‘Innovative’ Kissabel sees chance to grow red apple sector ahead of Fruit Attraction

Northern Hemisphere Kissabel apples returned to the market in mid-September. European production will rise by 40%, with a crop of 3,500 tonnes, for the apple with a colored flesh ranging from pink to intense red shades. To coincide with the new season, Kissabel partners are preparing to exhibit at Fruit Attraction 2023, the international fruit and vegetable […]

UK startup NatureMetrics captures first place at annual Agri T-Jam competition

NatureMetrics, a company which measures biodiversity using eDNA analysis of soil, water and insects, beat out nine other UK startups in earning top prize at this year’s Tesco’s Agri T-Jam competition. With the victory, NatureMetrics earned the right to work in a trial with a Tesco supply chain partner and also gained access to its […]

Bagged salads from British vertical farms now in stock at Asda

Asda shows small decline in third-quarter results, but online business is strong

Something new and very appealing to environmentally conscious consumers has sprouted in produce sections at Asda. The first range of vertically grown bagged salads to appear in a UK supermarkets began this week in 270 Asda stores. Called Homegrown – an homage to British growers producing them in Gloucestershire – they feature three SKUs: 80g Mixed […]

State of Blueberry report shows shifts in UK imports, dire straits for domestic growers

Blueberry exports from South Africa expected to increase by 20 per cent

The International Blueberry Organization unveiled its highly anticipated 2023 State of the Global Blueberry Industry report on Aug. 15, via a live presentation. The analysis thoroughly examines the sector’s challenges and strengths, confirming a shift in production towards the counter season. “Sometime either in 2023 or 2024, the industry will see more fresh volumes shipped […]

Why supermarkets are rationing food … and 3 potential solutions to prevent shortages

Calls for the government to provide better support to UK food producers have intensified recently, as supermarkets have been forced to ration sales of some fresh produce. Weather-related disruption has caused supply shortages of vegetables from places that include Spain and North Africa. Food price hikes and produce shortages have been an ongoing problem for […]

British blueberries, the ‘mighty’ snacking fruit, are filling up produce section shelves

Can blueberries boost attention in children?

British blueberry producers are expecting to send 6,000 tonnes of fruit to retail shelves this year, projecting the “sweetest and largest crop yet.” This season, which started in early June and will run to late September, will offer “sweeter than ever” fruit thanks to sunny weather which boosts blueberries’ natural sugar content. “British blueberries have long […]

More than 1,000 suppliers will converge on pivotal conference hosted by Aldi

Aldi is bringing together more than 1,000 of its suppliers – along with 200 of its own colleagues – to discuss overall trade strategy and potential growth at a conference on 4th July at ICC Birmingham. It is the first time in five years that the discount retailer has done a live gathering for this […]