NEW TABLE GRAPE VARIETIES
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.
EXSA IS CURRENTLY OR WILL SOON BE PRODUCING NEW VARIETIES FROM THE FOLLOWING INTERNATIONAL AND LOCAL BREEDING PROGRAMMES:
International Fruit Genetics (IFG)
Sheehan Genetics LLC
Culdevco/ ARC (South Africa)
Lombardi Genetics (South Africa)
Werner Naudé and Reynecke Viljoen of Exsa (left and centre) with Dr David Cain, IFG’s world renown table grape breeder, in a vineyard of IFG’s Sweet Sapphire® which was bred by Dr Cain.
PARTNERSHIP WITH INTERNATIONAL FRUIT GENETICS (IFG)
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 others 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.”