In Brief Don’t you veget about me (No. Ed)
A worthy initiative this week from Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA), partnering with the Henley Business School to empower suppliers with a 12-month programme to obtain a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Practice Supplier Development (PDiMPSD), an NQF-8 qualification targeted at suppliers who are at least 51% Black-owned enterprises, exempt micro-enterprises or qualifying small enterprises. “Our plan is to assist our suppliers to upscale their businesses and grow their annual revenue by increasing their customer base,” says CCBSA MD Velaphi Ratshefola. On to Veganuary: great initiative, clunky name. Be this as it may, approximately 38 new plant-based products were released in South Africa this January, slightly less than last year according to ProVeg South Africa, the local NGO partner for Veganuary. The Bacchanalia of Brussels Sprouts, Beans and Broccoli has been celebrated for ten years now, cheered on this year by smaller manufacturers like Güdness Plant Based Deli, Infinite Foods, Outcast Foods, Simply Delish, Urban Vegan, OKJA, Red Espresso, Pesto Princess, Buttanutt, and On The Green Side, all of whom launched new products or specials to help South Africans think differently about eating.
Comment: Good for business, good for people, good for dear old Mother Earth. We’re big fans.