U.K. supermarket chain Asda was named South African Stone Fruit Retailer of the Year after booking 40% growth in sales of peaches, nectarines and plums in the 2012-13 season. "Selling plums, peaches and nectarines in the U.K. winter has always presented a challenge, as many consumers traditionally regard these as summer fruits," said Jacques du Preez, product manager for Hortgro, the industry group that gives the award each year.

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