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UK Strawberry Season Going Strong, Despite the Weather

It is strawberry season in the UK, but the British weather is doing its best to put a damper on things, but it is not as bad as would be expected.

Laurence Olins, Chairman of British Summer Fruits, which represents 90 per cent of berries supplied to UK supermarkets, said "There is ample supply of British strawberries now and for the rest of the summer."

"20 years ago the crop would have been decimated by the inclement weather over the past few months but thanks to two decades of investment in protective covers this summer’s crop has been safeguarded from the recent weather problems. There are in fact more strawberries on supermarket shelves than this time last year and we will not be importing fruit as we have plenty of British strawberries available."

According to Andrew Grantham from SA Produce this year's strawberry season in the UK is "interesting".

But despite reports of major flooding and disease in the sector, the production is, "not too bad, the weather is having a big impact and certain crops are lagging, but as we grow totally under cover and table top we have not been affected by floods or the cold."

He goes on to say that prices in the supermarket are around normal for this time of the year at around £2 for 400g.

2011 was a bumper year for British strawberries and the earliest season ever due to a very warm April which brought the crop forward. 4,969 hectares of strawberries were grown, up 45% since 2001 (DEFRA).

Last year 49,591 British strawberries were sold in supermarkets – up 20% yoy and berries topped supermarket fruit sales in August 2011 – beating apples and bananas for the first time.

British berry sales have more than doubled in 10 years, 2011 sales reached £277K. The British strawberry season is likely to last until October.

Source: Fresh Plaza - UK Strawberry Season Going Strong, Despite the Weather

Featured Event


11 September 2017 - 13 September 2017

The NEC @ North Ave, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT, UK

Glee Birmingham 2017

Join us at Glee 2017 to see the launch of hundreds of new products, discover the future customer buying trends and seize the opportunity to meet over 500 suppliers!

At Glee we bring the most exciting exhibitors together with the most powerful and influential visitors and buyers in the industry. Spread across 8 select show sectors Glee offers three jam-packed days of networking, selling and purchasing which are not to be missed. Whilst discovering the latest in innovative products, you can also meet hundreds of new and existing suppliers all under one roof. Taking place at the perfect time of year to re-stock your shelves just before Christmas, Glee is the most crucial garden trade event in any retailer’s calendar.

Offering thousands of the newest and most inspirational garden retail products from over 550+ suppliers, Glee welcomes all kinds of exhibitors from across 8 carefully edited show sectors. If you have your own brand, garden centre, shop or make or grow your own products, we have a spot just for you. With visitors from multiples, independents and online retailers, it’s the perfect opportunity to launch and showcase your product collections, nurture your existing relationships and grow new ones.

Date, Time & Location
11 to 13 September 2017

The NEC, Birmingham, B40 1NT

Mon 11 Sept - 9:00 - 18:00
Tues 12 Sept - 9:00 - 18:00
Wed 13 Sept - 9:00 - 16:00