Grapes

Growing
regions

Local: Vioolsdrift, Limpopo, Western Cape and Northern Cape

Imported: Namibia, Spain and Egypt

Export
regions

Far East, Europe, UK, Canada, Middle East

The Grapes Story

Grapes are botanically a berry, and can be eaten fresh as table grapes, or they can be used for making wine, jam, juice, jelly, raisins, vingers and a variety of other products. Grapes are a non-climacteric type of fruit, generally occurring in clusters.

South Africa is one of the leading producers of table grapes and the Star South group of growers consist of arguably the best producers in the region.  The drive for improvement and innovation leads to selection of the best varieties from premium breeding programs for flavour and shelf life to satisfy global customer demands.

Star South strives to be a complete exporter of table grapes by covering the full South African season from all regions. We partner growers with outstanding technical expertise and a quality mindset; producing great eating fruit with the ability to handle long shipping routes is essential. Every bunch of grapes is suited for a specific market region and consumer; serving a distinguished and diverse global client base.

We strive to deliver the right product to the right client, every time. Constant innovation in varieties, packing materials and systems is combined to stay with consumer trends, whilst the optimisation of production efficiencies enhances the value proposition. We treasure our existing client relationships, but also remain keen to develop new markets with new prospective clients.

We start the season in late October with early varieties from Namibia, Vioolsdrift and Limpopo; in December the Orange River region follows and from January onwards the season is completed by the Western Cape region through to April. Our growers and varieties overlap perfectly to ensure a solid supply of white, red and black grapes from start to finish.

Nutritional info

Grapes are versatile fruits used in a wide range of popular foods — from raisins to jelly or wine. They are also packed with nutrients and antioxidants, and have high amounts of the phytonutrient resveratrol, which is especially lauded for its heart benefits.

PRODUCE AND VARIETALS

White seedless(Ivory, Early Sweet, Prime, Sweet Globe, Autumn Crisp, Sugar Crisp, Cotton Candy, Thompson Seedless)
Red seedless(Starlight, Sweet Celebration, Ralli Seedless, Candy Hearts, Crimson Seedless, Scarlotta, Allisson)
Black seedless(Sweet Joy, Adora, Midnight Beauty, Sable Seedless)
Red seeded(RedGlobe)

AVAILABILITY CALENDAR

VARIETYWEEKS
PACK WEEK4546474849505152123456789101112
SHIP WEEK4647484950515212345678910111213
ARRIVAL WEEK4950515212345678910111213141516
 
Prime/Els                    
Ivory                    
Arra15                    
Thompson                    
Sweet Globe                    
Autumn Crisp                    
 
Starlight                    
Ralli                    
Sweet Celebration                    
Arra 29                    
Timco                    
Crimson                    
Allisson                    
Scarlotta                    
 
Midnight                    
Sable                    
Adora                    
Sweet Joy                    
 
Red Globe                    

We serve four key groups across the diverse sector of fresh produce:

Fruit producers and retailers, both within South Africa and abroad. It’s a world of good produce, good people and good prices. An extensive, vast world which we navigate via committed one-on-one relationships, to offer personalised service and tailored solutions/shipments.

How can we help you?

Partner with us as we navigate the landscape together.

Danèl van Deventer

Commercial Manager

Trust between client and company is everything.”

Danél started out in the industry in 2010 and has been working her way up ever since. She began in logistics and now serves as a commercial manager, drawing from her in-depth understanding of the cost chain. Danél is passionate about figs and has been dedicated to the export of almost 70% of the South African fig offering for the past seven years.

Department: Management & Support
Market: Far East, Europe, United Kingdom, Canada, Middle East
Produce: Figs

“We are in no other business than the people business.”

Jaco is a born entrepreneur and has been trading fruit since the age of 12 when he started his first business. He has experience in all major business areas, including farming, handling, transport, logistics, IT, marketing operations, finance, management, international and domestic affairs. He is fluent in French and also has basic Spanish language skills.