Find information on the production process at, website of the South African Fruit Juice Association.

Fruit Juice is a drink produced by squeezing or crushing fruit. In South Africa, there are specific regulations relating to fruit juices and what they may contain in terms of additives and preservatives, and that sets the definition for what a fruit juice must be called, based on its composition. There are four categories: fruit drinks, carbonated fruit drinks, nectar and pure fruit juice (BMi, 2013). Read about the differences here.

International business environment

Find international updates on the fruit juices, pulps and purees web pages of the International Trade Centre website,

  • The global fruit juice market reached 60.7 billion litres in retail sales in 2017 (Insight Survey, 2018). The largest market was the Asia-Pacific region, followed by North America and Western Europe (Insight Survey, 2018).
  • Orange juice is included in the monthly “Citrus: World Markets and Trade” from the USDA at
  • Orange juice production: Brazil, US, Mexico, EU and China (South Africa in 6th place) (USDA, 2018)
  • Orange juice exporters: Brazil, Mexico, EU, US and South Africa (USDA, 2018)
  • Many of the leading markets for South African fruit juices are close to home: Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Swaziland and Mauritius. South Africa enjoys duty free market access here as a result of the SADC Free Trade Agreement (Insight Survey, 2016).

Visit the following websites:

Local business environment

In South Africa the fruit juice market achieved a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.1% over 2012 to 2017, and is expected to continue growing at over 10% the next five years (Insight Survey, 2018). The growth is largely attributed to the adoption of a higher nutritional and health awareness amongst consumers.

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands study The Current State of Fruit & Vegetable Agro-Processing in South Africa (released February 2019) includes a look at fruit juice.

Role players


Find the associations listed on the “Fruit” page.



Also refer to this heading on the general “Agro-processing” page. Other departments of relevance include the Department of Health and the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic).

Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD)

Find information on all Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) directorates under “Branches” at

DALRRD appointed Impumelelo Agribusiness Solutions to perform inspection services under the Agricultural Products Standard Act. Existing fruit juice regulations (R286) are being updated and simplified, something which is viewed favourably by the industry (Die Krat, April 2017).


Training and research

  • ARC-Agricultural Engineering (ARC-AE) Tel: 012 842 4017 Included in this campus’ mandate is agro-processing. Read about possibilities for processing citrus fruit and contact the ARC-IAE for the manual on the Agro-processing of Citrus Fruit.
  • ARC-Infruitec/Nietvoorbij Tel: 021 809 3100 Training courses offered include the following outcomes: (i) Basic skills in fruit sorting, choosing suitable varieties for juice making (ii) Extraction and juicing methods for cottage industry (iii) Extraction for industrial purposes (iv) Packing and preservation of fruit juice to extend shelf life (v) Business skills to manage juicing plant/ business
  • FoodBev Tel: 011 253 7300 FoodBev is the Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) responsible for facilitating education and training in the food and beverages manufacturing sector.


Equipment and services

Find the list of SAFJA associate members at

Refer to the “Packaging & handling systems” page.


Companies involved

Websites and publications

Visit the websites listed earlier in this chapter.


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