Pink Lady apple founder John Cripps passes away

The legend behind the the Pink Lady apple, John Cripps has passed away in Australia where he released his apple formula to the market 30 years ago. He was 95 years old. According to News.co.au, Cripps daughter Helen Cripps commented on her father’s legacy in an interview with ABC radio. “It took 25 years of research […]

Veg Power adds Hazera Seeds UK to growing membership programme

European fresh fruit and veg sector facing tumultuous period, says Freshfel

Not-for-profit Veg Power, which aims to increase vegetable consumption throughout the UK especially for children, has added Hazera Seeds UK to its growing membership programme. The connection with the subsidiary of Hazera, the global leader of the vegetable seed industry, further increases the footprint of Veg Power, which is relishing the philanthropy of its partners […]

Attention Must Be Paid: The Passing of Mel Schwartz

In these pages, we’ve had the opportunity to showcase the great and powerful of the industry. To memorialize those whose work stood apart and transformed the industry. This is well and good and appropriate. Yet the truth is that such portrayals are deceptive. They give the false impression that only few great men and women […]

How high inflation might impact table grape markets

Global table grape production likely to increase despite European losses

The high rate of inflation has become a major talking point over the last few months, with the prices of goods and services rising rapidly in major global economies. The Grape Reporter spoke with two experts from the US and the UK to get their views on how this could impact table grape sales in […]

South African table grape exports to UK down significantly since last year

The South African table grape industry has packed over 6 million more cartons year-on-year, but has shipped 5.2 million cartons fewer to international markets. The delays in the Port of Cape Town remain challenging, with the situation showing some improvement, although still too slow given the peak shipping weeks that are still ahead. Exports to […]

Lidl GB commits to LEAF Marque standards for all produce suppliers

Lidl GB announced it will require all of its British fresh produce suppliers to earn LEAF Marque environmental certification by the end of 2023. “We firmly believe it is our responsibility, through innovation, investment, and active leadership, to build a bright, sustainable future – for our business, our farmer suppliers, the people we interact with […]

Aldi launches trial of checkout-free store in London

Several UK supermarket chains have been trialling checkout-free stores, and Aldi has joined the fray by opening its first on Greenwich High Street in London. The Aldi Shop&Go concept store was unveiled on Tuesday morning, with customers picking up their items and walking out the doors with having to enter a queue. The Shop&Go app […]

Sainsbury’s latest data shows shoppers spending more on fresh

According to a new report released by supermarket chain Sainsbury’s, British consumers leaned in on more healthy eating … while taking the time to indulge a bit on special occasions. Sainsbury’s says more than six billion portions of fruits and vegetables were purchased alone from its Nectar points shoppers, including an astounding 375 million servings […]