Table of Contents

1. Overview

Find the information on the canning process on The “educational information” option at is also very informative. 

Canning and preserving fruit and vegetables holds numerous advantages for human beings and food security.

  • Food is placed in the airtight container and cooked during the canning process, which safeguards the food from decay. No preservatives are needed.
  • The transport and storage of food is easier. Food can be stored for long periods of time without needing refrigeration.
  • Products such as peaches, pears and apricots are also available now throughout the year.
  • The food is quickly and easily served.

Read the story of how canned products found aboard a 100 year old shipwreck were still safe to eat at Recipes and other information are also available.


2. International business environment

Greece, the USA, Spain and China are major role players in processed fruit products in the northern hemisphere. They are joined by Chile, Argentina and South Africa in the south.


3. Local business environment

The newsletters at are a good way to stay current with what is happening. Also find information like tree census summaries, cultivars, fruit grading and a season harvest calendar on the website.

The three main sectors of this industry – covering products which are canned, preserved or otherwise processed from fruit, vegetables and tomatoes and other related products – are:

  • Deciduous fruit: based in the Western Cape. Includes products such as canned fruit, fruit in plastic cups, fruit purees, fruit concentrates and jams manufactured from the same raw material base.
  • Pineapples: based in the Eastern Cape. Includes products such as canned pineapples, pineapple purees and concentrates.
  • Tomatoes and vegetables: based in various parts of the country. Includes products such as canned and bottled vegetables, tomatoes, pulps, purees, pastes, sauces, spreads and condiments.

Raw materials are sourced from around 1 500 farms and about 600 000 tons of fresh fruit, tomatoes and vegetables are processed annually to produce goods with a market value of more than ZAR 5 billion.

Approximately 85% of the industry’s canned and aseptic deciduous fruit products - namely peaches, apricots, pears, fruit cocktail and pineapples - are destined for export markets in Europe, Far East, North America, South America, Middle East and Africa.

The industry is labour-intensive and export-driven.

Read the fairly recent “Opportunities in the Canned Fruit industry”, an article in Farmer’s Weekly, August 23 2016 about what is happening in this sector. Go to

The SAFVCEC presentation to the dti in 2015 (see heading 9) provides a thorough overview of this industry.