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.

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.

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.

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.

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.