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UK berry growers facing “perfect storm”

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  Food waste targets and higher imports are making it harder for British berry producers to sell their crop this season, with one industry figure predicting a wave of consolidation as inflationary pressures bite Volumes of British soft fruit look set to increase this season […]

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Peru smashes blueberry export record

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Shipments up by almost a third in volume and value compared to 2020/21 With another month of the campaign still left to go, Peruvian blueberry exports have hit a new record. According to consultancy group Fresh Fruit Peru, Peru has shipped 218,823 tonnes worth US$1.307bn […]

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Berry Gardens to investigate exploitation claims

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The berry marketer is working to fully investigate and address claims made in a Guardian investigation of worker exploitation in Portugal UK-based berry grower-marketer Berry Gardens says it is taking allegations raised in a Guardian newspaper investigation of berry picker exploitation in Portugal “very seriously”. […]

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Chilean blues exports hit by shipping disruption

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Delays to maritime services prompts increase in shipments of frozen blueberries Chilean exports of fresh and frozen blueberries to 26 December were down 24.1 per cent compared to the year-earlier period according to figures released by the Chilean Blueberry Committee. It said the fall was […]

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Huelvan berry data shows gains for blues

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Acold snap in early December is delaying the harvesting of the first strawberries of the 2021/22 in Huelva, Spain. Berry association Freshuelva said a rainy spell after planting has generally been positive for the new season crop, although it had caused localised losses in some […]

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Blueberry consumption tipped to skyrocket

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Rabobank fresh produce report predicts global fresh blueberry exports to expand steadily over coming years Agricultural banking specialist Rabobank has indicated global fresh blueberry exports are likely to expand steadily during the next few years, as growing regions continue to diversify around the globe. In […]

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Britain poised for blackberry boom

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Sales increased by 8 per cent in the last year alone, says British Summer Fruit   Blackberry sales are on the rise in the UK as new, improved varieties and a growing awareness of the fruit’s health benefits drive category growth. Britons spent £51m on […]

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Hoogstraten launches UK berry campaign

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Group’s first strawberry marketing campaign in the UK promotes year-round fruit supplied directly from Belgium Belgium-based cooperative Hoogstraten has launched its first trade-focused strawberry campaign in the UK market. The campaign highlights Hoogstraten’s premium fresh fruit, which is available year-round and supplied directly from Belgium. […]