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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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.

Jan 4, 2017

Hot on the heels of my last blog about Santa’s challenging logistics, I recently learned that I have something in common with Mr Sakichi Toyoda, founder of Toyota Industries Co Ltd.

Dec 6, 2016

According to UNICEF, around 2 billion of the world’s population are children. That fact got me thinking about the enormous logistical challenge facing Santa this year.

Nov 1, 2016

Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple Computers, once said: ‘If today were the last day of your life, would you want to do what you are about to do today?’ It’s a salutary thought, and one that we’ve embraced wholeheartedly in our 2020 Vision for the Company.

Oct 3, 2016

A good friend of mine runs the IT function for a leading UK company. He noticed that, year after year, the number of issues raised by IT users was significantly lower in August and significantly higher in September. The September spike was a major resourcing issue.

Aug 25, 2016

I’m passionate about short supply chains, so it may come as a surprise to those who know me well that today’s blog takes us a little further afield: to outer space in fact.


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