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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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.

Aug 10, 2016

Now that the dust has settled, the decision to leave the European Union is part of British history.

Jun 13, 2016

OK, so that statement isn’t actually true. But what if it was true?  What effect could that have on the UK economy? I’d say a pretty seismic one.

May 1, 2016

The thing about myths is that few people give them a thought for eons then two come along at once! The blog before my sojourn into strawberries-on-trees territory (April 1st 2016) talked about the Hydra. This time it’s the Minotaur that takes centre stage.

Apr 1, 2016

This month sees a departure from my usual style of blog only because I have something rather special to announce.

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Should you update your corporate video monthly?

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Let’s start at the very…end

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