Aldi pushes price cuts on fresh produce even further in first quarter of 2024

Many of Aldi’s price cuts may seem nominal, but in truth, the discount retailer has lowered them by 7% on 25% of its fresh produce to start 2024. Those drops include more than 50 items, from berries, grapes, tomatoes and apples to its fresh salad range. “This year we’re aiming to cut more prices than […]

Argentina’s record cherries season could have impact on UK this spring

Following two back-to-back seasons affected by poor weather, which saw export volumes drop, Argentine cherries are looking at a much better 2023-24, the Argentine Chamber of Integrated Cherry Producers (CAPCI) says. CAPCI President Aníbal Caminiti tells FreshFruitPortal.com the sector is projecting the end of the harvest on Feb. 25, and that he has observed good […]

Questions abound on fresh produce consumption, but shows like New York help spread word

Fresh notes: Rashford, Oliver call for 'urgent review' of free school meal plan

“How do we increase produce consumption?” This mantra has been chanted at industry events and in produce publications for as long as I can remember. It should be a no-brainer. Produce is healthy. Everyone wants to be healthy. Between fresh and non-fresh presentations, produce is available, affordable and there is a fruit or veggie that […]

Race for Resilience: Unlocking growth in a post-pandemic FMCG landscape

Even two years after the pandemic, the Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sector is struggling to return to normalcy, with demand yet to fully rebound. Ordinary categories are increasingly transforming into discretionary ones, and private label persists in grabbing market share from established brands. Consumers, grappling with the impact of inflation, are adopting deal-seeking behavior and […]

Sainsbury’s makes strong commitment to Fairtrade bananas, growers and workers

Sainsbury’s announced this week it was committing money from all bananas sold in stores to paying better wages to workers and growers in Cameroon, Colombia, Dominican Republic and Ghana. The world’s biggest retailer of Fairtrade bananas has stepped up three years ahead of the standard set in an agreement through IDH with nine other supermarkets […]

Four new hybrid mandarin varieties being developed in Spain for UK market

New sensory research gauges how Jaffa Orri Mandarins fare in China and Japan

It might be hard for Brits to believe, but Europeans actually like having pips in their mandarins. And that’s resulted in a challenge for consumers looking for satsumas in the UK. There are just fewer satsumas being produced as Spain and Morocco have concentrated on other types. “Traditionally the European market preferred clementines, which are […]

Aldi and Lidl putting massive investments behind British vegetable suppliers

Discount retail chains Lidl and Aldi have each bolstered contracts aimed at helping struggling British fresh food suppliers and consumers. Lidl said it is pouring more than £70 million into a three-year deal with suppliers that handle root vegetables, including carrots, parsnips, and swedes. Meanwhile, Aldi said it will be sinking more than £1.4 billion […]