Record Harvest of South African Citrus!
The season for South African lemons, tangerines, and oranges has started and the expectations cannot be better.
This year, the weather conditions were very favorable, so a record harvest is forecasted for the region, with notable growth per species. The latest projections expect a total volume of 160 million boxes that South Africa will export this year, which means an estimated growth of almost 10% compared to 2020.
South African producers never cease to amaze us with their willingness to constantly innovate. As a result of this effort, they have exceptional quality fruits that do not disappoint anyone, and turned the country into the second-largest citrus exporter in the world, after Spain and ahead of Turkey.
Since we started working there, with the opening of our own procurement office in 2014, South Africa has positioned itself as a leader in the orange market in the southern hemisphere, due to the quality of its fruits, which are a hit in the market.
At Salix, we export South African citrus fruits mainly to the Middle East and Europe, but we are also opening new horizons by sending oranges and mandarins to Canada, Asia, and Russia.
Logistics during this global context that continues to experience the COVID-19 pandemic is a challenge, but we are excited to know that in 2020 we were able to overcome the difficulties so we are now much better prepared.
Salix is a global import-export company of fresh fruit, an American Company based in Atlanta. It also has offices in Philadelphia, Chicago, South Africa and Argentina. The firm has more than 15 years of experience in the fresh fruit business. Recently added a new business unit, processed foods.
Salix has a wide portfolio of over 25 produce items, but focuses on apples, lemons, oranges, tangerines, pears and grapes. The company works with more than 80 loyal growers in 18 countries, and 400 customers in 57 countries.
Salix was founded in 2013 by Juan González Pita and Luis Elortondo.