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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 growers benefit by supporting agroforestry?

How can growers benefit by supporting agroforestry?

Agroforestry has the potential to deliver on a range of policy objectives in England, according to a new report from the Woodland Trust and the Soil Association.

How should perceived shortcomings in Defra's farming policy plans be addressed?

How should perceived shortcomings in Defra's farming policy plans be addressed?

The Government needs to provide much more detail on its post-Brexit farming policy if its twin aims of increasing farm competitiveness and enhancing the environment are to be met, according to a new report published this week by the parliamentary Environment, Food & Rural Affairs Committee.

Will UK fruit producers still have access to imported trees and plants post-Brexit?

Will UK fruit producers still have access to imported trees and plants post-Brexit?

With the UK's future trading relationships with the EU and the wider world still up in the air, the fruit-growing industry has expressed concern about whether it will still be able to bring in the fruit trees and soft-fruit plants on which it depends.


Supermarket retail

Big changers week on week as of 1 June 2018

Lettuce, Chinese leaf (each) 125 Sainsbury's

Tomatoes (kg)

190 Morrison's
Cabbage, white (kg) 79 Co-op
Raspberries (150kg) 250 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 4 June 2018

Asparagus, all varieties 389
Curly kale, all varieties 252
Spinach leaf, loose/ bunch 123
Strawberries, all varieties 243

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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

Crop protection: edibles armoury

Crop protection: edibles armoury

New products are still coming through despite challenging regulations. Gavin McEwan reports on what's new for growers of edible crops.

Protected Cropping Structures - Polytunnels

Protected Cropping Structures - Polytunnels

Cost factors, ventilation benefits and the ability to fit new advanced films are some of the reasons behind the popularity of these structures, says Sally Drury.

Protected crop structures - LEDs good for business

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.