“By September, just after the bridge, nearly 60% of South Africa’s citrus fruit had reached the United States,” says Suhanra Conradie of Summer Citrus from South Africa (SCSA). The organization prides itself on the weekly arrival of its fresh, sweet, and delicious citrus fruits in the United States. “The seasonal container service to Philadelphia has been a much appreciated addition to our specialty conventional vessels to the United States.” The latest shipments of navel oranges have already left for the United States, and once they arrive, Mandarin oranges and Midknight oranges will be shipped further at the end of the season in October.
“Within the group, all supply chain service providers are focused on growing, shipping, and selling the best summer citrus in the world.” Three US importers share their experiences importing fruit from the other side of the world during the national off-season.
“For 25 years, the Summer Citrus from South Africa (SCSA) program has complemented domestic production and played an essential role in it.” retailers “We’re meeting their goal of offering citrus fruit 365 days a year,” says Peter Anderson of importer Seald Sweet International. “Every year we are amazed at how South African growers manage to get their fruit from South Africa to the United States in excellent condition and with good quality. “Our customers rave about the fruit and ask about it every year,” he says.
Capespan North America’s Erin Meder adds that South African growers and exporters are aware of the premium specifications that the US citrus market demands. “We get high-quality products, not only aesthetically but also with an excellent taste profile,” he says. In order to continue to meet expectations, SCSA follows a business model that adapts supply to market demand. “Communication with SCSA is always high, and we work closely together. In addition to obtaining high-quality fruit, the point of arrival is an additional advantage for Capespan. “Fruit from South Africa gives us greater efficiency because the containers are going there.” Philadelphia. “This helps us get the product to the consumer faster,” explains Meder.
William H. Kopke’s Lewis Garas is also proud of his association with SCSA. “Look and taste; our customers look forward to receiving the South African fruit every season,” he says. “Our job is to ensure that all fruit that arrives in the United States meets all standards to provide the best quality and experience for all customers.” retailers of the United States,” he says.