April 20, 2015 / Week N° 17
November 12th, 2013
Arson and arrests were reported in relation to farm strikes in South Africa’s Western Cape yesterday.
November 11th, 2013
A reported 4,000 farm workers went on strike last week, affecting a major Western Cape fruit producer.
November 8th, 2013
A year on from South Africa’s vineyard strikes, farm workers say they’ve had enough of politics.
November 4th, 2013
Despite frosts in the Orange River Region, South Africa is expected to maintain table grape volume.
October 28th, 2013
In the ongoing citrus black spot debate, the South African industry has praised a report critical of EU analysis.
As a new season nears, the South African table grape industry emphasized respect for labor laws.
October 25th, 2013
South African grapes could meet greater competition this year from Brazil and Europe.
October 24th, 2013
A low supply forecast out of South America has meant high interest in South African stonefruit.
October 16th, 2013
September frosts could mean 15,000 jobs lost in South Africa’s Orange River grape industry.
October 8th, 2013
Asda has been recognized for more than 40% sales growth for South African peaches, nectarines and plums.
October 4th, 2013
South African avocado growers reported low prices as Peru remains on the European market.
September 26th, 2013
South Africa’s biggest grape regions have been affected by a mix of frosts and cold weather.
September 23rd, 2013
The WCCPF expects a strong finish for South African citrus in the U.S. this year.
September 17th, 2013
South Africa’s Hortgro encouraged support of the SIZA audit system to avoid worker abuse.
September 16th, 2013
South African fruit industry representatives were made to feel very welcome during a recent visit with Chinese quarantine officials.
September 9th, 2013
Designer Stephen Lamb asks how fresh produce can be provided to South Africa’s poorest populations.
September 5th, 2013
South Africa’s Capespan is now offering a financial alternative for fruit producers and exporters.
September 3rd, 2013
Through a new phone app, Gary the Grape takes children from South Africa’s vineyards to the supermarket.
August 29th, 2013
Maine Daniels of RSA Agents takes us through the Cape Town Market trading floor.
August 28th, 2013
With five black spot interceptions, South African citrus exporters are wondering whether they’ll be blocked from the EU.
August 22nd, 2013
The Piel de Sapo melon is venturing out of its traditional growing territory into Southern Africa.
August 21st, 2013
The Joburg Market is already Africa’s biggest fresh produce platform. Now it wants to be one of the safest.
August 20th, 2013
Category confusion has blocked South African citrus to Vietnam this season.
August 19th, 2013
University of Stellenbosch’s Mohammed Karaan says South African agriculture needs to be advanced and humane.
Agrofair has called on European retailers to renew commitment to ethically-traded fruit and vegetables, despite the continent’s economic situation.
August 16th, 2013
Bryan Silbermann and Jan DeLyser reflect on Africa’s outstanding retail potential and expectations for growth.
August 15th, 2013
Lisa Cork and Jacques Coetzee discussed the importance of packaging at PMA Fresh Connections: Southern Africa.
August 9th, 2013
Scheduling issues in South Africa’s port in Durban are causing headaches for citrus exporters.
August 5th, 2013
Farming proponents have contested a proposed residential development on horticultural land near Cape Town.
July 30th, 2013
South African citrus exporters are looking to new markets as the future of trade with Europe remains in doubt.
July 24th, 2013
South Africa’s Derek Donkin describes a strong avocado campaign, fit to compete with Peru.
July 18th, 2013
South Africa will look to address ctirus and a growing trade imbalance in talks with the European Union.
June 20th, 2013
A USDA report has highlighted an expected increase for South African citrus exports, provided the European Union doesn’t close its doors.
June 14th, 2013
Fairtrade Label South Africa’s Arianna Baldo explains the potential of emerging markets as fair trade consumers.
June 11th, 2013
South Africa’s Ambassador to Belgium has publicly raised the issue of European Union protectionism towards his country’s citrus exports.
May 29th, 2013
South Africans are getting a lesson in how to grow and eat organic pomegranates.
May 24th, 2013
A new book chronicles thousands of farm attack victims in South Africa.
May 13th, 2013
Stock build-up and “system failure” led to delays for South African citrus exports.
May 6th, 2013
The Citrus Growers’ Association of Southern Africa highlighted concerns over the Chinese and European markets.
April 30th, 2013
South Africa’s Farm Gate Exchange connects buyers and sellers through an online platform.
April 24th, 2013
Doubt from the European Union and China has created new questions for South African citrus.
April 10th, 2013
South African weather has been ideal for raisin production, but will packers be able to buy the fruit?
March 21st, 2013
To date, South Africa table grape exports are slightly down but compare well to previous years.
March 13th, 2013
Jacques du Preez discusses South Africa’s pome fruit season and facing industry challenges.
February 28th, 2013
South Africa anticipates lower avocado production this season and increased volume pressure from Peru.
February 26th, 2013
South Africa’s grape intakes are now slightly up year-on-year in recovery from strike setbacks.
February 25th, 2013
South Africa may have more strikes in the works if farmers do not honor the new minimum wage.
February 19th, 2013
FPEF CEO Anton Kruger talks about South Africa’s pipeline of infrastructure projects and governmental value-add plans.
February 13th, 2013
South Africa has its work cut out to overcome tightening European Union rules on citrus black spot disease.
February 5th, 2013
A 52% increase in the farm worker minimum wage has been met with praise and resistance in South Africa.
January 30th, 2013
South Africa’s grape packing is going at “full steam” in remaining areas but total exports are markedly lower than last year.
January 24th, 2013
A call back to normal operations has put South Africa’s fruit industry back on track, at least for the moment.
January 22nd, 2013
The challenge for South African citrus growers this season will be to maintain quality expectations under strict export standards.
January 21st, 2013
A South African organization has warned against increased farm labor costs amid social strife over wages.
January 15th, 2013
A South African fruit chamber warns an extended strike could push black farmers out of the fruit business.
January 14th, 2013
Demonstrations are once again shaking South Africa’s fruit industry and sparking public concern.
January 9th, 2013
South African producers face another difficult week ahead with the possibility of strikes and boycott.
January 8th, 2013
Rains and further strike possibilities could hurt South African table grape output, in an otherwise good season.
December 26th, 2012
After damaging hail storms, South African citrus is entering another year of upward movement.
December 17th, 2012
The fruit fly Bactrocera invadens has been detected again in South Africa, prompting quarantine action.
December 14th, 2012
Agri Wes-Cape’s Porchia Adams explains the impact of Western Cape labor unrest.
December 12th, 2012
South Africa’s Agri Gauteng hopes to ease severe unemployment through home gardening.
December 11th, 2012
South Africa may have record stonefruit output but will miss the peak European export window.
December 5th, 2012
Farm workers in South Africa’s Western Cape are back at work after a negotiation extension.
December 4th, 2012
Tesco has been named the South African Stone Fruit Retailer of the Year 2012.
November 30th, 2012
South Africa will train people living with HIV/AIDS in farming for local markets.
November 29th, 2012
The Western Cape’s premier says the national defense force is needed to quell violence on farms.
November 28th, 2012
Farm labor findings will be considered at key negotiations in South Africa this week.
November 26th, 2012
Drought in South Africa’s Northern Cape could threaten the livelihood of local farmers.
November 21st, 2012
The Sustainability Initiative of South Africa seeks to unify industry standards and avoid labor confusion.
November 15th, 2012
Farm strikes in South Africa entered another confusing day marred by violence on Wednesday.
November 14th, 2012
South African high school students are earning hands-on farming skills in a new citrus program.
November 12th, 2012
Vineyard labor negotiations came to deadlock as finger-pointing continued in South Africa.
November 8th, 2012
Vineyards in South Africa were burned down after protests with possible political roots.
November 1st, 2012
Cold weather set back the South Africa grape harvest but output should stay on course with last year.
October 31st, 2012
South Africa has five months to tackle a raft of issues threatening its citrus growers.
October 29th, 2012
Cold weather has set the South African blueberry season back by about three weeks.
October 24th, 2012
The ability to fairly redistribute land in South Africa and integrate new farmers has come under fire once.
October 22nd, 2012
South Africa is set to grow around one million more cartons of stonefruit this coming season.
October 19th, 2012
Subtrop’s Rudolf Badenhorst says South Africa looks to be in for a good mango harvest in December.
October 18th, 2012
South Africa’s fruit industry has sought to eliminate duplication with one auditing standard.
October 17th, 2012
South Africa is gearing up for high stonefruit volumes this season as new orchards come on stream.
October 16th, 2012
Walmart stores in the U.S. northeast have begun a sales drive for South African oranges.
October 15th, 2012
Growers and exporters in South Africa are expecting record volumes and are bullish about market prospects.
October 12th, 2012
South Africa’s transport union and employers association have reached a deal that puts strikes to an end.
October 10th, 2012
South Africa faces the prospect of continued transport strikes after union talks hit a roadblock yesterday.
October 9th, 2012
South Africa’s truck drivers’ strike is entering its third week and could extend to other modes of transport.
October 8th, 2012
A South African family is on the cusp of commercializing an unusually sweet grapefruit variety.
October 5th, 2012
South African and Namibian stores will have hardly any fruit as the truck drivers’ strike enters its third week.
South Africa’s predicted dry summer could benefit grape growers this season.
October 1st, 2012
South African growers are hoping for hotter weather to avoid smaller-sized stonefruit this season.
South African growers are increasing their exports to U.K. supermarkets in the run up to Christmas.
September 28th, 2012
South African fruit growers will emphasize the ethical aspect of production in a bid to increase U.K. sales.
September 13th, 2012
Northeastern South Africa’s fruit farmers are hoping El Niño won’t lead to a rain-starved summer.
September 10th, 2012
Enza Zaden joins forces with Expressive Research to expand fruit diagnostic lab in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
September 6th, 2012
South Africa is working on increasing its mango exports by gaining market access to India and China.
September 5th, 2012
A controversial table grape ownership dispute was settled last week in South Africa’s Court of Appeal.
August 31st, 2012
Emerging farmers now have access to decidious fruit training videos available online.
August 30th, 2012
South Africa’s largest trade union Costau and Agri SA have finally met to discuss common challenges.
August 28th, 2012
Postharvest expert Deirdre Holcroft outlines how new science is helping fruit stay in tiptop condition.
August 27th, 2012
South Africa’s Grape Alliance has strengthened its position in neighboring Namibia by buying more vineyards.
August 24th, 2012
South Africa’s economy and democracy were painted in a positive light for fruit growers at Fresh Connections.
August 23rd, 2012
Oliver Flake told PMA Fresh Connections Southern Africa about the gains to be had in developing markets.
August 20th, 2012
We take a look at the challenges facing the world’s southernmost pineapple region in Bathurst, South Africa.
August 15th, 2012
The ClemenGold brand of Nardorcott mandarins is making its presence felt in Europe with a marketing blitz.
Eric Trachtenberg and Anton Kruger discuss key topics slated for PMA Fresh Connections in South Africa.
August 14th, 2012
A South African supermarket chain has denied suggestions of a possible takeover or merger.
Anton Rabe explains how sterile mating is controlling Mediterranean fruit fly populations in South Africa.
August 13th, 2012
South African stonefruit growers are relieved their crops are intact despite recent bad weather.
August 7th, 2012
South Africa is set to achieve better raisin results in 2012.
August 2nd, 2012
Massmart has kicked off with its small farm development scheme, which was a condition of the Wal-Mart takeover.
July 31st, 2012
U.K. pupils have taken part in a competition to raise awareness about fruit and South African school life.
July 27th, 2012
South African growers hope to regain U.S. grape market access after approval of a domestic irradiation center.
July 23rd, 2012
The South African citrus season has been full of surprises this year.
July 17th, 2012
South Africa’s growing avocado industry is looking to develop export markets with the U.S. a new destination.
July 16th, 2012
Guava growers in South Africa are positive about the fruit’s potential despite fighting wilt disease.
July 12th, 2012
Agri SA thinks it can persuade the government not to ditch the ‘willing-buyer, willing-seller’ principle.
July 10th, 2012
A new financing model is needed for continued South African participation in key fruit trade events.
July 6th, 2012
ClemenGold founder Abs van Rooyen talks about premium growth and the benefits of offshoot products.
June 29th, 2012
South African fruit exporters forecast Durban port congestion delays will heighten over the next few weeks.
June 28th, 2012
WCCPF expects South African citrus exports to the U.S. will rise by around 12% this year.
June 27th, 2012
The South African government has changed its director general of agriculture.
June 21st, 2012
South African table grape exports this season were the best yet since deregulation thanks to a bumper crop.
June 20th, 2012
South African apple exporters have given Europe a wide berth this season in favor of eastern markets.
June 19th, 2012
South Africa is capitalizing on a lack of Spanish and Moroccan late oranges in the European market.
June 12th, 2012
WCCPF CEO Suhanra Conradie talks about the South African citrus deal ahead in the U.S.
June 11th, 2012
South African lemon exports are expected to be lower than last year.
June 4th, 2012
South African growers are aiming to capitalize on new citrus export markets in Asia.
June 1st, 2012
Spraying chemicals by air is not the only option, as a South African father and son quad bike team have proved.
May 29th, 2012
South African growers are upbeat about the quality of navel oranges this season, despite skin cracking problems.
May 28th, 2012
South Africa’s weak rand is giving exporters a good run for their money but may cause long-term cost problems.
May 25th, 2012
South African farmers have pressed for a national valuation system and registry of land sales.
May 23rd, 2012
South African exporters see Africa, Asia and the Middle East as key markets for their apples and grapes.
May 21st, 2012
South Africa’s small grapefruit sizes are causing export headaches this season.
May 17th, 2012
South African citrus shipments to Russia are setting sail smoothly thanks to better port communications.
May 11th, 2012
South African pear exports to the U.S. have been delayed due to grading approval failures.
May 7th, 2012
South Africa’s smaller soft citrus fruit could make it harder for producers to sell to retailers.
May 2nd, 2012
Escalating production costs and inefficient logistics are posing a threat to South Africa’s fruit industry.
April 27th, 2012
South Africa must develop new import destinations for its increasing plum, peach and nectarine yields.
April 24th, 2012
The Mozambican government alleges South African company Transnet ‘disincentivizes’ rail shipments to Maputo.
April 23rd, 2012
South African stonefruit exporters discuss the increasingly demanding standards set by European retailers.
April 20th, 2012
The South African is under pressure to ensure fruit export opportunities move further up the BRICS agenda.
April 18th, 2012
South Africa is confident it can plug a gap left by Florida with a late-ripening grapefruit variety.
April 11th, 2012
A high Australian exchange rate has shifted the attention of Indian importers to South African oranges.
April 3rd, 2012
South African apple exports are expected to increase this season while prices remain flat.
March 30th, 2012
Stonefruit producers in South Australia have faced difficult economic conditions and an oversupply of fruit.
Agri SA has hit out at government amendments to employment rules.
March 29th, 2012
South African producers have got high hopes for grapefruit and lemon entry in the South Korean market.
March 28th, 2012
A European zero tolerance policy to broken stones for category 1 stonefruit has affected South African exporters.
March 27th, 2012
South Africa is well placed to plug a gap in the European avocado market with high yields predicted.
March 26th, 2012
Grapefruit is the only citrus category with production that is not expected to grow for South Africa this year.
March 23rd, 2012
South African citrus exporters are keen to prevent shipment delays caused by Durban port’s forthcoming upgrade.
March 21st, 2012
South Africa has bolstered grape shipments to all market destination categories so far this year.
March 20th, 2012
South Africa’s reservist force will return to its volunteer roots to tackle criminal acts against farmers.
March 16th, 2012
South Africa hopes a Thai citrus inspection visit will bear fruit with a potential new export protocol.
March 12th, 2012
Large-sized figs and sweet pomegranates varieties are being developed in South Africa for export.
March 9th, 2012
South African fruit producers eye-up the Far East market, following Vietnam’s decision to allow imports again.
March 7th, 2012
Despite exporting record quantities of nectarines and apricots, South Africa has found this year’s stonefruit season hard.
March 6th, 2012
South African table grape returns have slumped in Europe due in part to Latin American exporters flooding the market.
February 23rd, 2012
South Africa’s national port operator has failed to get approval for proposed massive tariff increases of 18.06%.
February 22nd, 2012
Acquisitions of Netto stores and Massmart have yielded positive results for retailer Walmart
February 21st, 2012
SA Agri involved in a pivotal court case in South African to decide who should have a say in granting mining rights.
February 20th, 2012
South Africa has significantly boosted its grape exports to Europe.
February 14th, 2012
South Africa is involved in an early export trial of one of its largest pear cultivars in a bid to beat rivals on quality.
February 9th, 2012
Agri SA says the South African government’s minimum wage announcement is not consistent with the formula.
February 6th, 2012
Ostrich industry veteran Anton Kruger will soon be heading up South Africa’s FPEF.
January 31st, 2012
Hortgro’s Mariette Kotzé explains why apple exports in the African continent have jumped so significantly.
January 23rd, 2012
Heavy rain in South Africa has cut back grape crops, but could be a bonus for citrus fruit size this season.
January 19th, 2012
South Africa’s berry growers are looking to get more chemicals registered for crop use to boost volumes and exports.
January 18th, 2012
Lower Mediterranean peach and nectarine stocks have led to a South African boost in U.K.-bound exports
January 17th, 2012
The South African grape industry got off to a slow start but it has now taken over last year’s intakes.
January 16th, 2012
An African congress aims to foster a spirit of collaboration in improving the continent’s horticultural industry.
A new South African mango variety is starting commercial trials worldwide, from Australia to Peru.
January 13th, 2012
South African growers are confident about strong export volumes, but European prices are a concern.
January 11th, 2012
South African producers are expecting a good litchi crop and plan to tap into the lucrative U.S. market.
January 9th, 2012
South Africa’s apricot export volumes have risen significantly, but plum shipments are down.
January 6th, 2012
South Africa’s growing food processing industry is hungry for good quality raw imports.
January 5th, 2012
SA growers are selling their earliest pear variety to canning factories to avoid overlapping with Europe.
January 3rd, 2012
South Africa’s nascent pomegranate export industry is set to grow by 25% next year.
December 27th, 2011
Capespan plans to gain control of U.K. and European marketing operation from Irish company Total Produce.
December 26th, 2011
Southern African citrus growers are looking for ways to divert more fruit to the port of Maputo.
December 21st, 2011
South Africa’s grape season has gained traction, boosting exports to Europe over the last few weeks.
December 16th, 2011
South Africa has significantly increased its stonefruit exports this season, thanks to short Northern Hemisphere supply.
December 15th, 2011
South Africa’s cherry industry looks set to expand with the planting of a new range of cultivars suited to milder climates.
December 12th, 2011
South Africa is hoping its colorful oranges and grapefruit will prove a hit in Thailand.
December 9th, 2011
A strong growers’ presence in U.S. supermarkets has helped raise the status of South African citrus fruit.
December 5th, 2011
South African stonefruit exports are so far better than last year, although prices remain depressed.
December 1st, 2011
The South African Mango Growers Association believes the global industry can learn from avocado exporters’ success.
South Africa’s grape harvest is showing a similar pattern to the 2009/10 season in the early stages.
November 24th, 2011
South African grape producers are positive about this season’s crop and growth in markets outside Europe.
November 21st, 2011
The South African Citrus Growers Association reported good returns on lemon exports to Russia.
November 15th, 2011
South African grape growers are expecting a good harvest but are worried about E.U. consumer demand.
November 10th, 2011
South Africa should exploit closer markets to ramp up its apple, pear and grape exports
November 4th, 2011
South African growers are optimistic grape production will be good despite late harvest start.
October 26th, 2011
South African growers predict they will compete more intensely with Chile over plum exports in the future.
October 12th, 2011
The first of four lots of South African Midknight oranges has arrived in the U.S. port of Philadelphia.
October 7th, 2011
South Africa’s fruit industry has signed up for an ethical trade program to improve laborer conditions.
September 27th, 2011
South Africa’s grape exporters have welcomed the rand’s depreciation.
September 20th, 2011
A South African grape farmer investment scheme in the Western Cape has yielded its first dividends.
September 19th, 2011
South Africa’s navel orange and grapefruit figures are higher than original estimates but easy peelers fell below expectations.
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