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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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.

Mar 1, 2016

Amongst other things, it’s the secret criminal organisation in the Marvel Universe or the many-headed serpent in Greek mythology. It is, of course, the Hydra. We’ve been talking about the Hydra a lot lately, but this time it’s in a business context.

Feb 1, 2016

A friend of mine, in a moment of unguarded self-pity, bemoaned the fact that he ‘had to work’. I looked at him with shocked disbelief: ‘you mean you don’t want to work?’ I uttered incredulously.

Dec 1, 2015

With this year’s harvest now well behind us, we are fast approaching the close of 2015 too; and what an interesting year it’s been...

Nov 1, 2015

There are moments in life when an opportunity comes up that you just have to take. Being asked to represent best practice in the Agriculture edition of the Parliamentary Review was one of those moments.

Oct 1, 2015

There has been some confusion over reports of this year’s apple crop so here’s to clarify.

Sep 1, 2015

You may have read recently that Bramley apple pie filling has been awarded protected geographical status by the European Commission.

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