Monthly Archives: June 2020

European market good for SA citrus

By | June 26th, 2020|SA Industry News|

In recent years, South African citrus exporters' focus seems to have shifted. They were looking at Russia, and the Far and Middle East. This year, Europe is well in its sights again. "Demand is super strong. But, a lot of trade's coming this way too. The record volumes must all be sold now," says Gijsbert [...]

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Port of Cape Town restores berthing teams

By | June 26th, 2020|SA Industry News|

According to a Transnet statement, Cape Town Container Terminal (CTCT) has pushed its operational staff complement of “gangs” working vessels at the port to five. This comes after Covid-19 infection fears significantly eroded the number of personnel required to sustain port efficiency. With an increasing number of staff returning from self-isolation to attend to their [...]

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Transformation progress

By | June 26th, 2020|SA Industry News|

Fruit South Africa and the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) have established the Fruit Industry Value Chain Round Table (FIVCRT) as a valuable platform that brings together government; parastatals; the fruit industry and civil society for fruitful engagement and speedy resolution of issues. Constituting a dialogue process amongst industry stakeholders, the [...]

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Development of citrus harvester

By | June 26th, 2020|Global Industry News|

The Rural Mechanization and Technology group at the University of Cordoba is working on the design of citrus harvesters that allow harvesting to be mechanised in intensive plantations by using a system of lateral agitators. These advances in the mechanisation of citrus harvesting have been published and featured on the cover by the scientific journal [...]

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Dietary flavonols linked with reduced risk of Alzheimers

By | June 19th, 2020|Global Industry News|

A new study, published in the scientific journal Neurology found that a higher intake of plant compounds known as flavonols, is associated with a 48% decreased risk of developing Alzheimer dementia. Flavonols are a type of bioactive compound found in grapes, as well as other fruits and vegetables. Flavonols are known for promoting beneficial antioxidant and [...]

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Fruit and vegetable packaging made from elephant grass

By | June 19th, 2020|Global Industry News|

Valstar recently received a fruit and vegetable packaging world-first - made from elephant grass! Argos and Valstar partnered with Vibers, a Dutch paper manufacturer. They introduced this sustainable cardboard fruit and vegetable packaging at Fruit Logistica. It's made from local elephant grass. This is an alternative raw material for packaging. Elephant grass grows in fallow [...]

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Fresh produce post-harvest treatment using supercharged air

By | June 19th, 2020|Global Industry News|

Australian fresh produce growers may soon have a new method of treating fruit and vegetables that minimise microbial food safety risks, with promising results from a current project with the potential to greatly improve food safety and reduce postharvest losses. The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries is leading the project on a postharvest [...]

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Lowdown on finger limes

By | June 19th, 2020|Global Industry News|

The different growing locations of the finger lime crop influence the look of the fruit. “The colour of Citriburst Finger Limes varies—the skin tends to be a brownish-purple color, but it can also be a vibrant green color or even a yellow-red color. These are all from the same variety of Finger Lime tree but [...]

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Mixed bag of grapefruit markets for SA

By | June 19th, 2020|SA Industry News|

About three-quarters of South Africa’s grapefruit, both white and red, have been shipped. Fruit quality and packouts have been good. After an early crop that was almost “abnormally” skewed towards the larger calibres (with a peak on count 35), fruit at either end of the size spectrum are being held back because of resistance in the [...]

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Grower cuts costs and gains customer loyalty

By | June 9th, 2020|Global Industry News|

There is a growing movement in the United States that is pushing back against the idea that fruit and vegetables must be spotless to be worth buying. There are dozens of marketing slogans that celebrate the worth of produce that is not picture-perfect. At the core of this consumer-driven movement is the idea that fruits [...]

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