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January 2014

Packing fresh produce for supermarkets

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Rush Group has recently started packing sweet potatoes and butternut squash for two major supermarkets in the UK. The reasons for these two high street names using Rush Group are:

  • Continuous price
  • Reliable service, Rush Group has a proven track record in never letting down a client
  • Consistent quality
  • Providing a retail ready product

So how does Rush Group manage to match this criteria? Because the Group has an international network of quality growers and suppliers, from whom Rush Group buy their whole crop, rather than just the segment that interests the supermarkets. This ability to sell a farmer’s entire crop means that Rush Group can buy high quality fresh produce at a far more competitive rate than a supplier who is only interested in buying a particular portion of a crop.

This skill has led to an ever-increasing quantity of sweet potatoes from America and Honduras, and butternut squash from Portugal, South Africa, Argentina, Peru and Honduras filling these supermarkets’ shelves – last week 45,000 x 750g of sweet potatoes alone were ordered. Rush’s expertise also allows them to respond quickly and efficiently to a sudden increase in demand for these vegetables.

Rush Group’s technical knowledge of packing and logistics means that they can provide supermarkets with a seamless service. The Group brings the sweet potatoes and butternut squash in bulk, where they are shipped to our packers. The packers then pack the fresh produce in pre-printed film, on which the date coding and the supply code are printed.

After this process the bags are packed into plastic trays (maxi nest produce trays) and then the trays are loaded onto UDPs and finally onto lorries that take the sweet potatoes and butternut squash to the various supermarket depots, where the quality control takes place.

So if you are looking for a continuous, reliable supply of quality fresh produce at a competitive rate, please contact Sam at Rush Group today.

Exporting fresh produce to Singapore and the whole of SE Asia

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Rush Group has been exporting fresh produce, particularly potatoes, onions and apples for the past 10 years to South East Asia. This experience and expertise in the fresh produce industry in South East Asia has led to Rush Group becoming a market leader in exporting potatoes to this region. With such valuable experience in this global area, it is no surprise that food importers in Singapore, a country that imports all its food, should be looking at companies such as Rush to provide them with fresh produce. Europe has also long been regarded as growing top quality produce that far exceeds the standards normally on offer in this region, which goes some way to explain the fact that European products are deemed expensive in this region. However with Singapore’s ever-growing middle class, cost is becoming less of an issue, as there is an increasing market for top quality produce, even if it comes at a slightly higher cost. Potatoes in particular are proving to be an increasingly popular vegetable; especially crisping varieties, pre-packed washed potatoes for supermarkets and organics. Rush Group has very strong buying power in these areas, with a wide range of growers in New Zealand, Australia, America, the Netherlands and Germany. This ability to buy fresh produce at a competitive price, combined with Rush Group’s expertise in logistics (both air and sea freight), and an actual physical presence in Malaysia, means that Rush Group is well placed to provide Singapore and the rest of South East Asia with a reliable supply of potatoes and other fresh produce 365 days a year. If you are a South East Asian fresh produce importer, looking for a reliable source of quality fruit and vegetables, please contact Rush Group today.

Broccoli – a super food provided by Rush 365 days a year

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Broccoli is being recognised as the newest super food, with research showing that eating this brassica can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and death in postmenopausal women, as well as being more effective than anti-biotics in treating peptic ulcers.

For a more in depth view of broccoli’s nutritional facts, please click here.

So what is the history of this healing cruciferous vegetable?

It was thought to have been developed in Cyprus, and is a very close relation to cauliflower, but unlike its white cousin, it can stand the heat and sunshine. Due to this ability to withstand warmer weather, broccoli started to grow in the coastal regions of Italy and France, and then after the Second World War it began to be grown in America.

There are a number of different varieties of broccoli, whose main difference is the length of stalk (small, medium and high) and length of growing period. A broccoli plant’s growing period can be: short (55-65 days), medium (65-75 days) and long (75-85 days).

The most popular varieties of broccoli are:

Calabrese- 60 days

Corvet F1- 60-75 days

Cruiser F1-60-70 days

SG1 F1-70-80 days

GEM -75-80 days

Rush Group has strong ties with broccoli producers around the world and so can offer a continuous supply day in day out – whatever time of year.

So if you are looking for a reliable supply of broccoli 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year then please contact Hajnalka Erdos today.