Around 1,000 tonnes of citrus is to be distributed to disadvantaged communities this year Leading South African citrus company ClemenGold International has said that it is teaming up with a relief organisation to deliver some 1,000 tonnes of citrus to help alleviate the plight of people in some of the country’s poorer communities. “Caring for the communities surrounding our partner farms and packhouses has been a value upon which we’ve acted since the establishment of our business,” explained Adéle Ackermann, marketing manager for ClemenGold International.

“Fruit is our business and donating Vitamin C-rich citrus is a logical way of contributing towards helping communities to thrive.” The company has announced a partnership with SA Harvest, a registered non-profit and leading food rescue and hunger relief organisation, whereby 1,000 tonnes of citrus will be donated during the 2023 season.

“The first 68 tonnes have been dispatched from the Twypack packhouse at Nelspruit to receiving communities in Durban,” Ackermann continued. ”In a bid to reduce food waste and hunger in South Africa, SA Harvest conducts initiatives such as these to channel surplus food from farms, manufacturers, and retailers to those in need.”

ClemenGold is a global mandarin brand with its roots in South Africa, and annually distributes more than 4m pieces of citrus to around 160,000 beneficiaries at crèches, old-age homes, hospitals, schools and other non-profit institutions in areas where nutrition is a daily challenge.

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Fred Meintjes