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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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Season’s wishes

By | December 14th, 2018|SA Industry News|

Wishing all our partners and friends around the world a happy festive season and a prosperous New Year!

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Spain’s citrus exports to non-EU countries down by 14%

By | December 11th, 2018|Global Industry News|

The citrus sector is not achieving good results as far as exports are concerned. At a time with on-going protests by agricultural organizations, such as those convened by the Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (AVA-Asaja), the Provincial Federation of Agricultural Producers of Castellón (Fepac-Asaja) or the Union of Small Agricultural Producers (UPA-PV), the latest export [...]

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SA fruit industry expansion shows faith in the future

By | December 11th, 2018|SA Industry News|

South Africa has in the past missed some opportunities in pushing its agricultural agenda during broader trade negotiations, says Dr Konanani Liphadzi, Fruit SA CEO (right), but she considers that the recent change in government has brought an increased appreciation of the value of the fruit sector for the South African economy. “We were in [...]

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EU digs in heels and remains aggressively protectionist on CBS

By | December 4th, 2018|SA Industry News|

Despite one of the best seasons on record in terms of mitigating the risk of Citrus Black Spot (CBS) symptoms on fruit arriving at EU borders, the EU seems determined to meet South Africa’s best efforts with unflinching bureaucratic coldness. At a meeting in Brussels on 27 November between the EU’s Directorate-General for Health and [...]

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How good were the variety focus groups in estimating the 2018 crop?

By | December 4th, 2018|SA Industry News|

Given the late season the last Citrus Marketing Forum (CMF) of 2018 did not have the opportunity to consider the actual versus estimates for 2018. They actually make interesting reading. The total citrus packed for export volume estimate was 132.7 m cartons and the actual was 135.2 m; a mere 2% difference. Four of the [...]

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