Generation Z, Sustainable Purchasing And the Connection with Agriculture

Martin of Barclays Agriculture: Find your passion, always aim to leave a legacy

As our natural food systems weaken and no longer seem able to deliver what is expected, we look for ways to change its trajectory. Gradually we begin to understand that one of the major causes of unsustainability in the food systems is not only production but also ‘irresponsible’ consumption. Our food seems cheap, but only […]

British cherries to flood supermarket shelves after July’s heatwave

UK growers foresee favourable season ahead for cherries from UK, abroad

Huge volumes of British cherries are expected to hit UK supermarket shelves over the coming weeks after the recent hot weather led to a bumper crop. A cold and rainy spring had threatened this year’s output, but growers are now celebrating a massive yield, the BBC reports. Lee Turner, from Kent-based FGA Farming, the UK’s largest cherry […]

Divine trinity: Fresh, with a Bite and a Zing

Food is a central theme during meetings between individuals who work in the fresh produce industry. In Croatia, I recently had a discussion with a French colleague, who told me about the love that the famous French chef Paul Bocuse had for cream, butter, and wine. Bocuse reputedly once said: “I like butter, cream and […]

National Food Strategy: What a tax on salt, sugar would mean

The second part of the UK’s National Food Strategy, led by Leon co-founder Henry Dimbleby, was released last week, showing what it would take financially to get the nation on a more long-term path to more healthy, sustainable eating and the potential for general practitioners to prescribe foods for patients. Among the many parts of […]

Prevor: How best to boost produce consumption

How best to increase the consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables is an issue that has confronted and troubled executives in the produce industry for many years. Voluntary efforts by all of our government, trade associations and charitable organizations seem to have come to naught if the goal is to see per capita produce consumption […]

M&S targets food waste in latest scheme: 25p bananas

Trying to cut down on food waste across England, Marks & Spencer is selling a bunches of bananas in its stores for just 25p. The bananas, which M&S says come in a minimum of packs of three, are packaged in clever cardboard bags that are part of a “Go Bananas” campaign to reduce fruit that […]

Pomegranate Seeds Buck Prepared Fruit Trend With Ample Room For Growth

Strong sales growth and low household penetration point to positive opportunities for prepared pomegranate seeds, prompting PrepWorld to launch a consumer campaign. Pomegranates are turning heads in the UK. At a time when many prepared fruits have been challenged severely by the pandemic, sales of pomegranate seeds have experienced year-on-year double-digit growth. As such, the […]

Retail roundup: Commercial crop of vertically grown strawberries hits Tesco stores

Tesco is receiving the first commercial volumes of strawberries grown from a vertical farm via a production system that lessens both water usage and features a 90 per cent reduction in carbon footprint per kilo of fruit. The fruit is being delivered by Direct Produce Supplies Ltd (DPS), a Tesco supplier for 40 years that […]