Startup Grocemania passes funding target, is expanding same-day service

Officials at London-based Grocemania, a same-day grocery delivery startup that serves Budgens, Nisa, Londis and Costcutter and a number of independent retailers, said it has raised more than £170,000 on the crowdfunding platform Seedrs.  Looking to roll out its services nationwide, Grocemania said it surpassed its funding target of £100,000 at a valuation of £2.4 million. More […]

Brakes unveils Help for Hospitality campaign to help businesses recover from pandemic

Foodservice wholesaler Brakes is offering significant discounts to hospitality sector businesses in the continued wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The new campaign promises to not only help customers weather the next month or so as vaccines roll out across the UK but also over the next few months as companies look to rebound from an […]

IFCO’s European Lift Lock containers become Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver

Reusable plastic container company IFCO announced its Lift Lock range in Europe has achieved Cradle to Cradle Certified (Version 3.1) status at the Silver level, become the first fresh-food RPCs to meet the sustainability standard. The European Lift Lock containers, which are optimized for fruits and vegetables as well as other food products, also earned […]

Making positive changes also came from the pandemic

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

The concept of a pandemic has been portrayed in movies, sci-fi books, medical journals and contemplated by agencies across the globe. The big picture issues are obvious: food scarcity, stress on medical supplies and services, global cooperation and competition for resources, social upheaval, loss of life, and the light at the end of the tunnel… […]

BerryWorld celebrate two more wins at International Taste Institute Awards

LPS19: How Fresh4cast is helping the fresh produce industry get smarter

Two varieties of berries from the BerryWorld Plus breeding programme earned awards for superior taste and two starts during the recent 2021 International Taste Institute Awards. BerryWorld’s Diamond Jubilee/BerryWorld Gem and another commercial variety that has yet to be launched received acclaim from a panel of international chefs. “This double award recognises our efforts to […]

Despite lower volumes, P.D.O. Persimon shows off superb quality

Despite a disappointing season that saw heavy rains affect the volume of P.D.O. Persimon fruit from Spain, the Kaki de la Ribera del Xúquer regulatory council was still very pleased with the quality of the fruit it delivered to the UK market. Growers outside Valencia saw a 15% decline in exports to the UK, accounting […]

Migiva seeks to scale up post-harvest Hazel application on table grapes

Peru-based Migiva Group, the owner of fresh produce grower-exporter Agricola Andrea, has launched a partnership with Hazel Technologies Inc. of the United States to trial the post-harvest application Hazel for grapes on a commercial scale. The Hazel application is said to improve the quality and condition of table grapes. The bonus is added shelf-life, reduced […]

UK to postpone new import requirements for EU fresh produce

The UK has agreed to postpone the introduction of phytosanitary certification obligations for most fresh produce from the EU until January 2022. Physical checks at Border Control Posts on fresh produce will only be applied from March 2022. European fresh produce organization, Freshfel, welcomed the news. The entity has been advocating in cooperation with its […]