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April 2014

Rush Group breaks into United Arab Emirate’s fresh produce market

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Rush Group is increasing its business with the United Arab Emirates following their visit to the Gulf Food Exhibition in Dubai in February this year. The Group has been doing a steady trade in exporting potatoes to the UAE, but due to contacts made at the exhibition and enquiries made through their website, business has increased.

Dubai’s Al Aweer’s wholesale market is thriving, partly due to the traders’ pro-active attitude to dealing in fresh produce, an attitude reflected by the fact that the wholesale market opens twice daily –early morning and then later in the evening. The wholesale market is made up of seven blocks consisting of a total of approx. 284 outlets. Each shop in the wholesale market is provided with two parking lots for loading goods on one side and two parking lots for unloading imported goods on the other side. The layout of the market has been organised product wise – fruits in one location and vegetables in the other; and within each section there is specific areas for potatoes, onions, etc.

This modern market demonstrates the huge business within the United Arab Emirates for fresh produce and the need for them to widen their supply net. In the past Dubai and the other states have traditionally imported their fruit and vegetables from countries such as Bangladesh and Australia, but European countries are now becoming more popular.

Trade within the UAE is relatively hassle free due to the G.C.C. (Gulf Cooperation Council), a political and economic alliance of six Middle Eastern countries—Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman. This freedom to trade is no more apparent than by the quantity of fresh produce that comes into Jebel Ali port in Dubai and is then re-exported throughout the G.C.C. countries.

This huge appetite for fresh produce is further increased by the poor internal infrastructure within the United Arab Emirates, which cannot support the UAE’s demand – hence the need to import.

Rush Group’s ability to supply fresh produce at the right time, right quality and right price 52 weeks a year is proving incredibly popular within this region, due to the various countries’ reliance on imports. UAE demands top quality at a competitive price, something that Rush Group can normally respond to due to its wide network of growers.

If you are a fresh produce importer based in the United Arab Emirates, looking for a reliable source of potatoes, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, carrots, onions, cauliflowers, broccoli and apples 52 weeks a year, please contact David Ough today.

Avocados – a healthy fruit that is doing healthy business in S. E. Asia

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Rush Group has recently started dealing with avocados, in particular exporting South African avocados to Malaysia and Singapore. South East Asia’s appetite for avocados is growing year on year, probably due to its health properties, along with the fact that they use the fruit in both savoury and sweet dishes.

The health properties of avocados are multiple, but here is the top 10:

(10 Healthy brain: Avocados combine brain healthy omega-3 fatty acids with natural vitamin E, which has been clinically proven to prevent Alzheimer’s disease from progressing and even reversing it in its earliest stages.

(2) Healthy heart: Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats that boost heart health and help lower blood pressure. Avocado monounsaturated fats contain the phytonutrient beta-sitosterol, which was clinically proven to lower LDL and triglyceride blood levels while raising HDL.

(3) Pregnancy: Folic acid is commonly recommended for pregnant women to help the foetus develop its brain and other vital organs. But some health experts consider synthetically extracted folic acid a problem. They recommend using natural folate for its folic acid content instead.

(4) Eye health: Avocado contains the carotenoid leutein, an antioxidant that specializes with protecting the eyes from oxidative stress damage leading to poor vision, cataracts, and macular degeneration.

(5) Blood pressure: The combination of avocado’s high potassium content, 30 percent more than banana, with omega-3 and oleic acid are beneficial toward reducing blood pressure.

(6) Blood sugar: Avocado’s monounsaturated fats can prevent or reverse insulin resistance, a source of type 2 diabetes. The high soluble fibre of avocado helps prevent blood sugar spikes.

(7) Anti-inflammatory: Inflammation is considered the basis of most non-contagious diseases. Avocados have an abundance of plant phytonutrient polyphenols and flavonoids, which have been discovered as anti-inflammatory agents.

(8) Anti-aging: The master antioxidant glutathione supports the liver and the nervous system. It is responsible for replenishing and recycling other antioxidants in the body. It is vital for a strong immune system, and avocado is one of the few foods that contain a considerable amount of glutathione.

(9) Digestion: Nutrients and enzymes in avocado reduce inflammation in the stomach and small intestine’s mucous lining. This also improves the body’s ability to absorb carotenoids and nutrients.

A study’s participants who ate salads with avocados absorbed five times the amount of carotenoids than those who did not include avocados. Carotenoids include beta carotene and lycopene. Beta carotene is a precursor to vitamin A, and lycopene is a compound that reduces stroke and prostate cancer risks.

(10) Cancer: Avocados can help protect against prostate and breast cancers.

Avocados are grown in many parts of the world, with main countries being: Peru, Chile, Mexico, Australia, Israel, Australia and South Africa. Due to Rush Group’s personal connections, the Group imports a lot of their avocados from South Africa, which also has the added benefit of the fruit being ready for harvest when other harvests have finished.

The main varieties that Rush Group deal in are Haas and Fuerte, both delicious and as equally healthy; though it is easier to spot when a Hass avocado is ripe, as its skin turns from light green to black.

Rush Group is working on a ‘ripe’n’ready’ range of avocados to overcome the common criticism that avocados are never ripe when you buy them, and go from raw to slime overnight.

Rush Group forecast an ever-increasing demand for avocados in SE Asia, as well as a burgeoning market in Dubai.

If you are looking for a reliable supply of avocados 52 weeks of the year, at the right price and quality, please contact Andrew Chance today.



Rush Group teams up with charity to help feed the homeless

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Guy Burgoyne of Rush Group, recently decided that as someone who makes their living from the fresh produce industry, that it was time to give something back in the form of food to those less fortunate.

The obvious choice was to regularly donate potatoes and hopefully onions to various shelters around London. After sharing these ideas with clients and suppliers alike, Guy was pleased when Masons agreed to pack ten pallets of potatoes free of charge. Likewise London Fresh confirmed that they would hold the potatoes for free at their premises in New Covent Garden. Sean at London Fresh stated: “’Rush contacted us about helping with storing and handling their pallets of produce for charities around the city. We were delighted to assist and be able to give something back to the London community.”

The first shipment of 1 tonne of unwashed Saxon potatoes was distributed on Tuesday 25th March, alongside Rush Group’s first charity partner – The Upper Room. The Upper Room is a charity working with the socially disadvantaged.  They work with homeless people, economic migrants and ex offenders to help them improve their lives and conditions and give them the self-confidence to become economically independent.  UR4Meals provides evening meals 5 days a week. UR4Driving is a driving school for ex-offenders and UR4Jobs offers specialist employment support services.

The Upper Room comments, “A 2012 study be Crisis found that in the period 2001-9 there were 3564 deaths of homeless people in London and working with Guy and everybody at Rush Group is a great help in providing some nutrition to the very people who need it most as well as saving good nutritional food from being wasted. We look forward to developing our relationship with Rush and look forward to us both making this bit of the world a much better place.”

Rush Group looks forward to continuing working with The Upper Room as it admires the excellent work that the charity does in the more disadvantaged areas of London. The next deliveries of potatoes is due on Tuesday 8th April and to keep up with all the latest news, why not follow Rush Group and The Upper Room on Twitter, where photos and videos will be posted on a regular basis.