North East Fresh Produce Hub aims to revitalise regional wholesaling

North East Fresh Produce Hub aims to revitalise regional wholesaling

Having traded since 1983 on the North East Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market just outside of Newcastle upon Tyne, one of the region’s leading produce suppliers JR Holland Group has a vision to breathe new life into wholesaling in the north of England. By investing £3 million in a state-of-the art ‘Fresh Produce Hub’ on Gateshead’s Team […]

First Digital Agrifood Summit Portugal to take place virtually in January

First Digital Agrifood Summit Portugal to take place virtually in January

Portugal’s agri-food sector has experienced strong growth over the past decade and represents more than 10% of its exports, setting the stage for further expansion in 2021 and beyond.   The country’s bevy of products, led by fruits and vegetables, have found their way to 185 international markets, boasting an export value of 6.5 billion euros. More […]

New Covent Garden Market tenants call for clarity over lockdown and Brexit

New Covent Garden Market tenants call for clarity over lockdown and Brexit

The tenants of New Covent Garden Market (NCGM) have rallied together to call on the UK government to provide greater clarity and financial support with regards to the impact of ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and the looming challenges of a no-deal Brexit. With market sales down by 80 percent compared with this time last year, the […]

Notes: New York Produce Show and Conference going virtual on Wednesday

Notes: New York Produce Show and Conference going virtual on Wednesday

The New York Produce Show and Conference, which has grown over the past decade to become the largest fixed-site produce event in the Americas, is “making lemons out of lemonade” by switching to a virtual format this year because of the pandemic, before it returns live in New York City in 2021. Hosted in conjunction […]

Selecting A President: The Challenge Of Deferring To Excellence In A Democracy

(This column is excerted from perishablepundit.com 10/31/20) It is said that Will Rogers, the famous American humorist, used to include in his act a comment that when a President was elected, we instantly knew one thing for certain about him: An awful lot of people didn’t want him to be President. This is forever so, […]

Waitrose Food and Drink Report unveils unique trends among shoppers

Waitrose Food and Drink Report unveils unique trends among shoppers due to COVID

In its annual Food & Drink Report 2021, UK retailer Waitrose highlighted several groundbreaking trends forced by the COVID-19 pandemic that have changed everyday habits around consumption. Some of the most notable – that 25% of shoppers (mainly under 35) newly turned to online for their groceries, that 60% of customers say they will stick to […]

Supermarkets decide to repay business relief rates to UK government

Supermarkets decide to repay business relief rates to UK government

Supermarkets chains across the UK have decided to repay the government and the Devolved Administrations the business relief rates they received during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tesco is giving back £585 million while Aldi is returning more than £100m. Sainsbury’s and Lidl also agreed to repay its relief rates. “We are financially strong enough to be able to return […]

UK research company says exotic fruit to drive growth in reefer shipping trade

UK research company says exotic fruit to drive growth in reefer shipping trade

Future growth in the reefer shipping trade is expecting to come from accelerating trade in exotic fruits driven by new technology, according to UK-based maritime research consultancy Drewry. Growth over recent decades has been largely driven by soaring demand for proteins into swine flu-ravaged Asia, it said, but this trend is expected to recede as […]