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November 2013

Supplying Butternut Squash throughout the year – finding a home for all sizes

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Rush Group apply their mantra: 365 days, right quality and right price to all the fresh produce they supply and butternut squash is no exception.

Their ability to keep a constant supply flowing comes from their worldwide network of growers; the northern hemisphere (Portugal, Spain, Greece and Italy) producing butternut squash from July – January and the southern hemisphere (Argentina, Peru and South Africa) producing butternut squash from February to June.

Due to the basic similarities that run across the different varieties of butternut squash, Rush Group focuses on the different sizes that each crop and variety yields, and unlike many of its competitors can find a home for nearly every butternut squash – whatever the weight and size.

500- 800g          supermarkets and packers

800 -1200g        retail, food service and wholesale

1200 – 1400g    food service

1400 – 1800g    secondary processing

1800g +             processing

The majority of Rush Group’s butternut squash clients are in the UK and Ireland, but recently they have started indirectly supplying Tesco in Poland.

If you are a potential new supplier, or a new customer, please contact Sam Crocker today for more information.

A constant supply of quality apples throughout Europe

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Rush Group strives to achieve a reliable supply of apples for the UK market 365 days a year. Efficient supply chains mean popular varieties such as Royal Gala, Granny Smith and Golden Delicious are readily available alongside a much wider selection.  This allows for greater flexibility and the ability to meet our customers exacting demands.

The Group is able to supply wholesalers, packers, food service companies and importers with a dependable source of apples 52 weeks a year due to their widespread supply base across Europe and the Southern Hemisphere.

Although the apple market is new to the Rush Group, their established network of offices allows them to maintain a competitive advantage.  For example, the Group’s network of European offices, most notably Poland the largest apple-growing region in the world, as well as Malaysia gives them a competitive edge over other established players. Their determination to strive for excellence in produce trading will soon make this top fruit line as successful as their vegetable lines.

Rush’s commitment to providing customers with the apples they want has led the Group to develop a bushel branded box, Crunch. The brand aims to supply good quality, reliable eastern European apples that can be trusted.

Crunch is due to launch later this month.

If you require a reliable source of quality apples 365 days a year, please contact Andrew today.

Forecasting the weather, forecasting productivity

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Rush Group keeps in close contact with all the crops they are involved with, and this involvement includes monitoring the weather around the world, and using their product knowledge to measure the impact of these findings. It is this expertise that allows the Group to assess the effects of weather conditions on productivity and then take the appropriate steps to ensure that their customers are kept supplied with fresh fruit and vegetables.

Rush Group’s widespread network of worldwide experts, including farmers and Rush Group’s agronomists give them good first-hand ground knowledge. This climate intelligence along with their own personal and professional experience, such as a Director with a PhD in potato agronomy is then used to understand the weather patterns and how they might impact on the performance of a crop.

For example, in the spring/early summer of 2013, there was heavy flooding in Poland and Germany, which in turn was followed by a very dry spell, the combination of which had major impacts on crop productivity. Crops which were already in the ground were waterlogged. Equally, due to the compaction of the soil, the roots of any crops that were subsequently planted were very shallow, resulting in reduced size and yield. Rush Group’s agricultural and climate expertise flagged up this issue in advance of harvest, allowing the Group to plan contracts of potatoes and other crops with farmers from different areas of Europe, where yields were greater, quality was more assured and the prices were lower.

The weather can also have real implications on logistics. While some products (for example, cauliflower and broccoli) always require refrigerated transport, others (such as potatoes) are generally tolerant (over a short period of time) of ambient conditions in an unrefrigerated trailer. However, choice of vehicle-type for the transport of potatoes becomes important during periods of extreme high or low temperature. Also, there are periods of road closure during the thaw after severe sub-zero conditions in some parts of Europe (in order to protect the integrity of the roads), and logistics must be planned carefully to avoid disruption to supply programmes. The Rush team keeps a constant check on road conditions throughout their customer and grower territories and plans and re-routes shipments if the weather conditions demand it.

Seasons and weather also have considerable impact on a country’s eating habits. For example, the demand for baking potatoes generally increases in winter and the demand for salad potatoes increases in summer. Rush Group’s comprehensive grower base and product knowledge means that they can react quickly and efficiently to sudden variations in product demand, ensuring that their customers get the quantity and quality of fresh produce they require.

If you are looking for a consistent supply of potatoes, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, carrots, onions, cauliflowers, broccoli and apples, whatever the weather, please contact Rush Group today.