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Thoughts from June 2006

blueberry fields

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You learn something every day. Today I discovered that the blueberries in our smoothies are wild blueberries, picked from the forest floor in Poland. Here's another picture of their forest:

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What a nice place to grow.

turophiles

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Turophiles = lovers of cheese, derived from 'tyro', which is greek for cheese, don't you know. Yesterday was the monthly meeting of cheese club here at Fruit Towers. Each month we choose a theme (past favourite - cheeses with funny coatings). After a round of tasting, we vote for our favourite, which gets shortlisted into the annual cheese-off in December. Yesterday's theme was Italian cheeses and we tried Bel Paese (rather like Dairylea), Taleggio, Torta Gorgonzola, Fontina, Pecorino Rosso and Dolcelatte. Taleggio won.

story box

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Today we sent 24 new designs for our big 1 litre cartons to the printers. Here they are stuck on the wall of our library so everyone here can have a read. We refresh all the cartons with new stories about every 3 months. These ones talk about loads of different things from how the company has changed as it's got bigger to why our alphonso mangoes are a bit like Glenn Medeiros.

Next up we're doing new stories for all our little bottles. Kat, our packaging designer, will be setting about 130 different labels which she can do in about 2 days. She's good.

lovely kew

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This is Phil who works at Kew Gardens (sorry about the slightly rubbish photo Phil). He very kindly gave us rides around in his electric buggy when we were over there yesterday to do a little bit of filming for our new telly advert. The gardens are looking really lovely right now - we found out it takes 800 people to keep them that way. We'd recommend a visit if you possibly can.

our little road

Here's something we like. Our Little Road is a website that was set up by a 12 year old called Jake. He felt that his neighbours didn't talk to each other that much, and wanted to find a way for them to get to meet and help each other a bit more.

Nice work Jake.