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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, 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.”

Emerald Athletic FC in Wolverhampton, England

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This football team, which counts Rush employee Joe Yates as one of its players, is the latest to be sponsored by The Group. Emerald Athletic FC was formed in 1984, starting life in Division 6 of the Wolverhampton Sunday League, eventually finding our way up to Division 3 for the 99/00 season after back to back promotions. They then rose to Division 1 for 08/09 season, and then in 2014 reached the Premier League.

The team has occupied 5th or 6th place in the Premier League, with the 17/18 season being arguably their most successful to date. They reached two cup finals, their first since the year 2000, the Premier Cup, and the prestigious Birmingham County Cup.

Joe has been playing for the club for nearly six years.

K.S. Budowlani Łódź, over 6’s – rugby

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The Group is delighted to sponsor this rugby club, close to it’s Polish office. The rugby club was formed in 1968 and is the Polish Rugby club seven- times Polish Champion and six time Polish Club winner.

The children play three times a week and are coached by volunteers who are all  ex rugby players.

A lot of the children come from families who cannot afford to donate a lot of money to the club, so Rush was more than happy to help with buying new outfits and jackets.

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