Fruit

Special links remembered as we say goodbye to Prince Phillip.

Few people realize how close the association and ties between the fruit growers of South Africa and the British Royal Family really is. This is now being highlighted again by the funeral service for Prince Phillip which was conducted with so much dignity over the...

Call back the time as Suez Canal experiences 2021 crisis

The recent crisis in the Suez Canal with a large container vessel blocking this important sea route between the West, the Middle East and the East brings back memories of the 1950's, 60's and 70's. It was in fact the era before the large scale introduction of...

Two products of the vine which inspires people

Around two years ago when Fredo was writing the history of the South African Table Grape Industry – 125 Years of Excellence – he dealt with two products of the vine which is so often confused by consumers. People often think grapes are grapes. Whether we eat fresh, or...

South African fresh produce export forecast update

From April the major South African fresh produce industries will increasingly join the export season - with peak exports of citrus and apples and pear expected between June and July. This will also be the time when export logistics will be under most pressure. The...

Dr Hans has left a clear trail in the hills at Westfalia

Dr Hans has left a clear trail in the hills at Westfalia

Some time ago, on one of Fredo’s visits to the fruit growing regions of the north of South Africa, he got the opportunity to literally walk in the footsteps of the great Dr Hans Merensky. Today Dr Merensky would have been 150 years old had he still been alive. To...

Fredo’s Fresh Produce Bulletin – June 2020

Fredo’s Fresh Produce Bulletin – June 2020

This month the focus remains on Covid-19 and the effect it has on the South African fresh produce sector. Whilst the three sectors that are now in the midst of their export programmes are valiantly flying the South African flag, there are undoubtedly going to be...

The lock-down is hitting us in more ways than one

The lock-down is hitting us in more ways than one

Six weeks into South Africa’s lockdown to combat the Covid-19 virus, it is clear that all of the country’s citizens are taking a toll. Fredo and Janey have great sympathy with thousands of people who have lost their jobs and those who will still do so. With the...

Fredo’s fresh produce take – 4 April 2020

Fredo’s fresh produce take – 4 April 2020

  Fredo’s international fresh produce take this week takes us to Europe, England and Australia, and end in India. Spain On Thursday, 2nd April 2020, Muara Maxwell wrote on fruitnet.com that Spanish stonefruit faced major labour shortages. She writes that tens of...

Our March South African fresh produce bulletin

Our March South African fresh produce bulletin

In our March fresh produce market take we discuss prospects for another record South African citrus season, prospects for better market access in the current international world of Corona, progress with the grape variety, Joybells and the launch of a new branded apple...

Talk from the heart – 125 years – In Pursuit of Excellence

Talk from the heart – 125 years – In Pursuit of Excellence

Fredo and Janey last week attended the launch of our book, 125 Years in Pursuit of Excellence, which we wrote during the past two years for the South African Table Grape Industry. At the event Fredo was asked to describe this epic journey. We thought we would share...

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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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Our Books

We publish books on life stories, the history of our country and its peoples and poetry. Look out for ‘Thoughts of a Long Time ago’, the Quest for Quality, a historical review of South African table grapes and its products and peoples.

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