Worldwide Fruit is a producer, packer, distributor and marketer of apples, pears, cherries, plums and avocado for Waitrose.
Worldwide Fruit is vertically integrated with their grower base in the UK and NZ through shareholding arrangements. They source fruit from 32 different countries around the world and work with some of the leading global producers. Worldwide strongly believe in producing products in a sustainable way and have developed a research and innovation agenda to consider the challenges that exist in the following key areas:
- Pesticides use
Worldwide are engaged in 3 long term Technical Strategy Board projects focusing on reducing waste through the implementation of precision based orchard management technologies and reducing the need for insecticides by increasing populations of predators in the orchards.The Pear Sucker is a pest that affects many orchards and can have catastrophic effects on crop quality. We are looking to control Pear Suckers without the use of insecticides.
David Long at Marshgate Farm explains how he controls the Pear Sucker on his farm.Worldwide Fruit is funding a PHD student for 3 years to develop a protocol for the manipulation of the orchard environment to help increase pollinator insects. Tony Harding, Technical Director at Worldwide Fruit explains how this study is having a beneficial impact on their orchards.