STRAWBERRY PRODUCTION IN THE UNITED KINGDOM
Total area (table 1) has decreased slightly over the last decade to 6568 hectares (MAFF, 1988). During the same period gross production has remained static at about 57 000 tonnes though output value has increased to £61 million. The introduction of new varieties and growing systems, particularly for the fresh fruit sector of the industry, has increased average yields to 8.6 tonnes per hectare (an increase of 11.6% since 1978) and it is anticipated that productivity per unit area will continue to improve.
Strawberry growing in the UK can be divided into three distinct sectors comprising dessert, pick-your-own and processing strawberries.