The Fresh Produce Exporters’ Forum (FPEF) is a voluntary, non-profit organisation with more than 130 members, accounting for about 90% of fresh fruit exported from South Africa. The FPEF is also a member of Fruit South Africa (FSA), together with the country’s four growers’ associations. This position strengthens the FPEF’s role of providing leadership and services to its members, the international buying community and the fresh fruit export industry as a whole.
FPEF members consist of fruit exporters, producer-exporters, export and marketing agents, pack houses, logistics and other service providers. Whilst membership is voluntary and open to all South African fruit exporting companies and industry service providers, strict accreditation criteria and a Code of Conduct apply to ensure that only competent and reliable marketing agents and grower-exporters are admitted to the Forum.
The neutral and representative status of the FPEF enables it to raise funds for the export industry to ensure attendance of major international trade fairs like Fruit Logistica Berlin and Asia Fruit Logistica, during which an Export Directory is distributed. Essentially a service organisation, some of the FPEF’s services include generic promotions for new and existing markets, the distribution of information to members, and the publication of a series of trade chain manuals.
The FPEF also manages a number of projects for the benefit of the industry, such as training, mentorship and transformation initiatives; the Top of the Class (TOC) programme, and the Post-Harvest Innovation (PHI) Programme.
As the official Fresh Fruit Export Council in South Africa, the FPEF provides a pivotal link between Government and the industry regarding market access and related matters. More than anything, the FPEF intends to create value for its members to help ensure a profitable, sustainable and globally competitive fresh fruit export industry.
For more information about the FPEF’s Manual on the Promotion of Access to Information (PAIA) Act, click here>>> FRE0001 – PAIA MANUEL 20151002.
Anton Kruger – CEO
Werner van Rooyen – Operational Manager
Marinda Roux – Finances
Junette Davids – Post-Harvest Innovation Programme (PHI)
Marletta Kellerman – Trade Shows and Promotions
Claudia Walklett – Personal Assistant to the CEO/Secretariat
Johannes Brand – Transformation Co-ordinator