The history of HORTGRO dates back all the way to 1652 when the first apple seeds were planted by Jan van Riebeeck in the Cape of Good Hope. Today, the company is focused on research and technology, production, transformation, markets and communication in the deciduous fruit industry.

The companies main goal is to guide and direct research within the deciduous fruit industry, to address the industries short term and long term needs. HORTGRO’s members include: the Dried Fruit Technical Services (DFTS); SA Stone Fruit Producers’ Association (SASPA) and SA Apple and Pear Producers’ Association (SAAPPA).