- Avocados Sales/Marketing Professional - Europe
- Commercial Manager/Trader for Flowers - Holland
- Head Grower - Berries, New Zealand
- Grower - Morehead (KY) USA
- Africa Fruit Export Sales Manager (Africa Division)
- Fruit Export Junior Sales Manager (Europe Division)
- Horticulture Production Manager
- Farm Manager (Cherries) - BC, Canada
- Grower / Head Grower Canada
- Sales agents / representatives
Top 5 -yesterday
- Sweet black pomegranate Black Candy to be launched soon
- Continued growth for Australia's fresh produce exporters using phytosanitary irradiation
- California avocados get green light to export to China
- Mango exporters embrace real-time shipment monitoring
- "Export price of Chinese ginger continues to soar"
Top 5 -last week
- Unifrutti has thousands of counterfeit lemon cartons destroyed in China
- Japanese company develops CBD oil from orange peels
- “There is much potential for optimizing blueberry and grape crops with nanobubble technology”
- OVERVIEW GLOBAL STONE FRUIT MARKET
- “You should not blindly rely on Russian supermarkets for quality inspections”
Top 5 -last month
South African drought not affecting grape production yet
Afrifresh owns grape and citrus plantations in Limpopo, the Northern Cape as well as Western Cape which they export internationally. Charl du Bois from Afrifresh says that the dry and warm conditions have been good for the development of higher sugar levels, especially in the Limpopo Province. However, he is concerned about the long-term effect on vineyards if there is a continued absence of summer rain in the North. The Orange River area has enough water to see them through this season, but the drought may still impact on the harvest of growers in later areas such as the Olifants River and Berg River.
South Africa is expecting 62 million cartons for export this season when compared to the 59 million exported last year, which is attributed to new plantings coming into production as well as exceptionally good growing conditions to date. Du Bois warns that there is however still a risk of rain and hail which could adjust the crop estimate downwards. At the present moment the timing for the current season is on par with that of last year and the quality of the crop is expected to be excellent.
Afrifresh own 18 farming units in South Africa, of which their 9 grape farms are expected to export 1.8 million cartons this year. Their focus will again be on packing for their retail customers in Europe as well as the UK, although du Bois anticipates that relatively smaller markets such as Asia and the Middle East will become more important this year given the bigger volumes. Phytosanitary regulations act as a barrier to entry to the USA and thus only small volumes are exported to this region from South Africa.
Du Bois explains that Afrifresh volumes have increased in the Orange River region due to new plantings on their Berekisanang empowerment farm coming into production. Amongst these are varieties such as Melody, Alison, Chrissy and Magenta from SNFL which are a recent addition to the South African offer.
"In total 40% of our vineyards are not yet in production and we therefore expect volumes from our own farms to increase significantly in the coming years, explained Du Bois. “
For more information:
Charl du Bois
Tel: +27(0)21-763 7600
Receive the daily newsletter in your email for free | Click here
Other news in this sector:
- 2020-06-03 European Bank loans $67 mln to key fruit producer in Turkey
- 2020-06-02 Myanmar fruit exports to China now permitted through Lwejel, Kampaiti checkpoints
- 2020-06-02 10% more Class 1 grade fruit, improved shelf-life and plant tolerance to stresses
- 2020-06-01 Increasing demand for Greek fruit and veg amid Covid-19
- 2020-06-01 Lack of Queensland Fruit Fly project funding is troubling
- 2020-06-01 Ukraine: USPA FRUIT plans to expand within Middle East and Africa
- 2020-05-28 Harvest of early peach varieties has started in Greece
- 2020-05-28 "Keuthmann takes care of the special expectations put upon our raw materials"
- 2020-05-28 USDA fruit prices - Economic Research Service Fruit and Tree Nuts
- 2020-05-28 Increased demand for larger strawberry packs
- 2020-05-27 New trio of nectarine brands aims to excite the consumer
- 2020-05-27 'Confronting Climate Change': Industry benchmark numbers
- 2020-05-26 Frost damage could reduce Hungarian fruit harvest by 40%
- 2020-05-26 Apple prices in Poland up by 94% due to coronavirus crisis
- 2020-05-26 Serbia selling more apples to the UK and Middle East and less to Russia
- 2020-05-26 Price of earliest Moldovan cherries not expected to be high
- 2020-05-26 Experts predict reduction of fruit yield in Russia
- 2020-05-22 "The pandemic has had a significant impact on production costs"
- 2020-05-22 Argentina’s fruit fly free areas export fresh fruit to China
- 2020-05-19 Berry producers in northern Moldova hit by frosts