Horticulture Week is delighted to announce the names of the outstanding businesses shortlisted for the Horticulture Week Business Awards 2018.
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.
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.
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.
GreenGene International chair Geoff Dixon on the business of fresh produce production
Big changers week on week as of 3 April 2018
|Salad cress (each)||30||Morrisons|
|Onions, red (kg)||100||M&S|
|Apples, Bramley (kg)||175||Sainsbury's|
Retail prices from the major supermarkets are collected by Market Intelligence Services and updated every Tuesday.
Average most usual as of W/E 13 April 2018
|Cauliflower, all varieties (per head)||72|
|Cooking apples, Bramley's Seedling||83|
*National average wholesale and median prices charged in England.
Data supplied by Defra. www.defra.gov.uk
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Wider market volatility can have a big impact on cash flow but there are ways to avoid problems, Neville Stein explains.
With staffing becoming increasingly problematic, Neville Stein looks at the alternatives to finding good recruits.
More European growers are following the example of their British counterparts in making greater use of coir, Gavin McEwan reports.
An effective strategy to retain staff is the best way for any business to avoid a potential recruitment crisis, Neville Stein advises.