— APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED —
— SEEDS OF CHANGE FINALISTS 2022 —
- A Greater You Holdings
- Baaa Health
- Bongs Bunny Juice Bar
- Curry Delhi
- Eggxellence Pty Ltd
- Farmer’s Digital Market for contract farming
- Ginger Joe’s
- Gogos Indigenous Foods
- Hazile Group t/a Hazile Agriculture
- Home Bao
- Integrated Aquaculture (Pty) Ltd
- Joyous Moments Gourmet
- Just Skoon
- Kaapschön Boerdery
- Kofi Kulcha
- KOREMA PRIMARY COOPERATIVE LIMITED (KOREMA FARMS)
- Lefakong farming
- Little Foodease Pty Ltd
- Manics Group Pty Ltd
- MTSWAKO IMMUNE BOOSTER
- Ougoud Soft Toffees and Pecan Products
- RM Catering Services t/a Yamama Gemmer
- Setsong Tea Crafters
- The Mutea Squid Brewing Co.
- Uphawu Lwethu
- Yummie Brands
Following on from the unprecedented success of the 2021 Seeds of Change Supplier Development Partnership, Food Lover’s Market has opened applications for the second consecutive year to allow aspiring social entrepreneurs to join the company as a supplier.
Food Lover’s Market, South Africa’s leading fresh produce retailer, launched Seeds Of Change in 2021 with great success. Although the retailer received close to 900 applications, the winner was announced after a thorough selection process that included a two-day webinar, assignments, a week-long boot camp for the top 10 social enterprises and a final pitching event to senior buyers and executives.
The Village Market Africa (TVMA), a social enterprise established to address the decreasing bee populations, successfully pitched to claim the coveted top spot. TVMA aims to combat rural poverty through establishing bee initiatives in remote African villages – linking conservation of natural resources, rural producer initiatives and markets.
Says Travis Coppin, CEO of Food Lover’s Market’s Retail Division: “We are thrilled to be launching Seeds of Change for the second year running as we are very proud of the tremendous success of last year’s programme. It is a pleasure to see The Village Market Africa’s Noju Honey on our shelves, along with Chuck Chilli and Loxtonia Cider – suppliers who were all in the top ten and impressed us with their pitch, their product and their social impact.”
“We are honoured to have been able to partner with these remarkable businesses and see the social impact they make in the communities they serve. It speaks directly to the core values of Food Lover’s Market, and their dedication to social impact, quality and innovation are critical to achieving a more sustainable economy. I am so proud to be part of their world and being able to support these enterprises through the Seeds of Change Supplier Development Partnership.”
Supplier Development Partnerships address unemployment in tough times.
Unemployment in South Africa stood at 28.5% in September 2020. In August of 2021, the unemployment rates had risen to 34.4% – undoubtedly due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Says Andrew Millson, Head of HR and Sustainability at Food Lover’s Market, “At Food Lover’s Market, we are deeply passionate about our communities and our environment, and Seeds of Change is a natural extension of this. We believe that this is an opportunity to create employment and make a critical social impact in communities across South Africa. We are looking for suppliers that mirror these values and are socially and environmentally focused, are passionate about retail and are motivated to deliver the best quality product or service.”
As an emerging sector, social enterprises provide an opportunity to solve many of the prevalent social and environmental problems in South Africa while contributing to economic growth and job creation. Unfortunately, this sector is still not prioritised as a key driver in the South African economy. Food Lover’s Market aims to challenge this mindset by presenting a unique opportunity for social enterprises to become part of the corporate supply chain.
Millson continues, “Often, small businesses do not have access to the supplier networks and marketing tools to grow their business. We aim to provide the opportunity and the means for small suppliers to get the tools and training they need to be successful and operate their business as a sustainable supplier to the retail market – while making meaningful, sustainable and long lasting social and environmental impact in our country.”
Call for applications – NOW CLOSED
Please check in again in 2023.
The top 10 will be announced on 19 April 2022.
Celebrate our Seeds Of Change Winner and Finalists of 2021
Winner: Local Honey, from The Village Market.
The Village Market aims to promote and support a holistic view of a lifestyle that is convenient, sustainable and empowers rural communities. Village Market Africa was founded by two social entrepreneurs, as a bee farming initiative focused on creating and finding a conducive environment for bees to thrive.”We believe in a harmonies working relationship between bees and rural communities/villages. Considering the global threat to bees, we wanted to create spaces that will allow both to thrive. We do this by identifying and training villages in sustainable beekeeping and nature conservation and aid them with setting up beekeeping initiatives. In doing this we are creating a whole new sustainable supply base for honey and organic produce that we secure through our buy-back policy. The result of this is that TVMA can offer our partners and customers quality products that are helping create a brighter future for Africa.”
The aims of these operations are to: