Thoughts from category: good business

see Rich on the telly

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We know this is a bit late in the day given that it happened on Tuesday, but we felt the appearance of our very own Richard Reed on The Apprentice: You're Fired was worthy of a quick mention. If you missed it, head to BBC iPlayer here to see him play "guess the fruit" with the first victim of Lord Sugar's pointy finger. He did us proud.

30 minutes with our Rich, on the telly


The other day our Rich had a chap called Matthew following him around along with a camera and sound crew. They let him know they were coming though so he didn't have to take out a restraining order. If you fancy watching 30 minutes of Rich's home life, him sharing a few business tips, telling a couple of old yarns and his monster table tennis smash then click here*. You can also get a first sneak peak of Fruit Towers 3 as an added extra.

*This link is only available on iPlayer until 3:59am Mon 16 Aug 2010, so be quick.

mystery veg

the innocent village fete

We like vegetables. So we’re very excited to have the people from Riverford come along to our fete this year. What they don’t know about veg isn’t worth the forking manure, and we consider them to be a key partner in our quest to help people eat slightly fewer sausage rolls and a bit more fruit and veg.

As part of this quest, Riverford would like you to bring your strangely shaped veg to our fete. Wonky carrots, bulbous onions and courgettes that look like the Dalai Lama – all are welcome. The best ones will win a prize and be shown off in the Riverford tent. Or you can just post a photo of your weird veg here.

Also, we have a small competition for you. Just name the vegetables below (proper Latin names please, as well as their everyday names) and you can win one of three fancy boxes of Riverford fruit and veg. Post your answers as a comment, along with a tie-breaker – a maximum of 15 words completing the following phrase - "I love wonky veg because............"

Good luck (deadline is the end of this Friday 25th July).

Mystery veg 1


Mystery veg 2


save the children


We sent some drinks over to Save The Children last week, and as part of their Save The Children week, they sold them and raised £400.

Save The Children have just launched an emergency appeal in response to the Burma cyclone. They've already got 500 people on the ground and tonnes and tonnes of food and other aid being delivered. So if you feel like donating your lunch money to some people who really need it, click here.

please say hello to carlos


This is Carlos. You might recognise him from his guest role in our new telly ad.

Carlos is our man on the ground in Latin America. He works with the Rainforest Alliance, a charity that is pioneering a better way of growing fruit that helps protect workers, local communities, wildlife and the environment. It's a great organisation and one we're proud to help support. Currently, all our bananas come from Rainforest Alliance accredited farms. And we're working with Carlos to introduce this more enlightened way of growing to the places where our pineapples come from. Ultimately we want all fruit to be grown in this way.

Carlos' official title is quite appropriately 'Fruit Supply Coordinator' and he knows the fruit industry inside out having run his own banana plantation for 20 years previously, which makes him a very good friend for us to have.


Some other interesting facts about Carlos include:

  • he's got a great moustache
  • he scrubs up nice when invited to awards ceremonies
  • other than fruit, his main passion in life is great Costa Rican coffee, of which he can be seen enjoying a cup with our Simon above.

He even gave us a bag of his absolute favourite coffee to bring back to fruit towers with us.


Thanks Carlos. Keep up the great work and good luck with those pineapples.