Startup Grocemania passes funding target, is expanding same-day service

Officials at London-based Grocemania, a same-day grocery delivery startup that serves Budgens, Nisa, Londis and Costcutter and a number of independent retailers, said it has raised more than £170,000 on the crowdfunding platform Seedrs.  Looking to roll out its services nationwide, Grocemania said it surpassed its funding target of £100,000 at a valuation of £2.4 million. More […]

Brakes unveils Help for Hospitality campaign to help businesses recover from pandemic

Foodservice wholesaler Brakes is offering significant discounts to hospitality sector businesses in the continued wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The new campaign promises to not only help customers weather the next month or so as vaccines roll out across the UK but also over the next few months as companies look to rebound from an […]

Court sides with Asda workers in equal pay dispute

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

Shopworkers at Asda have won the latest stage in their fight for equal pay in a ruling that could lead to a £500 million (US$688 million) compensation claim and could have big repercussions for the supermarket sector. The supreme court has backed a 2016 employment tribunal decision that the supermarket’s retail staff, who are mostly […]

BerryWorld celebrate two more wins at International Taste Institute Awards

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Two varieties of berries from the BerryWorld Plus breeding programme earned awards for superior taste and two starts during the recent 2021 International Taste Institute Awards. BerryWorld’s Diamond Jubilee/BerryWorld Gem and another commercial variety that has yet to be launched received acclaim from a panel of international chefs. “This double award recognises our efforts to […]

Despite lower volumes, P.D.O. Persimon shows off superb quality

Despite a disappointing season that saw heavy rains affect the volume of P.D.O. Persimon fruit from Spain, the Kaki de la Ribera del Xúquer regulatory council was still very pleased with the quality of the fruit it delivered to the UK market. Growers outside Valencia saw a 15% decline in exports to the UK, accounting […]

Migiva seeks to scale up post-harvest Hazel application on table grapes

Peru-based Migiva Group, the owner of fresh produce grower-exporter Agricola Andrea, has launched a partnership with Hazel Technologies Inc. of the United States to trial the post-harvest application Hazel for grapes on a commercial scale. The Hazel application is said to improve the quality and condition of table grapes. The bonus is added shelf-life, reduced […]

Tesco trials unwashed potatoes to help cut down on food waste

It has been more than 50 years since major UK retailers have sold unwashed potatoes in their stores, but Tesco says it is giving it a go again to help cut down on food waste in the home. Tesco says by leaving the dirt on them, it can help potentially double their shelf life. According […]

UK will have adequate supply of table grapes despite Chile weather

Inaugural Global Grape Summit will take place at Grosvenor House this June

Amid the potential grape shortages given heavy rains in Chile, the UK doesn’t seem to expect to see a loss of supply nor rising prices at the same level that the United States may see. Currently, the UK is adequately supplied with fruit arriving mainly from South Africa, India and Chile, with tail-end volumes still […]