South African off-season fruit and vegetable imports have grown enormously over the past 15 years

Updated Dec 9, 2021
The Fresh Produce Importers' Association, which is unique in South Africa, was established ten years ago to facilitate the increasing need for year-round availability of certain categories of fresh produce for the local market and retail sector. "As in many other developing countries, year-round availability of fresh fruit and vegetables has become the norm in South Africa.
Consumers need a wide product range all year round, regardless of the season of the different products. This is no different in South Africa and the import of off-season fresh produce has grown enormously over the past 15 years, which is why the Fresh Produce Importers Association of South Africa (FPIA) was founded in 2011, with the aim of organizing, facilitating and developing the South -African fresh produce import sector," explains Marianna Theyse. Spanish peaches for the South African market imported by Freshgold “The import consists largely of fruit, such as stone fruit, which is imported from Spain, Bulgaria, the United Kingdom, Israel and Morocco; kiwis from countries such as Greece, Italy and New Zealand; mangoes from Mozambique, Egypt, Israel and Spain; limes from El Salvador and Brazil; citrus from Egypt, Israel, Morocco and Spain. Most bananas and papayas are imported from Mozambique and strawberries are flown in from Egypt, Ethiopia or by road from Zimbabwe. Avocados ...
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