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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

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

Camposol avocados

All change for Peruvian avocado markets


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

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

Climate change has made investment in irrigation systems increasingly important

‘UK agriculture must think big to tackle water scarcity’

2023-08-10T12:32:00+01:00By Max MacGillivray

Max MacGillivray of BeanStalk Global explains why major infrastructure projects are needed to ensure a stable water supply for farming in the east of the UK

Some environmental scientists argue that land-sharing policies could in fact accelerate biodiversity loss

COMMENT: Why ‘land sparing’ is a more sustainable option

2023-08-08T14:37:00+01:00By Graham Brookes

Agricultural economist Graham Brookes explains why he supports a land-sparing approach as the best way of balancing food production and climate change mitigation

Citrus is a major fresh produce export from Spain to the UK

New Spanish food summit aims to deepen UK trade ties


Event in London aims to boost trade between Spain and Britain and explore the potential for market growth in food and wine

BAPL's executive chair Ali Capper

Sunny June to boost flavour of British apples


Sunniest June for 66 years leaves British growers expecting a great-tasting crop, but volumes are set to contract after last year’s heat and a cooler spring


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GTrC2023 Speakers

Look who’s talking… at Global Tropicals Congress


Top names gather at Fruitnet’s new meeting point for the tropical and exotic fresh produce business.


Slug-monitoring project gets underway


Plans for SLIMERS initiative to be revealed at webinar on 15 August, with recruitment already underway for up to 30 ‘Slug Sleuths’

Prognosfruit 2023 - 2

EU apple and pear output to contract in 2023 says Prognosfruit


EU apple crop 3.3 per cent lighter than last year, while pear production is down 12.9 per cent

The Government is concerned that additional paperwork and SPS checks at ports will drive up inflation

Post-Brexit border checks delayed once more


Import checks on plant and animal products arriving from EU delayed for fifth time amid concerns that red tape will push up inflation

Retailers participating have reduced waste by eight per cent since 2018

Defra pushes back food waste reporting mandate


Compulsory food waste reporting will not be required of large UK food and drink companies until 2026 at the earliest, Government announces