Monthly Archives: January 2019

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Successful Service Delivery Forum

By | January 25th, 2019|SA Industry News|

The Service Delivery Forum took place at the Erinvale Hotel in Somerset West, and was attended by stakeholders from agriculture, forestry and fisheries. As sponsor of the event Fruit South Africa was given an opportunity to address the meeting. The following was highlighted: The fruit sector in South Africa is going through a growth phase, [...]

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Clarifruit’s App Can Pick Out the Bad Apples

By | January 25th, 2019|Global Industry News|

Israeli startup Clarifruit (listed as AclarTech) uses computer vision and machine learning technology to quickly evaluate the quality, ripeness, and freshness of fruits and vegetables. Founded in 2016, ClariFruit develops a produce monitoring mobile app that scans fruits and vegetables and analyzes their condition to determine whether or not they are ready to go to [...]

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Small-sized citrus: Spain, Italy, Turkey, Israel & Morocco currently on market

By | January 25th, 2019|Global Industry News|

The mandarin market was dominated by Spanish produce, in particular Clemenvilla. These strengthened their presence and were mostly convincing taste-wise. Israeli Orris left nothing to be desired in terms of their diameter and color. Their sales were quite steady, despite strong demand from distributors. Only in Cologne, prices went down somewhat. Turkey increasingly participated with [...]

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Severe crisis conditions in rural areas of SA

By | January 25th, 2019|SA Industry News|

Food security is a hard-won privilege and can easily be lost due to the persistent drought. Agri SA will rally all stakeholders to support farmers and farm workers in drought afflicted areas. Rising food prices, malnutrition and food-inequality will be our future if nothing is done. Commodity organisations are very concerned about the impact on [...]

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Spain: Egyptian citrus arriving during 2nd part of campaign

By | January 14th, 2019|Global Industry News|

According to many in the sector, the start of the Spanish citrus season was affected by the entry into the European market of South African citrus; a result of the trade agreement that came into force in 2017. This forced Spanish exporters to compete with those from South Africa during some crucial months. However, the [...]

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Printed fruit very popular during the holidays

By | January 14th, 2019|Global Industry News|

Besides supplying fruit to more than 2,500 companies per week, Fruitsnacks also offers apples or pears with a message or logo printed on them with their enterprise Logofruit. “The options for printing are extensive. One customer might want an apple with a logo for an open day, another might want an apple with a thank [...]

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Citrus specifically for gin

By | January 14th, 2019|SA Industry News|

Pick n Pay - one of South Africa’s largest retailers - is selling a combination of citrus paired for gins at R44.99 (€2.80) at over 200 of its stores. This combination, called “PnP citrus for gin” has caused quite a commotion on social media. The citrus combination, has seen social media users describing it as [...]

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SA grape season running slightly late

By | January 14th, 2019|SA Industry News|

The South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) has released the stats on the grape harvest. The 1st crop estimate for the 2018/2019 season remains unchanged with volumes estimated to be between 63,2 and 70,1 million cartons (4.5 kg equivalent). Northern Provinces SATI reports that this early region has about 2 to 3 weeks of packing [...]

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Difficult run-up to apple harvest in eastern SA

By | January 14th, 2019|SA Industry News|

The very first apples from South Africa are locally developed, heat tolerant varieties grown in Limpopo Province, but in ten to fourteen days’ time, commercially important varieties like Royal Gala will be packed in the eastern Free State, followed by red apples soon thereafter. The inland apple harvest is earlier than the Cape harvest and [...]

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