Research by the National Diet & Nutrition Survey (NDNS) found that, as young people forsake potatoes for pasta, they are missing out on many vital nutrients, such as iron and potassium. Some 40 per cent of women under 50 are consuming well below the recommended daily intake of iron, yet one portion of potatoes provides 19 per cent of the recommended allowance. These messages are being promoted as part of Potato Council's latest campaign, fronted by model Nell McAndrew, to get the nation to "Love Potatoes".
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This spring, many top-fruit growers in the UK and across Europe were dismayed to discover that swathes of their orchards had been hit by frost.
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At a debate during last week's Fruit Focus trade show in Kent, senior industry figures painted a bleak picture of an increasingly difficult seasonal labour market that is already impacting on investment.
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