1. You don't normally have to swim to Tesco
    You don't normally have to swim to Tesco
  2. A Tesco Superstore and a Sainsbury’s in central Carlisle were closed this week following severe flooding in Cumbria and Lancashire that left around 10,000 homes without electricity. Fruit and vegetable wholesaler A Stephenson opened its warehouse operation as normal, although its retail store was without power.
  3. Marks & Spencer has launched a Brussels sprouts version of guacamole as part of its Christmas buffet range. Dubbed 'brusselsmole', the recipe includes British-grown sprouts with a dash of maple syrup and has been available in stores since 2 December.
  4. Produce giant Chiquita has hailed the success of its first-ever UK consumer campaign after it resulted in increased demand for premium bananas. The company branded 300 London taxis with the Chiquita logo, and visited UK wholesale markets to host breakfast events and hand out sales kits.
  5. This week, signs warning about the scale of soil erosion have been popping up across European parks under a new campaign from Dutch organic company Eosta and the FAO. On World Soil Day, which took place on Saturday (5 December), signs appeared in Castle Bristol in the UK, Stromovka Park in Prague, Volkspark Friedrichshain in Berlin, Porta Nuova in Milano, and Vondelpark in Amsterdam.
  6. To celebrate International Poinsettia Day, which will take place on 12 December, designers Okishima and Simmonds created a fashion shoot in the glasshouse of leading poinsettia grower Hill Brothers Nurseries, in Chichester.
  7. London wholesale market New Spitalfields welcomed the Mayor of Waltham Forest to its Christmas lights on at a breakfast event last week.
  8. Yorkshire potato supplier Higgins will now deliver seed potatoes directly to homes and workplaces under a new grow-your-own range for consumers. The firm has launched its new Potato Grow product, offering seed potatoes for varieties including Maris Piper, King Edwards and Charlotte, as well as specialities including Pink Fir Apple and Smile.
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