Why Southern Africa’s focus on ‘premium’ makes it a quality partner in blueberry market

Blueberry exports from South Africa expected to increase by 20 per cent

This Q&A features highlights from an interview done with Dane Castle, Blueberry Technical Sales Manager Southern Africa at Planasa, who discusses the state of the Southern Africa blueberry season. For the full interview and charts, go to FreshFruitPortal.com. Could you share insights into the expected volume and quality of the 2024 Southern African Blueberry season? Southern […]

BerryWorld’s ‘outstanding’ Ruby raspberries earn Superior Taste Award

BerryWorld’s Ruby raspberries were recently honored with the Superior Taste Award at the International Taste Institute awards, scoring an “outstanding” in the blind tasting with 3 stars.  Currently grown in the UK, the Netherlands, Portugal, France, Germany, and Italy, BerryWorld’s new raspberry variety “captivated the professional panel of experts with a near-perfect score for its […]

Blueberry season begins ramping up in South Africa, with exports set to rise again

South African blueberry industry, reliant on exports to UK, forecasts soaring growth

The blueberry industry in South Africa, although relatively nascent in comparison to other countries, has seen a steady increase in production and exports. This year, growers are optimistic about the country’s output, anticipating a 10% growth in exports and expecting to achieve its target of 25,000 tonnes of blueberries, a significant increase from last year’s […]

Angus Soft Fruits leader talks innovation and challenges in berry sector

In this interview done with Fresh Fruit Portal during Fruit Logistica, Sarah Ilyas spoke with Jill Witheyman, Head of Marketing at Angus Soft Fruits. What is Angus Soft Fruits all about?  We are a Scottish company based on the northeast coast of Scotland, celebrating our 30th anniversary this year. Angus Soft Fruits is a family […]

Morocco is conquering the global blueberry market and rising to meet demand in UK

Blueberry production boost for Moroccan growers

The Moroccan blueberry industry has steadily ascended to international prominence, marking a journey of strategic cultivation and sustainable growth. Since the inception of blueberry plantations in 2005, the nation has witnessed a remarkable surge, with blueberry acreage expanding more than 15-fold over the past 15 years. Positioned at the crossroads of a privileged location and […]

Charting the impact of El Niño on Peruvian blueberries

Costa Group to boost ownership of African Blue JV to 90%

Peru’s ascendancy in the blueberry industry can be attributed to two pivotal factors: climate conditions and the genetic suitability for blueberry cultivation. An optimal temperate climate with a desert-arid-subtropical character prevails across nearly the entire coastal expanse.  This climate fundamentally ensures high-quality blueberries. Moreover, this is of paramount significance in expediting the early-stage blueberry production […]