UK government relents, finally backs free meals initiative pushed by Rashford

UK government relents, finally backs free meals initiative pushed by Rashford

The UK government now says it will provide free meals to disadvantaged children during the upcoming holidays following a hugely popular child hunger campaign by Manchester United star Marcus Rashford. Prime Minister Boris Johnson phoned the 23-year-old striker after his team’s Premier League victory over Everton to inform him of the government’s decision to spend […]

Fruits of Thought: What 35 years has delivered

Originally printed in the October 2020 issue of Produce Business. It was 35 years ago around four in the morning when Ken Whitacre and this columnist pulled up at the James A Farley building, the main post office in Manhattan, a great Beaux-Arts building designed by McKim, Mead & White, located just across the street from […]

35th Anniversary Issue: The Vanguard Awards

35th Anniversary Issue: The Vanguard Awards

Originally printed in the October 2020 issue of Produce Business. Building A Better Industry Much has been said about the importance of the individual in history. T.S. Eliot spoke of a world composed of “vast impersonal forces,” and philosopher Herbert Spencer and revolutionary Karl Marx spoke of historical inevitability, discounting the importance of any individual. In […]

What’s going on in the UK fresh produce sector?

The final outcome of Brexit, the impact of the US election and the ongoing challenges of COVID-19. These are just some of the macro business issues facing fresh produce suppliers and buyers in the UK fresh produce market as we start the build-up to the busy Christmas period. COVID-19 and changing routes to market In […]

South African plums, peaches and nectarines looking good this season

South African plums, peaches and nectarines looking good this season

Growers in the South African stone fruit industry say they are “optimistic about the season ahead” and the prospects of delivering a more robust bounty to the UK market. After facing numerous challenges during the 2019-20 season – which runs November to May – because of the COVID-19 pandemic and tough weather conditions, the organisation […]

Whole Foods Market installing vertical farms inside London supermarkets

Whole Foods Market installing vertical farms inside London supermarkets

Whole Foods Market has announced a new partnership with urban farming network Infarm to install vertical farms inside its UK stores. It marks the third major expansion into the UK retail space for Infarm as retailers seek ways to reduce the environmental footprint in their supply chain and develop their range of sustainable produce. Infarm […]

Tesco pitches in to help 500,000 Healthy Start customers with free fruit, veg

Tesco pitches in to help 500,000 Healthy Start customers with free fruit, veg

Starting on Nov. 16, UK retailer Tesco will be giving a half million customers who use Healthy Start vouchers a £1 coupon to spend on fresh or frozen produce. The supermarket chain says it is trying to expand the healthy eating habits of its customers through the winter and during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also says […]

Waitrose preps for ‘Christmas like no other’ with more donations, more drivers

Waitrose preps for 'Christmas like no other' with more donations, more drivers

Supermarket chain Waitrose and John Lewis say they will be trying to raise £5m for less-fortunate families through FareShare and Home-Start to give British citizens a ‘Christmas like no other.’ The scheme features a one-to-one charity donation in which Waitrose will match any donations given by consumers up to £2 million. It also has further programmes […]