Newly GAP-certified Veracruz Almonds looks to expand in UK

Veracruz Almonds produces four varieties of the succulent, healthy nuts in Portugal across its 1,300 hectares. Much of its distribution is local. But after recently getting GlobalGAP accreditation, Veracruz wants to greatly expand its international reach, and that includes the UK.  “Securing the GlobalGAP certification is an important step forward in our ambitious growth plans,” […]

Veg Power campaign aims to get Brits to eat more veg at breakfast

Veg Power, the not-for-profit company behind the Eat Them to Defeat Them campaign, has launched a new initiative called Breakfast in Colour to try to get British consumers to eat more healthy at breakfast time by adding more vegetables to their plates. Only about a third of adults across the UK are reaching five-per-day targets, […]

New Greek grape varieties from Jupiter Group look promising

Ahead of its commercial Greek grape season, Jupiter Group has been testing promising new grape varieties. Into their fifth year as the master license holders of ARRA varieties in Greece, the international growers, who specialize in grape and citrus production have shared their excitement about two new grape varieties in test phase. “It is brilliant to see […]

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 […]