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Shatang oranges leave the market wide open for Orah mandarins

By | March 15th, 2019|Global Industry News|

The Orah mandarin production season is still in full swing. "We are right in the middle of the retail season. Up until now we have already sold about half of our production volume. We expect that the Orah mandarin supply season will last at least until late April. The production season of Shatang oranges is [...]

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Record year for South African citrus exports

By | March 15th, 2019|SA Industry News|

The citrus growers from Southern Africa will export a record crop of close to 137 million boxes of citrus fruit to more than 100 countries this year. The rise in exports should translate into job opportunities, more foreign exchange revenue and a growing economy. This provisional export estimate was presented to the Citrus Marketing Forum [...]

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SA prepares to launch a WTO dispute over EU’s CBS measures

By | March 15th, 2019|SA Industry News|

The biannual summit of the South African citrus industry is taking place in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth, a gathering of over 600 delegates that brings together all the links of the citrus chain in a holistic way, from farm to market. The inclusive approach of the summit was remarked upon by some of [...]

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Higher food prices for SA

By | March 4th, 2019|SA Industry News|

While there is currently little evidence of price pressure compared with a year ago, supermarket chain Shoprite has warned that food prices could increase over the next few months. Hester Vermeulen, economist at the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP), agreed, adding that food prices were bound to increase due to factors such as the [...]

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Agri Western Cape appoints new CEO

By | March 4th, 2019|SA Industry News|

Agri Western Cape welcomed its new Chief Executive Officer, Mr Jannie Strydom, on 1 March 2019. Mr Strydom, who holds a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Pretoria, took over the reins from Mr Carl Opperman, who retired after 20 years as CEO of the organisation. Mr Strydom has extensive experience as [...]

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SA’s agri exports

By | March 4th, 2019|SA Industry News|

Agricultural exports represented 10.8% of total South African exports in 2017, and came to R127.69-billion. The report counts South Africa among the top exporters of a number of products. South Africa is the second largest exporter of citrus fruit (fresh or dried) in the world, even though it is ranked 14th in citrus production. Citrus exports [...]

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Demand for untreated citrus is growing steadily

By | March 4th, 2019|Global Industry News|

Parallel to the social discussion about sustainability and natural fresh products, the demand for untreated goods is steadily increasing. Especially at this time of year, large shipments of untreated citrus fruits arrive at German specialist traders. Tim Wehmeyer - Managing Director of the Bielefeld-based Schmidt Fruchtimport GmbH - discovered this interesting niche five years ago. [...]

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“We prioritise products that are good to eat, not good to sell”

By | February 21st, 2019|Global Industry News|

Always on the lookout for quality products with a taste identity, Apifood was one of the first to import the oranges with leaves from Portugal. “It took us 4 or 5 years to develop a brand. We had to find the right product, the right producers, the right terroir and a regular supply, to make [...]

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“Wholesalers should stop using plastic”

By | February 21st, 2019|Global Industry News|

Dutch trader, Hilhorst Fruithandel, is at the end of the chain. As such, this company's Jos Hilhorst is becoming increasingly annoyed by the unnecessary use of plastic packaging. "I do not need it, and neither do my customers," he says. Jos removes all the unneeded plastic when he sets up his stall. He also ensures that [...]

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Chilean nanotechnology to combat grape moth

By | February 21st, 2019|Global Industry News|

A team of researchers in Chile has managed to develop microscopic biopolymers equipped with pheromones that are capable of disorienting the grape moth ("Lobesia botrana"), one of the greatest threats to agriculture in the country. The moth, which is six-millimeter long, attacks grapes and other fruits that are grown, mainly for export or to prepare [...]

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