Journalism

 

I’ll be using the next few posts to highlight some of my previous journalistic work.. some of this may appear a little out of date, but I’ll start with some of the older articles, working through to more recent reports!

 

 

Will laser ‘tattoos’ replace fruit labels? BBC interview

Will laser ‘tattoos’ replace fruit labels? BBC interview

 

I recently appeared on BBC Click to speak about Laser Food’s innovative laser labelling technology for fruit, which they believe could one day completely replace sticky labels.

The technology removes pigment from the fruit’s surface to show information such as the item’s sell-by date and price without affecting the taste or shelf-life of the fruit.

Top UK retailer Marks and Spencer is currently trialling the technology as laser labelling could, it says, help lower its carbon footprint.

 

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Fruit Logistica 2014

Some images from this year’s edition

First day at Fruit Logistica.. anything but quiet (Anecoop stand in background)

First day at Fruit Logistica.. anything but quiet (Anecoop stand in background)

Some highly unusual 'flowers' on display at Fruit Logistica

Some highly unusual ‘flowers’ on display at Fruit Logistica

Oscar Ortiz on hand to welcome visitors to Glamour Cherries' stand

Oscar Ortiz on hand to welcome visitors to Glamour Cherries’ stand

For some visitors to Messe Berlin, getting around 25 halls had obviously been tiring

For some visitors to Messe Berlin, it had all gotten a bit much

(l-r) Univeg's director of quality management, Ben Horsbrugh, with yours truly

(l-r) Univeg’s director of quality management, Ben Horsbrugh, with yours truly

 

 

 

 

 

Fruit Attraction 2013!

I’ve uploaded some pics from my visit to the #FruitAttraction 2013 trade fair in Madrid last month.

It was a good show and (to me at least) looked to have grown considerably since I was last there.

Enrique Colilles from Andalusian avocado and mango producer Trops

Enrique Colilles from Andalusian avocado and mango producer Trops

Procomel's stand - probably the most eye catching at this year's show. Seemed to be pitched somewhere between a bordello and cabaret bar from 1930's Berlin

Procomel’s stand – probably the most eye catching at the show. Seemed to be pitched somewhere between a bordello or cabaret bar from 30’s Berlin.

Peppa Pig makes an appearance

Peppa Pig makes an appearance

Anecoop's Carlota Pardo

Anecoop’s Carlota Pardo

The crowds arrive on the second day of Fruit Attraction (17 Oct)

The crowds arrive on the second day of Fruit Attraction (17 Oct)

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Food for thought

Hungry Planet: What the World Eats by photographer Peter Menzel is a fantastic book that has been published in various forms by Material World since 2005. It looks like there’s a new edition out as the book has received a fair bit of attention in the British press this week.

The book is basically a photo essay looking at what 30+ families, from Chad to California, consume in terms of food and drink during an average week and it makes for fascinating viewing (or reading if you prefer!).

Hungry Planet gallery

Better news from Mexico..

Mexico may have been garnering bad publicity, but the country’s thriving fresh produce sector shows that there are more positive sides to the Latin American nation than narcos, avian flu, poverty and street crime.

In the attached article (published a couple of months ago by the UK’s Fresh Produce Journal), I take a look at some of the latest developments in the sector and outline why I believe export markets outside North America are beginning to appear more attractive to Mexican producers..

FPJ p.28-30

(Please click on the above link to read the article!)

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Spanish crisis

Mercadona has emerged as one of the few winners in the current Spanish crisis. Photo © Planet Retail

 

Here’s a link to an article I wrote for Eurofruit Magazine, which shows that not everyone has been a loser in the current Spanish crisis.

However, whatever happens, it looks like things will certainly get worse before they get better..