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Beautiful Country,
Beautiful Raisins



The prospect for the South Africa Raisins Industry remains positive for the future. The South African industry has grown sharply and new expansions and recapitalisation initiatives are ongoing to further grow our supply base.


September 22, 2020

Virtuele Gala Geleentheid Wenners

Raisins SA het n Virtuele Gala Geleentheid gehou die 17de September.
August 28, 2020

South African growers drive UK campaign to tackle misconceptions around raisins

24th August 2020 ‘Raisins South Africa’, the organisation representing 700 growers, aims […]
June 3, 2020

Making a difference during the Covid-19 lockdown

During the Covid-19 lockdown, the Department of Social Development, in partnership with […]
June 3, 2020

Unemployed Graduates

Raisins SA has an exciting opportunity for unemployed graduates through our graduate […]
April 1, 2020

South African raisin industry gears up for growth

The South African raisin industry celebrated its 100th anniversary in the Orange […]
April 1, 2020

South African raisin grower looks to boost yields

South African raisin producer Perde Eiland Farming has introduced the Selma Pete […]

  • Senator A.S Brink is seen as the Father of the Grape Industry along the Orange River. He planted the 1st Sultanina (Thompson Seedless) sticks near Keimoes in 1919
  • In 1936, over a million sultana vines were planted for the production of fresh grapes, but largely the production of raisins.
  • In the arts, Shakespeare in his Winter's Tale celebrates the importance of food for the sheep shearing festival with 'tons of raisins' and John Bunyan baptizes raisins for the first time as 'comfort food' allowed to be taken on the pilgrimage.
  • For Christopher Columbus, raisins formed an indispensable part of his sailors' ration.
  • About 2,000 BC, the Egyptians and Persians began to use raisins when it was discovered that dried fruits last longer, are sweet and taste delicious.
  • The ancient Phoenicians and Armenians took the first step in grapevine cultivation by means of grape growing processes as well as the careful selection of plant material