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Sourcing, Production & Packaging

We source our Baobab from both Zimbabwe and South Africa. A resource assessment of Baobab tree populations we conducted in 2015 concluded that Zimbabwe alone could sustainably supply an estimated annual volume of 2,000 metric tonnes of Baobab Fruit Powder. The current annual production level in Zimbabwe is around 300 tonnes. So there are ample opportunities for expansion in production with no risk to the existing forests. And Baobab occurs in 31 other African countries! 

 

Our Baobab is sourced from organically certified caption areas in both Zimbabwe and South Africa, harvested by 4500 trained and registered rural smallholder farmers. Our operation works with and therefore delivers more benefits to more rural harvesters than any other Baobab operation in Africa. We collect the whole unbroken fruit pods from multiple aggregation points located throughout the regions and transport them to our FSSC 22000 certified processing facility in Louis Trichardt, South Africa. Our tracking and batch control systems follow the movement of the raw material from harvesting, processing, packing, right through to the finished product. We can trace every batch right back to the area it was harvested. 

 

The fruit pods are opened at our facility, and the fruit pulp (powder) and seeds are carefully stripped out from the pods by hand. This "pulp & seed" then goes through a series of steps:

  • Processing - The dry fruit pulp is mechanically separated from the seeds and processed into an ultra-fine high quality powder. The kernel of the seeds is cold-pressed into an organic oil and filtered for clarity.

  • Sampling & Testing - The powder is sampled by batch and sent to an accredited laboratory for testing against industry standard specifications

  • Batch Quality Control - Any batches that do not comply to our specifications are immediately quarantined and investigated using our tracking and batch control protocols

  • Packaging & Storage - Product that successfully passes quality control is then packaged industrially and stored ready for export

This means that Baobab Fruit Powder is actually a completely raw fruit, having undergone no heat treatment, irradiation, spray-drying or freeze-drying. It is also non-GMO, preservative-free and additive-free. Our final Baobab Fruit Powder is sealed into airtight 10kg reinforced plastic bags which are then packed into lightproof cardboard boxes for extra protection during storage and transport. These are then held in our warehouse at a constant room temperature to preserve the freshness and integrity of the finished product. As a result our Baobab as a shelf-life of 3 years.

Certifications and Industry Partnerships

  • Our Baobab is Organic (both EU and NOP) and Kosher certified.

  • Our processing facility in South Africa is FSSC 22000 version 4.1 certified, a globally recognised Food Safety System Certification which provides a framework for effectively managing food safety responsibilities. 

  • We are members of the FairWild Foundation which aims to provide a global framework for implementing a sustainable and fair trading system for wild-collected plant ingredients and their products.

  • We are members of PhytoTrade Africa, the trade association of the natural products industry in southern Africa who's purpose is to alleviate poverty and protect biodiversity in the region by developing an industry that is not only economically successful but also ethical, sustainable and Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) compliant.

  • We are the founders of The African Baobab Alliance, an organisation of Baobab producers, traders and brands united in a common desire to support the development of the Baobab industry worldwide.

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