Version 3.1) status at the Silver level, become the first fresh-food RPCs to meet the sustainability standard. The European Lift Lock containers, which are optimized for fruits and vegetables as well as other food products, also earned […]