Phil Acock in the Fourayes Fruit Processing plant

Fruit industry comment and insights from Phil Acock

Phil Acock the third generation member of the Acock family and is the driving force behind innovation, product development and sales at Fourayes. With a lifetime experience in the fruit industry, Phil reflects on industry developments and market trends in his 'Setting the Agenda' Blog . Phil is also a Board member of English Apples and Pears.

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Apr 1, 2018

My interest was first piqued by an article I read about Sunflowers; more specifically about the fact that they always turn to face the sun. The ability of Helianthus to track the sun is known as heliotropism but the Sunflower does more than just follow the sun – it only does so until it has matured. Once its goal is achieved, it simply turns the process off.

Feb 12, 2018

Our corporate video was starting to look a little out-dated. Recently, we’ve employed a number of new staff and invested a significant capital sum in building a new DCA (Dynamically Controlled Atmosphere) store (circa £1m), installing a state-of-the-art aseptic puree plant (£400,000), upgrading the peeling room (£1.3m), significantly improving our IT capability and enhancing our IT security (£60,000); as well as a host of other improvements to the canteen, car park, signage and more.

Jan 4, 2018

Today, I am starting a campaign in support of that most neglected of agenda points: AOB or Any Other Business. Even its very shortening suggests it may not be receiving the respect it properly deserves.

Dec 6, 2017

Some time ago we installed a large digital screen in our canteen. The initiative was prompted, not by a company-wide passion for ‘Emmerdale’, but by a need to largely do away with the posters we’d been using to promote our initiatives, events and customer products: asking staff about the content indicated the posters were veering towards a role more akin to that of ‘wallpaper’.

Oct 4, 2017

This month’s blog presents me with something of a dilemma...

Sep 11, 2017

In 1966, US president Robert F. Kennedy delivered a speech that included the words, “There is a Chinese curse which says ‘May he live in interesting times.’ Like it or not, we live in interesting times...”

Jul 1, 2017

I’m not a campaigner by nature, but a recent conversation with our Bramley apple procurement team brought to mind the expression: ‘you never miss the water until the well runs dry’.

In this case, the ‘well’ in question is the Bramley apple.

May 19, 2017

‘WannaCry’ or ‘WannaCrypt’. However you term it, the recent ransom-ware attack has caused major disruption across business and public institutions and garnered a considerable amount of national, and international publicity.

Apr 1, 2017

Regular readers of my blog will recall that I’ve been talking about snacking on the go since well before it became the sizeable trend it is today.

Feb 27, 2017

I’ve never been a fan of using gratuitous headlines to attract attention so I promise today is no exception: I really do want to talk about sex; more particularly about sex and the Codling Moth.

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