January 2019: In order to provide for our expanding productions, prior to our current harvest, two new cold storage facilities have been constructed at our Gamcaip production unit (see above). At Leekrans we also have a brand new office, computer room and inspection area.
November 2018: Between June and October Dippenaar Choice Fruit was audited by SiZA, the Sustainability Initiative of South Africa. We are proud to announce that all our production units achieved platinum status for this comprehensive and prestigious benchmarking audit! As a result of this excellent achievement, our next audit will only be required in three year's time. SIZA, the Sustainability [...]
July 2018: Three of the Dippenaar Choice Fruit farms, Grand View, Bellevue and Weltevrede recently received the “Red Sun Raisin Reward” for excellent raisin quality. (Photo from left to right – Rudi Lombaard, Zarene Smit, AJ Basson)
July 2018: DCF is very pleased with the results of the past harvest despite the the fact that our final figures were 9% lower than the initial September 2017 crop estimate. The early and new varieties were mostly affected with smaller bunches and berry sizes. The later Thompson Seedless yielded better than estimates and was of very good quality. The [...]
June 2018: Planting season is during our winter months and we are currently planting, both to replace old vineyards and to expand by planting new vineyards on unplanted parts of the farm. The planting programme for 2017 is as follows: LA Grape Farms - Krissy and Melody blocks are being replaced with Merbein (for raisins) and Joybells. All the old [...]
March 2018: During 2017 we constructed a new pack house on our Bellevue farm and the recent harvest was the first season that the new pack house was operational. Currently the pack house has two active packing lines, but the building has been designed with the space and capacity to add additional lines as the farm’s productions expand and grow. [...]