IN THIS ISSUE

Read about Rooibos Ltd's 1 MW solar system, which enables the company to comply with EU and USA requirements holding agricultural exporters accountable for their greenhouse gas emissions. Also find out about the impact of UTZ certification on Rooibos farmers. Two of Rooibos Ltd's clients in the USA have interesting stories to tell - the one used crowdfunding to expand its product line while the other one tapped into Chile's deep-rooted tea culture. Enjoy your Rooibos!

Rooibos Ltd meets EU and USA environmental standards thanks to solar power

Rooibos Ltd recently installed a 1 MW solar system on the roofs of its warehouses in Clanwilliam, which means the company can now use solar energy for most of its electricity needs. This forms part of the Rooibos Ltd's green strategy and allows it to comply with EU and USA requirements holding agricultural exporters accountable for their greenhouse gas emissions. Three German magazines reported on this.

Visitors from Milan and Cape Town spend time at Rooibos Ltd

In April this year, two women from a teahouse in Milan, Italy, visited Rooibos Ltd to gain first-hand information about Rooibos. They have since written various articles about Rooibos on their food and tea blog. Rooibos Ltd also hosted a product training session for the sales team from African Extracts, the Cape Town based company manufacturing Rooibos skincare products. Read more and see photographs.

The positive impact of UTZ certification on Rooibos farmers

UTZ, the global organisation that helps coffee, cocoa and tea farmers to learn better farming methods, improve their working conditions and take better care of their children and the environment, have compiled a case study on the impact of UTZ certification on Rooibos farmers and processors in South Africa. The report summarises its findings by saying: "It is encouraging to see those who participated in the Rooibos pilot becoming frontrunners in the sector, especially in the approach to environmental practices and awareness." Rooibos Ltd is UTZ certified. Click here for a summary of the findings and here for the full report.

Über Flavour: Rooibos Ice Tea

South Africa's first commercial internet radio station 2oceansvice Radio featured Paul Simon's three new Über Flavour Rooibos Ice Teas - Apple & Cinnamon Rooibos Brew, Mango & Vanilla Rooibos Brew and Honey & Lemon Rooibos Brew. Listen to Paul Simon's podcast about these trendy new drinks.

Popular Mechanics: 5 things you should know about Rooibos

The April edition of Popular Mechanics featured an article on Rooibos – 5 things you should know about Rooibos – which takes a closer look at the health claims of Rooibos. Read more.

South Africa's Glamour Magazine: 4 reasons to love Rooibos

Rooibos is a power plant with a host of benefits for your health and skin. In this article, biochemist Dr Jeanine Marnewick explains why Rooibos should be part of everyone's life. Read more.

CLEAR Magazine, Indonesia: Relax with Rooibos - it has many benefits!

This article on the benefits of Rooibos appeared in the Indonesian magazine CLEAR. It explains why Rooibos relieves stress and inflammation and increases the body's metabolism. Click here for the original article in Indonesian.

Rooibee Tea raises $2m through crowdfunding to enhance product line

Rooibee Tea, the company from Kentucky in the USA that manufactures Rooibos-based bottled teas, raised $2 million from private investors and crowdfunding to enhance its product line-up. The company will now add two new flavours to its range of kids' teas and offer all products in resealable BPA-free plastic bottles. Read more.

Adagio Teas expands online and retail operations to Chile

Chicago-based Adagio Teas, which also sells Rooibos, recently established a retail presence in Chile to tap into Chile's deep-rooted tea culture. Mirroring its US activities, the artisan tea company opened two outlets in the capital Santiago together with a local web store. Both sites feature over 100 varieties of loose teas sourced directly from origin. Read more.

Rooibos Ltd to attend Tea & Coffee World Cup Asia in Vietnam

Rooibos Ltd will be hosting a stand at the Tea & Coffee World Cup Asia in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, from 10 to 12 June 2015. Now in its 19th year, this event highlights the latest trends in coffee roasting and tea packing equipment, exporting, brewing, retailing and marketing. It also offers a networking opportunity for over 2 500 key decision makers. Visit us at booth 608. Read more.

Rooibos Ltd to take part in SEB/IPUF conference in Clanwilliam

The SEB/IPUF Conference – the joint event of the Society for Economic Botany (SEB) and the Indigenous Plant Use Forum (IPUF) – will be hosted in Clanwilliam from 29 June to 2 July 2015. The theme of the conference is Global vision on indigenous plants and economic botany. A visit to a Rooibos farm and Rooibos Ltd's facilities forms part of the programme. Read more and Like SEB/IPUF's Facebook page.

Long service acknowledged by Rooibos Ltd

Four employees at Rooibos Ltd were recently honoured for their loyal service to the company. They are Adam Kotzé (10 years), Shafiek Boer (20 years), Danny September (25 years) and Herman Kotzé (20 years). Says Gerda de Wet, Rooibos Ltd's Communication Manager: "Working for a company for so many years speaks of commitment and loyalty. The expertise and knowledge that these four employees have of the company is invaluable to Rooibos Ltd."

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