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Fischer Farms has begun distributing its first harvest of watercress, rocket and basil to customers including Fresh Direct

Fischer Farms secures Red Tractor and GlobalGAP accreditations


Vertical farming business says achievement brings the company one step closer to supplying the major supermarkets

The review shows great interest across industry to take on logistics apprentices

Apprenticeship scheme ‘is failing’ logistics sector


Report by Logistics UK highlights ‘urgent need’ to overhaul the Apprenticeship Levy in bid to resolve sector’s long-term skills shortage

Albotherm co-founders Sian Fussell (left) and Molly Allington

Bristol Uni spin-out lands £500k for greenhouse shading tech


Smart shade coating optimises growing conditions and reduces overheating, allowing a 34 per cent yield boost, according to Albotherm

Organic vegetables

Welsh move poses ‘existential threat’ to organics


Welsh Organic Forum says withdrawal of support threatens business viability


Asda report updates ESG progress


Supermarket outlines progress towards environmental and social targets


Navel oranges

Intercitrus calls for tougher EU stance on RSA citrus imports


It wants EU to set up centralised system to log temperature readings to prove that cold treatment rules are being followed

Tesco has increased its market share

Grocery prices fall again


New figures from Kantar show inflation is easing off at the supermarkets 

M&S has had a strong start to the year

Food drives improved profit guidance at M&S


Retailer issues upbeat prediction for first-half results on the back of strong start

Camposol avocados

All change for Peruvian avocado markets


Chile enters the top three destinations for first half of 2023, displacing the US market

Droughts in southern Europe are a threat to food security in the UK

Mediterranean droughts threaten UK fresh produce supplies


Extreme weather in southern Europe will reduce yields and make fresh fruit and vegetables more expensive in Britain, according to new study


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Fruit pickers

Collaboration vital to root out abuse


Acknowledging the problem of worker exploitation is half the battle for fresh produce companies, according to Shayne Tyler who specialises in helping firms combat the scourge of modern slavery

Tesco Express

Tesco revamps Express product lineup


Move is aimed at offering more affordable alternatives in convenience locations

Costa Rican bananas

Costa Rican pineapple and banana exports bounce back


Strong European demand and favourable climatic conditions fuel double-digit increase in exports in first half of 2023

The new gin is Oddbox's first foray into the drinks market

Oddbox and Penrhos Spirits launch 'wonky' gin


Two food-waste-fighting firms join forces to create limited edition spirit made with out-of-spec cucumbers and apples

Blueberries can help improve cognitive health

Blueberry sector touts fruit’s brain benefits


Fruit’s cognitive benefits are down to their antioxidant and phytochemical properties, which combat inflammation and potentially improve blood flow