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We give SMEs access to market
The Shoprite Group works with suppliers across more than 40 countries to source innovative, affordable and quality products for its customers. We work with both large and small businesses, always focused on our commitment to growing the local economy and providing opportunities for emerging enterprises to enter the retail market.
Directed 4.4% of supplier spend to black woman owned businesses
Invested a further R9.5 million in SME investment fund
Local plant supplier Fado Art has seen phenomenal growth since the company started supplying their range of succulents to Checkers, and has expanded the scope of its operation and rapidly increased its headcount to meet demand.
Heavy rains in Limpopo during January and February have caused havoc in the tomato industry in recent weeks - but by diversifying its supply chain, and partnering with innovative suppliers like Red Baron, the Shoprite Group was able to keep tomatoes on its supermarkets’ shelves.
Elias Pangane began farming mielies purely to feed his family - but he’s managed to turn a humble backyard operation into a fully fledged business that now supplies Africa’s largest retail group.
An entrepreneur has taken his Magaliesberg mushroom farm from a pipe dream to a burgeoning business that now employs 175 people, and supplies hundreds of stores with high quality local produce.
The business, called Tropical Mushrooms, was started by entrepreneur Peter Nyathi, and it delivers to the Shoprite Group’s Centurion distribution centre on a daily basis. From there, the mushrooms make their way onto shelves of more than 350 Shoprite and Checkers supermarkets throughout Gauteng.
South African farmer Kepas CB Melodi started his business by spotting a gap in the market - and, aided by the hands-on approach of the buying team at Shoprite and Checkers, he was able to ride the unpredictable wave of COVID-19 almost unscathed.
The relationships forged between buyers and farmers like Melodi help to create a degree of certainty in an often unpredictable industry, and because of this Melodi says he has a better idea of when, and what, to plant in order to reap maximum benefits from the land.
A married couple from KwaZulu-Natal, both of whom are pensioners, have continued a family farming tradition with their inherited farm in La Mercy - and have been regular suppliers of high quality produce to the Shoprite Group for more than three decades.
Balamani Govender inherited the farm from her parents, who were among the first successful farmers in the region. Together with her husband Krish Naidu, the pair have continued working the land well into their late 60s and early 70s.
Born out of a spontaneous catering decision during their daughter’s 11th birthday, and the result of many months of experimentation, determination and hard work, a husband-and-wife team from Johannesburg has successfully built a frozen convenience food business - starting with their wildly popular Browns Corn Dog range, currently available at Checkers.
In a year punctuated by an economic meltdown, the Shoprite Group’s commitment to its small suppliers have enabled these businesses to access new consumer markets and to retain much-needed jobs.
Nigerian producers will again have the opportunity to sell their fruit and vegetables directly to Shoprite customers on Saturday, 28 November, as part of the retailer’s Meet the Farmer initiative.
Schoon Bakery in Stellenbosch and Gideon Milling in Bellville are bringing their hand-crafted products to millions of people thanks to their relationship with Checkers.