A message from FareShare

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In these difficult times it is more important than ever to help the vulnerable. Below is a statement from FareShare a charity we are proud to support. Please help if you can

1.People can donate food at donation points in many of their local supermarkets if they wish to help donate food to vulnerable people in their area.
2. People can donate financially direct to FareShare through our website fareshare.org.uk, as we may need to buy in some services in these extraordinary times.
3. People who are willing to travel can volunteer to help us in our warehouses and as van drivers – it will be hugely appreciated.
4. FareShare have an outstanding ask with Govt to urgently continue the Surplus with Purpose funding which helps the food industry get surplus food to charities – whilst the Coronavirus crisis develops – 2.25m tonnes of food is being wasted every year and FareShare have provided the means to access this food and get it to vulnerable people, it needs topping up from government urgently.
5. We want as much good to eat surplus OR donated food from the food industry as possible.

Onions, Fruit Logistica 2020

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As we get further into the New Year, there seems to be a steady increase in the amount of both red and brown onions on the market. However, due to the adverse weather conditions while harvesting, not all stock is in the best condition. According to growers at the show, this is apparent not only in the UK but all over Europe.
Nevertheless, there are still decent stocks of good quality packing and processing onions becoming available, with those who harvested in dryer conditions benefiting the most.

Carrots – Fruit Logistica 2020

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After a very difficult season, with unprecedented amounts of rainfall, carrot stocks are reasonably stable. North West Europe has experienced some issues with store quality, although yields are generally performing well. However, any change in weather patterns could tip the balance in either direction. Many show goers will wait with anticipation as the unpredictable nature of the weather continues.

Brassicas – Fruit Logistica 2020 overview

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The European brassica needed to show its resilience after this year’s weather. Huge volumes of rain all across Europe caused trouble across the brassica market. In Spain broccoli growers had a particularly hard time due to the cold weather and storms, whereby in the UK and Netherlands rain was the main problem, hindering farms’ ability to get into the fields.
Availability for cabbages in Western Europe seems strong for now, however the affects of this years weather are catching up. Cauliflower and broccoli are a little more sensitive with many buyers having to look outside of the usual areas for reliable supply.

Proud to support FareShare

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FareShare is the UK’s largest food redistribution charity, taking edible surplus food from more than 500 food businesses, including major brands and retailers, and redistributing it to vulnerable people through a UK-wide network of almost 11,000 frontline charities feeding close to 1 million people per week.
In May 2019 Rush group started sending their surplus potatoes to FareShare and have already distributed almost 32 tonnes of potatoes over the summer. That’s enough potatoes to contribute towards 76,000 meals. 
The result of this new partnership has meant that charities and community groups across the UK from Edinburgh down to Brighton have been receiving fresh potatoes that have gone out to over 1400 charities including children’s and family centres, community centres and soup kitchens.

Shula Granville, Commercial Manager at FareShare “A big thank you to Rush Group for sending us your surplus potatoes. Having regular access to fresh vegetables is so vitally important to the charities and community groups that FareShare supports.”
 

Overview of British Packing potatoes

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The packing market remains depressed, with the bulk of activity happening in the contracted market. The free-buy market is next to non-existent, due to over supply leading to low prices, added to this the potatoes in store remain in good condition, so only exacerbating issues caused by too much crop.
The short-term outlook is that some help might come from overseas as the export retail market has increased, which might help farmers with stock to sell at the end of the season.
Farmers, who supply Rush, benefit from their potatoes given automatic exposure to a wider overseas market, so increasing the marketing opportunities for their potatoes.

For more information please contact James Bulford

 

Seed Potato Update

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Scotland
The seed crop is going very well, with Angus’/Perthshire’s about to finish. Quality in these regions is very good, and has been lifted in good conditions too. In more northern counties, wet and sticky conditions have also hampered the finish of the last cereal crops.

Scotland Yields
Yields are average due to low tuber numbers. Hermes crops have been badly affected, with some seed tonnage as low down as 5-6tonnes per acre. Skin diseases in the main are good, as is field health.

Rush has excellent stocks of Hermes.

England
Some crops were behind their Scottish counterparts this year, but generally quality is good, however there is some common scab on some stocks. We previously reported the high level of aphids that affected crops this summer, so it is even more important to know your supplier, stocks and each variety’s reaction.

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Parsnip experts

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Hands-on approach throughout the entire supply chain

Rush Group’s expertise in parsnip is present from harvesting to delivery.
Upon harvesting, Class 2 & 3 material is removed from the packing line, Rush does this to enable their growers to use the premium roots for retail. This practice also creates a sustainable market for the lower grade crop, avoiding disposal as animal feed.
Rush operates within the UK domestic market for most of the year, excluding summer. In these months, Rush grows its own parsnips in warmer European climates. Every aspect of the crop can be grown to customers’ needs – such as seed density (affecting final crown size) and volumes.
When the parsnips are finally prepared for the Group’s customers, they are stored in fully accredited facilities, engendering a longer shelf life. This in turn allows Rush to offer its customers flexible delivery slots.
If you are either a parsnip grower looking for a profitable market for your parsnips, or a parsnip processor looking for a reliable supply of parsnips, contact Tom Ebdon today.