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Proposed barge system for Durban is taking shape

Reefer season will require cool heads

As President Cyril Ramaphosa was visiting the port of Durban (a visit that heartened him, he said), Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) was discussing its reefer readiness for the upcoming season with industry stakeholders. Transnet expects a 10% overall increase in demand for reefers this season (15% in…

Christopher Smith - PalletPlast

Recycled plastic fruit pallets “have developed beyond our wildest dreams”

PalletPlast was awarded the best new end-use product by Petco (a South African plastics industry body supporting the recycling of polyethylene terephthalate or PET), for their fruit pallets manufactured from plastic from the waste stream. Their plastic pallets are all exactly the same size, and…

Crispin Russell - ArcAqua

South African ozone sterilisation technology “hasn't been a hard sell”, says chief technology officer

The use of chlorine and peracetic acid to sterilise fruit is increasingly being replaced by ozone to remove bacteria, mould and fungi without leaving a residue. ArcAqua, a Cape Town-based company, has patented technology that allows ozone to be entrained within a shroud of water droplets ‒ directing the…

Mark Tweddle - Jupiter Group

"Fruit on our farm is extremely early and our lemon harvest was completed by week 12"

In 2018, Jupiter Group, whose headquarters are based in the UK, purchased the South African fruit producer Bonaire, the acquisition brought with it 800+ hectares of citrus in the Limpopo region and a further 40+ hectares south in the Western Cape. The citrus orchards produce an abundance of lemons,…

"European market is looking very positive, especially for South African growers' early grapefruit."

The harvest of grapefruit has started in the northern regions of South Africa. At Komati Fruit Group, selective harvesting started in week 13. "We have started with selective picking of the high-quality grapefruit to enter the early market. The fruit on the inside of the tree tends to color up quicker…

ecoSolv South Africa installs largest water saving and enhancement device in Sub Saharan Africa

ecoSolv South Africa is an internationally insured agricultural products and technology distributer aiming to enhance the sustainability and regeneration of agricultural landscapes in Sub Saharan Africa. The 43 ¼” 120kg ecoSolv water enhancement device was installed on the 9th of March 2021 in Malmsbury,…

Top Control

Jason Glue - Top Control

"Top Control can install a complete system to generate the correct packing weight, align the correct labelling"

Top Control is an Italian based company which operates around the world providing weighing, packaging, labelling and storage management systems to fresh produce companies. The company is particularly active in the South African grape packing industry where it provides weighing systems on pack lines. “Our…

FG Adriaanse – Adagin Technologies

Credible data on worker productivity releases farmers from onerous policing

FG Adriaanse and JD Naudé, the managing directors of Adagintech at the Stellenbosch LaunchLab, spend hours discussing what it is that farmers really want of a digital management system in the field and in the packhouse. “What we've realised is there is fundamental need among farmers to measure their…

Anlin Shipping's South African season starts early to alleviate pressure

In response to the unprecedented pressure on containers, Anlin Shipping has arranged one 'spot' specialised reefer vessel to visit Cape Town harbour, even before the planned start of their conventional service. At the end of last month the Sierra Lara (right) loaded 2,200 pallets, of which 75% was…

Wet summer affects kiwifruit export volumes

South Africa is not particularly known for its kiwifruit production but for the last 6-7 years a group of growers has been cultivating gold kiwifruit varieties in the country. At the moment there is less than 250 Ha in production throughout the country about half of which are the Skelton varieties and,…

Chris Fagg - FreshPro Imports

African Delight and Ruby Star plums +15% brix

South African stonefruit is seeing very good volumes this season with a lot of volume on the UK market. “There are a lot of red and black skinned varieties around just now,” said Chris Fagg from FreshPro Imports. “We have good volumes of African Delight and Ruby Star supplied from South African exporter…

Val Harker - Farm Costing Solutions

“We measure the productivity of each worker; we also calculate how much to pay each worker through our payroll"

It is well understood in the fresh produce sector that technology can make everyday production easier. Labour costs typically account for +-60% of total costs on a fruit and vegetable farm. One company has been ‘making things easier’ for 26 years. Farm Costing Solutions builds and supplies proprietary IT…

Ebbe Rabie - Price Forbes

Insurance has become an essential part of the fresh produce sector

The risks faced by businesses across all sectors are more complex and integrated than ever. It’s not just about the risk of property, assets, casualty or liability that most are familiar with, but risks that touch every facet of a business and its environment. For businesses, risk has evolved beyond the…

FreshPlaza April Special - South Africa

This month FreshPlaza will be will be highlighting South Africa in our special. Are you an importer of fruit, vegetables or services from South Africa or do you export from there to destinations around the world? We would love to hear from you for our April special section. You can send us some…


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