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Vancouver-based fresh produce group Oppy has said it has become one of the first to offer South African plums to the North American market following an eight-year hiatus.

After US authorities tightened import regulations on Chilean plums following pest detection in early 2021, Sila Louw, who joined Oppy in the interim to head its South African operations, proposed complementing Oppy’s plum offerings with fruit grown on his home soil – first arriving on the East Coast in late January.

“We look forward to delighting consumers with a variety of first-class-eating-quality plums, offering a diverse collection of flavours, textures and colours, and a dependable item for retail shelves,” said Louw.

The Oppy team is reporting “excellent growing conditions and crop quality” this season, with supplies planned through March.

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