Hive types and timing crucial to optimise blueberry yields
Morrisons’ profits plunge in 2020
UK retailer Morrison’s has announced a 50.7% fall in profits to £201 million for the year to January 31. The plummeting profits are mainly due to the additional £290 million in costs linked to the Covid-19 pandemic. A large contributor is an increase in staff absences, as well as the £230 million impact of handing its business rates relief back to the Treasury.
Relentless growth of UK berry sector
UK consumers switching online in their droves
According to NielsenIQ data, the number of British households shopping for groceries online has more than doubled in the last year, reaching 41% compared to 18% at the same point in 2020. Overall, online grocery sales are up 132% y-o-y, while sales at bricks and mortar stores declined by 1%. UK shoppers spent £1.5bn on online groceries in the four weeks ending 27th February 2021, with the online share reaching 17%. This is the highest ever share for online grocery sales in the UK and a 1% increase in share in just a month.
Freshfel Europe welcomes UK announcement to postpone new import requirements for EU exports in response to sector’s request
UK organic sector reports record growth in 2020
Lidl reports losses following heavy investments
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Lidl UK has suffered heavy losses after investing in new stores. A pre-tax loss of £25.2 million was reported for the year up to February 29th 2020. This comes after registering profits of £19 million in the previous year. The losses come after the German-owned discounter invested £654 million in opening 51 stores as well as a new warehouse in Scotland, while expanding its UK workforce by 8% to 23,249 employees.