1. Representatives from produce giant G’s met David Cameron and environment secretary Liz Truss at Number 10 this week, as part of a trade event to boost the campaign for staying in the EU.
  2. The official start of the British asparagus season was celebrated last week at the first-ever crowdfunded produce industry dinner. The Great British Asparagus Feast was held in Bristol at the Yurt Lush, on Thursday 5 May.
  3. A different well-known chef created each of the five courses, with asparagus as the star of the dish. Several British asparagus growers donated produce to the event, including Steve McGuffie of New Farm Produce, Chris Chinn of Cobrey Farms, Sophie Bambridge from Barfoots of Botley, William Hebditch of New Cross Fruit Farm and Andy Allen, of Portwood Farm.
  4. Guests were invited to share photos across social media throughout the night, under the hashtag #AsparaFeast, to promote the start of the British asparagus season to the rest of the world.
  5. FPJ's Nina Pullman visited Cornwall and the South West recently as part of a regional report on the area. Pictured here is Branston's head of procurement for the region, Angela Cliffe, with grower Phil Rogers.
  6. Cliffe and Rogers demonstrated how quality is still good in early Cornish new potatoes, despite a cold spring holding crops back.
  7. Southern England Farms' company agronomist Will Iliffe spoke about some of the production challenges faced in Cornwall, and the impact of recent cool temperatures.
  8. FPJ's South West roadtrip then visited Bristol wholesale market to catch up with companies, including French Garden Bristol, which has recently expanded its fleet to cater for its growing business.
  9. A quick tour of Total Produce Bristol with the company's Charlie Hicks followed, where new season Dutch tomatoes were on display.
  10. Another British seasonal favourite - rhubarb - was in pride of place on the market as the 2016 season gears up. The full South West regional report will be in the next issue of FPJ, out on 20th May.
  11. The British pea industry has secured its first-ever promotional week. Great British Pea Week is set to launch this summer, and will run from 11-17 July 2016 to coincide with the British pea harvest.
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