First UK grown strawberries of the year to go on sale in February

Lancashire growers have pulled off a coup by getting the first UK grown strawberries of the year on supermarket shelves in February.

It’s believed to be one of the earliest ever arrivals for Britain’s favourite home-grown fruit, having been helped by a mild winter and the recent warmer temperatures.

The first English strawberries will be on sale at selected Tesco stores from today Tuesday (February 28).

Medlar managing director Steve Bell with some of the  first UK strawberries of the season credit:  leeboswellphotography.com

Medlar managing director Steve Bell with some of the first UK strawberries of the season
credit: leeboswellphotography.com

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Organic food demand at its strongest for over a decade

Organic foods in Britain are experiencing the strongest growth in customer demand for over a decade.

In the last year alone, Tesco has seen organic sales rise by 15 per cent.

While fruit and vegetables continue to be the most popular choice for shoppers, over the last 12 months the retailer has seen increasing numbers of customers looking to buy organic fish, dairy produce and general grocery items.

Fresh organic produce such as carrots continue to see strong growth.

Fresh organic produce such as carrots continue to see strong growth.

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Endangered bees buzzing again thanks to waste sugar scheme

While I generally write about new British food and drink products and trends this week I came across a heart-warming tale I just wanted to share.

Stricken bees struggling to get enough nectar to feed themselves are being given a sweetener thanks to a sugar collection scheme run by Tesco.

Sugar from split bags that is no longer fit for human consumption is collected by the supermarket’s stores in the Cornwall and Devon area and sent to a local bee conservation charity.

Beekeepers then turn the sugar into syrup or fondant which is given to the bees as a replacement for nectar and honey.

At risk - the British honey bee is struggling to find nectar

At risk – the British honey bee is struggling to find nectar

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