Pick ‘n Pay, South Africa’s most trusted retailer, have helped their customers lead healthy and wholesome lives for the past 50 years, by providing them with access to safe, healthy and sustainable products. Pick ‘n Pay strives to increase local sourcing and currently procures more than 95% of their fresh produce from South African suppliers.

“.. Transforming the supply chain from soil to shelf and creating opportunities for small scale suppliers, farmers and entrepreneurs is a fundamental part of Pick n Pay.” – Suzanne Ackerman-Berman (Director of Transformation, Pick n Pay & Chairman of the Ackerman Foundation)

Schoonbee Landgoed is a picturesque fruit producing farm in Groblersdal, nestled in the heart of the flourishing Loskop Valley in Limpopo. The renowned farm produces a wide variety of citrus and premium varieties of table grape on approximately 3000 hectares of land. The farm celebrates 48 years of offering unparalleled quality produce to its global customer base this year.

Schoonbee Landgoed’s journey with Pick ‘n Pay began in 2016 when they decided to pursue a direct grape program with South Africa’s favourite supermarket. This endeavour has grown into a wonderful relationship and involves a wide variety of produce grown for the Pick ‘n Pay team. Schoonbee’s team is determined to ensure that the freshest, tastiest and most exceptional quality produce are produced and delivered straight from the farm. This ‘farm to table’ aspiration can only be achieved continuously through superior machinery, new technology and perfect management executed at each level. Schoonbee Landgoed has earned its reputation over the last years due to its unwavering commitment and passion to satisfy their valued consumers’ needs and expectations. It excels in the critical areas of quality assurance, food safety, traceability, environmental responsibility and social accountability. They believe in primary agriculture with the knowledge that they form part of a larger community, province and country that contributes to people’s lives. This contribution includes many aspects such an employment, social interactions, health care, education and the physical food produced as part of a healthy lifestyle.

It is this absolute love, passion and care that each Schoonbee Landgoed team member puts into providing fresh unparalleled quality produce with a smile, that afforded them the great privilege and opportunity to be awarded Pick ‘n Pay Supplier of the year 2019. “There are many suppliers in the produce supply base that have performed well during the last financial year and shown their valued commitment to Pick n Pay. However, a standout performer has been Schoonbee Landgoed. During the last financial year, they have grown their account by 167% and currently on track for another stellar year at 212% year to date growth in to Pick n Pay. The core business is an array of citrus varieties as well as table grape cultivars. Schoonbee Landgoed has a culture which fosters a holistic approach that encompasses doing good & uncompromising ethical business with those that they work with. Combined with the outstanding quality of product supplied in to Pick n Pay, was the building and operating of a dedicated 7 day a week staging facility. Future plans include, expanding their product offer to Pick n Pay, which will include additional fruit and vegetable crops. We are proud to award Schoonbee Landgoed as our supplier of the year 2019.” – Sybrand Fourie (Head of Procurement: Fresh – Pick n Pay)

We are truly humbled and grateful to receive this award and to share this journey with the brilliant Pick ‘n Pay team. “I would like to congratulate the Schoonbee staging team for winning the Pick n Pay supplier of the year award. The Pick n Pay program has grown from strength to strength in the last two years. The journey was characterised by several highlights, including being the first supplier in the South Africa market with heat sealed grapes. This award is the cherry on the cake for our team’s hard work. We look forward to the future and growing this program together with Pick ‘n Pay.” – Danny Pienaar (Local Marketing & Sales Manager – Schoonbee Landgoed)

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