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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...

Fredo’s Fresh Produce News – looking at April 2019

Fredo’s Fresh Produce News – looking at April 2019

Fredo is giving you a quick look at the most important issues relating to South Africa which have been on the Market Intelligence network during the past month. More details can be obtained by viewing the originals on the Eurofruit and Asiafruit Newslines. Ramaphosa...

Table grape book – we are done and moving on!

Table grape book – we are done and moving on!

Fredo has been working on the book of the history of South African table grapes for around 18 months. His job was to write the manuscript and deliver it before it would be given to an editor and the layout team. Six months of research and 4 months of writing produced...

Great sadness as Rooiberg and Bodega say goodbye to Freda

Great sadness as Rooiberg and Bodega say goodbye to Freda

Normally Fredo and Janey arrive with great enthusiasm at Rooiberg Cellar near Robertson. It has become our regular stop on the road to and from Cape Town. We always buy some wine, have a light meal at Bodega restaurant and enjoyed the company of all who work there....

Big pumpkins as we wait for Sharon Fruit season

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...

Guess what Fredo is doing over Christmas and New Year?

Guess what Fredo is doing over Christmas and New Year?

South Africa is experiencing a short, condensed summer holiday this year. Schools across the country are closed for only three weeks and Fredo’s favourite place, the Goukou River, has been swamped by holiday makers who want to make the most of their only time to have...

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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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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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