EcoProducts B'Ayoba in the News
Food Navigator: 27th August 2018
South African company EcoProducts has become the first African baobab supplier to achieve food safety certification, FSSC 22000 Version 4.1.
Nutrition Insight: 14th August 2018
Speaking to NutritionInsight, Henry Johnson, Baobab specialist at EcoProducts, details the growing array of applications for the superfood, as well as the economic ripening of the environment for market growth for Baobab.
EcoProducts, processors of the super Baobab fruit achieves FSSC 22000 V4.1 Food Safety certification
SA GAP / QSCert: 2nd August 2018
EcoProducts, based in the heart of Limpopo Province was established in 2006 and is specialised in the production of organic baobab powder and oil for the food and cosmetics industry. It sources its baobab fruit directly from harvester at village level and their track and trace system follows the movement of each fruit from harvester to packed product. The EcoProducts processing facility achieved FSSC 22000 certification in 2017 and has achieved FSSC 22000 Version 4.1 certification in August 2018.
Reuters: 1st August 2018
Rich in vitamin C, calcium and magnesium, it can be ground into a powder, mixed into smoothies or sprinkled on porridge. Coca-Cola’s Innocent, U.K. yogurt maker Yeo Valley and U.S. wholesaler Costco are among the major brands to embrace baobab.
The Grocer: 27th March 2018
[B'Ayoba's CEO, Gus] Le Breton believes the [baobab] fruit is due to have its ‘Cinderella’ moment. “It’s exciting that Yeo Valley has stuck its neck out and gone with this,” he says. “For us to have a big brand on board is a major step forward. Obviously what we hope is the brand will grow consumer awareness, which will drive demand. So we’re quite confident other brands will start using it as well.
Huffington Post: 6th December 2017
[Gus] Le Breton’s current company [B'Ayoba] buys baobab fruit in rural areas, organizes transport, extracts powder and oil, and engages in international trade. But he does not only nurture an interest on the trade side of baobab - he is committed to improving the situation of people in the poorer regions of Zimbabwe too.
Channel 4 (TV): October 2017
Channel 4 presenter Kate Quilton travels to South Africa to see if the baobab tree might help with diabetes. In this episode she meets with EcoProducts harvesters, interviews founder Dr Sarah Venter at our production facility and witnesses the amazing glycemic index lowering properties of Baobab first-hand with researchers at the Oxford Brookes University in the UK.
TRAFFIC: 9th August 2017
One of FairWild’s newest certification scheme entrants, B’Ayoba, is a natural ingredients company that supplies Baobab (Adansonia digitata) products, ethically and sustainably wild harvested in partnership with rural producer communities around Zimbabwe.
ZoutNet: 23rd March 2017
Last year, the Vhembe Biosphere (VBR) launched a Baobab Blitz Project to try and determine how baobab flowers are getting pollinated. The project stretched from November until December and was done with the help of the VBR in association with the University of Venda (Univen), the National Research Foundation (NRF), Texas Tech University and the EcoProducts Foundation (Louis Trichardt).
Baobab in the News
The Daily Express: 19th August 2018
Berries, apples, pears and baobab fruit are the best fruits for diabetes patients, according to nutrition website Water For Health.
AllAfrica: 15th August 2018
The mighty baobab tree is a significant African marker that generations have utilised for food, clothing, medicine and other useful products. The rest of the world is catching up to the benefits of its fruit, with health food companies calling it the newest "superfood".
AOL: 1st July 2018
Costco now serves Acai bowls, since it has been a recent food trend. This Costco Acai bowl, according to the menu description, is made of Acai and Baobab, which are both antioxidant-rich fruits. The bowls also have 9 grams of fiber, and no artificial colors or flavors.
The Scotsman: 25th June 2018
Consumers are being urged to look out for the FairWild logo, which ensures sustainable harvesting and trade in wild plants...
The Express (UK) newspaper: 16th June 2018
Diabetes is a condition where the body struggles to control blood sugar levels. There are several different forms including diabetes type 1, which appears after birth, and diabetes type 2, which may develop later in life. Adding [Baobab] powder to your diet could help control your blood sugar levels.
The Times (UK) newspaper: 16th June 2018
[Commenting on the Baobab's resilience against both physical abuse...] During her years of researching baobabs, several of which pre-date Christ, Dr [Diana] Mayne [a baobab specialist] has observed some remarkable comebacks. “I have seen a baobab that was felled during the Second World War and carved into a canoe which then began re-sprouting branches" [and adverse environmental conditions...] "One of the worst cyclones ever recorded hit Madagascar in 2004 and completely uprooted a number of baobabs, but still they continue to flourish and produce fruit”.
African Baobab Alliance responds to "false Impression" news articles that all Baobabs are threatened
The African Baobab Alliance: 14th June 2018
This article has had wide-reaching publicity and we are concerned that it has created the false impression that baobabs as a whole are threatened, and that this could have a negative impact on the thousands of rural African harvesters who depend on the sale of baobab fruit to sustain their livelihoods. Like all vegetation in Africa, baobab trees are potentially threatened by climate change. However, the threat is no lesser or greater than for other African tree species. Furthermore, the consumption of baobab fruit products contribute to their long term conservation and sustainable management by giving rural communities powerful economic incentives to look after them. The members of the African Baobab Alliance would like to therefore reassure baobab enthusiasts that they are free to continue consuming baobab products, safe in the knowledge that the baobab population is healthy.
Insider.co.uk: 6th June 2018
Award-winning health drink innovators Drink Baotic have received a further boost to their brand when they received “support and encouragement” from the billionaire entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson. The meeting, during which Sir Richard declared his personal love for the source of their product, the African baobab tree, was part of the benefits of winning the Virgin Media Voom Tour last year.
The Guardian (UK) Newspaper: 30th March 2018
According to The Grocer, Ocado has reported a 27% increase in weekly sales [of Baobab] since the start of 2018, thanks, in part, to the rise of “liquid breakfasts”. Baobab, in its white powder form, is used predominantly in smoothies and porridge. It was approved for European markets only 10 years ago, but thanks to its purported levels of antioxidants, potassium and phosphorus, high level of vitamin C, calcium and fibre, it has seen its uses expanded into gin, beauty products and yoghurt.
The NavHind Times (India): 27th March 2018
The fruit contains ascorbic acid or Vitamin C that serves as a natural preservative and prevents scurvy. Baobab fruit powder and soda is perhaps the tastiest health drink children would love to drink. It is also good for glowing skin, rejuvenating a tired person in summer and building immunity against infections and diseases. It kept the slaves healthy during long voyages with little food or drink. Just imagine what it can do for us!
Big Hospitality: 9th March 2018
2018 is all about Baobab, the Zimbabwean superfood.
The African Baobab Alliance: 28th February 2018
Delegates representing the baobab industry attended the launch and inaugural meeting of the 'African Baobab Alliance' (ABA) in Germany on the 17th February to discuss the future goals and structure of the organisation. The ABA is comprised of baobab producers, traders and brands who share the common goals of supporting the development of the baobab industry and promoting its positive socio-economic and environmental impacts across Africa.
Chew Valley Gazette: 2nd January 2018
Dan Rusga, Yeo Valley’s Marketing Director said, “Baobab is going the be the hottest new food trend in 2018. The baobab fruit is one of Africa’s best kept secrets and we’re making it available to millions of people in the UK. We’ve paired baobab with vanilla in our newest yogurt and I can’t wait to see what our customers think”.
The Express (UK) newspaper: 17th October 2017
DIABETES affects millions of people in the UK, but a new superfood - the baobab fruit - could help manage blood sugar.
The Independent (UK) newspaper: 6th July 2017
Baobab fruit is becoming increasingly popular amongst healthy foodies across the world - regularly sold as a powder - and it’s also a key part of the Hadza [Tanzanian hunter-gatherer tribe] diet, which [scientist Tim] Spector found was crushed and filtered: “I wasn’t expecting to like it. But actually it ended up like a citrusy milkshake”.
Ingredients Network: 23rd March 2017
Alex Beckett, Global Food and Drink Analyst at Mintel, believes that baobab as an ingredient in energy drinks has a promising future with its impressive nutrition credentials, and often makes the lists of superfoods to watch.
Food Navigator: 21st March 2017
Baobab fruit powder is about to make the jump from superfood smoothie staple to gluten- and grain-free free baking ingredient, according to Mintel.
One Green Planet: 15th March 2017
Traditionally, baobab has been used in African populations to relieve symptoms of diarrhea, constipation, and dysentery. Some research has suggested that baobab fruit may reduce starch digestion and glycemic response in humans.
Sutra Ingredients USA: 10th January 2017
California based Kaibae started four years ago as a pure Baobab Fruit Powder brand, and founder Dr Luc Maes says that with the rise of pre- and probiotics, there's a big opportunity for baobab inclusion to increase this year.
StartUps: 5th January 2017
With exports such as sorghum, baobab, and black soap sparking trends in the UK, 2017 is the year to create a business focused around African ingredients.