At the heart of Indigo Fruit Farming’s history, you’ll find the Esser family, with Allan and Emmie Esser cultivating the supply relationship with South African retailer Woolworths as far back as 1983 from their farm in the Burgersfort Valley. Following the establishment of the Naranja Citrus Estate partnership in 2000, AJ Esser (current Indigo Fruit Farming CEO) forged the relationship with Abs van Rooyen and the Du Roi Nursery and ultimately consolidated their farms into the ANB Investments Group, establishing Indigo Fruit Farming as the production and packing arm.
Part of the company’s success has been the introduction of the globally favoured Nadorcott mandarin variety of which the first trees were planted in Letsitele in the early 2000s.
In 2003 the need for extended packing capacity, culminated in the development of Naranja Packers. In 2008, additional equipment was required to handle the harvest and in 2015 a complete upgrade followed, making Naranja one of the country’s foremost citrus packing facilities with the concept of automation and storing full pallets on shelves challenging some of South Africa’s regulations regarding packaging.