The Willowton Group manufacturing facility in Pietermaritzburg, has successfully secured its Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Food Safety Management System. The HACCP is an internationally accepted food quality and safety management system and assures products to be hygienic and safe for public consumption.
The HACCP accreditation makes Willowton Group the only oil and margarine manufacturer in KwaZulu-Natal to secure this qualification and assures its customers of the highest quality in production and manufacturing within its oil manufacturing facility.
British Retail Consortium
The Willowton Group manufacturing facility in Pietermaritzburg is proud to have met the standards set by the British Retail Consortium (BRC). BRC accreditation is essential for securing contracts with companies supplying food products to major UK supermarkets such as Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Sainsbury’s.The BRC compliancy means that Willowton Group successfully passed a stringent step-by-step analysis of each process identifying consumer product health hazards. These include product allergens, chemical and microbiological hazards as well as a thorough inspection of facility machinery and equipment.
Heart Foundation of South Africa – Platinum Seal of Appreciation
Willowton Group secures Platinum Seal from Heart & Stroke Foundation South Africa.
Willowton Group is proud to have been awarded the Platinum Seal of Appreciation by the HSFSA for supporting the fight against heart disease and stroke – South Africa’s leading non-infectious killers.
Recognised as one of the leaders in the Fats and Oils category in South Africa, Willowton Group was approached by the HSFSA to become a Platinum Sponsor for the next 3 years and, as a result, all ‘Heart Mark’ approved products can now display a specially designed Platinum Seal that endorses the initiative. These products include brands such as Sunfoil, Sunshine D and Nuvolite.
Participation in the Platinum Sponsorship programme is a unique opportunity reserved exclusively for leading companies within a particular category and is the most prestigious distinction bestowed on an HSFSA partner. Across the eight food categories within the programme, there can only be one Platinum Sponsor per category. The Willowton Group is proud to announce that it is recognized as the official recipient of and is the only Platinum Sponsor in the Fats and Oils category.
The award of the Platinum Sponsorship acknowledges the exceptional contributions made to the HSFSA by the Willowton Group and enables the Foundation to continue its fight against heart disease and stroke in South Africa. It also recognizes Willowton’s commitment to community upliftment.
Willowton Group CEO Razak Moosa commented, “The Willowton Group has embarked on a journey to build strong South African brands in the categories we trade in and the Platinum Sponsorship is one of the building blocks we are using to make our cooking oils, margarines and spreads household favourites amongst our customers.”
“The Platinum Sponsorship has two distinct benefits in that a portion of the funds each year go towards well needed medical research for heart and stroke disease, South Africa’s leading non-infectious killers. Secondly, it allows Willowton Group a point of difference in the Fats & Oils category, which is something FMCG companies are always aiming to achieve, allowing us to offer added value back to the consumer at the point of purchase. We are looking forward to our partnership and product offering growing from strength to strength with the Heart & Stroke Foundation over the next three years,” continued Moosa.
Willowton Group also announced that the HSFSA now approves another of its leading brands, Sunfoil Triple Refined Pure Sunflower Oil, which recently signed an exciting sponsorship deal with the KwaZulu Natal Dolphins Cricket Team.
Dr Vash Mungal -Singh, CEO of the HSFSA added, “I would like to thank the Willowton Group for their generous and unconditional sponsorship of our organisation. As an NGO, funding our life-saving work is a continual challenge and the generosity of sponsors such as Willowton Group enables us to continue reaching out to the millions of South Africans who are affected by cardiovascular disease on a daily basis. CVD is the world’s number one killer and, in South Africa, is second only to HIV/Aids. Yet the vast majority of cases, up to 80%, are caused by our lifestyles, and therefore preventable. People need to know this, and they need to know how to take back control of their health. We need more research, and we need to reach more people through our education and awareness campaigns. These are vital if we are to beat this local and global scourge. Our future generations depend on us to do this right.”
Dr. Mungal-Singh also stressed that thanks to the support and generosity of Willowton Group, the HSFSA can double its efforts to make inroads against further health threats. Every family in South Africa is affected by heart disease or stroke in some way, and therefore, the Foundation aims to reach every family in our country. This partnership helps to take us closer to our goal.
The newly-formed Global Agri-business Alliance (GAA) is an alliance of 36 leading agri-businesses with the aim to collectively tackle the major environmental and social challenges facing agricultural supply chains and rural communities across the world.
The companies already involved come from Africa, Asia, Australia, USA and South America and are in multiple commodities including grains, dairy, edible nuts, edible oils, pulses, rubber, sugar, as well as agro-chemicals. Willowton Group is one of the two founding members to represent South Africa.
The GAA is unique in bringing together the companies operating closest to the ‘farmgate’ and therefore having the greatest influence on the stewardship of natural resources and surrounding communities, many of whom may also be employed by the sector.
The GAA will harness their collective strengths at the ‘front-line’ of agricultural production to help bring the scale and impact required to drive major change.
Members will collaborate to improve rural livelihoods and working conditions, mitigate climate risks and manage natural capital sustainably at the landscape-level. This powerful combination will greatly improve food and nutrition security globally.