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 […]

Sainsbury’s asks customers to keep masks on as UK government lifts mandate

As the UK government lifts mandatory masks in public settings on Monday, one supermarket chain says it will strongly encourage customers to keep them on. Officials at Sainsbury’s say they will ask its shoppers to continue to put on face coverings as they shop at stores, providing an extra layer of protection for themselves, other […]

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 […]

Picota Cherries: Tools and Tips To Maximise Retail Sales

As greater volume arrives from Spain this season, UK retailers are encouraged to market the stalkless variety as healthy, versatile, affordable, seasonal and unique. The European Picota cherry season is underway in the UK, with excellent quality fruit already arriving from the Valle del Jerte (Jerte Valley) in Spain. The UK remains the biggest importer […]

In U.S. and across globe, retail success may be hard to sustain

Originally printed in the April 2021 issue of Produce Business. Though the produce category had a record year at retail in 2020, foodservice was, of course, way down as so many restaurants were closed as were institutions such as schools and their lunch and meal programs. The statistics are not all in yet, but there is […]

Berry Gardens turns to athletics’ star for new ‘Taste’ campaign

Berry Gardens has a new, very familiar and health-conscious spokesperson for its six-figure More Than Taste marketing campaign: triple jump World Champion Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill. Ennis-Hill is helping the UK’s largest co-operative of British berry growers pitch its blueberries and three varieties from Driscoll’s – Maravilla raspberries, Victoria Sweet blackberries and Zara strawberries. Ennis-Hill is not […]