Johan Stumpf, CEO of the Sundays River Citrus Company, admitted inflation - particularly labour costs - had been much higher than the returns for fruit.
On-farm and packhouse costs are up 50% over the last four years, although market prices have remained the same.
As a result, farms have been consolidated in order to become more economic.
Overall, citrus crops are between 10%-15% down,
although fruit size is up and quality generally continuing to be good as the season progresses.
A new late harvested seedless easy peeler known as Clemgold is also making its appearance as part of a licensing arrangement which allows Capespan to grow 600ha. Eventually, two million cartons of fruit will be produced.