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the spalding flower parade

A few weeks ago our Meera went along to the 54th Annual Spalding Flower Parade, which is the most famous and longstanding event of its kind in the UK.

The theme this year was Food Glorious Food, and around 1.3 million tulip heads were painstakingly pinned to the floats by an army of volunteers.

Here's a lovely wedge of watermelon and a big juicy lemon.

float at the spalding flower parade

Here's something else but we're not entirely sure what. If you have any idea do let us know.

float 2 at the spalding flower parade
Here are some people dressed as vegetables.

people dressed as vegetables at the spalding flower show
Here's the oompah band.

oompah band at the spalding flower show

And here's a lady wearing a jacket made entirely of cats. Incredible.

woman in a jacket of cats

If this looks like your kind of event, go out and buy a 2013 diary right now and make a note for next year - Saturday 4th May.

UPDATE: Mystery float revealed
The eagle-eyed Lucy H has spotted that it's Four and Twenty Blackbirds Baked in a Pie. Phew. 

the footprint awards

We're very proud to announce that last week innocent won the Footprint Sustainable Sourcing Award. The Footprint Awards are given to businesses who are making a difference to sustainability in the Foodservice industry, and to enter we had to demonstrate how the sourcing of our fruit and veg around the world makes a positive impact on the environment and communities we work with.

Our Philippa was all smiles on the night as she collected the award.   philippa collecting innocent's sustainable sourcing trophy at the footprint awards

The Judges were really impressed with the innovation & impact shown in three of our major projects:

1. Spanish Strawberries Water Efficiency project
Taking a partnership approach to reducing water use in the region.

2. Climate adaptation project in India
Helping farmers to adapt to adverse conditions and increase the productivity of Alphonso mangoes.

3. Smallholder mango farming project in Rajapuri
Helping farmers to improve their agricultural practices and marketing approach in order to increase their income.

We're very lucky to have such dedicated fruit and sustainability teams who make projects like this possible. Thanks guys.