South African stone fruit industry reports record volumes

Despite the challenges of the pandemic and having to ship rather than fly most of its stone fruit to the UK, Hortgro said South Africa had one of its most successful seasons in recent memory. This 2020-21 campaign saw increases across the board in exports, including a 29% boost in nectarines where the UK took […]

South Africa expects big pome fruit harvest, but shipping costs a concern

South African fruit group Hortgro says exports to UK will continue as planned

South Africa’s Hortgro says it is expecting a record apple and pear crop this season after “near-perfect growing conditions”. The “exceptional” harvests come despite challenges relating to the Covid-19 pandemic and a “few tough years of drought”, it said. Additionally, the expected record volumes come in spite of the Langkloof hail which in January removed […]

Mandarins fuel record South Africa forecasts for big citrus export year

Fresh Fruit Portal South Africa is expecting citrus exports in 2021 to set another consecutive record, driven in large part by late mandarins. The Citrus Growers Association of Southern Africa (CGA) said estimates are for 158.7 million cartons for South Africa. The industry in 2020 exported 146 million, and 130 million in 2019, meaning that, […]

Hortgro making a marketing splash in UK supermarkets with

For the 13th consecutive year, South African deciduous fruit growing organization Hortgro is teaming up with UK retailers to showcase the health benefits and unique selling points of its stone fruit. This is a good time to be delivering that type of marketing campaign as sales of fresh produce have increased by nearly 10% since […]

Roundup: Tesco preparing for huge splash in sales from return of Avozilla

Roundup: Tesco preparing for huge splash in sales from return of Avozilla

The Avozilla is back and bigger than ever. The massive-sized avocados are hitting shelves again at UK retailer Tesco, with the promise that they will be up to 50% larger than last season’s crop. Buoyed by a brilliant harvest in South Africa, these giant fruits are weighing in at an average of 1.5 kilos. Given […]