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Special  —  South Africa

John Rahme - Kiwi King

South Africa: Year round supply essential to raise demand

When you think of South Africa you wouldn't normally think of kiwifruit, but the little hairy fruit is beginning to gain market share in the independent retailers as well as on local markets and in major supermarkets.Kiwis are grown on a small scale in South Africa but fruit size is not generally as big as.....

Brent Geddes - Pomona

Are European importers taking advantage of the low Rand?

Pomegranates are one of the hot, trendy fruits at the moment and South African growers are getting in on the action. Brent Geddes from Pomona invited us along to take a look at his orchards and the packhouse Fruit2U, where his fruit is packed.Pomona begun harvesting pomegranates around mid-February, Brent.....

Scott Dowle - Cape Citrus

South African lemons do well, Navels will be back

With the increased popularity of lemons, the citrus industry in South Africa has put a lot of its efforts behind growing and promoting that product. That's in contrast to Navel oranges, which seem to be getting less attention from growers and shippers. But Navel shippers, especially those that deal in.....

Cobus van Graan - Fruit One

Fruit One to start Tango program

Two recent trends in the citrus industry have been the rising popularity of soft citrus varieties and the emergence of branded varietals that stand out on their own name. Fruit One, a South African citrus grower and shipper, is hoping to capitalize on these trends by growing and shipping Tango mandarins......