Don’t believe the hype: Organic produce is not healthier than conventionally-grown fruit and vegetables

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture starting to implement its organic food rules. They allow companies to feature a “USDA Organic” seal on their packaging. This seal of approval has helped the U.S. organic food … Continue reading Don’t believe the hype: Organic produce is not healthier than conventionally-grown fruit and vegetables

Global table grape exports expected to hit record high in 2020/21 season

Like the rest of the global agricultural sector, the table grape industry has had to face a variety of challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic this past year, including soaring freight costs, labour shortfalls, worldwide shipping delays and refrigerated container … Continue reading Global table grape exports expected to hit record high in 2020/21 season

South Africa: Fruit industry strengthened by new SU Research Chair for Dr Elke Crouch

Companies in the South African fruit industry believe that the creation of the new Post-Harvest Physiology Research Chair in Deciduous Fruit at Stellenbosch University will substantially improve knowhow about the handling of deciduous fruit, and ultimately be to the benefit … Continue reading South Africa: Fruit industry strengthened by new SU Research Chair for Dr Elke Crouch

Stopping quality food-loss in Sub-Saharan Africa: Post-COVID-19 options for smallholders

Compared to other regions in the world, statistics show that Africa has the lowest rate of COVID-19-related deaths. Despite this, the Food and Agriculture Organization reports that the pandemic has disrupted Africa’s agri-food system, exacerbating food insecurity in several regions … Continue reading Stopping quality food-loss in Sub-Saharan Africa: Post-COVID-19 options for smallholders

2020 was a solid year for the SA fruit industry despite the many challenges

After a strong finish in 2020 with double-digit growth in apple and pear sales compared to the previous year, Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing, the largest exporter of South African apples and pears, is positive about the year ahead. While uncertain market … Continue reading 2020 was a solid year for the SA fruit industry despite the many challenges