UK’s Freshgro co-op looks to produce world’s first carbon-neutral carrots

Carbon neutral is all the rage across the globe as governments, businesses and individuals strive for a more sustainable planet. Growers are trying to do their part, as well. The Nottingham-based Fresh Growers, or Freshgro co-operative, is hoping to deliver the world’s first carbon-neutral carrots later this year. The 10 farmers said premium Chantenay carrots, […]

Apprentice hub launches in Kent to boost fresh produce workforce

A new initiative launched by MDS and Growing Kent & Medway is aiming to get non-graduates and career changers into the fresh produce business through the creation of an “apprenticeship hub” in Kent. The two-year pilot program is designed to offer a fast track into the industry via a number of businesses to those seeking […]

Despite soaring profits, Maersk sees economic risks coming this year

New initiatives keep Maersk Line at forefront of global transport service

Danish shipping group AP Møller-Maersk anticipates “a slowdown in the second half, a normalization”, according to its chief executive Søren Skou and in a report in The Financial Times. This comes despite the highest profits of $19.3 billion (+55%) made in its 114-year history, in the first quarter. “The visibility is quite low. Mainly we see risks […]

Inflation, supply issues cause Del Monte’s profits to dip in first quarter

Report: Brexit decision could threaten bananas coming from Ghana

Despite posting higher sales year-on-year, Fresh Del Monte Produce saw a significant drop in its first-quarter profits because of inflationary pressures and ongoing supply chain constraints. Net income for the three months ended April 1 was $25.8 million, down from $42.7 million in the same quarter last year, while gross profit dropped to $89.8 million […]

Lidl asks UK public to assist in picking new store locations

Oxfam: Lidl announces new measures to protect overseas workers

With plans to continue growing its footprint across the UK, Lidl is now turning to the public to help them identify worthy sites for their next stores. The discount retail chain says they will pay a finder’s fee that could amount to upwards of £22,500 for a completed £1.5m site purchase. Lidl has even given […]

Wholesale Market: We need social media to stay relevant

I started working at A&J Produce Corporation last May, thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of the family business. My grandfather and his partners started A&J in 1977 at the Hunts Point Terminal Produce Cooperative Association located in the Bronx, NY. Forty-five years later, our mission remains the same: a commitment to […]