The AgriChain Centre´s HortSource Blog


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A Few Words To Begin With Mention traceability to anyone in the produce industry these days and one is likely to get one of the following three reactions; - the respondent rolls his or her eyes a....Read More

Common Sense & Water Melons
I took this photo a couple of years ago in Beijing. Not just anywhere in Beijing but within one kilometre of the entrance to the Forbidden City and Tianamen Square - and just after I had come out of....Read More

Brick & Mortar Supermarket Support Programmes Gather Pace!
I took this picture a couple of years ago in The Hague in the Netherlands. The supermarket chain displaying this wheel of cheese complete with facebook sign prides itself in not accepting cash for p....Read More

The Dairy Auction - On Its Last Legs?
The Business news on National Radio made mention of the latest global dairy trade auction. The newsworthy part for New Zealand was that the price achieved represented a 2.4% increase against the pre....Read More

There Is Nothing Simple About Food
It is not possible these days to open a newspaper in the old fashioned way or reading an e-paper without seeing a supermarket story somewhere. Whether it is a Labour Leader "wannabe" here in New Zeala....Read More

Why Profits Matter
Is a supermarket company entitled to make a profit? Of course it is. Does a supermarket company's adoring public care about the profit the business makes? You bet. How do customers get to hear about a....Read More

What is next - the Food Police?
No, it is not April Fool's Day. I wish! It seems that when they were not busy debating the pros and cons of Scottish independence in recent months, the UK authorities have been contemplating the in....Read More

Russia here we come
Geopolitics and fresh produce can be strange bedfellows at time. The EU slapped a few selective sanctions on Russia's Vladimir Putin and his merry band of oligarchs and what did Putin do in return? ....Read More

The high cost of low prices
A few weeks ago we had the PMA Australia New Zealand Fresh Connections Conference here is Auckland. An all-round success in terms of attendance.  One of the industry stalwarts I bumped into there was....Read More

I Spy Something You Don't See And It Starts With 'C'
I have England on my mind.  I am all for the Europe concept but do we really need to have the Tour de France starting in the UK?  It’s a bit like Kent becoming a wine growing region. Well known pa....Read More