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November 2015

Rush’s Polish office has two new members

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Rush’s increasing business in Eastern Europe has meant that the Polish office has recently grown in size. Eryka Kutryj and Adam Owczarek are the new recruits and taking five minutes out of their busy day they explain amongst other things, why they were keen to join Rush and what they see as the biggest challenges in the Polish fresh produce market.

What is your role?

Eryka: I am Marcin and Justyna’s assistant. My main duties involve researching the fruit and vegetable market in Eastern Europe, with particular emphasis on leeks, onions, broccoli and cauliflowers. I also help organise all transportation on a daily basis, as well as looking into improving fresh produce haulage in general in Poland and other East European countries, as presently most local companies are mainly interested in West Europe, but obviously we need to provide the normal Rush transportation service to all our customers, wherever they are.

Adam: I am a trader’s assistant; most of my working day is spent dealing with the wholesale markets, particularly dealing with pomelos, celeriac, onions, sweet potatoes, butternut squash and lemons. I prepare offers and customise them to fit their individual needs. Wholesale markets in Poland are in a constant state of flux, no two days are the same, which requires me to be in constant contact on a daily basis to keep up to date with the state of the markets. I also organise transport and make sure that each delivery is as seamless as possible, as Rush’s reputation of delivering on time needs to be preserved.

What did you do before joining Rush?

Eryka: I was working for a global haulage company in United Kingdom – hence Marcin and Justyna asking me to help with transportation in Poland and around.

Adam: I was working for the Poland’s largest supermarket nursery product supplier, dealing in such items as fruit trees. This gave me the necessary experience of dealing in perishable goods.

What made you want to get into the fresh produce industry?

Eryka: Because it is such a vibrant and exciting industry to work in. It is ever-changing, developing and growing on a regular basis, meaning no two days are ever the same.

Adam: Much the same as Eryka really. This industry, particularly in Eastern Europe is changing rapidly and in turn creating opportunities that need to be seized and problems that need to be sorted. I am naturally drawn to turning a negative as a positive and so providing the best deals for both growers and customers alike.

What made you want to join Rush Group?

Eryka: Rush has a true global presence with offices throughout Europe and South East Asia, however its approach is still a personal one. This means, even though my colleagues might be miles away in different time zones, we all still operate as one team, which gives our customers a unique access to fresh produce all around the world.

Adam: A whole mixture of reasons, including the people who have such a positive, energetic and intelligent approach to their work. There is also a very friendly atmosphere, which means that everyone, wherever they are in the world works together, ensuring that our customers have a connection with some of the finest growers and farmers in the world.

What do you see as the main issues facing the fresh produce industry in Poland at the moment and how are you tackling them?

Eryka: The hot summer this year has caused real problems for us, as it has created a real lack of variety with some of Poland’s most popular vegetables. I am actively working with new, but trusted growers, to help fill this void.

Adam: As Eryka has already said the blistering hot summer where temperatures reached 35˚C this year, has meant a real shortage in some vegetables – particularly potatoes and large onions. In the wholesale market there are also extra problems with supermarkets slashing their prices, and my customers need to lower the prices too. To alleviate this issue, we approach wholesale market customers and supermarkets customers in a way that suits their particular needs. Rather than treating all our customers in exactly the same way, we treat them as individuals and so offer each sector something completely different, according to their requirements.

What do you believe Rush can offer your customers that other fresh produce companies cannot?

Eryka and Adam: Our international network of offices translates into our customers having an infinite variety of fresh produce available 365 days a year, delivered at the right price, the right quality and at the right time.

Middle East’s hunger for European carrots

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Rush is currently busy exporting European carrots to the Middle East, in particular Dubai.

The carrots that the Group are exporting come mainly from Poland, France, Netherlands and the UK, as opposed to China (value packs) and Australia (premium product), from where the Middle East normally imports their carrots. As well as getting a top quality vegetable, the proximity of Europe to say Dubai, also has the added benefit of reducing food miles.

Rush Group’s decision to start exporting carrots to this region was born out of the fact that it already has an established market for potatoes, apples and onions in the Middle East, giving them a deep understanding of the fresh produce trade in this area. For example, their prior experience has taught them all the necessary phytosanitary requirements; combine this with their carrot expertise generally, and it is obvious to see why they are doing such great business.

Presently, the most popular varieties they are exporting includes Belgrado and Newark. Belgrado is a parallel sided variety offering good yields when processed, whilst Newark is suited for the retail sector with tapered ends and an attractive appearance.

Rush’s customers in the Middle East are in both the fresh and processing markets. For the Fresh markets, the Group supplies varieties that are 20mm – 40mm, clean and packed into 10kg boxes. The processing customers receive 40mm+ carrots in one tonne bulk bags and not always washed.

Tom Ebdon says: “One of the major advantages Rush has, is its product knowledge and carrots are no different.  Rush’s knowledge of carrots allows them to manage market fluidity and provide a reliable supply from anywhere in the world.”

If you are based in The Middle East and are interested in European carrots, please contact Tom Ebdon.

Chinese ginger – a first class example of Rush’s global reach

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Rush Group is doing great business in air-dried ginger, with a shipment arriving from China very shortly.

Rush’s ginger comes from China’s main growing area in Shandong Province in North China, where the ginger harvest is in full swing. The group’s crop will follow the correct practice of being kept in store for 50 days, ensuring the root is not too ‘greenish’. After this stage, as long as the crop is kept in cold storage, it can keep in an optimum state for over nine months. The ginger having left China in reefer containers, will be kept at 12-15°C with a ventilation rate of 20CBM/Hour, ensuring it arrives at its final destinations in South East and North East Europe in perfect condition.

Rush’s ginger will then be sold on to wholesalers or to processing factories.

The Group’s involvement in this fiery root is testament to Rush’s global reach, due to its worldwide office network. Rush’s Hungarian office noticed the increasing desire in the West for Asian food. As a result, they decided to set up a supply of exotic fresh produce, starting with ginger. Hajnalka Erdos, who heads up the office, used the Group’s international reach to kick start the project:

“We had an integration week earlier in the year in London which was attended by all of my Rush colleagues from around the world. It was at this week where I spoke to Chris and Frankie who work out of our office in Malaysia about my clients’ requests for ginger. It became very clear over the week that a joint approach from Asia and Eastern Europe could result in offering a fully integrated fresh produce solution, starting with ginger – but by no means ending there. The South East Asian office have sourced the ginger from a trusted grower, organised its transport and I will handle everything on this side of the globe, including unloading and forwarding the root to its end destination.”

Hajnalka is highly confident that ginger will soon become as popular as the other fresh produce she trades, such as brassicas, potatoes and onions. The supply chain that Rush has created between the Asian and European continents has resulted in yet another Rush product being delivered at the right place, at the right quality, and of course the right price.

If you are interested in Rush Group’s ginger, please contact Hajnlaka Erdos today.

From seed potato to potato harvest

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Rush Group’s commitment to be involved with its crop from seed to sale is no more relevant than with its potatoes.

A hand-picked collection of Rush Group’s trusted potato farmers have been given the seed potatoes for next year’s crop, enabling the Group to be involved and in control of the entire process. The potatoes that are yielded from this crop, eight months later, will then be bought back by Rush, to fulfil orders, some of which will be placed in advance.

Rush’s potato growers like this arrangement, as they know that they will have a crop that will yield well. This is because they have been provided with seed potatoes that because of both Rush’s and the farmers’ knowledge are suitable for their particular soil and climate. Added to this, is that the crop should have a profitable market, based on Rush’s understanding of and experience in, the potato market. The farmers also have the assurance that will get paid for the crop they are growing, rather than leaving it to chance.

The Group’s customers also benefit from this method, as they can be confident that they know in advance exactly what potatoes they will be receiving. They are secure in the knowledge that the combination of Rush’s reliable supply base and technical product knowledge, translates into the right crop being grown and being delivered in the right condition at the right price.

This hands-on approach to its crop has proved highly successful for Rush and is going from strength to strength. Guy Burgoyne says: “ We have been carrying out this method for a while now with great success, so now is the right time to spread the news. This practice is particularly popular with our customers in the supermarket, catering, wholesale and packing sectors, as we are able to grow to order for them – which means no last minute panics, as they know what they are going to get.”

If you are interested in growing potatoes for, or buying potatoes from Rush Group, please contact Guy Burgoyne