We are the largest dried fruit & coconut oil producer of Mozambique, annual processing >1,000 tons of fresh fruit and >1 million coconuts.
We are the only company in Africa in the Southern Hemisphere producing organic certified dried mangoes. This enables us to deliver in the exact opposite period of the year relative to all other producers in Africa.
Inhambane is full of fruit and coconut trees, owned by local Mozambicans. But at the same time it is one of the poorest regions of the world. There is no market, fruits are not used and many people do not have an income.
We push the frontiers by entering the remote areas of Inhambane by tractors and 4x4 trucks. Our picking team selects the correct fruit varieties, offers a good price to the owner and professionally harvests the fruits.
Thousands of Mozambican growers benefit from the direct trade relation, thereby making a difference in many lives. 10,000 households will benefit from our buying programme by 2020.
Jaco le Roux (photo above, in the middle) manages the daily operations. Jaco has 20 years of experience in subtropical fruits and nuts processing in both South Africa and the US. Before starting AfriFruta he was manager at Westfalia and boardmember at SAMAC.
Koos van der Merwe (photo above, left) has over 30 years experience in the fruit and vegetable sector among which as managing director for leading companies like Kelly Industries (SA) and Vanduzi (Moz).
Ties Minnen (photo above, right) is based in the Netherlands, responsible for finance & sales Europe. Before joining AfriFruta he was an international business development and finance consultant. Eduardo Goves (on the left below) is the in-house accountant with an accounting degree of the University Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo. Claudia Cumbana is lead coordinator of the local sourcing teams.
At the processing factory a team of 70 workers processes the fruits and coconuts. A picking team of 30 skilled workers collects the fruits and coconuts from the region.
Our fruit drying facility is state-of-the-art and (close to being) certified FSSC 22000, one of the strictest HACCP certifications. In addition, part of our production is certified organic (part of the mangos, all coconuts).
Please see Quality Products for more information on how we achieve the high quality standards related to taste, texture an colour of our products.