As a company that took its name from the largest known planet in our solar system, we couldn’t be more excited that Jupiter is in the headlines.

It follows the astronomical and thrilling revelation, that a team led by Carnegie Institute for Scienceastronomer Scott S Sheppard has discovered a dozen new moons orbiting the huge planet of Jupiter. In total 12 new moons have been identified bringing the total of known Jupiter moons to 79 – that’s the most of any planet in our solar system! But, while 11 of them are being described as normal outer moons, the remaining one, which is now the smallest known moon of Jupiter measuring under 1km in diameter, is being dubbed an “oddball” because it has an orbit like no other.

The oddball’s discovery is said to have really excited astronomers – and, if we’re honest, it’s excited us too because it has a fascinating link to our BRC Accredited fresh produce world. That’s because it’s been suggested that the oddball moon, which is believed to have once probably been part of a larger moon, should be called Valetudo. And she was the great-granddaughter of Roman god Jupiter, who was the goddess of health and hygiene.

So, as I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s a name that links in perfectly with our fresh produce world and as a result it certainly gets our big “Yes” vote and seal of approval from all of us here at Jupiter Group in Newport, Shropshire.

And, I bet you didn’t know that we’ve already named some of our customer facing brands after some of the moons of Jupiter – we’re proud to have our Elara and Leda brands in our group. It now looks like we won’t run out of moons anytime soon with 79 of them at our disposal as we continue to grow as a global grower and distributor.

You can find more out about the discovery of the new moons hereand about the Jupiter Group, who hit the headlines itself earlier this year after ranking 17 in the Sunday Times International Track 200.

Based in the UK, Jupiter Group is a leader in the global fresh produce market. Ranked 17thin the 2018 The Sunday Times International Track 200, Jupiter grows and supplies new varieties of grapes alongside a global supply of citrus, top fruit, stone fruit and kiwi.

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