Chris J

Chris Jones, the Technical Manager responsible for the quality of potatoes, visited crops of Rooster potatoes grown in Norfolk by Albert Bartlett last week.

Rooster potatoes are currently being harvested and the supply of 2011 crop into store has commenced – skin finish and overall quality is strong and the eating quality is even stronger!!

Posted by Chris J on 01 September 2011
Chris J

Chris Jones, ASDA’s Technical Manager, visited Kevley’s in Cambridgeshire to review their crop of pumpkins before the harvest process commences.

Kevley’s grow Pumpkins for Lincolnshire Field Products who will supply ASDA with edible and non-edible pumpkins in the run up to Halloween. The quality and average size of the crop was fantastic. If there are any questions out there, please let us know.

Posted by Chris J on 01 September 2011
Chris J

Last week Chris Jones, our Technical Manager responsible for the quality of alliums, visited members of the Bedfordshire Growers group, in conjunction with QV Foods, to review crops of onions and echalion shallots destined for ASDA.

The quality of the Extra Special echalion shallots grown by F B Parish looked fantastic internally and externally, as did other crops of brown onions and red onions grown by the Finlay family. If there are any questions, please let us know.

Posted by Chris J on 22 September 2011
Paul D

Simon is responsible for checking the quality of your fruit and veg at one of our depots, and is here to talk you through our fruit and veg’s journey through the depot.

Our depots receive the produce from our suppliers and if it passes several quality checks the load is then divided out across our stores (based upon what they can sell), placed in a bay where all the fresh food is consolidated and sent to stores. If it doesn’t pass our quality checks, we won’t accept the delivery.

Posted by Paul D on 22 September 2011
Paul D

BBQ’d, steamed, tinned, boiled….there’s lots of ways to enjoy sweetcorn, but what about raw?!

Our sweetcorn buyer Rich has been banging on about how nice it is, so when we got the first crates of UK sweetcorn into the office we gave it a go….and he was right! So right in fact we thought we’d share the experience and walked the floors dishing the raw cobs out for colleagues to try.

They loved it! Lots of talk of “my grandad used to eat it raw”, “I grow sweetcorn and often do this”, “are you joking!”, “that’s awesome!”.

Here’s our packaging man Simon giving it a go….why don’t you try some fresh, sweet, RAW British sweetcorn? Delicious, especially when really fresh!

Simon

Posted by Paul D on 15 September 2011
Paul D

Working with fruit and veg, sourced from all over the world to bring you the best of what is in season is an absolute pleasure. For many crops that means picking a time when the southern hemisphere season is ending and the northern is starting (and vice versa!).

Spanish fruit

Sometimes that switch over covers really iconic fruit & veg, like Spanish Oranges from Valencia! We’re just on that point in time now and it’s crucial we get out there and assess the crop to make the right call. Check out these pictures of the fruit that’ll soon be on the shelves.

When they arrive I’m going to persuade Dominic (camera shy!) to show you a technique to maximise the juiceiness of your oranges!

Posted by Paul D on 15 September 2011