Over the last twelve months here at Jupiter we’ve seen many fantastic developments across the business, from the planting of new varieties globally to the launch of an innovative snack pack from our prepared fruit line.

Here are a few highlights from 2021:

Africa Investment Conference

In a busy start to the year, our Joint MD Yvonne presented as part of the ‘Africa Investment Conference’, in conjunction with The UK Department for International Trade. Yvonne disclosed our continued technological investments in South Africa and highlighted the importance of traceability.

Listen as Yvonne discusses more as part of our podcast series.

Exciting- Greek plum project

In a first for us here at Jupiter, we were pleased to announce that we are trialling six new varieties of South African plums in co-operation with Nestos our kiwi partner in Greece.

We have planted our new plum varieties in Kavala, a region that is not traditionally known as a stonefruit area, however there is much excitement due to the success of a late variety plum called Angelino, renowned for its yellow flesh and well-balanced taste.

Our trading arm progression

As part of our vision to be the most transparent company in fresh produce with a commitment to programmed supply from our own global production, we made changes to the way that we succeed with the trading side of our business.

In May 2021 we announced that JLM Produce Ltd, in whom we have had the majority share in since 2016, will now also progress to managing the trading arm of the Jupiter Group, continuing on from historically undertaking the wholesale side of our business.

New variety grape pioneers!

Our pioneering test block in Kavala, Greece has been planted with five innovative ARRA™ varieties.

Produced from the Grapa breeding programme, these new grape varieties have improved characteristics when compared to the more traditional grapes found in the region.

Jupiter Group and Babybel® launch snack pack

Back in June we were delighted to reveal that we joined forces with the UK’s No.1 snacking cheese brand, Babybel® to launch an exciting new addition to their lineup, a Babybel Light Cheese, Apple & Grapes snack pack.

Our innovative 75g new snack pack launched in the food-to-go fixtures of Tesco stores nationwide, and is available as a standalone item or as part of Tesco’s popular meal deal.

Our Indian ARRA 15 (ARRA Sweeties™)

In a recent article with Fresh Plaza, our Head of Sales Gareth Wilcock discussed our very first commercial volumes of ARRA 15 in January 2021 and shared that we expect volumes to more than double this season, with quantities expanding exponentially over the next 5-6 years.

GWF Board of Directors

In July of 2021 we were really pleased to share that Jupiter Group’s Head of Marketing, Kirsty Fleetwood joined the Global Women Fresh Board of Directors. GWF look to create a positive change in the global community through ‘connecting, inspiring and empowering women in the fresh produce industry’.

A record-breaking week in South Africa

In the month that saw records smashed at the Tokyo Olympic games, we were thrilled to share that we broke our own personal best; beating the previous orange packing record on our South African farms.

In an infographic we shared the statistics behind our biggest ever packing week that includes almost 12 million oranges being processed from our own production in Limpopo.

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The Jupiter Group is an award-winning fresh produce grower with a simple vision– to be the most transparent company in fresh produce. With a year-round supply and innovative new variety development,Jupiter is hailed as one of the worlds leading fresh produce companies Beyondtheirspeciality ingrowing grape and citrus, Jupiter’s expertise also covers avocado, pineapple and kiwi in all formats and sizes across retail, wholesale,and food service businesses globally. Jupiter Group are different because they have digitised their supply chain and control a true seed to shelf process. The result? A consistent, transparent, trusted and traceable supply. On Jupiter’s own farms and those of their growing partners, the way they do business has British standards, global cultural heritage and unrivalled entrepreneurial spirit. They have ranked consecutively for three years in the prestigious The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 for International Growth, most recently at number 17.
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