European ports finally making a comeback after COVID declines

Port of Rotterdam launches ‘Food Hub’ amid growing agrofood market

After almost three years, freight levels at ports across the EU are slowly returning to their pre-pandemic state. Port Strategy reports that total weight of goods handled has recovered by 4% to 3.5 billion tonnes in 2021. During 2020, EU ports saw a decline of 7% in cargo compared to the previous year. While volumes still haven’t […]

Jane Swift named permanent CEO at evolving and nimble Borough Market

Jane Swift, who has led Borough Market as chief executive officer for more than a year, has been approved into that role permanently by its Board of Trustees. Swift, who previously worked with Trussell Trust, Workers Education Association and the Landscape Institute before joining Borough Market, has a deep background in operations and financial management […]

Remembering the Pundit and a favorite tune this festive season

Jim Prevor, the longtime Editor-in-Chief, co-founder and chief executive at Produce Business magazine, passed away a few weeks ago. He has left an indelible mark on the industry he grew up in, as the great-grandson of a produce wholesaler and the son of a produce leader and marketer who carried on the legacy of the […]

To reduce food waste, Tesco pitches produce exchange program to suppliers

Tesco is giving more than 3,500 suppliers the chance to alleviate costs and expand environmentally friendly practices by taking part in a new scheme where they can sell or transfer unwanted products to other suppliers. The unique trade system called Tesco Exchange will be a digital “marketplace” where suppliers with too much stock – “crops, […]

Canadian vertical farm ‘taking sustainability to the next level’

Ontario-based Local Leaf Farms is fighting some of the industry’s biggest issues, one sustainably packaged romaine at a time. Its particular model seeks to provide fresher, more nutritious options while supporting locally grown produce. To bring its vision to life, Local Leaf Farms builds facilities that are no more than 7,000 sq ft. but produce […]

Sainsbury’s launches £3 million campaign to Nourish the Nation before Christmas

Sainsbury’s is one of the many UK supermarket chains providing transformative assists during this festive season to those in need. But its latest endeavor – a campaign that will see 13.7 million people receive £3 million in food gifts – is certainly one of the most ambitious and generous. Sainsbury’s Nourish the Nation programme, in […]

UK seeing declines in avocado exports from Chile

Frosts and lower temperatures have had a negative impact on Chilean avocado production, according to a report from the US Department of Agriculture, and is already having an impact on the UK market. Exports for the marketing year 2022-23 overall are expected to decrease by 20% over the previous season, tumbling to 104,420 metric tonnes. […]