- Sales Manager
- Bedrijfsleider locatie Portugal
- Key Account Manager Horticulture - Eindhoven, The Netherlands
- Operations manager - Berlin area, Germany
- Commercial Manager | Cut Flowers | Kenya
- General Manager (Horticulture Farm) | Kenya
- Floral Designer - Floral Direct. Carle Place, NY (Long Island, USA)
- Tomato Breeder (H/F)
- Junior / Senior Export Manager
- Assistant Cultivation Manager - Capitol Heights (MD) USA
Top 5 -last month
Extra newsletter South Africa
“The drought in the North has been a problem for us this year" - Scott Dowle - Cape Citrus
"We have to be cautious that we don't create a tsunami of fruit in five years" - Stuart Symington - Capespan South Africa
The UK and EU have always been the traditional markets for South African fruit but it will come as no surprise that this is changing. While most exporters still say these are still the main markets everyone seems to be looking east into the Middle East and Asia and north at other African markets. They put it down to diversifying the markets and while the middle classes in many countries are certainly becoming more demanding and have the cash to spend on quality, fresh products one has to wonder how much other issues influence the move in exports. Retailers in the UK are notorious for their high specifications and low prices, while the Dutch are said to be taking advantage of the exchange rate to increase their profits and then there is the regulations on Citrus Black Spot which have cost the industry millions of Rand in the last few years it is hardly surprising the South African are looking elsewhere.
“We started exporting citrus to the east 5 years ago" - Nico Kotze - Bonaire
Another common theme was rising production costs: labour and power rates are increasing while raw materials need to be paid for in Dollars which is very expensive at the current exchange rate.
“Bringing emerging crops to new markets certainly has its challenges”- Elrita Venter of Freshness First
The producers are also expanding their product range and some more traditional crops are being ploughed in. Lemons and avocados are the seeing the biggest growth which is no surprise as these are the hottest items on the global fresh produce market at the moment. But others such as blueberries, persimmons, pomegranates, sweet potatoes and dates are also seeing a surge in acreage.
Click here for all articles on South Africa
Receive the daily newsletter in your email for free | Click here
Other news in this sector:
- 2020-04-30 Domestic apple prices at 10 year low as South Africa eases lockdown restrictions
- 2020-04-29 What next for the South African fruit sector?
- 2020-04-28 New division Riyp at Cape Crops to focus on UK veg exports
- 2020-04-27 Logistics could affect South African citrus exports
- 2020-04-24 South African fruit & veg exporter benefits from high demand on bulk-veg products
- 2020-04-23 Big year for soft citrus at Sitrusrand
- 2020-04-22 Balanced size distribution a marketing positive for South African avocados
- 2020-04-21 A positive year for South African citrus amid a challenging shipping landscape
- 2020-04-20 Increased global demand for citrus bodes well for the 2020 export season
- 2020-04-17 TOMRA opens South African headquarters
- 2020-04-16 South African top fruit industry is open for business
- 2020-04-15 First harvest of Inored apples in South Africa
- 2020-04-14 Smooth export flows at risk as lockdown is extended
- 2020-04-10 AGI Frost Fans run at 15% of the cost of similar units
- 2020-04-09 'Strong first season for Bigbucks'
- 2020-04-08 Early South African lemon exports double
- 2020-04-07 Lono, the most protein at lowest carbon cost, now in South Africa
- 2020-04-06 Mission Produce brings South Africa into the fold
- 2020-04-03 "Huge avocado sales to retailers, the pandemic affects exports more, and volatile exchange rates"
- 2020-04-02 Empty European market exerts strong pull on early South African kiwis