Disruption from truck driver shortage to deepen, warns logistics boss

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Disruption from the UK’s truck driver shortage is expected to deepen with more goods failing to reach shelves on the high street, the head of Britain’s largest logistics outsourcer has warned. James Wroath, chief executive of Wincanton, said the extra strains were likely to hit the haulage industry as demand picks up ahead of the […]

How will we remember the UK’s summer of 2021 in fresh produce?

Produce notes: New £3m facility in North East will become produce hub

The summer of 2021 has been one full of change in the UK fresh produce sector. We entered it, still feeling the impacts of Brexit. It took a long time to sort out the basis of how we would finally leave the EU. While the final deal with no tariffs or quotas on trade between […]

Belgian cooperative Hoogstraten launches UK trade campaign for strawberries

In response to the ongoing rise in demand for berries, Hoogstraten , a well-known cooperative of fresh produce growers in Belgium and the Netherlands, has launched a trade campaign in the UK to raise awareness among buyers of its “fresh, healthy and tasty” strawberries , which can be sold and arrive in the UK on […]

Want To Help The World While Helping The Industry? Reduce Online Out-Of-Stocks

Finding better ways to market and sell fresh produce online

The produce shelves of today’s retail stores are filled with innovative produce items, which offer flavor and convenience, new eating experiences and more. From new varieties of apples and grapes to innovative fresh-cuts and packaged items, one would think that this explosion of innovative activity would have led to substantial increases in produce consumption. Yet, […]

Camellia-Bardsley partnership to propel agri-tech innovation

Earlier this month, Bardsley England , the UK’s second-largest apple supplier, was acquired by global agriculture group Camellia Plc – a grower-supplier of tea, nuts, avocados, blueberries, maize and timber in Africa, India, Bangladesh and Brazil. The tie-up is designed to allow both businesses to spearhead development and technology projects to transform how they grow food […]

Resilience on a Grand Scale: ‘The Year Was A Wakeup Call’ for New York’s wholesalers

With all the challenges and disruptions faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, the wind-down of restrictions and the emergence of a more familiar working environment are making the future look rosier for many produce wholesalers and distributors. “I think everyone feels incredibly optimistic about the direction of business,” says Joshua Gatcke, general manager of Nathel & Nathel, […]

Westfalia Fruit achieves Carbon Measured certification of UK market avocados

Westfalia Fruit said is has achieved Carbon Measured Certification for its South Africa avocados that are sold in the UK, along with its range of other products sold in S.A., including avocado, avocado oil and guacamole products. Westfalia, which had been in consultation with global experts on climate change, said it has made a strong […]