European Picota cherries, South Africa raisins on trade menu this summer

Dignitaries from Spain and South Africa recently came to the UK to the discuss the benefits of two key fruit products available this summer. Representatives from the South African raisin industry talked up trade possibilities back in May with dried fruit suppliers, while Spanish delegates were promoting the unique qualities of premium European Picota cherries […]

South Africa concludes record table grape season, though UK down slightly

South Africa forecasts lower table grape crop for 2017-18

South Africa’s 2021-22 table grape season has officially concluded, and the intakes reached a total of 77.7 million cartons (4,5kg equivalent), marking a 4% year-on-year increase, the SATI industry body said. When comparing regional performance to the 2020-21 season, the Orange River and Hex River regions displayed the highest volumes inspected with an increase of […]

The triumph of feet on the ground as a management style

At this year’s edition of The London Produce Show and Conference, we were honored to welcome Kees Rijnhout, the CEO of Jaguar, a global fresh group that manages the global sourcing and sales of fresh produce. Kees Rijnhout has been very actively involved as an entrepreneur in the food industry since 1980. He is the owner of […]

South African stone fruit campaign in UK gets lift with new marketing

What customers can resist colourful and succulent plums, peaches and nectarines? They practically sell themselves when displayed well with proper signage. Each year, South African Deciduous Fruit Industry body Hortgro oversees the export of nearly 8,000 pieces of stone fruit to the UK from November to May while ensuring that retailers understand what they are […]

European Market: Turning Isolation Into a Positive Journey

The words, “You have been tested positive for the COVID virus,” still ring in my ears… Thursday 25/11/2022, 23h59. I board flight KL0592 from Johannesburg, South Africa, to travel back to my home in The Hague, The Netherlands. I have just spent 4 amazing days in and around South Africa’s Kruger Park, where my team and […]

South African table grape exports to UK down significantly since last year

The South African table grape industry has packed over 6 million more cartons year-on-year, but has shipped 5.2 million cartons fewer to international markets. The delays in the Port of Cape Town remain challenging, with the situation showing some improvement, although still too slow given the peak shipping weeks that are still ahead. Exports to […]

UK Growth Strong for South African Raisins

South African growers drive UK campaign to debunk myths on raisins

The South African raisin industry reports continued growth at the end of the 2021 season, despite climatic challenges. Regardless of limitations faced by the industry, export volumes of South African raisins to the UK are up once again vs 2020, which saw a huge increase compared to 2019. The UK imported 1,430,000 kg to the […]

South Africa Citrus Forecast Cut Due to Violence

South African citrus remains a success story despite ongoing CBS issues

South Africa’s 2021 citrus export forecast has been reduced following a period of violent unrest in the country, but the latest estimate remains above the 2020 figures as port operations return to normal. The estimate now stands at 156.2 million cartons across all categories, according to the Citrus Growers Association of Southern Africa (CGA). The […]