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 […]

Northern Hemisphere citrus will see declines because of weather

Spain: Hail causes €15M in damages for Valencia fruit growers

Northern Hemisphere citrus production is projected to drop by 13% this season to 26 million tonnes, according to the World Citrus Organization (WCO). The WCO’s forecast is based on data from Egypt, Greece, Israel, Italy, Morocco, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey, and the U.S. It was presented during the third edition of the Global Citrus Congress on Nov. […]

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. […]

Berry Gardens promises more innovation, varieties after acquisition

Driscoll’s recent acquisition of UK-based Berry Gardens Limited (BGL) is described by representatives as a consolidation of both knowledge and resources, and expected to introduce new varieties and innovation for sustainability to the British berry market. News of the merger first broke in early November, with the two firms having collaborated for the past 20 years. However, […]

UK should reap rewards of global blueberry expansion, availability

Thanks to a sea shift in the blueberry industry from regional to global, availability of the plump and nutritious fruits should continue to growth exponentially in the UK, according to a report from Netherlands-based Rabobank. Blueberries, a ‘super fruit’ with an unrivaled balance of antioxidants, colour, convenience and flavour, are seeing increased demand from consumers […]

‘Uncertain times’ ahead for UK and fresh produce industry

Commentary: Post-Brexit, where does the UK turn next in trade talks?

As we begin to look back on 2022, we are currently facing a combination of global, regional and local challenges which impact, directly and indirectly UK and international farming and food: the strength of the US$; conflict in Ukraine; climate change; energy issues; the ongoing impact of Brexit, COVID and then our own UK economic/food […]

Asia Fruit Logistica honours four fresh produce companies with awards

Four standout fresh produce companies from across the globe were honoured Thursday at the three-day Asia Fruit Logistica in Bangkok for their outstanding work and innovations in helping grow the sector. South African citrus marketer ClemenGold, Chinese distributor Goodfarmer, Thailand’s wholesale chain Makro and the Paramount Export Company earned this year’s Asia Fruit Awards for […]