Tesco buys more British strawberries as Emery sees best season for 20 years

Growers say the warm spring has led to the biggest and best quality English strawberry crop in 20 years.

The warm spring has led to a bumper crop of strawberries this year - image:HW
The warm spring has led to a bumper crop of strawberries this year - image:HW
Hampshire-based R and V Emery said their production yield was up by 150 per cent on recent years.

Owner Vernon Emery said: "The extra warmth has helped boost sugar levels but equally important have been good levels of light which have helped the fruit set and encouraged bees to pollinate the plants.

"The great weather has also been consistent without dips in temperature which would have hampered the quality."

Tesco has cut foreign imports by 50 per cent.

Strawberry buyer Paul Jones said the weather had created an "abundance of top quality, sweeter than normal English strawberries - of the standard normally associated with Wimbledon fortnight".

"As the quality is so high we've taken far more of the English crop than we usually do at this time of year.

"This is fantastic news for the English strawberry industry and should see them getting an unexpected windfall from increased orders from UK retailers."



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