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Delecta Fruit aces IFS Broker Audit

Delecta Fruit aces IFS Broker Audit

We are proud to announce that we recently achieved a 100% score in our IFS Broker Audit. This makes Delecta Fruit the first South African fruit export company to achieve this result. 

“I am extremely proud of our team for obtaining 100% during our recent audit, as this took utmost dedication and hard work. As we strive for excellence in every aspect of our business, we are grateful for moments like these and we celebrate them as small victories. This gives us confirmation that we are on track with our strategy,” says Van Heerden Coetzee, Head of Technical at Delecta.

IFS Broker is a standard which was created to ensure the safety and quality of products that fill the gap between production and distribution. Trading partners expect Delecta to communicate their product requirements to suppliers and that these specifications will be understood and implemented accordingly. 

The standard evaluates the engaged parties to ensure that they have implemented appropriate measures in their service, to ensure that their suppliers operate in accordance with product safety and quality requirements.

Delecta is also expected to monitor their supplier’s compliance with these issues to ensure that the supplied products meet regulatory and contractual specifications.

“This certification provides Delecta with several benefits, including competitive advantage in a highly competitive market, improved business reputation as a broker of high-quality and safe products, due diligence defence, monitoring of compliance with food regulations, and improved understanding between management and staff related to standards and procedures – to name just a few”, continues Coetzee

IFS Broker audits are carried out by qualified auditors of independent accredited and approved certification bodies. The standard includes the following topics:

  • Senior management responsibility
  • Quality and product safety management system
  • Resource management
  • Planning and services process
  • Measurements, analysis, improvements
  • Product defence

Pictured:

Delecta Fruit’s IFS Team: Left to right: Awie de Jager (Managing Director),  Cobie van Zyl (Key Account Manager), Mari Falck (Market Access Manager), Van Heerden Coetzee (Head of Technical), Anneke Huysamen (Logistics Manager), Lindi-Nicole White (Key Account Manager), Leon Pienaar (Key Account Manager). Team members not included in the photograph: Bryan Hughes (Key Account Manager), Nelleke van Niekerk (Market Access Coordinator).



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Protea Farm – Bloom where you are planted

Protea Farm – Bloom where you are planted

Over the last 30 years, Protea Farm in the famous KOO valley has been synonymous with tractor excursions up the Langeberg Mountain, beautiful farm accommodation and delicious potjiekos. 

However, due to the icy cold winter climate, this tourism gem is also a working packhouse and fruit farm of 25 ha – consisting of pome and stone fruit, grown for the export market.

Owner, Pierre Burger is an inspiration to us at Delecta, and we are proud to have him as one of our producers. 

We recently caught up with Burger to find out more about their farming production in the Klein Karoo and his secret to success in the face of trying weather conditions.



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Saving water and speeding up growth

Saving water and speeding up growth

Delecta Fruit’s commitment to delivering premium fruit goes deeper than fruit texture, colour and sugar levels. Delecta is dedicated to the overall wellbeing of our agricultural landscape, considering economic, social and environmental factors. For this reason, and in light of the ongoing water shortage in South Africa, we encourage our producers to implement suitable strategies to save water and energy where possible.

One such strategy is the Tree Hog micro-irrigation drip system which was recently installed by one of our pome and stone fruit producers in the Ceres valley, Elandsrivier Farming.

The brainchild of local Robertson farmer, Louise Loubser, Tree Hog allows micro-sprinkler users to significantly cut water and energy use in orchards.



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Grant Wingrove joins Delecta to focus on the Far East Markets

Grant Wingrove joins Delecta to focus on the Far East Markets

Over the last 22 years Delecta Fruit has shown significant growth and positioned itself as a key player in the South African fruit exporting industry. No doubt, the ability to anticipate and adjust to every changing weather, economic and legislative changes are the name of the exporting game. However, we strongly believe that the careful selection of our team, our producers and our buyers (both local and international) are even more important contributing factors to our growth.

With this in mind, we took another step in the direction of strengthening our team and expanding our client base by adding Grant Wingrove to the Delecta team in June 2019.

Known for his expertise and experience in China, Hong Kong and South East Asian Markets, Grant takes the position of Trade Manager and will be instrumental in expanding our global footprint to the Far East Markets.

We managed to connect with him after a recent trip to Hong Kong, to find out a bit more:



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