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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. […]

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EU strawberry forecast paints mixed picture

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Italy set for increase in planted area, while acreage in Spain, France and Portugal remains stable   European strawberry producers anticipate ongoing disruptions to the market this year, after seeing demand dented by lockdowns imposed during the coronavirus pandemic last year. Italy expects a 9 […]

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Dole and Total Produce announce merger plan

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Deal will create the world’s largest fresh fruit and vegetable company, with combined annual sales of almost US$10bn Total Produce and Dole have announced plans to merge, a deal that will create the world’s largest fresh produce company with estimated combined revenue of approximately US$9.7bn. […]