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South African Table Grape Industry Celebrates Successful 2022/23 China Campaign Launch

27 March 2023

On Friday, March 24, South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) celebrated its successful 2022/23 China Market Development Campaign launch at Guangzhou’s Jiangnonghui wholesale fruit market. Joining hands at the event were representatives of the South African Embassy in China, South Africa’s Western Cape Government, and leading Chinese fresh fruit importer Goodfarmer.

Along with China’s unprecedented period of growth and economic development, consumers increasingly expect to be able to purchase high-quality and nutritious fresh fruit throughout the year. Table grapes have long been a favorite fruit in China and consumers are eager to sample new varieties in novel shapes and colors that are sweeter and crisper than ever before.

A diversity of supply regions is especially important for table grapes, which are a perishable product that must be delivered to market and consumed within a relatively short time window. As a counter-seasonal fruit producer located in the Southern Hemisphere, South Africa stands ready to serve China’s market demands.

This season, South African table grape exporters have cooperated to deliver a 2022/23 campaign in China that consisted of a focused approach to achieve shorter transit times and a narrower arrival window with cultivars preferred by consumers in China. This focused supply strategy has been bolstered with concurrent promotional activities by table grape importers and retailers in China that include Friday’s wholesale market event, media outreach, and retail events and promotions in multiple Chinese cities.

Sati Ceo Aj Griesel Delivers A Video Greeting To The Audience In Guangzhou.

“We are thrilled to execute our China Campaign this season and continue building relationships with the fruit industry in China,” said SATI chief executive officer AJ Griesel. “The lifting of epidemic controls in China means we can once again hold in-person events with traders such as today’s event in Guangzhou. It also means the return of in-store promotions for consumers. We welcome more people having the opportunity to experience the quality table grapes South Africa has to offer. South Africa furthermore looks forward to hosting industry delegates from around the world at the 10th International Table Grape Symposium taking place from 26 Nov. to 1 Dec. 2023.”

Marguerite Wang, General Manager Of Shanghai Goodfarmer Pitaya Co., Ltd. And Molatelo Mamadi, Counsellor Agriculture At The South African Embassy, Beijing.

“South Africa has footprints on table grapes in many countries around the world, including the EU, UK, USA and Canada,” said Molatelo Mamadi, agriculture counsellor at the South African Embassy in Beijing, who spoke at the event in Guangzhou. “All these countries hold South African table grapes in the highest regard for their premium quality and compliance with export standards applicable to those markets. South Africa has been exporting table grapes to China for several years and is running this campaign for the third year in a row, with its table grapes currently enjoying status for their good quality and sweet taste.”

The 2022/2023 South African table grape season has almost concluded. To date, the industry has exported 61.3 million cartons (4.5 kg equivalent) or 288,000 metric tons of table grapes. By the end of the season, it is anticipated that South Africa will have exported approximately 63 million cartons (4.5 kg equivalent) or 290,250 metric tons of the fruit worldwide.

South African table grapes are grown on approximately 20,000 hectares of land in five key growing regions spread across the country. The diversity of soils and climates enables South Africa to supply international markets with a wide array of the latest table grape varieties from November to May.

During the last two seasons, the most popular cultivars exported to China were Crimson Seedless, Autumn Crisp, Sweet Globe and Sweet Joy. Many table grape varieties that are growing in popularity in China are also seeing increasing production in South Africa, which sets the stage for further growth of South African table grapes in the China market during the years to come.

South African Sweet Sapphire & Crimson Grapes On Display At Guangzhou Jiangnan Wholesale Market.
South African Autumn Crisp Grapes On Display At Guangzhoun Jiangnan Wholesale Market.

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The retail promotion component of the campaign kicked off with a launch ceremony on Sunday, 26 March 2023 at the Aeon supermarket at the Aeon Dream City shopping mall in southwestern Beijing.

The varieties promoted on the day of the event were Crimson and Sweet Joy. The launch event commenced with a video screening of the Western Cape Department of Agriculture promotional video and featured remarks from Counsellor Mamadi of the South African Embassy, AJ Griesel (by video) and representatives from JWM and the shopping mall.

It included a magic performance and grape-themed craft activity that was open to the public. The event was well-attended, including thousands of shoppers passing by the venue throughout the afternoon, hundreds stopping to watch the speeches and performances, and a few dozen families taking part in the craft activities.

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