Produce Report – Heat & Drought

Produce Report – Heat & Drought

We have been seeing the effects of the recent extreme weather with certain crops and the impacts are likely to last well into the coming Autumn and Winter seasons… examples we are seeing are:   Tomatoes – early summer heat forced crops through early, we are now seeing a reduction in supply until main crop Spanish season starts and prices are spiking as demand remains high. Peppers & Aubergine – early summer heat forced crops through early, we are now seeing a reduction in supply until main crop Spanish season starts and prices are spiking as demand remains high. Strawberries – crops still being effected by extreme heat through the early summer, shortages and shelf life are still an issue. Calabrese – heads are half their normal size due to a lack of water  – they will just flower before they get bigger, this also halves the crop yield. Leeks – crops still being effected by extreme heat through the early summer, shortages and shelf life are still an issue. Graded Chipping Potatoes – are a lot smaller in size with a lack of water available to help growing conditions. Salad Mid Potatoes – harvest quality has been affected by the extreme conditions. Carrots – all harvests being impacted by the lack of rain earlier in summer.   It will be a tough period coming up for availability, price and quality, we will keep you updated as we hear or see things but please be aware.     Latest News Links – Food Price Inflation – Record Breaking Food Prices ‘to rise 5%’ UK Carrot Crisis Fears of Food Supply Crisis...
Tregothnan – Britain’s first home grown tea

Tregothnan – Britain’s first home grown tea

  Tregothnan is Europe’s largest commercial producer of world class tea offering a wonderful selection of estate teas and herbal infusions in a variety of servings to suit all. Join us as we explore Tregothnan and their fantastic range available from Plough to Plate.   Tregothnan History Tregothnan is home to the Boscawen family with a rich history dating back to 1334. The Boscawen family are the largest land owners in Cornwall with 25 thousand acres. Lord Falmouth passed over the estate to his son Evelyn Boscawen 20 years ago after the passing of his wife. He decided the garden needed some energy and vision to move forward and the honourable Evelyn Boscawen brought Tregothnan to where they are today. Jonathon Jones, now managing director, joined Tregothnan in 1996 as head gardener and spent time travelling to tea plantations around the world. One of those plantations resides in the Himalayas, the world’s tallest mountain range and an important tea growing region. On his return Jonathon realised that the estate could sustain Magnolias and Rhododendron, native to the Himalayas, so why shouldn’t they be able to grow tea. It was at this moment that tea at Tregothnan was first established and in 2005 Britain’s first home-grown tea became available.   Botanical Gardens The Botanical gardens at Tregothnan are an official safe site for the keeping of rare or endangered trees and plants from all over the world. Some examples include Magnolia Rostrata, Rhododendron, a variety of Camellias and a Wollemi Pine Tree. The Wollemi Pine Tree at Tregothnan is a cutting from the original in the Blue Mountains national park in...
Cornwall vs Climate

Cornwall vs Climate

Cornwall is well known for its variety of beautiful beaches and rich history; just a few features that make Cornwall a popular holiday destination and also why many consider Cornwall to be one of the best places in the UK to live. Compared to the majority of the UK, Cornwall has the sunniest climate, the south west coast in particular has the only sub-tropical climate and Cornwall experiences some of the longest hours of sunlight. These factors including the warm ocean currents ensure that the events of snow and frost are a rarity, even during the winter months. But what happens in Cornwall when the climate starts to change? Changes in the climate have implications for all elements of life. Wetter, stormier winters and hotter drier summers will not only impact the environment but also society and the economy; direct impact on water resources, infrastructure, health, tourism and agriculture to name a few. Crops benefit from the coast due to the warm air created by the sea. The conditions help minimize the risk of frost damage and aid growth for crops all year round. With over 400 miles of coastline Cornwall is considered a perfect growing location because of the optimum weather patterns the county has to offer. For a county or country, as some consider Cornwall to be, the economy is heavily dependent on agriculture and tourism. Heavy snowfall, freezing temperatures and strong winds left the entire county covered and farmers and suppliers were faced with a major challenge. Cauliflower is no doubt a favourite amongst fruit and veg with over half a million harvested each week however...
CanO Water – Water with a Purpose

CanO Water – Water with a Purpose

CanO Water is the new exciting range available from the essential food company and was created in response to the damaging impact that plastic bottles have on the environment. CanO Water is known for supplying water in an aluminium can instead of the usual plastic or glass containers.  They have also created a unique can lid feature that allows you to reseal and reuse your can but does not compromise the recycling process. The water inside the eco-friendly can is sourced from the Austrian Alps. Collected from springs, the water is first filtered through the foothills collecting minerals & electrolytes. The water has a high pH level and contains increased alkaline concentrations which add antioxidant properties; known to keep you looking and feeling fresh. Approximately 8 million tonnes of plastic ends up in the ocean every year, some plastics can take as much as 400 years to break down while others never will. CanO Water, like some of our new products introduced to the essential range; share the same core values; to supply a great product that will impact your business without harming the environment. The aluminium packaging offers a highly recyclable alternative and has the highest recycling rate of any drink on the market. When you recycle the CanO Water can it could be back on the shelf in as little as 6 weeks. The Aluminium Solution The lightest beverage containers to transport, reducing carbon footprint Cans go from the recycling bin to store shelves within 60 days Cans provide longer shelf life by protecting the contents from light & air The average aluminium can is made from...
BioPak – Biodegradable Packaging

BioPak – Biodegradable Packaging

  Welcome to the new BioPak range BioPak is the UK’s leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of eco-friendly food packaging and catering disposables. After many years of research and development, a range of products have been created to help impact your business without harming the environment. These biodegradable packaging are perfect for caterers, restaurants, delis, cafes, takeaways and coffee shops that are commitment to helping protect our environment.   Why use BioPak? Help reduce your business’s carbon footprint and impact on the environment Conventional plastics can take 400 years to break down, if at all. BioPak packaging uses polylactic acid or PLA which comes from renewable resources like corn starch. It’s an eco-friendly alternative to oil-based and unsustainable materials, and can be conveniently composted alongside the associated food waste. Remarkably, it breaks down completely in less than 12 weeks. Add significant value to your brand or business Customers are becoming more aware of the effect plastic food packaging is having on the environment. Not only will it show that your business supports the environmentally friendly trend but you will also encourage the awareness in both what we can do and the impact it can make. BioPak work hard to ensure that products carry a green message to help you proudly display your green credentials.   Contact us today to place an order or to find out more about the BioPaK range. #passionforfood 01326 372 304        ...