Fredo’s Fresh Produce News

Fredo’s Fresh Produce Bulletin – 17 March 2019

Locally and internationally there are events taking place which will affect the South African produce industry - we are taking a look at a few of them.   Zero-tariff Brexit raises questions – reports Eurofruit Brexit uncertainty is hitting new levels after the UK...

Fredo’s Fresh Produce news summary for 20 Feb 2019

Fredo’s Fresh Produce bulletin today brings you news on what the international fresh produce media have been reporting lately. Tough markets worry South Africans Early table grape regions have completed their packing but in the markets things are far from over. For...

Fredo learns about a pear called Fred

People go to great lengths to find names for new fruit varieties which they hope will be the new winners on the super market shelves in Europe and elsewhere. In the past these names were often related to the characteristics of the fruit – and the word ‘delight’ and...

Fredo’s Fresh Produce Bulletin focus on Brexit – 5 February 2019

Fredo highlights the most important stories as Brexit takes a serious turn in the fresh produce media As Britain moves closer to the Brexit deadline with little sign of reaching agreement with the European Union, the concern about the effect of a no-deal is rising in...

Big pumpkins as we wait for Sharon Fruit season

The Valleys below the Langeberg Mountains in the Southern Cape are well-known fruit growing regions. There are citrus, stone fruit, lots of different vegetables – and also black berries from which delightful liqueurs are made. However, this is also Sharon Fruit...

A quick look at Fredo’s fresh produce bulletin – January 2019

A summary of some of the stories recently published internationally featuring South Africa's fresh produce business South Africans establish ‘Fruit Desk’ to deal with high level issues Recent international and local developments in South Africa will bring new...

Muddling through thousands of photographs

Fredo and Janey have now been working for more than a year of our book on South African table grapes which was commissioned by SATI, the SA Table grape industry organisation. With the manuscript completed, Fredo is now driving Janey crazy, wading through thousands and...

South African and world fruit trade mourns passing of Louis Kriel

Yesterday Fredo wrote a story for the international fresh produce trade about the passing of a truly great fruit industry man. Louis Kriel, at the age of 78, has finally left us and the space which he occupied for decades in our lives is suddenly extremely empty....

The Valley of the French – from a fruit point of view

For Fredo the valley around Franschoek, and lower down into the Groot Drakenstein, also have had special significance because these have always been outstanding fruit and wine growing areas. This valley has been the place where the modern day South African fruit...

Cyril throws the cats amongst the pigeons

South African farmers, and in fact the whole community in South Africa, woke up to a new political shock yesterday. We all knew that the ANC was having one of its retreats to discuss all matters election and political. However, we never thought that before going to...

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During the summer months – from October till April – the valleys of the Cape region provides the best of summer fruits – look out for our stories on grapes, peaches, nectarines, plums, apples and pears! We also write about our wonderful avocadoes and citrus fruits, and our berries and cherries!

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