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Poor harvest leading to food price hikes

It was the wettest summer for 100 years that saw, what seemed like, endless days of rain and our resorts and beaches deserted. And, now, this year's poor weather is also being blamed for a rise in the cost of our weekly supermarket shop.

The National Farmers' Union says the rainy summer has taken its toll on the amount of food produced - and the quality of food and grain. Wheat yields are down by almost 15% - and productivity is down to levels last seen in the 1980s.

Figures also show the price of wheat is up almost a third - 29 per cent - compared with a year ago. Andrew Pate reports.


Sussex wine producer to skip harvest

Sparkling wine producer Nyetimber, based in Pulborough, West Sussex, has released this statement after skipping this year's harvest due to the unusually poor weather conditions.

The decision to not make wine from 2012 is a difficult one, not just for me but for our whole team. However, we all know that maintaining quality is paramount.

"My first obligation as the winemaker is to ensure the quality of Nyetimber’s wines, and we have collectively come to the decision that the grapes from 2012 cannot deliver the standards we have achieved in the past and will again in the future.”

– Cherie Spriggs, Nyetimber winemaker