Our New Products2017-10-11T22:45:11+00:00

New Table Grape Cultivars

EXSA is committed to evaluating new cultivars in order to offer a wider and more up-to-date range of products to meet our customers’ needs. Our objective is to launch new products as quickly as is possible.


International Fruit Genetics (IFG)
Sheehan Genetics LLC
Sun World
Culdevco/ ARC (South Africa)
Lombardi Genetics (South Africa)



Exsa is one of the leading South African export companies that share the South African rights to the IFG (International Fruit Genetics) range of table grapes. This highly acclaimed, Californian based fruit breeding company has developed and commercialised a range of varieties that includes several with highly unusual flavours and shapes. IFG grants licences to their new  varieties around the world and currently the countries where licences have been issued are Chile, Peru, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Namibia, Australia, Turkey, South Africa and in the USA. The varieties in the IFG range are mainly seedless. A number of these varieties have already proved to be highly successful on world markets and access to these sought after new varieties will continue to provide Exsa with the marketing edge for the future.

The South African evaluation block is on the farm of Leon Viljoen and the evaluation process is undertaken and managed by Leon and his son Reynecke Viljoen. In South Africa a few of the IFG varieties have reached the commercial production phase while athers will also reach this point soon.

“We are concentrating our efforts on breeding grower-friendly varieties with a good eating quality, says fruit geneticist and founding partner of Californian fruit breeding company IFG Dr David Cain. “Globally labour has become problematic as it is both scarce and increasingly expensive so we need varieties that require as little labour input as possible. In the process we are also introducing grapes with truly unusual flavours. This provides the opportunity to expand the market as this range of flavoured grapes essentially represent a new product. The exciting new flavours and appearance of the varieties are also more likely to appeal to customers than the traditional varieties.”

New products in the grape category to look out for:

International Fruit Genetics (IFG):

  • Jack’s Salute, a red grape variety with crisp, elongated to oval berries.
  • Sweet Sapphire, a black grape variety with very long, sausage-shaped berries.
  • Sweet Celebration, a highly productive, flavourful brilliant red seedless variety.
  • Sweet Globe, a late season white variety with very large berries.
  • Sweet Sunshine, a white seedless with elongated, crispy and large green berries.
  • Sweet Surrender, an early black variety with elongated berries and plum flavours.
  • Sweet Joy,  a black variety with elongated berries and extremely good productivity.
  • Cotton Candy is a white seedless variety which tastes like candyfloss.
  • Candy Hearts is a mid season red seedless variety which tastes like butterscotch.


Sheehan Genetics LLC

  • Ivory (PBR: Sheegene-21): An extremely crisp mid-season white seedless variety.
  • Timpson (PBR: Sheegene-2): A superb mid-season white seedless variety, with a hint of muscat flavour.
  • Krissy (PBR: Sheegene-12): A mid-season red seedless with exceptional, ‘fruity’ flavour, large berries and crisp texture.
  • Allison (PBR: Sheegene-20):This late-season red seedless is highly productive with a crisp texture and great flavour.
  • Melody (PBR: Blagratwo): This black seedless has a full black colour and has large, fully flavoured berries and crisp texture.


Sun World

  • Autumn Crisp, a promising white seedless variety.


Culdevco/ ARC (South Africa)

  • Joy Bells, an early red seedless variety with bell shaped berries.

Lombardi Genetics (South Africa)

  • Tawny Seedless, an early season red seedless variety with a rounded berry shape.