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David Liney

Seed Potato Update

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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.

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.

Brassica – a reliable supply

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Rush Group’s promise to supply the right product, at the right price, time and quality, applies equally to brassicas. Their brassica range includes: broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage.
Rush Group delivers brassicas on a global level. A range of techniques is employed to ensure all product lines arrive in the best possible condition. This could include basic principles of unbroken cool chains, or the most up to date technology to ensure longevity and shelf life.
Our brassica grower base spreads across the world, allowing us to mitigate transit times, by selecting brassicas from the geographical areas closest to its intended market.
This broad network of trusted growers also allows us to provide brassicas on a daily basis, 365 days per day.


For your reliable supply of brassicas please contact Tom Ebdon

Offering a profitable home for new crop potatoes

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The United Kingdom is now moving into the new crop potato season, a crop that is looking particularly healthy. Planted areas in the UK are up by 4% and yields are reportedly up too, which in turn has depressed prices, which, subject to any unusual weather, suggests it may be a low price season ahead.
With an over-supplied market, growers who are looking for alternative outlets should consider contacting Rush Group, so that their potato crop can be given global exposure. Rush is one of the UK’s most credit-worthy potato exporters, which means that growers who export their new crop potatoes with Rush have financial peace of mind and a secure route to an overseas market.
Rush’s international network of offices allows us to have a controlled approach to export with strategically positioned offices staffed by native language speakers who understand the market in their area.

If you are looking for a profitable and secure market for your new crop potatoes, please contact James Bulford today.


European carrots 2017

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This year has seen perfect growing conditions for the European carrot crop, resulting in bumper yields and a possible over-supply situation. As we enter the 2017/2018 season, here is a quick round up as Rush Group sees it:
United Kingdom
Now entering the new 2017/18 season with eastern counties such as Norfolk and Suffolk providing the majority of the crop.

The Dutch are a couple of weeks away from the new crop.

The new season started in May, with a lot still to sell, as one of their main markets, the UK is still using the remainder of the Scottish crop, which also started in May. With France only having a narrow window to sell to UK, the French have focused on the domestic market to protect local prices. Much of the old crop was disposed of to make way for the higher value new crop.

The new crop is well under way, with a lot of crop still available.

The downside of the bumper season, is of course that availability outstrips demand – hence countries such as France having to throw away perfectly good crops. Rush has been able to help some of their customers with their carrot crops, thanks to their contacts in the processing sector, growers spread over a wide geographical area and their product knowledge.

Rush is often able to sell an entire crop, thus giving their growers a better financial return, whilst providing their customers with specific sizes of carrot tailored to their particular processing requirement. The processing market is growing fast, thanks to consumers’ changing tastes in the way they eat vegetables.

For more infomation on our European carrots, please contact Tom Ebdon


Brown and red onions

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The onion market is in a state of extremes at the moment – a glut of brown onions and a lack of red onions.

Favourable growing conditions in Europe, disappointing export volumes and general decreased demand have led to an abundance of small brown onions throughout Europe. These plentiful stocks of <70mm onions in particular, now need a home before the new crop sets start coming onto the market in the next month or so. Rush Group’s network of international customers, regional offices throughout Europe, and their in-depth product knowledge means they are still capable of finding a home for these surplus brown onions. Therefore, if you are looking for a home for any surplus stocks over the coming weeks, please contact Nat Bacon.

Red onions could not be more different. Current old crop stocks are now severely depleted however any gap in supply has now been averted with fresh arrivals from the Southern Hemisphere and Egypt. The volumes are still small though so supply of red onions is still difficult however thanks to Rush Group’s wide collection of red onion farmers, the Group are still able to supply their customers throughout this difficult period.

If you are looking for a home or looking to buy either brown and/or red onions, contact Nat Bacon.

Carrots – an overview

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Currently the old English crop is still in full swing, but what will happen next is still up for debate. Some people are saying that there will be a seamless transition from English carrots to Scottish carrots, then back to new season English carrots. On the other hand some people believe that English carrots will run until May, and then there will be a need to import carrots for 4-6 weeks before the Scottish and new crop English carrot season starts.

In North West Europe they are still using old crop with the new crop coming in shortly.

Looking ahead, it wont be long before the Spanish new crop carrots arrive. This will be followed by Israeli new crop, with French new season carrots arriving at the end of May/beginning of June

The weather, as ever, will play a large part in what happens next in the carrot season, if the weather stays seasonally accurate then all should be OK, however if the weather becomes unseasonably warm then the old crop could loose its shelf life and the new crop might not be ready.

At the moment the general consensus seems to be that supply will outstrip demand, but thanks to Rush’s ability to market carrots on a global level, the Group will be able to provide a profitable home for every carrot.

For all your carrot enquiries please contact Tom Ebdon


Your trusted avocado supplier

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With this fruit becoming increasingly popular around the globe, it is important for avocado customers to find a reliable supplier. The United Kingdom is predicting a 30% growth in consumption this year, and the rest of Europe, particularly Eastern Europe looks to mirror this trend.
Rush has been involved in exotics, especially avocados, sweet potatoes, seedless watermelons and pomelos for many years, and so have great experience in transporting these fruits and vegetables around the globe. The Group’s network of international offices enables them to offer ‘on the ground’ support to both their avocado growers and customers, so ensuring the supply chain runs as smoothly as possible, however great the demand.
Rush is currently importing containers of Greenskin and Hass varieties from Africa and South America, and ripening them in the UK for the retail, wholesale and processing markets.

Please contact Nat Bacon to discuss all your avocado needs.

A profitable home for your organic carrots

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Rush Group has a reputation for finding a successful home for their farmers’ crops and organic carrots are no exception.The Group has a large number of customers throughout Europe who are hungry for organic carrots for both packing and processing.

Rush Group is interested in organic carrots that meet the following criteria:

Size: Uncalibrated
Packaging: Jumbo Bags or loose in bulk
Time Period: March – April
Specification: Washed

So if your organic carrots meet these criteria and you are keen to gain exposure to a wider European market, please contact Tom Ebdon today


A profitable home for your organic beetroot

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Rush Group has a reputation for finding a successful home for their farmers’ crops and organic beetroot is no exception.The Group has a large number of customers throughout Europe who are hungry for organic beetroot for both packing and processing.
Rush Group is interested in organic beetroot that meets the following criteria:

Size: 40mm, 40-85mm & 80+mm

Packing: Jumbo bags or loose in bulk

Time period: Now- end of March

Specification: Raw/unwashed

So if your organic beetroot meets this criteria and you are keen to gain exposure to a wider European market, please contact Tom Ebdon today