About Us
Our Story

Tessara’s origins are rooted in innovative thinking and heroic execution. From designing the first Uvasys sheets in a kitchen to producing millions of the world’s best SO2 generating sheets, our clients are, through our decades of experience, guaranteed THE top tier product. Whether you are looking for post harvest decay protection on Grapes, Blueberries, Roses, Litchis or Tomatoes; our current and upcoming product line will provide you with the best there is to offer.

Our Future

The story does not end there, we are now extending our innovative ideas into keeping more types of produce fresh. Our drive is to make it easier for fresh produce to enhance people’s lives, fulfilling it by realising a vision built on the reputation that Uvasys has earned us:

We develop new products establishing us as thought leaders in intelligent packaging.

To achieve this, our mission is formed around the 4 D’s:

Design useful products that simplify the delivery of desirable benefits that enhance a more elegant lifestyle.
• Be Determined in combining a can-do attitude and scientific methodology in getting to a solution.
Deliver products that build us a worldwide reputation as we have already done on Uvasys.
• Be Dependable by being a team that is focused on setting the leadership standard in our industry

Based on our core values of Determined Design, our goal of ensuring Dependable Delivery of both our products and services,underpin everything we do.

Our Executive Team

CEO

Craig Cloete

Craig joined in 2006 as Financial Director overseeing the restructuring of all operational infrastructure, becoming Managing Director in 2013, and has been CEO since 2015, playing a key role in driving the overall strategy of the company and re-positioning Tessara as a “Fresh Science” player across the widest possible range of fresh produce globally.

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DJ Schreuder

Having grown up on their family farm in Ceres, DJ is well acquainted with the agriculture sector and first obtained a degree in Industrial Psychology from the University of Stellenbosch, before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant “CA(SA)”.

After completion of his articles at PWC, DJ specialised in tax for 2 years, before making the shift into the manufacturing industry. He joined Tessara as CFO in 2019 following successive accomplishments as an expat throughout Africa. Amongst others, he has worked for DHL – West Africa; Astral – Zambia and Crooks Bros in Mozambique, all of which are listed companies.

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CFO
SALES & MARKETING

Alwyn van Jaarsveld 

Alwyn joined in 2006 as the company’s Export Manager. In addition to managing and developing export sales, Alwyn was involved in technical aspects of existing and new products including R&D. In 2015 he was appointed Head of Sales and Marketing when the local and export sales functions were  merged. Alwyn graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in 2000 with an MSc in Agricultural Science​.

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Andries Beyers

Andries was appointed as Head of Operations in 2015. He joined in September 2013 as a consultant involved in the procurement of specialised raw materials. Moreover, he led projects to develop new products and improve manufacturing processes.​

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OPERATIONS
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

Dr Filicity Vries

Filicity joined Tessara in 2015 as Head of Research and Development, focusing on the development of new products while continuing efforts to optimize the current product range. Prior to joining Tessara she spent 14 years at the Agricultural Research Council Infruitec-Nietvoorbij. Filicity graduated with a MSc in Chemistry (Cum Laude) in 2002 and obtained her PhD in Plant Pathology in 2008 from the University of the Western Cape. She published several peer-reviewed papers and supervised a number of PhD and MSc students during her academic and research careers​.

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Deon Hugo

Deon Joined as Head of FInance in 2013 upon returning from London as Finance Manager with Bibendum WIne. He completed a BSc (Forestry) degree from University of Stellenbosch as well as a number of courses of ACCA, the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants; an international professional body based in the UK.

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FINANCE

HR & Corporate Affairs

Irina Damiani

Irina Damiani, currently responsible for Corporate Affairs and Human Resourses functions, joined Tessara in 2013. In addition to her core HR responsibilities, Irina drives the company’s brand and culture agendas and was involved in re-branding to Tessara.

Irina holds a BCom (Management) qualification from the University of South Africa and was the Finance Manager of Space Age Technologies prior to joining the Tessara executive management.

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Rachel Puodzius

Rachel has been with Tessara and its predecessor companies since 2002. Originally employed to oversee the implementation of Pastel Evolution, she now serves as an independent voice on the executive committee, advising and implementing structures to facilitate better communication and information to support the executive team and decision making in general.

Rachel holds a BCom (Financial Management) qualification obtained from the University of South Africa in 2004 and is a registered tax practitioner with SARS.

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