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Supermarket retail

Big changers week on week as of 7 April 2015

Lettuce, round, each 50 Co-op
Tomatoes, kg 200 Waitrose
Onions, red, kg 85 Tesco
Apples, Bramley, kg 150 M&S

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Retail prices from the major supermarkets are collected by Market Intelligence Services and updated every Tuesday.

Wholesale prices

Average most usual as of W/E 10 April 2015.

Carrots, topped, washed 31  
Cucumbers, all varieties 79  
Pears, Conference 52  
Tomatoes, round 111  

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*National average wholesale and median prices charged in England.

Data supplied by Defra. www.defra.gov.uk

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Edibles Production In Depth

Packaging - Fresher for longer

Packaging - Fresher for longer

Packaging suppliers are providing innovative solutions to extend the shelf life of fresh produce for as long as possible, Gavin McEwan reports.

Reviewed: Glasshouse structures

Reviewed: Glasshouse structures

The life sciences building at the University of Bristol is a state-of-the-art growing facility for horticultural research, Sally Drury discovers.

Glasshouse structures

Glasshouse structures

Getting the best performance from your greenhouse is key to investment decisions, says Sally Drury.

Pest & disease factsheet - Mycosphaerella brassicicola

Pest & disease factsheet - Mycosphaerella brassicicola

Disease profile for field vegetable growers, by Professor Geoffrey Dixon.

Business Planning - Succession planning: thinking ahead

Business Planning - Succession planning: thinking ahead

How will your business fill key leadership roles and map its future after you leave? asks Neville Stein.

Growing media - Multiple choice?

Growing media - Multiple choice?

Latest trials suggest that wood fibre has the potential to join coir as a competitive alternative to peat for growers of fresh produce, Gavin McEwan discovers.


Crop Trials

Vegetable seed trials - Variety showcase

Vegetable seed trials - Variety showcase

International seed breeders opened the gates at their trial grounds in North Holland to show growers their newest varieties, Gavin McEwan reports.

Take part in field research to improve skills, open day visitors advised

Take part in field research to improve skills, open day visitors advised

Being involved in field-level research can improve growers' skills as well as increasing understanding of particular issues, Soil Association head of horticulture Ben Raskin told the Rijk Zwaan UK organic open day.

Westland Seeds features among specialists presenting sweet peppers

The trials marked the first opportunity for new specialist breeder Westland Seeds to show its sweet pepper range.

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