As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread throughout the world, at Ceres we are taking proactive steps grounded in science to protect the safety of our products, our employees, their families and support our communities around the country. As one of the country’s largest manufacturers of food and beverages, we are considered a provider of essential goods. We will thus maintain our production capacity during the 21-day lockdown period as prescribed by Government.
The Ceres Valley is renowned as an ideal fruit-growing area in Africa, important for the production of a range of fruit, particularly apples and pears. With its fertile soil, it’s fitting that the valley was name after the Roman goddess of fruitfulness.
The unique Mediterranean climate between the Skurweberg mountains on the north side and the Hex River mountain range on the south is responsible for these ideal growing conditions. The valley enjoys an average of 300 days of sunshine a year which produces particularly juicy, crisp and aromatic fruit.
Throughout the year various fruits are harvested at different times due to the temperature variance between summer and winter. The highly popular cherry-picking season, for example, runs from mid-November to the end of December. Apples, pears and peaches are harvested in summer.