This article showcases our top picks for the best South Africa based Organic Food companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Organic Food industry, but are all exceptional startups and companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top South Africa Organic Food Companies
Kauai is a Californian food store, offering a range of healthy sandwiches, wraps, salads, and other wholesome meals well as the juices and a wide variety of smoothies. Today, it operates under the multi-brand food group, Real Foods with the mission to make healthy eating easy and accessible.
The focus is on real food, which is free of harmful, synthetic chemicals. Kauai’s products are free of GMO’s and have no additives, preservatives, artificial colorants, and flavorings.
It is committed to maintaining a supply chain that supports farmers using sustainable practices and to locally-sourced fresh produce where possible. Kauai was started in 1996 by three Californian college friends and is based in Cape Town, South Africa..
Ooka.co.za provides local small farmers the ability to make an income selling their fruits, vegetables, and moderate producing crops. In turn, customers can buy local produce, which is preferred by many since it is generally better tasting and not as processed.
When a customer can connect with the farmer and see for themselves how the food is produced and know exactly where it came from, the benefits are exponential. Through Ooka, local producers can seek crowd-funding to expand and upgrade their operations.
The platform offers students and the general public access to healthy, fresh, fruit and vegetables. Excess food can be donated to charitable organizations and NGOs, like senior living homes and orphanages.
The carbon emissions will be reduced through the use of Ooka and the ability of farmers and customers to connect on a very local level.. .
De Villiers Chocolate
De Villiers Chocolate is a bean-to-bar artisanal chocolate maker that sources its organic cocoa beans directly from African and South American farmers to produce UTZ-certified, single-origin chocolate. The business, started by Pieter de Villiers in 2009 in his garage, is now a recognised brand sold in Woolworths stores across South Africa, with significant international markets beckoning.
The flagship De Villiers Chocolate retail store is situated at the popular Spice Route wine farm in Paarl, with further locations to be opened soon.. .
Umgibe Farming Organics
Umgibe Farming Organics is a carbon-saving, ecological, organic, income generating vegetable-growing system which provides a platform to market vegetables grown by grassroots farmers from the sub-economic townships of South Africa. The project is environmentally friendly in a sense that it uses less water, is organic as there are no chemical fertilizers or pesticides used.
The process of using plastic makes it easy to use the material which might have been an environmental hazard. Without a single doubt, with each individual earning an income the overall social life is improved.
There is an ever-increasing demand for affordable and better quality food products in the country against the background of a deteriorating global economic environment. Umgibe® business model could not have come at a better time to penetrate the market..
The Woodstock Exchange
The Exchange in Woodstock, otherwise know as The Woodstock Exchange, is about the giving and receiving of energy and ideas from like minded creatives and businesses. It’s really a place to work, play, interact, exhibit, flourish and be yourself.
Its an incubator for young fledgling businesses as well as a home to international market makers. The common thread is creativity.
If you a looking to be part of the hippest, happening, award winning and most interesting and affordable work space in Cape Town, this is the space for you. The WEX, as it’s been affectionately called, is the start of a journey.
It’s a treasure hunt of creativity from internationally acclaimed designers and artists, to heads of youth culture and music. It’s your photographers, fashion designers, printers, illustrators, film directors, business incubators and traders.
It’s your local deli, organic vegetables, freshly roasted coffee and cocktails. It’s a place to catch up with old friends and meet new.
It’s more than an office or a shop. It’s an Atelier space! It’s the workshop for artists in every form of the word.
This article was written by Benjamin Friedberg from Toast Fried. The editor for this article was Tess Page. If your company is featured in this article and you want to have amendments made please contact us on: [email protected].
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