About our business

Established in 1991 we are one of the largest and the first privately owned macadamia nut processor in South Africa, handling over 25% of the domestic crop.

Being macadamia nut growers ourselves we understand the challenges of establishing and running a long term sustainable macadamia farming business.

Our unique business model sees growers share in any market or exchange rate benefits and we don’t force our farmers into supply contracts. Through our marketing company, Green & Gold Nuts, we sell the largest volume of macadamia nuts globally.

Close collaboration with affiliated macadamia nut processors in key territories, as well as research and product development teams from major food manufacturers, drives innovation and staying at the forefront of food safety, industry and market development.

Core to our philosophy is supporting emerging growers and we do this through a number of initiatives including our Vhembe, Transkei and Springfield projects as well as frequent emerging farmer workshops.

•    Vhembe project, Limpopo
The Vhembe Co-Op of farmers, a collective with about 350 members, in 2008 applied for development funds of R2 million from the European Union to establish macadamia farms, which was agreed on condition that they work with a local partner.

We’ve funded the project which supports 22 emerging macadamia nut farmers in the region - and work together overseeing the initiative, buying trees and offering workshops in such skills as tree-pruning and control of pests such as stink bugs.

Additionally, we’ve worked with Fairtrade to set up social and community initiatives for the workers on their farm like a creche, basic computer skills and dressmaking.

•    Emerging farmer workshops
These bi-monthly gatherings hosted at all three factories throughout the year are well attended, highly valued sessions where emerging macadamia nut farmers gather together to share their learnings and best practice.

The events also see credible, relevant keynote speakers share knowledge and information around developing a sustainable and profitable macadamia nut farming operation.

•    Transkei initiative
We partner with and have contributed financially to this highly successful for profit social enterprise, where the Ncera community in the Transkei has for seven years run a government backed macadamia nut farming initiative of 600 hectares, with another 300 soon to be planted and further expansion plans in place for future growth. Produce is marketed through our affiliated company Green & Gold.

•    Springfield project
Our farm, Springfield Farm in Limpopo draws many of its workers from the Valdezia are where poverty and unemployment is rife and sports facilities almost non-existent. Springfield Farm makes funds available to the local football team for shirts, boots, goal posts and registration fees required by the South African Football Association, as well as transport for away fixtures and end of year socials. Some of the workers are involved in the team and Springfield are delighted to make a small difference to the local community by supporting the team.

 

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