Canadian vertical farm ‘taking sustainability to the next level’

Ontario-based Local Leaf Farms is fighting some of the industry’s biggest issues, one sustainably packaged romaine at a time. Its particular model seeks to provide fresher, more nutritious options while supporting locally grown produce. To bring its vision to life, Local Leaf Farms builds facilities that are no more than 7,000 sq ft. but produce […]

‘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 […]

Produce packaging gets more environmentally friendly while preventing food waste grows

Times are changing for consumer packaging in the produce industry. But even though plastic packaging is under closer scrutiny, that doesn’t mean that it is on the way out. Grand View research recently forecasted the global food packaging market will reach $562.3 billion by 2030, expanding at a compound annual growth rate of 5.5%. The […]

Report: Eat Them to Defeat Them campaign led to £34.1 million in veg sales

Eat Them To Defeat Them returns with £10m campaign aimed at kids

Very few campaigns aimed at increasing consumption of fresh produce in any nation have really worked, despite the myriad efforts of action groups and government agencies. However, one in the UK focused on helping children – Eat Them to Defeat Them – has garnered immense interest from consumers, who have increased vegetable purchases by £132 […]

European vegetable farms struggling with energy crisis

Vegetable producers in northern and western Europe are contemplating halting their activities because of the financial hit from the region’s energy crisis, Reuters reports. The publication recounts that surging power and gas prices will impact crops grown through the winter in heated greenhouses and those which need to be placed in cold storage.  Tomatoes, peppers […]