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Cucumber: A Challenge from the Field to the Fridge

09 May 2019
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When choosing cucumbers, of any variety, consumers initially make their selection based on appearance, then touch.  If the cucumber colour is off or yellowing, the skin is damaged or the produce has started to dry out or is limp consumers will leave it on the shelf. 

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Ensuring the Best in Fresh with Cherry Tomatoes

02 May 2019
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When choosing cherry tomatoes the consumer's priority is good eating quality. In stores, consumers' decisions can often be influenced by colour, consistency and packaging, which all affect how the consumer perceives product quality.

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Strawberries - A Summer Favourite

25 April 2019
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It's that time of year when retailers move onto selling outdoor strawberry crops.  This leads to higher expectations in consumers of this popular berry.

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White Asparagus - the Queen of Vegetables

18 April 2019
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As a seasonal vegetable, the asparagus season is looked forward to, especially by those involved in food preparation.

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Better Green Beans, From Field to Fork

11 April 2019
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When it comes to green beans, consumers are looking for produce that is firm and crispy, with a nice, fresh green colour. Our lab regularly monitors the quality of green beans, checking appearance and colour to ensure that the consumer is presented with something that is not only appetising to look at, but also of the correct texture.

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Best Taste of the Grape Year

04 April 2019
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Grapes are a very popular fruit found all over the world. Although people are aware of different colours, few consumers know the difference between varieties unless they taste both side-by-side.

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