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We are recruiting! Marketing Apprentice Vacancy - Norwich


We are looking for a motivated apprentice to join our busy marketing team. Based in Norwich, the role requires an organised, ambitious and hard-working individual, who has a fantastic eye for detail, to help the team by performing a range of administrative roles. As an apprentice with The Lively Crew you will gain invaluable experience across a range of marketing disciplines, whilst assisting in the day-to-day running of the office.

As part of your apprenticeship you will also study for an NVQ in Customer Service with Broadland Council Training Services.

This role is perfect for somebody who is both environmentally responsible and looking to build a career in marketing. We offer a very real chance of progression for the right candidate, within a fast-paced and lively office.

You can apply for this job by visiting www.apprenticeships.org.uk and searching 'The Lively Crew' or by sending a CV and covering letter to: Andrew Lawn, The Lively Crew, 34a Yarmouth Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR7 0EF or to info@thelivelycrew.co.uk.

For an informal chat about the vacancy, you can call Marketing Manager Andrew Lawn on 01603 702374 or Broadland Council Training Services' Apprenticeship Placement Officer, Anna Kingman on 01603 788950.



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Fresh Pod extends English Cabbage season by eight weeks


With the fruit, vegetable and flower industry’s focus on waste and ultimately reducing costs, Fresh Pod technology has been rigorously tested and proven to increase the storage time of English Savoy Cabbage for between 6-8 weeks without the need to introduce chemicals or expensive ozone producing systems.

Lankfer Ltd, based near Wisbech and a supplier of cabbages, cauliflowers and other fresh produce to wholesalers and the retail market, has installed a Fresh Pod EC3 filter machine within its cold store which has succeeded in reducing the presence of 99% of the ethylene, given off naturally by the cabbages and responsible for accelerating the ripening process. As well as extending the freshness of the produce by up to eight weeks, the Fresh Pod system also kills invisible airborne spores and moulds which are also major contributors to premature ripening and ultimately increased wastage.

The Fresh Pod system has extended the English produce season for Lankfer giving them the ability to extend their supplies of English grown produce into the retail market. Fresh Pod’s completely natural solution gives customers fresh local produce and reduces waste at source cutting Lankfers environmental impact – reducing imports and ultimately cutting costs.

Lee Parker, Commercial Director at Lankfer. “We have known for awhile that ethylene is a major contributor to the shortening of storage periods with our Savoy Cabbages. We have tried several methods to slow the process with little success to date. Fresh Pod technology has the credentials to sort the problem. We have tested it in one of our store rooms with superb results. We have been able to supply our customers with an English cabbage for an extended period of eight weeks, giving us more control over the supply chain, part of which is to be able to remove the need to rely on a foreign source. Our customer has a great sales message – UK grown, their customers like the localness and we benefit financially and environmentally. There is no doubt the technology works and we have great comfort in the fact it is natural, sensibly priced and as a bonus has a positive effect on our carbon footprint”

Valerie Bullard, Director, Fresh Pod “We have never doubted the technology and the positive effect Fresh Pod has on reducing waste and cutting costs. The fruit, vegetable and flower industry has many challenges in a tough economic environment coupled with the pressure to contribute to a greener planet. It gives us great pleasure when customers like Lee at Lankfer's is prepared to embrace our innovative technology and we can deliver behind it”.

Fresh Pod technology has been in use across the globe for many years. Developed in the San Joaquin Valley in California the technology has been a driving force behind protecting the local fresh produce industry from imported produce by extending storage periods and lessening the need to source fruit and vegetables outside of the country during the slow season.

Proven to outperform other systems available and with the accreditation of the OMRI, Fresh Pod is independently proven to reduce wastage and costs and to contribute positively to an organisations environmental impact.

Ethylene Control, power pellets were introduced into the UK several years ago by Fresh Pod as a consumer product selling thousands to householders who have extended the life of their fresh produce by up to four times.  With the UK commercial market having to work harder in tough economic conditions Fresh Pod is an environmentally friendly way of increasing shelf life naturally and is guaranteed to reduce waste and to significantly cut costs.



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Small changes in the supply chain can have a big impact on reducing food waste


By Andrew Lawn - Fresh Pod and Enviro-Pod

One third of the annual global food production is lost or wasted, meaning that huge amounts of the resources used in the production of food are in vain.

According to figures released by the Swedish Institute for Food and Biotechnology, post-harvest food waste occurs throughout the supply chain. Pest infestations, severe weather, mechanical harvesting, poor storage and stringent quality regulations can all result in dramatic losses of produce and ultimately money, even before produce reaches the consumer. Some of these factors are of course out of our hands, but in many cases, small changes at each stage of the chain can pay big dividends.

Despite us being a small country where field-to-fork is achievable, temperature, ethylene, pests and micro-organisms are all able to decimate a crop both qualitatively and quantitatively. It is vital to ensure that produce is stored correctly, and it is here that the biggest savings can be made. Temperature control has long been known to be effective at protecting food from deteriorating, while providing an environment which is hostile to micro-organisms and pests, but it is not a standalone solution – particularly when so much of the produce consumed in the country is now brought in from further afield.

Alongside refrigeration, producers need an effective ethylene control solution, to combat build-up of the gas, and to further combat moulds, bacteria and fungi. The presence of ethylene causes fruits to ripen and decay prematurely and vegetable and floral products to wilt. There is no ‘safe’ level for ethylene and controlling ethylene levels after picking will extend the life cycle of produce, allowing it to be held for a much longer period of time. While proper refrigeration and humidification slow decay, they do not prevent the production of ethylene.

Once produce reaches the consumer, wastage is of less concern to the producer, given that it is likely to lead to increased purchasing, but the environmental impact provides cause for long-term concern.

Retail stores are a big part of this problem, throwing away large quantities of food. Usually, this consists of items that are deemed to have reached their “best-before” dates. A large proportion of this food is still edible at the time of disposal. This waste is just that – waste. Some stores actively prevent access to poor or homeless people. There are others who do work with charitable organisations to distribute food but, sadly, this is not the norm.

It is clear that the mass-production culture is unsustainable, without more being done at all stages of the process to better protect and use the food we grow.

Courtesy of The Fresh Produce Journal



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Norwich DJ swaps radio waves for water waves


Popular local Radio Presenter Steve Bradley has decided to hang up his headphones and dig out his lifejacket as he cruises off on a new business venture, Serenity Charter.

Steve, who is also the Pitch Announcer at Carrow Road for Norwich City matches, has called time on a 20 year radio career, which included helping to found 99.9 Radio Norwich, to pursue a passion for boating and the Norfolk Broads.

Based around the Horning and Wroxham areas, Serenity Charter will offer Steve’s clients a chance to enjoy the Norfolk Broads in absolute luxury and style on-board his sleek new sports cruiser.

“Boating and the Norfolk Broads have been passions of mine since childhood and after six years at 99.9 Radio Norwich, I needed a new challenge and saw this as an ideal opportunity to start a business combining the things I love” said Steve.

Already a boat owner, Steve upgraded to a 34ft Sealine S34 luxury cruiser and having completed his professional skipper qualifications, Steve is now ready to charter people looking for something different and extra-special in Norfolk.

“Run-of-the-mill self-drive boats are common place on the Norfolk Broads, but I felt there was an opportunity to offer a more desirable, imposing, refined and bespoke experience” Steve explains, adding “on board Serenity Charter our guests, can completely relax and enjoy the Broads fully, without the hassles of dealing with mooring or river traffic. We offer complimentary champagne on arrival and even your own private musician should you desire. Each cruise is bespoke to the guest, ranging from a business meeting venue, birthday celebrations or a romantic sunset cruise with acoustic musician - we can tailor our services to fit the occassion.”

To find out more about Serenity Charter and the packages available visit the website www.serenitycharter.co.uk or email steve@serenitycharter.co.uk.



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