Fred Meintjes is Market Intelligence's southern African correspondent, reporting regularly from Cape Town on developments in the region's fresh produce sector for Americafruit, Asiafruit, Eurofruit and the Fresh Produce Journal.
An expert commentator on the international fresh produce business, Fred previously worked as group manager of corporate affairs at Capespan, which at the time was South Africa's single-desk exporter for all fruit shipments out of the country.
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The true picture of the impact of port strikes on the South African blueberry business will only be known at the end of the year
The first stonefruit of the season is already on the European market, with the first South African grapes of 2022/23 due next week
Growers in the north of South Africa have started their new table grape harvest, with Namibia to follow from next week
Dark days for South African berry export industry as ongoing port strike stops exports
Botswana citrus growers say new deal with South Africa will unlock new opportunities
After a tough year there is a new resolve and confidence in the South African table grape sector ahead of 2023 season
The South African citrus industry says the move has been made to mitigate the risk of citrus black spot interceptions