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British Summer Fruits to Become British Berry Growers

By Company News

This June, British Summer Fruits, the industry body that represents 95% of all the UK’s commercial soft fruit growers, is relaunching and rebranding to become British Berry Growers.

Since 1992, the UK’s crop association for the soft fruit industry has supported UK growers to build a billion-pound industry and the largest within UK horticulture.

British Berry Growers’ ambition is for British seasonal berries to continue to provide 100% of the UK’s needs and for industry exports to be 50% bigger than British sales volumes by 2035.

The new organisation will have four key effort priorities:

  • To ensure understanding of the British berry industry’s positive contribution to a sustainable rural economy and the nation’s health, and shape government policy to support British Berry Growers’ mission
  • To direct world-leading berry research and development that supports treatment of pest and disease, crop utilisation and drives future efficiencies, including the reduction of the carbon, waste and water footprint of the UK berry industry
  • To grow sales for berries by building UK consumer awareness and advocacy, focusing on British berries first and driving overall consumer demand by covering 52 weeks of the year
  • To identify and tackle the industry’s key risks to ensure its long-term viability and to provide issues support for UK berry growers

Commenting on the launch of British Berry Growers, chair Nick Marston said: “The launch of British Berry Growers marks an exciting moment for the British berry industry.

“The British berry industry is a true British business success story. Now worth over £1.6 billion year-round, the value of the industry has doubled in just a decade. Our growers sit at the heart of the rural economy and our industry is recognised as a key contributor to UK food self-sufficiency.

“British Berry Growers will champion the tireless work of our berry growers, both big and small, and support them as they adapt to the future challenges of seasonal berry production. We’re here to secure the long-term success of the British berry industry.”

The creation of British Berry Growers brings with it the launch of a new dedicated R&D advisory board. Its purpose will be to enable British Berry Growers to become recognised as one of the best crop associations in the world technically and environmentally.

The evolution of the trade body also sees the appointment of two new non-executive directors to the British Berry Growers organisation. Former MEP Anthea McIntyre CBE joins the organisation to advise and support the organisation on policy matters, while Dr Louise Sutherland brings her years of expertise in agri-tech to scope and set up the newly formed R&D advisory board.

British Berry Growers will continue to fund Love Fresh Berries, the organisation’s all year-round PR and social media campaign to promote strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries and  all berry industry activities.

Yes Peas! Campaign News

By Company News

The Yes Peas campaign, supported by the British Pea industry and British Growers, have released the following competition to celebrate Great British Pea Week 2022.

PEA-K YOUR OWN PEAS: YES PEAS! LAUNCHES COMPETITION TO MARK GREAT BRITISH PEA WEEK 2022

Yes Peas! is giving a limited number of veggie lovers the chance to pick their own peas for the first time ever

Run by the Yes Peas! campaign on behalf of the UK Vining Pea industry and the British Growers Association, Great British Pea Week is an annual event that celebrates a small and mighty vegetable: the pea!

Thanks to optimum soil and climate conditions, peas are grown the length of the Eastern Seaboard, from Essex right up to Dundee. The UK alone is home to 700 pea farms across the UK who produce around 160,000 tonnes of frozen peas each year, most of which travel from field to freezer in around 150 minutes.

Great British Pea Week runs through from 4th – 10th July and this year, Yes Peas! is continuing its mission to inspire everyone to cook with peas and is providing lucky pea-lovers with the opportunity to go along to the fields to pick their own, straight from the vine.

Interested pea enthusiasts will be able to register their interest to pick their very own peas straight from the pod by visiting the Yes Peas! website.

Five lucky winners will be chosen at random and will get an exclusive invite to the field for one day and one day only. They will have the chance to pick, pod and pack up as many fresh peas straight from the field as they can lay their hands on to take home, ready to whip up some delicious dishes!

Coral Clark, spokesperson for the Yes Peas! campaign, says: “We’re thrilled to be opening up one of our pea fields exclusively for the first time ever! Great British Pea Week is our annual celebration of the UK’s vining pea industry. We are 90% self sufficient in pea production in the UK, so it’s safe to say they’re one of our favourite vegetables.”

Campaign ambassador and chef, Rachel Green, adds: “We are passionate about using peas to make exciting new meals and dishes, and hope that we can inspire the nation to do just that for Great British Pea Week. It’s not to be missed!”

Competition opens 25th May 2022. For more information about the campaign, recipe inspiration and to enter, visit our website at www.peas.org.

Please contact Nina Rathore or Ruby Mortimer on 0113 361 3600 / YesPeas@hatchpr.co.uk for further information.

ABOUT YES PEAS!

The highly successful Yes Peas! campaign, run by the British Growers Association and funded by growers, freezers and machinery companies from the vining pea sector, is in its thirteenth year. The campaign aims to promote the versatility, provenance and nutritional benefits of frozen peas and engages with consumers to inspire them to use peas as an ingredient, as well as an accompaniment, to meals. The campaign is supported by hundreds of recipes developed by campaign ambassador and TV chef, Rachel Green, available at www.peas.org.

Onion & Carrot Conference – 29th November 2022 Press Release

By Industry News

The Onion and Carrot Conference is back for 2022.

The Associations for British Carrots and British Onions have come together once again to bring you the 2022 Onion & Carrot Conference, taking place at the East of England Arena & Events Centre in Peterborough on Tuesday 29th November 2022

The organising committee are pleased to announce that Elsoms and Bejo Zaden will be taking on one of the Conference’s Main Sponsor slots. We are thrilled to have the support of such prestigious companies to assist in the support and organisation of the industry’s conference.

“As the key supplier of Carrot and Onion seeds to UK Growers Bejo/Elsoms are proud and delighted to support the Carrot and Onion Conference this year. It is great news that the BCGA and BOPA are able to hold the event again and we look forward to a great conference and dinner. We’re sure it will be a great success and wish everyone all the best after what has been a very challenging few years for the industry. It will be a really good opportunity to meet with everyone again and catch up on technical updates”

Chris Bettison, Elsoms

We would also like to take this opportunity to report that Stourgarden will be sponsoring the Conference Programme, Hazera have agreed to sponsor the Gala Dinner Drinks Reception and Moulton Bulb Co are kindly sponsoring the Gala Dinner Wine.

We owe a massive thanks to the companies that support our event through sponsorship and exhibiting at the event.

The event will host a large exhibition area and allow plenty of networking opportunities for delegates and exhibitors. If you would like further information about our sponsorship and exhibition options, please visit our website http://www.onionandcarrotconference.co.uk/.

Speaker announcements will be made over the coming months, we will look forward to sharing our line up with you.

We are also pleased to announce that ticket sales are now on sale. Buy your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/onion-carrot-conference-2022-tickets-290282933067

On behalf of the organising committee, we look forward to welcoming you to the 2022 Onion & Carrot Conference on Tuesday 29th November 2022.

Turfgrass Growers Association Demonstration Day 2022

By Industry News

Save The Date – Thursday 28th July 2022

The Turfgrass Growers Association are pleased to announce that the Turfgrass Summer Show is returning for 2022.

Following on from the success of the 2020 event , we are pleased to now announce the date for this year’s event Thursday 28th July. Turffit have very kindly offered to host the 2022 event. We are looking forward to welcoming all the members and the turfgrass industry to Kinross, Scotland.

This event attracts all those involved in turfgrass production, from growers to the ancillary industry and will host an excellent exhibition and demonstration to provide a great interactive opportunity for those who attend. Further information will be announced in the coming few weeks.

The event will also be registered for both BASIS and NRoSO points which will be available on the day. It’s an event not to be missed!

For more information, please contact admin@britishgrowers.org or visit TGA Summer Show 2022 – The Turfgrass Growers Association

On behalf of the organising committee, we look forward to welcoming you to the 2022 Turfgrass Growers Summer Show on Thursday 28th July 2022.

Onion & Carrot Conference – 29th November 2022

By Company News, Industry News

The Onion and Carrot Conference is back!

 

After a 3-year hiatus we are pleased to announce that British Carrots and British Onions have come together once again to bring you the 2022 Onion and Carrot Conference.

 

The event will take place at the East of England Arena & Events Centre in Peterborough on Tuesday 29th November 2022 and will comprise of a conference day and a gala dinner in the evening. SAVE THE DATE.

 

Representing two of the largest sectors of horticulture, the conference will bring together the latest industry updates, emerging technologies and research as well as providing a platform for invaluable networking.

 

Speaker announcements will be made over the coming months, we will look forward to sharing our line up with you.

 

The event will host a large exhibition area and allow plenty of networking opportunities for delegates and exhibitors. If you would like further information about our sponsorship and exhibition options, please visit our website http://www.onionandcarrotconference.co.uk/. We owe a massive thanks to the companies that support our event through sponsorship or by exhibiting.

 

On behalf of the organising committee, we look forward to welcoming you to the 2022 Onion & Carrot Conference on Tuesday 29th November 2022.

City Harvest: Harvest for Hunger 2022

By Industry News

City Harvest: Harvest for Hunger 2022
Rescuing Food, People, and the Planet

PRESS RELEASE
ISSUE DATE: 14th March 2022

March – October 2022. Working with farms and producers, City Harvest launches its second annual
‘Harvest for Hunger’ campaign, aiming to rescue nutritious food for 2 million meals. Responsive and
reliable when organising redistribution, City Harvest collects quality surplus and donated stock, from
farms and food producers across the UK, delivering it, free of charge, to 350+ charities feeding people
unable to afford healthy food.

Currently, 5 million people face food poverty in the UK and with the cost of living rising, City Harvest
is creating solutions. LEAF-accredited City Harvest supports sustainable farming with free surplus
produce collections, whilst offering maximum social impact. The Harvest for Hunger initiative enables
City Harvest to access food earlier on in the supply chain to be transformed into healthy meals for
those who need it most.

City Harvest’s Head of Food, Dan McAlpine, says, “City Harvest prides itself on understanding the
challenges producers and packers face with surpluses. The growers we speak to are so passionate
about their food not being wasted. Last year was such a success, we are keen to create more
meaningful relationships and life-changing channels for surplus.”

In 2021 G’s Group worked with City Harvest, becoming a sustainable farm partner. Chief Executive,
Guy Shropshire, says,
“G’s looks forward to working with City Harvest to support the further redistribution of surplus. G’s is
committed, not only to reducing our overall food waste, but proactively ensuring a larger proportion
of our surplus ends up in ‘value add’ destinations. City Harvest tackles surplus food and food poverty
in a positive and sustainable way.”

City Harvest surplus food recipient, Athleen, Hammersmith & Fulham, says,
“I am so grateful for the fresh food provided. The quality of the food is amazing, things I have never
tried before! My children always look forward to what will be in the box! It has really helped, as the
money I save goes towards the rising cost of bills.”

Supported by WRAP, Will McManus, Sector Specialist, WRAP explains,
“WRAP helps growers tackle food waste because it represents valuable nutrition and because wasting
food feeds climate change. This is a challenge that no business can solve alone, and we commend the
increasing number of growers collaborating with City Harvest’s flexible and cost-free solution to help
people and planet.”

City Harvest London
Est. 2014, City Harvest collects nutritious surplus food from manufacturers, suppliers, and retailers, and delivers,
for free, to 350+ London charities feeding those facing food poverty. City Harvest rescues food, people, and
planet by preventing food waste, providing life-changing support to communities in every London borough
through food, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from waste.

https://www.cityharvest.org.uk/blog/harvest-for-hunger-2022

Onion & Carrot Conference – 29th November 2022 – book your exhibition place

By Company News, Industry News

The Onion and Carrot Conference is back!

The two associations have come together once again to bring you the 2022 Onion and Carrot Conference, representing two of the largest sectors of horticulture. The event will take place at the East of England Arena & Events Centre in Peterborough on Tuesday 29th November 2022 and will comprise of a conference day and a gala dinner in the evening.

The conference will bring together the latest industry updates, emerging technologies and research as well as providing a platform for invaluable networking.

The event will host a large exhibition area and allow plenty of networking opportunities for delegates and exhibitors. Further information about the exhibition options and also a registration form if you would like to book a stand are available at the end of this news item. For more information on our event please visit our website http://www.onionandcarrotconference.co.uk/

We owe a massive thanks to the companies that support our event through sponsorship or by exhibiting. Without your support we would not be able to host our prestigious event.

On behalf of the organising committee, we look forward to welcoming you to the 2022 Onion & Carrot Conference on Tuesday 29th November 2022.

 

Exhibitor packages OCC 2022

Information for Exhibitors 2022

2022 OCC Exhibition registration form

British Growers upcoming events

By Company News

Saturday 7th May 2022

The Chartered Institute of Horticulture’s Young Horticulturist of the Year Competition Grand Final will be taking place at the University of Warwick this year. Follow the competition progress on the CIH website Young Horticulturist of the Year – Chartered Institute of Horticulture or contact the secretariat cih@horticulture.org.uk

 

Sunday 8th May 2022

The Friends of Ferguson Heritage Conference is being held at Newark Showground. Exhibition opportunities are available for the event, if you would like further information, please contact admin@fofh.co.uk

 

Wednesday 6th July 2022

The Asparagus Growers Association Biennial Conference, in Coningsby, Lincolnshire. Exhibition opportunities are available for the event, if you would like further information, please contact sam.pope@britishgrowers.org.

 

Thursday 28th July 2022

Turfgrass Growers Association Summer Show, for information on exhibiting and attending the event please contact info@turfgrass.org

 

Thursday 25th August 2022

The Outdoor Cucurbits Variety Day will be held at the NIAB Park Farm facility with a full day of demos, networking and a spot of lunch. See the Events page for mere details.

 

Wednesday 5th – Thursday 6th October 2022

The Chartered Institute of Horticulture Conference will be taking place at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Further details will follow in due course. Please direct any enquiries to the secretariat: cih@horticulture.org.uk

 

Thursday 6th October 2022

The British Carrot Growers Association Demonstration Day will be back again for 2022. The venue will be confirmed shortly. We will once again be looking for exhibitors to attend the iconic industry event.

 

Thursday 13th October 2022

The British Herbs Association Conference will be back again for 2022. Kindly hosted by Warwick University, there will also be a pre-event dinner. We will once again be looking for exhibitors to attend. Speakers information to follow.

 

Tuesday 25th October 2022

The long-awaited Brassica and Leafy Salad Conference & Gala Dinner is back. After being postponed in January 2022 the conference has been rearranged for the autumn. There are still Sponsorship and Exhibitor opportunities available, for more information please visit the website, Sponsors | Brassica and Leafy Salad Conference or Exhibition | Brassica and Leafy Salad Conference.

 

November 2022

Vining Pea Conference. Final date and details TBC.

 

Tuesday 29th November 2022

The Onion and Carrot Conference & Gala Dinner will be hosted at the East of England Arena & Events Centre, Peterborough Showground.  Further details will be issued shortly.

 

Tuesday 31st January 2023

British Protected Ornamentals Association Technical Conference will be back for another year, kindly hosted by the NFU. For more details about sponsoring the event please contact info@homegrownplants.org

 

 Monday 2nd – Thursday 5th October 2023

International Carrot and Other Apiaceae Symposium, in York. Information on sponsorship, exhibiting and attending can be found on the website International Symposium on Carrot and Other Apiaceae – 2-5 October 2023 (carrotsymposium.com)

 

As always, we continue to offer advertising and editorial opportunities to the industry in our various Crop Association Newsletters:

  • Brassica Growers Association
  • British Herb Trade Association
  • British Onions
  • Pea & Bean Growers Association
  • Turfgrass Growers Association
  • Asparagus Growers Association
  • British Carrot Growers Association
  • British Leafy Salad Association
  • Plant Propagators Ltd

 

If you would like more information, please contact admin@britishgrowers.org

Brassica & Leafy Salad Conference announcement – New Date!

By Industry News

Following on from the unfortunate news that the Brassica & Leafy Salad Conference would be postponed until the autumn, the organising committee is pleased to announce a new date for your diaries:

 

Brassica & Leafy Salad Conference

Tuesday 25 October 2022

East of England Arena & Events Centre, Peterborough

 

The conference will bring together the latest industry updates, emerging technologies and research as well as providing a platform for invaluable networking.  The programme will also include both marketing and technical presentations from within the UK as well as worldwide.

 

The event will host a large exhibition area – exhibitors booked in already can be viewed on our website: Exhibition | Brassica and Leafy Salad Conference

 

Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities for the industry-leading event are still available, please contact admin@britishgrowers.org for more information or visit our website www.brassicaandleafysaladconference.co.uk

 

All delegate ticket sales will be automatically transferred to the new event date.  Delegate tickets are available via Eventbrite, follow this link to secure your tickets.

 

A huge thank you to all our speakers, sponsors, trade, and delegates for your continued support of the Brassica & Leafy Salad Conference.

 

On behalf of the Brassica & Leafy Salad organising committee we look forward to welcoming you to the Brassica & Leafy Salad Conference on Tuesday 25 October 2022.

Brassica & Leafy Salad Conference announcement – Postponement

By Industry News

In the light of the very high Covid infection rates which the country is currently experiencing, the Brassica & Leafy Salad Conference organising committee have met and agreed that the Brassica & Leafy Salad Conference be postponed until the autumn.

We have been monitoring announcements from the Government and developments across the UK in respect of pandemic and the Omicron variant.  Delegate and speaker safety is and always will be our primary concern.  Although the Government did not announce further restrictions yesterday, we are operating to the Government’s Plan B including the guidance of working from home and daily lateral flow tests for critical/essential workers including food processing concerns.  Covid figures are escalating, the NHS is working under critical incident measures, and mass absenteeism is being experienced by companies and services up and down the country.

With the mounting concern nationally and internationally, combined with the lack of clarity about the weeks ahead with medical experts reporting the next few weeks will be critical, made this decision inevitable.

Although postponing an event is never pleasant, we hope that as the country recovers from our battle with Covid we will be able to enjoy a superb conference in the autumn at the East of England Arena & Events Centre.

A huge thank you to all our speakers, sponsors, trade, and delegates that support the Brassica & Leafy Salad Conference, and a revised date will be issued shortly.