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III International Symposium on Carrot and other Apiaceae Countdown

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III International Symposium on Carrot and other Apiaceae event countdown

The III International Symposium on Carrot and other Apiaceae is coming to York, England on Monday 2nd October – Thursday 5th October 2023. The event is hosted by British Growers Ltd and the University of Warwick, on behalf of the International Society for Horticultural Science and will build on the excellent precedents set by the two very successful previous Symposia in Poland and France.

“We are so pleased that the UK has the opportunity to host this prestigious event, the event will be one not to be missed. We will have the platform to showcase the fantastic research that our Universities, Research Organisations and growers are involved in.”

Jack Ward, CEO British Growers Association

The Symposium entitled “a taste of things to come taking place at York racecourse will showcase the most recent scientific findings and technical advances in the Carrot and Apiaceae community and will involve scientific, technical and industry speakers from across the global carrot research and growing community.

The Scientific Committee, led by Rosemary Collier of the University of Warwick, has shaped the programme of topics for the two days of seminars. The scientific papers that have been submitted have been assessed by the global members of the scientific committee and are being finalised ahead of the Symposium.

“We have had an excellent array of papers submitted, the research topics ranging from new approaches to crop production and crop protection (pests, diseases and weeds) to crop genetics/genomics and breeding focused on a number of different traits.  There will also be consideration of consumer preferences and impacts on their health. We look forward to presenting these speakers and posters to you at the symposium”

Professor Rosemary Collier, The University of Warwick

Echoing our theme, “a taste of things to come,” the Symposium promises not only intellectual nourishment but also delectable culinary experiences. We are thrilled to present exclusive celebratory dinners at two remarkable locations steeped in York’s history. Our first dinner will be set within the grandeur of The Guildhall, followed by a second evening at the iconic Merchant Adventurers’ Hall.

In continuation of tradition, our formal proceedings will culminate in a Gala Dinner, a significant highlight from past Symposia. Set against the backdrop of the York Racecourse, the Gala will deliver a memorable evening with an esteemed after-dinner speaker and an exciting awards ceremony.

On the final day of the Symposium, the event is joining forces with the British Carrot Growers Association and offering delegates a chance to visit the annual British Carrot Demonstration Day. The demonstration day showcases new and emerging carrot varieties and agronomy trials, the event is a prime event in the UK carrot grower’s calendar.

Tickets for the 3-day Symposium are available to purchase on our event website.

Already announced as sponsors are Elsom Seeds, Bejo and Vilmorin- Mikado, our fantastic sponsors who are working with our team to create a one-of-a-kind event for the delegates. The event will also host a large trade exhibition and allow plenty of networking opportunities, the list of exhibitors can be found on the event website. If you and your company would be interested in exhibiting or sponsoring the event, please see our website for more details:

British Growers Recruitment

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We are looking to recruit new part-time data collectors.

This is an opportunity to join our business at an exciting time as we are expanding our operations and putting new collection systems in place.

We provide retail data to the fresh produce sector and this data provides our clients with valuable marketing insights and information.

Data Collectors are the core of our business and the data they obtain enables our clients to remain competitive and successful.

The data collections are carried out in major supermarkets, smaller supermarkets and convenience stores, all over the UK.

Please click here for further details.

British Leafy Salads Demo Day – 21st June 2023

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The British Leafy Salads Association (BLSA) is thrilled to announce the Weeding Demonstration Day, scheduled to take place on the 21st of June 2023 at PDM Produce in Newport, Shropshire. This event aims to provide valuable insights and practical knowledge about efficient weed management techniques in the leafy salads industry.

The Weeding Demonstration Day is made possible by the generous support and sponsorship of Stout Industrial Technology, Agriseed (UK) Ltd, and Planttape. Their commitment to the advancement of weed management in the leafy salads industry is instrumental in making this event a success.
In addition to the main sponsors, the BLSA is delighted to have Oper8 and Edwards Farm Machinery as the Lunch Sponsor, ensuring that attendees will be provided with a delicious meal during the event. Hazera Seeds have also come forward as sponsors of the event booklet, providing attendees with valuable resources and information.

Event Highlights:
Weeding Demonstrations: Industry-leading specialists will showcase the latest advancements in weed management techniques, including innovative machinery, precision technologies, and sustainable practices.

Industry Talk: Brian Antle, from Tanimura & Antle in the US, will address salad trends in America and innovation in producing field scale salad crops, offering valuable insights into global industry perspectives.

Networking Opportunities: Participants can interact with peers, industry professionals, and representatives from various organizations, facilitating the exchange of ideas and best practices.

Exhibition Area: Leading suppliers, technology providers, and agricultural companies will showcase their latest products, services, and solutions in weed management.

The Weeding Demonstration Day is a must-attend event for farmers, growers, researchers, industry professionals, and anyone involved in the leafy salads sector. By harnessing the latest advancements in weed management, the industry can improve efficiency, reduce costs, and ensure the delivery of safe, nutritious, and high-quality leafy salads to consumers.

The event is open to both BLSA members and non-members, with tickets available at £20 for non-members. However, BLSA members can attend free of charge by using a special discount code provided exclusively to them. Furthermore, students can benefit from a discounted ticket price to encourage their participation in this educational and industry-focused event, email for your discount code (students will also be asked to provide evidence of their of student ID).

Details of the Event:

Date: 21st June 2023 Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Location: PDM Produce, Chadwell Park Farm, GREAT CHATWELL, Newport TF10 9BN

To purchase or register your ticket for the event, click here. Alternatively, contact the BLSA Team at

British Herbs Conference – 13th October 2022

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The British Herbs Association are delighted to share the below announcement regarding their Conference due to take place on the 13 October 2022, at Warwick University.

British Herb Conference Speaker List PR

Please note that Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the event, please contact for more information.

Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite, by clicking on the link below.


Please feel free to share this within your networks, we look forward to seeing you soon!



British Summer Fruits to Become British Berry Growers

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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

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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.


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

Please contact Nina Rathore or Ruby Mortimer on 0113 361 3600 / for further information.


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