Wimbledon Strawberries revealed to have been subsidised to keep price same for

first_imgTo ensure their freshness, they are picked at sunrise each morning at the Hugh Lowe Farm in Kent, which has supplied the championships for more than 20 years.Hugh Lowe Farm’s managing director, Marion Regan, has previously warned that strawberries may have to be imported after Britain leaves the EU, amid fears there will be a shortage of migrant fruit pickers.But Mr Davies said: “Obviously that would be her view, our view is that we think we will be able to maintain British strawberries.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mr Davies said: “Food price inflation at this time is running higher than it has in previous years, but it’s something we saw coming down the line. For us it’s about making the right choices so our guests have the best experience. “What’s really important to us is that our strawberries are accessible and we do help subsidise the strawberry offer in order to make it more accessible for our guests. We will pay a portion of that to Compass to deliver on those prices year on year.”Mr Davies said that strawberries have become more popular year on year, resulting in 28 tonnes of strawberries being sold last year. Meanwhile, the BBC’s Today at Wimbledon programme has attracted criticism for using a large bowl of strawberries as a display piece on the show with fears the fruit was going to waste.However, a BBC spokeswoman said: “There’s a plastic insert in the bowl to make it appear that there are more strawberries in there than there actually are.”The strawberries have been in the bowl since Monday night on the TV, they are kept in the fridge and at the end of the day they go on the same show.”Asked whether the strawberries would be handed out to staff before they went bad, she said “who can say”. Meanwhile, the AELTC revealed that sushi has also soared in popularity as both spectators and competitors opt for high-protein snacks, with sales increasing by 306 per cent from 2014 to 2016. last_img read more

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