Our Team

Our business is built on team effort and a common vision of excellence defines our team.

Freek Dreyer

– Managing director and marketing Russia/Middle East/Far East
BSc Agriculture

Zest Fruit founder Freek is a veteran in the fruit industry, having worked at well-known companies for many years prior to establishing the company. A family man, he enjoys fishing and is a big sport fan.

Maarten Venter

– Executive director and marketing Europe/Japan/Canada
B Comm (Hons) Fin Management, MBA

Having joined Zest at inception, Maarten has been in the fruit industry since 1994. His hobby is the fruit industry.

Manie Price

– Operations and marketing manager

Starting out in the fruit industry way back in 1996, Manie joined Zest at inception. He plays golf and squash, in addition to being a keen fisherman and hiker.

Rory Netterville

– Supply chain manager
BSc Horticulture, MBL (Unisa)

Previously GM of a logistics company, Rory is a trail runner. His hobbies are radio control pattern aerobatics and hunting.

Simon Holdcroft

B Comm, ACMA

At Zest Fruit since its foundation, Simon’s sport is mountain biking and he enjoys family time, the outdoors and travelling.

Susan de Villiers

– European marketing manager

A former employee at well-known fresh produce companies, Susan plays golf and enjoys spending time with the family.

Heléne Janse van
– Customer account manager
B Econ (Hons)
In the fruit industry since 2003, Heléne joined Zest in 2008.
Adam Gelderbloem

– Logistics manager (Russia/Middle East)
BA (Hon)

Starting in the fruit industry in 1996, Adam joined Zest at inception. He plays soccer, cricket and chess and enjoys reading, as well as self-improvement. An ordained minister in the AFM of SA since 2002, Adam is a family man.

Santie van Schalkwyk

– Logistics manager (EU)
B Comm (Hons)

Santie worked at a fresh produce exporter before joining Zest in 2012. A freshwater angler, her hobby is handcrafts and travelling.

Philip Elliott

– Logistics manager (FE)
B Comm (Hons) (Logistics Management), B Comm (Management Sciences)

In the fruit industry since 2008, Philip joined Zest in 2011. His sport includes trail running, kloofing, downhill skateboarding and field hockey. He also dabbles in Bonsai art, enjoys strategic board games, strolling through the CBD surveying design, art and enjoying fine coffee as well as the many restaurants.

Ross van der Merwe

– Inbound logistics manager
Marketing Management (US)

Previously in the transport industry, Ross joined Zest in 2014. A cyclist and golfer, he enjoys travelling, history and aviation.

Jan Carel Kritzinger

– Quality control manager

Jan joined Zest in 2014 after being in the fruit industry since 2005. He jogs, plays golf and does motorbiking, hunting and shooting as pastimes.

Anita Krüger

– Far East marketing manager

In the fruit industry since 2006, Anita plays golf and enjoys seeing the world on a shoestring.

Marialda Pienaar

– Financial manager

After working at HML Transport Consultants, Marialda joined Zest in 2016. A player of musical instruments, she gyms for sport and as a pastime watches sport while enjoying time with family and friends.