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18
Dec

Fruit SA meets with the President of China Entry-exit inspection and Quarantine (CIGA)

Fruit South Africa (Fruit SA) is a non-profit organisation formed by :

  • The Citrus Growers’ Association of Southern Africa (CGA)
  • HORTGRO (representing pome and stone fruit)
  • South African Table Grape Industry (SATI)
  • SUBTROP (representing the avocado, litchi, mango and macadamia industries)
  • Fresh Produce Exporters’ Forum (FPEF)

– to address common issues in relation to all aspects of the fruit industry of South Africa.

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15
Dec

South African Avocado Sales increase in a bumper year

South African avocado growers are upbeat about the future of the industry after a record crop in 2014 that saw 15 million 4kg cartons being exported and increased product demand in the local market.

“A total of 25498 tons of avos were sold on the National Fresh Produce Markets this season (January to October 2014), representing an increase of 5 000 tons compared to last year. The value of avo sales on National Fresh Produce Markets during this time increased from R149.9 million to R180.2 million – a R30 million increase compared to 2013. Sales were good, prices held steady and despite a very drop in price during peak season, growers, packers and retailers were very happy with the season,”
says Derek Donkin, CEO of the South African Subtropical Growers’ Association (Subtrop).

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27
Nov

Increasing avocado consumption in China

If you happen to visit China and visit your local supermarket, chances are you will not find an avocado display in the produce department. Even Western owned retailers with branches in China may only have a token few pieces of fruit for an expat customer. But generally, it is very difficult for Chinese consumers find avocados, let alone know how to eat one. That was until Lantao and Mission teamed up to help increase the convenience for Chinese consumers to find and use avocados in their regular diets.

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15
Oct

Simply Avolicious

Slice, dice, mash, scoop, spread, puree… just eat them!

This year promises to be extra ‘simply avolicious’ with local avocados on-shelf and waiting to be eaten!

It’s a good thing too, because there’s just so much you can do with avos. They are perfect for anytime of the day, from breakfast, lunch and supper dishes to snacks on the run, lunchbox treats and even dessert.

Avos are also suitable for every meal, hot or cold. Think avo smothered on toast with a hint of lemon juice; avo in sandwiches, pita breads or wraps; avo dips, soups and salads; and avo ice-cream, cheesecake and sorbet.

Plus they’re the ultimate fuss-free ingredient, as they need very little preparation. This makes them ideal for busy moms looking for convenient, tasty foods for the whole family.

Avos are high in dietary fibre, a source of pantothenic acid, virtually free of sodium and are proud titleholders of the Heart Mark. They have also earned themselves a reputation for possibly assisting in reducing cholesterol levels, as they are high in monounsaturated fat which is associated with lowering ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol levels in the blood. Because of this relatively high fat content, avos have long been vilified as being fattening and unhealthy.

But years of scientific research have busted this myth and revealed not only their benefits, but also that they might actually aid weight loss because they make you feel full for longer.

South African consumers are fortunate to have numerous avo varieties to choose from: the popular green-skinned cultivars such as the Fuerte, Pinkerton and Ryan – available from March to August – and the nutty-flavoured, dark-skinned Hass, which is available from June to November.

With the local avo harvest upon us there’s no excuse not to get your dose of avo goodness every day.

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