Veg News December 3rd
Plummeting temperatures in Spain are making life difficult for our European buyers this week, with even Madrid hitting zero degrees overnight! Crops that thrive on warmth (courgettes, aubergines, cucumbers etc…) are thin on the ground, and this is (understandably) reflected in the price expectations of growers.
However, with a blast of arctic weather predicted here later in the week, perhaps a scarcity of ratatouille crops will not be felt too keenly. Instead, maybe best to focus on the wealth of UK winter-warmer type lines… Celeriac, swede and parsnips are all abundant, while the range and price of our potatoes continues to impress. Look out for our first arrival of washed carrots from Jimmy Doig near Dundee. We expect these to form the backbone of our winter carrot supply – apart from when he is buried under snow, and they are always lovely and sweet.
For value, Spanish peppers continue to buck the upwards trend, while the clementine price has also fallen over recent weeks as they become more plentiful.
Price check (03/12/13): Morrisons (non-organic), Unicorn (all-organic)
Sprout stalks: Morrisons £1.50 (UK), Unicorn £1.25 (Wass/Yorkshire)
Celeriac: Morrisons £1.39/kg (UK), Unicorn £1.52 /kg (Strawberry Fields/Lincs)
Butternut: Morrisons £1.65/kg approx. (Portugal), Unicorn £1.74/kg (Watts/Lincs)
Washed carrots: Morrisons 90p/kg (UK), Unicorn 99p/kg (Doig/Dundee)
Last Modified - 3rd December 2013
Grow a Grocery
We think there’s room for a Unicorn-type store in every city, and perhaps more besides. We have no plans to expand outside the one shop, so we’ve put together a guide intended to help facilitate the emergence of new stores run on similar lines.
Starting a new business is a daunting process. The guide is based on the model Unicorn has tried & tested since 1996, and walks potential grocers through all areas of the business, in the hope that it will make starting a new shop an easier process and help existing shops improve and/or expand.
Read the guide here
Last Modified - 10th October 2013