After completing his B.Sc. Agricultural degree at Stellenbosch University Andries joined his father Jurie Johannes Erwee on the farms that comprise Monteith Trust. With the mentorship of his father he learned extensively about fruit production and packing as they were founding members of Kromco.
In time other farms were aquired. The first was the farm, Hoëkraal, near Swellendam which was mainly a dairy and wheat farm. Apples, pears and soft citrus were subsequently planted on 80 hectare.Then the farm Meulriver near Greyton was bought and 80 hectare of decidious fruit was established.
In time Andries took over the management of all the farming operations of Monteith Trust. He also became a director of Kromco when his father retired from the industry. Currently Trusts of which Andries is a trustee, holds 51% of the shares in Kromco and he officiates as Chairman of the Kromco Board. He also serves as director on the board for APSAP and Associated Food Processors.
Executive Chairman of UK fresh produce specialist, Fresca Group Ltd, Chris Mack has led his business through fast-paced change and significant growth in recent years. After his degree and his first job as an apple grower, Chris began his career with Fresca as a salesman, working his way up through the business.
Today the companies in Fresca are growers, importers, packers and marketing agents to retail and wholesale markets. Their collective sales exceed £500 million each year, with around 1000 employees and many global fresh produce supply partners.
De Villiers Graaff
De Villiers Graaff currently holds directorships of The Waitrose Foundation (SA), De Grendel Wines, Delecta fruit and Graaff fruit.
He graduated from University of Stellenbosch ( B. Agric. Admin) in 2003 and in 1995 International Trade Studies from University of Colorado.
Henko van den Heever
Henko is the owner of Crystal View, an export table grape farm in Onseepkans, Northern Cape.
Henko was born and went to school in Springbok a town in the Northern Cape. After school he moved to the Western Cape to study Mechanical Engineering at the Cape Technicon were he completed a National Higher Diploma (4 years).
Henko bought his completely undeveloped farm in Onseepkans in 1997 and developed it over the next 15 years. During the time he got involved with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). He assisted them with the commercialisation of Hoodia Gordonii, a succulent plant with the prospects of weight loss properties. Hoodia Gordonii was the intellectual property of the San People of the Kalahari. Part of the project was also to help the local communities of Onseepkans and Pella in planting Hoodia and Rose Geranium.
In the mean time Henko focused on having his farm to be customer orientated as far as possible. He was chosen to serve on the Waitrose Foundation in 2017.
Jacqui Green joined Berry Gardens in 2013, initially as Sales & Procurement Director but, in 2017, she succeeded the retiring MD as CEO. Prior to that her roles have largely been as commercial director or General Manager. Predominantly in fruit, but with 4 years in prepared fresh produce. During that time she has continued to work with grower owned businesses serving the UK retailers, food service and wholesalers. She has a degree in Law, French and Spanish and feels very passionate about the work, intent and commitment of the board
Jocelyn Rogerson joined Waitrose 23 years ago after spending 10 years working in the UK diary industry.
She has been in a number of different roles within Waitrose, starting in Food Technology, before moving into Buying.
Ncediswa joined Sun Citrus Packers in 2015 after she finished her studies. She was a Citrus Academy bursary holder for three years and in 2014 obtained the Bachelor of Technology in Agricultural Management degree (Cum Laude) from Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth.
Director Quality and Technical, Waitrose (UK)
Mr. Sizwe Magagula is currently a General Manager – Human Resources at Westfalia Fruit Limited, a member of Hans Merensky Holding (HMH) Group, and responsible for both Human Resources and Community Development.
Sizwe holds a Master of Commerce (M.Com) degree in Industrial Psychology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a Master of Business Leadership (MBL) degree from The University of South Africa (UNISA-School of Business Leadership). He is also a registered Industrial Psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), a member of the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa (SIOPSA), former member of the South African Petroleum Industry Association (SAPIA) HRM sub-committee as Deputy Chairperson among other professional memberships.
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