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Logistics update and the Cape Town port

By Jacques du Preez 25 March 2022 We were hopeful that the situation in the Cape Town port would improve after the issues encountered over December 2021 and into January/February 2022, but despite some glimmers of hope of clearing the…

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9 November 2021: As the flowering, fruit set, and thinning process on stone fruit progress a clearer picture is starting to form for the 2021/22 South African stone fruit season. The plum estimate for fruit packed for the export market has…

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Morrisons named Stone Fruit Retailer of the Year 2020/21

Morrisons has been awarded the Stone Fruit Retailer of the Year for the 2020/21 season due to their strong category performance and support for South African produce this year. South African growers’ association Hortgro presents the award each season to…

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South African plum industry at crossroads

Press release: September 2021 South African plum growers are on the doorstep of a make-or-break season that will determine its future and sustainability. According to Hortgro’s Markets and Trade Manager, Jacques du Preez, plum growers faced many challenges over the…

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The current pome fruit season is well underway after a later start, says Jacques du Preez, Hortgro General Manager: Trade & Markets. “The season so far is 7 - 10 days later than normal. This can be attributed to a…

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Africa – The last frontier?

By Jacques du Preez “Africa is not for sissies” is a term often used that undoubtedly describes Africa’s unique challenges – from the varying climates, logistics to doing business navigating the unfortunate “political challenges” prevalent in many countries. And of…

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