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“Unique” plant-based organic fertiliser is a win for soil health

As UK growers increasingly look for alternatives to conventional fertilisers, deputy editor Sarah Kidby spoke to Jason Colin of Natura Grow, to learn about a unique plant-based fertiliser that is gaining traction on vineyards and orchards in the UK.

Funding to support Kent’s fruit industry

The primary purpose of the Growing Kent & Medway (GK&M) programme is to support the plant-based food, drink and horticultural industries in the region, helping them to grow and thrive in the area.

“Outstanding” performance from Lidl on British apples

Lidl bought over 3,000 tonnes of new season British apples in October, while Tesco fell short of its 2022 performance, according to sales figures from British Apples & Pears Limited (BAPL).

£1.2M new funding available for horticultural sector

Two new funding streams are being made available by Growing Kent & Medway to back sustainable innovation and new technologies in the horticultural and plant-based food and drink sector.

Crop candles and refills now manufactured in the UK

The Crop Candle Company is proud to announce a significant milestone in its history. Fruit & Vine spoke with the company about its new Crop Candles and eight-hour refills now being manufactured in the UK, which result in much lower carbon emissions.

New green careers digital hub for Kent to launch

A new partnership between The Institute for Agriculture and Horticulture (TIAH) and Growing Kent & Medway hopes to entice a new generation into a career in horticultural food and drink production.

Jazz apple remains “UK’s tastiest apple”

Simon Bray’s Jazz apples, grown in Kent, once again scooped the tastiest apple title at this year’s National Fruit Show.

Prestigious fruit award for Herefordshire agronomist

Hutchinsons agronomist Nigel Kitney has been recognised for his outstanding lifetime contribution to the fruit sector at this year’s National Fruit Show.

House of Lords report on horticulture welcomed

As the UK horticulture sector continues to face significant challenges, from soaring production costs to a lack of certainty over future workforce availability, the NFU has welcomed many of the House of Lords’ recommendations to the government to help overcome barriers and grow the sector.

£1.6 million awarded for sustainable food and drink innovation

Growing Kent & Medway has awarded a share of over £1.6M to 13 businesses to fund projects that will sustainably transform the horticultural and plant-based food and drink supply chain.

Don’t get caught under-insured by high-value top fruit harvest

Growers are being reminded to review farm insurance policies amid a much-improved crop for top fruit this season, alongside an expected increase in value.

Aldi hailed supermarket of the year by UK apple and pear growers

British Apples & Pears Limited (BAPL), the UK top fruit grower association, has named Aldi as its 2023 apple retailer of the year.

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