Archive for March, 2009

Swazi Secrets at Biofach Organic Trade Fair

Swazi Secrets received an extremely enthusiastic response at the Biofach 2009 Organic Trade Fair in Nuremberg, Germany in February. Operating on a fraction of the budget of the bigger players at the Fair, SIP put the focus on its Fair Trade credentials and being proudly African with a colourful and interactive stand. In particular, visitors welcomed the chance to see the marula fruit and nuts and methods of production.
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Union of Ethical Biotrade

SIP has applied for membership of the newly formed Union of Ethical Biotrade (UEBT). For those who are not aware of it, this may sound like a mouthful – so what is it?
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It was good enough for Rome

Legend tells us that geese alerted ancient Rome to invaders and thus saved the city. Now SIP is employing 2 geese to improve security at its Mpaka factory.

Ideal for rural locations where they will raise a loud alarm but not be a constant nuisance to neighbours, the geese act as a second security alarm.

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Marula season starts again

As Swaziland’s ‘buganu season’ (when Swazi women sell their home made marula beer) draws to a close, members are now busy cracking the marula nuts to gain their second income from marula.

SIP is planning to buy 25 tonnes of marula kernels this year, creating rural income of over E750,000. Organic suppliers will earn E32 per Kg in 2009.
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As the recession bites, Swazi Secrets bite back

The news that your biggest 2008 customer may not make any purchases in 2009 can be a hammer blow for any customer, especially when it represents 66% of your turnover.

That is what happened to SIP in January, with orders for bulk oil being hit by the global recession. However, the current boom in Swazi Secrets sales, together with the export potential realised at Biofach 2009, look set to carry the company through that setback.
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