News Stories 2017

Portugal: Blueberry exports expected to catch up with raspberries

A wealth of foreign investments in the Portuguese raspberry sector has led to impressive export growth over the last few years, but blueberries look set to catch up as an increasing amount of plantings go in the ground. Speaking to PBUK at last week’s London Produce Show, a representative of trade promotion group Portugal Fresh said processed tomatoes were the country’s biggest horticultural export.Click here to read the full story

Dutch “fruit from the wall” concept debuts at London Produce Show

Visitors to Amsterdam and other Dutch cities and towns may be familiar with the traditional concept of “eating from the wall” where vending machines dispense savoury snacks for on-the-go convenience. Now, the Dutch organisation that represents the fruit and vegetable sector, The Fresh Produce Centre in the Netherlands (Groenten Fruit Huis), wants to put a fruity twist on an old idea. PBUK investigates.Click here to read the full story

Lidl UK wins award for inspiring children to eat fresh produce

Discount retailer Lidl UK has won PBUK’s inaugural International Marketing Award for Promotions Inspiring Children to Eat Fresh Produce. Sponsored by the Embassy of the Netherlands in the UK, the “Kids Are Our Future” award was presented to Emma Byrne, Lidl UK’s head of produce, at the London Produce Show and Conference held last week.Click here to read the full story

Five Key Food Trends Highlighted at the 2017 London Fresh Produce Show

Last week, I had the pleasure - and good fortune! - of attending the Foodservice Forum on day one of the London Produce Show. Now in its third year, this boutique exhibition held at the swanky Grosvenor House in Park Lane, brings together a wide range of international produce buyers from the retail, foodservice and wholesale sectors. Coupled with a series of networking occasions, seminars and chef demonstrations alongside the exhibition, every attendee is presented [...]

Naturally seedless Moroccan mandarins charming UK consumers

Sponsored by Morocco Nadorcott Seedless, the London Produce Show opening cocktail reception on Wednesday June 7 is the largest annual social gathering in the UK's fresh produce calendar. More than 750 industry professionals from around the world will network in the five-star deluxe setting of the balcony of the Great Room, at the Grosvenor House, a JW Marriott hotel on London's Park Lane. Ahead of the event, PBUK catches up with Mohamed [...]

Sourcing sustainable bananas for foodservice and wholesale markets

Banana importer, packer and distributor J N Fox and Sons is pushing ahead with its strategy to source sustainable fruit as part of its partnership with a Costa Rican plantation operated by EARTH University...“EARTH has a commercial plantation that runs alongside the university so any profits that are made from the plantation are used to fund scholarships for students in the university, which is a fantastic idea we are extremely happy to [...]

Zespri golden kiwifruit variety signals start of summer

Ahead of Zespri UK exhibiting at the forthcoming London Produce Show and Conference (June 7-9), PBUK talks with Jayne Chamberlain, UK & Ireland market manager, about how the yellow-fleshed SunGold kiwifruit variety is positioned as a healthy snack alternative for health conscious UK consumers searching for ready-to-eat products.Click here to read the full story

Indian grape export season bounces back following price pressures and over supply

As part of its partnership with the German government, fresh fruit supplier Don Limón works with Indian growers in Sangli, Maharashtra, a key district in the country’s grape belt. Under a programme called develoPPP, the company is supporting smallholder producers with technical know-how and capacity building to secure access to different international markets. PBUK catches up Chiranjeevi A Rajanna who is wrapping up this season’s table grape export campaign... “We will be [...]

Sweet potatoes from Central America to sustain Europe’s growing appetite

The first containers of sweet potatoes grown in Central America are en route to the UK as part of a new campaign which will see year-round supply of the tuber in Britain. With its healthy attributes like vitamin B6 and a low glycemic index, alongside great taste and kitchen versatility, sweet potatoes are gaining traction in the UK and Europe as a healthier alternative to the regular spudAhead of consignments kicking off [...]