Fig exports from South Africa steadily on the rise

The South African fig export industry, barely a decade old, is expanding, with domestic demand also showing improvement as a result of the so-called “foodie” culture. It is a difficult fruit to export because it spoils easily: it needs to be picked at the optimal time (at 85 to 90% ripeness for export) and requires a very secure cold chain, with no fluctuations in temperature, such as fruit at fresh produce markets typically experience when they are moved out of cold storage to the display floor and back again. Read more…

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