"At the moment we ware receiving the varieties Early Sweet, Prime, Flame and Star Light. The harvest is good quality. The weather conditions were good and this resulting in a very good product," says Michiel. Although South Africa is sending more and more grapes to different continents, the EU continues to be an unabated large buyer. "We may notice it more in the later varieties."
The main HillFresh buyers are the European retail customers, for whom the company carries a year round grape programme. The mix packagings are also popular at the moment, according to Michiel. "Producers want to ship as much as possible at the moment and are not eager to send mixed packaging, as this takes more time to package. This makes the demand for mixed packaging very large."
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