Issue 26 - July 2014

News from Rooibos Ltd - read all about:

In this newsletter, Rooibos Ltd shares news about its upgraded exhibitions in Clanwilliam, the new Rooibos Research Association, international exposure in countries such as China, Japan and the USA, and interesting visitors from the USA, India and Europe. Also read about research on the health-enhancing properties of Rooibos and about the benefits of Rooibos for skincare. And last but not least, try out recipes with Rooibos – including winter-warming Glühwein with Rooibos and Rooibos biscuits dipped in white chocolate. Happy reading, with a cup of Rooibos right next to you!

  • News
    Rooibos upgrades its exhibition at the Clanwilliam Museum
    See new Rooibos exhibition at Clanwilliam's Information Office
    Clients and media from around the world visits Rooibos Ltd
    Rooibos Ltd's Colette Cronjé spends time with clients in Japan
    Promotion in Japan for Itoen's "Healthy Rooibos Tea"
    Rooibos Ltd reports back on global exhibitions
    Rooibos Ltd and farmers initiate Rooibos Research Association
    How native plants such as Rooibos support health and regional economic growth
    Rooibee Red Tea donates tea to Children's Hospital
  • Upcoming Events
    Join the Freshpak Fitness Festival on Saturday, 4 October 2014
    Rooibos Ltd to host stand at two global exhibitions
    Rooibos Ltd supports Inspirational Tea on 20 September 2014
  • Community Engagement
    Rooibos Ltd supports social netball tournament
    Local rugby club sports Rooibos Ltd branded clothing
    Rooibos Ltd brightens up Mother's Day for Diabetes Group
  • Personnel
    Acknowledging long service and loyalty
    Jaco van Zyl, Packaging Manager, leaves Rooibos Ltd
  • Recipes
    Rooibos in recipes from around the world
    Recipes from A touch of Rooibos
  • New Products
    Little Me Tea offers organic, low-in-sugar Rooibos for children
    Rooibos Rocks adds SA flair to 4th of July celebrations in USA
  • Health & Research
    CANSA fact sheet summarises health benefits of Rooibos
    How fynbos may curb breast cancer
    Aluminium and fluoride in Rooibos versus other commercial teas
  • Tips - Rooibos Q&A
    How Rooibos can help your skin
    Five health benefits of Rooibos
    Dye wool naturally with Rooibos

    Write to us
    We'd like to hear from you, so please share your Rooibos stories with us at info@rooibosltd.co.za

Rooibos upgrades its exhibition at the Clanwilliam Museum

Rooibos is Clanwilliam and Clanwilliam is Rooibos. To help celebrate Clanwilliam’s 200-year anniversary, Rooibos Ltd upgraded its exhibition in the Clanwilliam Museum. Says Gerda de Wet, Communication Manager at Rooibos Ltd, “Preserving the history of this unique product through this exhibition forms part of the way in which we engage with the community.”


See new Rooibos exhibition at Clanwilliam’s Information Office

First impressions are crucial in the tourist industry. Rooibos Ltd therefore upgraded its exhibition in the Clanwilliam Information Office. This centre is visited by tourists from around the world who help to spread the word about Rooibos.


Clients and media from around the world visit Rooibos Ltd

From the USA: DMH’s Tom Hatch and Erin Carey

To ensure first-hand knowledge of Rooibos, Tom Hatch and Erin Carey from DMH Ingredients, the new company that represents Rooibos Ltd in the USA, visited Rooibos Ltd in May this year. They also attended the Cederberg Arts Festival’s Festive Table sponsored by Rooibos Ltd. As from February this year, Rooibos Ltd is represented by the Chicago-based DMH Ingredients, which has purchased Herbal Teas International, Rooibos Ltd’s former USA representative.


Caption: At the Cederberg Arts Festival’s Festive Table are (from left), Rooibos Ltd’s Gerda de Wet (Communication Manager), Colette Cronjé (Quality Assurance Manager) and Martin Bergh (MD) with DMH Ingredients’ Erin Carey and Tom Hatch.

 

Caption: Gerda de Wet, Communication Manager at Rooibos Ltd, with Tom Hatch and Erin Carey.


From India: Channan Sawhney and Anirban Mitra from Tetley’s Farmers First Hand

Tetley initiated Farmers First Hand – a unique Facebook-based communications campaign that connects tea drinkers with Rainforest Alliance certified tea producers around the world. This provides people with insight into tea production and the positive impact of certification on farming and community life. Earlier this year, two representatives, Channan Sawhney and Anirban Mitra, visited Rooibos Ltd. Read more

 

 

From The Netherlands: Marcel Vogel from Axxent Masters in Tea

Marcel Vogel from the Dutch company Axxent Masters in Tea visited Rooibos Ltd’s Sri Lanka office to meet with Tharanga Cooray, Rooibos Ltd’s Sales Manager in Sri Lanka.



Rooibos Ltd's Colette Cronjé spends time with clients in Japan

So much information is exchanged when Rooibos culture meets green tea culture, says Colette Cronjé, Rooibos Ltd’s Quality Assurance Manager, who recently visited Japan to learn about green tea and to spend time with Rooibos Ltd's clients. Read more


Promotion in Japan for Itoen's "Healthy Rooibos Tea"

Japan’s CanCam magazine recently carried a five-page promotion for Itoen’s “Healthy Rooibos Tea”. Take a look here


Rooibos Ltd reports back on global exhibitions

SIAL China, Shanghai

“We expect to see an increase in enquiries from China,” says Arend Redelinghuys, Marketing Director at Rooibos Ltd, after representing Rooibos Ltd as part of the South African Department of Trade and Industry’s pavilion at SIAL China in May this year. Read more


World Tea Expo, Long Beach, USA

Rooibos Ltd exhibited at the World Tea Expo in Long Beach in May this year. The Rooibos Ltd stand was hosted by staff members from DMH Ingredients which represents us in the USA. Says Martin Bergh, Managing Director of Rooibos Ltd who attended the expo, “Talking face to face with existing and potential clients on this global platform helps us to build our reputation as a company that offers a unique product combined with unwavering quality.”


Rooibos Ltd and farmers initiate Rooibos Research Association

Growing pressure to undertake Rooibos production research and the need to share research findings among Rooibos producers have led to the establishment of the new Rooibos Research Association (RRA) in March 2014. Read more


How native plants such as Rooibos support health and regional economic growth

Africa is nurturing mankind with medicinal plants that have a multitude of healing properties and that are being sustainably harvested by socially responsible organisations such as Rooibos Limited. This PressReleasePoint article highlights the benefits of four indigenous plants, including Rooibos. Read more


Rooibee Red Tea donates tea to Children’s Hospital

Before Rooibee Roo, a new line of kids’ tea from Rooibee Red Tea in the USA, was made available to the public, the company delivered 100 cases to Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. This naturally caffeine-free bottled Rooibos comes in three flavours: mango, cherry and orange. Read more

Join the Feshpak Fitness Festival on Saturday, 4 October 2014

This year, the annual Freshpak Fitness Festival, which is the Western Cape’s biggest multi-sport event, will form part of Clanwilliam’s 200-year anniversary celebrations. The event includes a duathlon, biathlon, triathlon and the FitKids challenge. The Festival takes place in and around Clanwilliam in the heart of Rooibos country. Read more


Rooibos Ltd to host stands at two global exhibitions

Rooibos Ltd will have a presence at these two global events: World Food Moscow (www.world-food.ru/en-GB), which runs from 15 to 18 September 2014, serves as a vibrant source of products for the Russian market. SIAL (www.sialparis.com) in Paris, France, which runs from 19 to 23 October, is dedicated to the agri-food industry, food retail and catering, and it is the largest food innovation observatory in the world.


Rooibos Ltd supports Inspirational Tea on 20 September 2014

Ingrid Burger, currently crowned as Mrs United Nations South Africa 2014, is hosting her third Inspirational Tea of Hope event in Durbanville near Cape Town to celebrate married women making a difference in South Africa’s communities. Rooibos Ltd is sponsoring the Rooibos handed out to the guests attending this event. Read more

Rooibos Ltd supports social netball tournament

During May, the Clanwilliam Netball Club organised a social tournament for businesses to raise funds. Rooibos Ltd entered two teams – the Red Tea Team and the Green Tea Team. The Red Tea Team finished third in the tournament.

 

Local rugby club sports Rooibos Ltd branded clothing

“You encourage people to grow through sport – thank you for this and for your kind-heartedness.” This is how Basil Waterboer, director of the Paardekop Workers’ Trust, thanked Rooibos Ltd for sponsoring 44 rugby players from the Citrusdal area with rugby clothing.

Front (left to right): Adriaan Pistoor, Chairman of the club and Elmin Jantjies
Back (left to right): Danny Wilskut, Shaun Sauls, Joelio Paulse and Pellie Swarts


Rooibos Ltd brightens up Mother's Day event for Diabetes Group

“Thank you for sponsoring our first Mother’s Day event.” So said Carol Hendricks, a group leader of Diabetes SA in Mitchells Plain. She offers various forms of support to two groups of diabetes patients in this area. They recently hosted their first-ever Mother’s Day event with Rooibos sponsored by Rooibos Ltd.

Acknowledging long service and loyalty

Pieter Swarts, Control Officer: Bruising, Fermenting and Drying Yard recently celebrated 15 years of service at Rooibos Ltd. Johan Cronjé, Operational Manager, thanked him on behalf of the company for his commitment and loyal service.

Caption: Pieter Swarts, Control Officer: Bruising, Fermenting and Drying Yard  and Johan Cronjé, Operational Manager



Jaco van Zyl, Packaging Manager, leaves Rooibos Ltd

Jaco van Zyl, manager of Rooibos Ltd’s packaging plant, decided to leave the company at the end of June 2014 to start a new career path. He worked for the company for 14 years. Rooibos Ltd certainly benefitted from his loyalty and integrity. We wish him the best with his new ventures.

Rooibos in recipes from around the world

Rooibos is versatile and is used in recipes all over the world. Here are the latest recipes for you to try out: Rooibos Chai, Rooibos Tea Peach Punch, Chocolate Rooibos Chia Seed Bubble Tea, Rooibos biscuits dipped in white chocolate, Mellifluous Martini, Refreshing Camomile and Rooibos pitcher teas, Vanilla Rooibos tea cookies, Organic Rooibos Pear Spritzer, Rooi’s temptation, and Honey Rooibos Goji Tea.

Recipes from A touch of Rooibos

Make a delicious pear salad and winter-warming Glühwein from Rooibos Ltd’s award-winning recipe book A touch of Rooibos:

Grilled Pear Salad with Rooibos Garam Masala Syrup
Roberto de Carvalho

500 ml strong Rooibos
100 g (125 ml) sugar
1 piece cinnamon stick, about 5 cm
2 pieces fresh ginger (about 2,5 x 0,5 cm each), crushed
10 ml green or white cardamom pods, lightly crushed
10 ml coriander seeds, lightly crushed
10 whole black peppercorns, lightly crushed
1 ml Garam Masala powder
60 ml raw green pumpkin seeds (not roasted)
salt
2 Asian pears (or normal pears)
60 ml fresh lemon juice
about 4 x 250 ml mixed baby greens, such as baby rocket, tatsoi, red baby spinach
salt and freshly ground black pepper

  1. Place the Rooibos, sugar, cinnamon stick, ginger, cardamom, coriander seeds, peppercorns and Garam Masala powder in a large, heavy-based saucepan. Bring to the boil. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes until the syrup is reduced to about 125 ml. Remove from the heat. Cover and set aside for about 1 hour to allow the flavours to infuse. Strain the syrup through a sieve into a bowl, discarding the solids.
  3. Heat a large, heavy-based frying pan or grill pan over moderate heat until hot. Toast the pumpkin seeds, stirring constantly, for 3 to 5 minutes until puffed and beginning to pop. Transfer the seeds to a plate and season with salt.
  4. Halve and core the pears. Cut into wedges and drizzle with lemon juice. Grill the pear wedges on a hot grill pan on each side until there are grill lines on all sides. Place the pears into the syrup. Drain the pears, reserving the syrup.
  5. Toss the baby salad greens with the syrup reserved from the pears. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. To serve, mound the greens and pear wedges on 4 plates. Sprinkle with the pumpkin seeds. Drizzle some of the reserved syrup around each salad.

NOTES:

  • The syrup can be made up to 1 week in advance and chilled in a sealed container.
  • The salad is also good served with slivers of fresh avocado (in season) and a slice of toasted baguette with pesto.
  • The combination of sweet Rooibos and spicy Garam Masala in the syrup adds so much flavour to this refreshing salad that no oil is necessary.

Serves 4


Rooibos Glühwein
Chris Maré

250 ml strong Rooibos
120 ml orange juice
2 oranges, cut into slices (keep the peel on)
5 ml ground cloves
2 sticks cinnamon
125 ml honey
500 ml red wine
250 ml port

1. Mix the Rooibos and orange juice in a saucepan.
2. Add the orange slices, cloves, cinnamon and honey and bring to the boil.
3. Add wine and port, and bring to the boil again, stirring constantly.
4. Strain and serve hot.

Makes about 1 litre

Little Me Tea offers organic, low-in-sugar Rooibos for children

Based in Georgia in the USA, the tea company Little Me Tea launched a ready-to-drink tea range for children. This healthy alternative to sugar-laden juice contains an antioxidant-rich blend of Rooibos and teas sweetened only with fruit and vegetable juices. Read more


Rooibos Rocks adds SA flair to 4th of July celebrations in USA

Rooibos Rocks co-founder Madeleine Stokes used the Independence Day festivities of July 4 to promote organic Rooibos in the USA. Rooibos has also become a popular choice for iced teas in the USA. Of all the tea consumed in America, 85% is iced. Read more

CANSA fact sheet summarises health benefits of Rooibos

The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) has published this fact sheet on the health properties of Rooibos, mentioning its ability to help fight cancer, heart disease, hypertension, allergies, Aids, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease and infections.


How fynbos may curb breast cancer

Dr Koch Visser, a researcher from Stellenbosch University's biochemistry department, has found that the fynbos plant Cyclopia, which is used to make Honeybush tea, may help stop the development of breast cancer. Read more

See Cape Times newspaper article: Honeybush tea extract to be used to fight cancer


Aluminium and fluoride in Rooibos versus other commercial teas

Two researchers tested the effect of brewing time on aluminium and fluoride release from various teas. It was found that the fluoride and aluminium concentrations in black and green teas were significantly higher than those in Rooibos. Hence, Rooibos, even if consumed in large quantities, does not pose a risk in terms of fluorosis or aluminium toxicity. Read full article

Rooibos can help your skin

From hydrating skin to helping to soothe acne and age-related damage – this is what Rooibos can do for your skin. Beauty Bulletin, South Africa’s largest online beauty community and product review club, published this article about the benefits of Rooibos in skincare.


Five health benefits of Rooibos

The California-based website Before It’s News recently highlighted these five health benefits of Rooibos: it contains disease-fighting antioxidants, it supports the digestive system, it improves sleep, it helps to heal skin and it enhances heart health.


Dye wool naturally with Rooibos

A Pin on Pinterest leads to this article on how to dye wool with Rooibos, giving you with a lovely golden beige wool.