We are committed to provide access to market

The Shoprite Group maintains a large and diverse group of suppliers. We focus on building long-lasting relationships with suppliers through direct interaction and communication. Shoprite works with over 1 000 growers and sources more than 90% of all products locally, in support of the communities it serves.

A high percentage of Shoprite’s fresh produce suppliers are small and medium enterprises and in South Africa more than half of the suppliers deliver on contracts worth less than R500 000 a year.

Shoprite maintains a number of small enterprise development initiatives to develop and grow suppliers in local communities. Our continued significant investment in supply chain infrastructure, also assists these suppliers by reducing their travel time and costs. 

 

Our ongoing support of upcoming farmers creates jobs and grows local economies.  Watch some of these stories here:

Tshwaraganang Hydroponics Cooperative

Edwin Mabotsa started hydroponic farming in Windsorton in the Northern Cape, an area which was reeling after mining investment dried up. Beset by start-up difficulties, he almost gave up when Shoprite approached him to ask if he would plant cucumbers as there was a shortage of growers.

Tshwaraganang Hydroponics cooperative, has grown from being able to supply a few crates a week 10 years ago to become a national supplier, employing 14 permanent workers.

Rambally Farming

Sharon Rambally, who farms in KwaDukuza on KwaZulu-Natal’s north coast, was planting okra, calabash, beans and other vegetables but did not have any security of supply until she approached Shoprite in 2013.

Since then, her business has increased over 100% in rand value and gram weight and she now supplies to eight stores in the region.

Coega Dairy

At the Coega Dairy, Tshilidze Matshidzula is producing private label milk to the Shoprite Group, expanding the business from one which was previously only able to sell to the local community.

Pangane & Sons

Elias Pangane, a vegetable grower from the Hazyview community in Mpumalanga, has seen his business expand substantially since doing business with Shoprite.

Pangane, who started out selling vegetables to tourists and locals along the side of the road, now supplies butternut, green beans, chillies and tomatoes to stores across the Group’s Gauteng division.

Each year he has been able to supply more produce to the stores as his business continues to grow, and he now employs 30 people, some of which are provided with a place to live on the farm.

Manyeding Agricultural Cooperative

Manyeding Agricultural Cooperative is part of our large and diverse group suppliers. We focus on building long-lasting relationships with our suppliers through direct interaction and communication. The Shoprite Group works with over 1 000 growers and sources more than 90% of all products locally, in support of the communities it serves.

Tomahawk Farming

The Matsamo Community Property Association in Mpumalanga, founded through the Land Restitution Act, has leased land to Tomahawk, which farms papayas, bananas and sub-tropical fruit and employs 1 400 people including seasonal work.

Matsamo CPA chairperson Moses Thumbatho says Tomahawk is transferring skills to the community who one day may take over farming operations.