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Analysis

Is there really a price barrier to healthy eating?

Is there really a price barrier to healthy eating?

Obsolete methodology is blamed for view that healthy eating is more expensive.

Awards

UK Grower Awards 2017 winners honoured

UK Grower Awards 2017 winners honoured

More than 300 professionals from the UK production horticulture industry gathered in London's Covent Garden last night to hear the names of the winners of the UK Grower Awards 2017 revealed.

Supermarket retail

Big changers week on week as of 6 March 2017

Lettuce, round (each) 40 Asda
Cabbage, Red (each) 80 Morrisons
Onions, red (kg) 89 Co-op
Apples, Gala (kg) 185 Waitrose

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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 13 March 2017

Carrots, topped/washed 33
Leeks, trimmed 112
Watercress, all varieties (per bunch) 50
Rhubarb (forced) 303

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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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Fresh Produce In Depth

Business planning - Post-Brexit recruitment

Business planning - Post-Brexit recruitment

A good human resources strategy can help to ensure that you have enough of the right staff at the right time, Neville Stein advises.

What options will apprentice levy open up for horticulture?

What options will apprentice levy open up for horticulture?

Next month's introduction of the Government apprenticeship levy could offer good value for money for horticultural businesses, Rachel Anderson discovers.

Clever polytunnel films

Clever polytunnel films

Longer seasons, improved yields and better crop quality are all being achieved thanks to the latest technically advanced smart films, Gavin McEwan reports.

What's in store for edibles production in 2017?

What's in store for edibles production in 2017?

National Living Wage, seasonal labour, apprenticeship levy, automation and robotics

Polytunnels

Polytunnels

Advanced cladding, better ventilation and more durable frameworks are among the improvements offered by the latest polytunnels, says Sally Drury.

Dutch vegetable open days

Dutch vegetable open days

Brassicas, squashes, salads, roots and alliums were all on show as growers, advisers, agents and buyers visited the main seed breeders' sites, Gavin McEwan reports.


Crop Trials

£30k grant award to Global Plant Genetics will aid international fresh produce distribution

£30k grant award to Global Plant Genetics will aid international fresh produce distribution

Global Plant Genetics has been awarded an Innovate UK grant worth almost £30,000 to conduct a feasibility study to maximise the value of its berry and asparagus offer on an international basis.

Trials show promise of automated topical herbicide application

Trials show promise of automated topical herbicide application

An automated vision-guided droplet application system with the potential to reduce herbicide use by 95 per cent should be ready for field trials in 2018, according to AHDB Horticulture.

Seabrook On ... Lack of specialist coverage will impact horticulture

Seabrook On ... Lack of specialist coverage will impact horticulture

July saw the usual cross-country tour of trial grounds and offered the opportunity to catch up with all the latest novelties due to be introduced next season, get re-acquainted with established lines and meet up with a good cross section of the trade. The notable thing for me was the shrinking number of fellow scribes and broadcasters attending these events.