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Horticulture Week Awards

Shortlist announced for the inaugural Horticulture Week Business Awards 2018

Shortlist announced for the inaugural Horticulture Week Business Awards 2018

Horticulture Week is delighted to announce the names of the outstanding businesses shortlisted for the Horticulture Week Business Awards 2018.

Analysis

How can English Apples & Pears maintain the sector's growth rate?

How can English Apples & Pears maintain the sector's growth rate?

The British top-fruit sector faces many challenges, but Ali Capper, newly appointed executive chair of promotional body English Apples & Pears (EAP), believes that with the right plan in place the sector can maintain the growth seen over the past decade.

What must growers do to comply with the new farming rules for water?

What must growers do to comply with the new farming rules for water?

Defra has brought into force farming rules for water in an effort to tackle diffuse water pollution from soil, fertiliser and manure, so meeting the UK's obligations under the EU's Water Framework Directive.

Is there now no chance of a SAWS scheme this year?

Is there now no chance of a SAWS scheme this year?

Last February, Defra secretary Michael Gove raised growers' hopes of an imminent resumption of a seasonal agricultural workers scheme (SAWS) given the sector's increasing difficulty in recruiting the necessary volume of seasonal labour.


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Professor Geoffrey Dixon

GreenGene International chair Geoff Dixon on the business of fresh produce production
 

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Supermarket retail

Big changers week on week as of 3 April 2018

Salad cress (each) 30 Morrisons
Radish (200g) 55 Co-op
Onions, red (kg) 100 M&S
Apples, Bramley (kg) 175 Sainsbury's

More Supermarket retail prices

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 April 2018

Leeks, trimmed 109
Onions, brown/red 33/44
Cauliflower, all varieties (per head) 72
Cooking apples, Bramley's Seedling 83

More Wholesale prices

*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

Product Special: protected crop structures - LEDs good for business

Product Special: protected crop structures - LEDs good for business

Concerns over climate, light levels and seasonal variability can all be overcome by using LEDs and they can deliver production benefits, Sally Drury reports.

Winning designs

Winning designs

Student anniversary collaboration generates outstanding work.

Business planning - Cash-flow management

Business planning - Cash-flow management

Wider market volatility can have a big impact on cash flow but there are ways to avoid problems, Neville Stein explains.

Business planning: The labour challenge

Business planning: The labour challenge

With staffing becoming increasingly problematic, Neville Stein looks at the alternatives to finding good recruits.

Growing media for fresh produce sector: expanding global industry

Growing media for fresh produce sector: expanding global industry

More European growers are following the example of their British counterparts in making greater use of coir, Gavin McEwan reports.

Business Planning - Staff are your greatest asset

Business Planning - Staff are your greatest asset

An effective strategy to retain staff is the best way for any business to avoid a potential recruitment crisis, Neville Stein advises.