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20 years of representing South African fruit to the world

The Fresh Produce Exporters’ Forum turned twenty last year and CEO Anton Kruger talked to FreshPlaza about the organisation which, since he joined it nine years ago, has grown by 60% and represents 90% of South Africa’s fresh exports. “I suspect we’re doing something right,”...

FPEF Emerging Exporter Development Programme

The FPEF has launched a comprehensive emerging exporter development programme. Under the programme FPEF members will be mobilised to mentor emerging exporters, provide opportunities for hands on learning and provide practical support in areas such as logistics, access to fruit, market access, quality management, systems development...

Transformation Working Group (TWG) ANNUAL REVIEW 2019 Executive Summary

The Fruit Industry Value Chain Round Table Transformation Working Group (FIVCRT TWG) published its first annual review in 2019, which summarised industry initiatives for 2017 and 2018. This latest document is an executive summary of the second report, which reflects the Fruit SA member associations’ transformation...

Fruit South Africa appoints new CEO

Fhumulani Ratshitanga has been appointed CEO of Fruit South Africa (Fruit SA), effective 1 June 2020. This follows her appointment to the role of Acting CEO on 1 April. Having joined Fruit SA as Industry Affairs Manager in July 2019, Fhumulani’s expansive experience and affinity with...

International body appoints new president

Anton Kruger is the South African Fresh Produce Exporters’ Forum’s (FPEF) CEO. He has now also been appointed as president of the Southern Hemisphere Association of Fresh Fruit Exporters (SHAFFE). Kruger’s appointment was officially endorsed on 14 May at a virtual meeting. This was done by...

Fruit South Africa Chief Executive Officer steps down after six years

Dr Konanani Liphadzi, the first Chief Executive Officer of Fruit South Africa has decided to step down, after six years in the position, in order to pursue other interests. Fruit South Africa is an umbrella organization of the organized South African fruit industries, and has as...

MEDIA RELEASE BY THE DTI: GULFOOD IS A VALUABLE SOURCE OF TRADE

GULFOOD IS A VALUABLE SOURCE OF TRADE LEADS FOR SA COMPANIES The Marketing Manager of Fresh Produce Exporters’ Forum (FPEF), Ms Marletta Kellerman says the Gulfood exhibition is a source of valuable trade leads that can assist the South African companies to pursue further export opportunities...

POST-HARVEST INITIATIVE (PHI): SECOND CALL FOR RESEARCH FUNDING PROPOSALS

On 5th February 2020, the FPEF issued a second call for funding proposals to its partner industry associations under the current PHI-4 Programme funding phase. The ‘call for proposals’ was initiated due to residual funds after allocations were made to industries that committed to co-funding...

AgriCAREERConnect 2020

The FPEF’s graduate placement programme, in which high-calibre black graduates are appointed within FPEF members companies, is a pivotal programme within the FPEF’s transformation strategy. AgriJob, a career portal who work closely with top universities, are responsible for the recruitment of candidates for the FPEF’s...