Issue 22 - September 2013

News from Rooibos Ltd - read all about:

In this issue of Rooibos Ltd’s newsletter: Read about Rooibos going green with its new solar power system which will generate over 40% of its electricity needs. We hosted visitors from the USA, creating increased awareness of Rooibos around the world. We also touch on innovative new products using Rooibos as ingredient and we summarise research findings confirming the health benefits of Rooibos. Lastly, we invite you to try out mouth-watering recipes in which Rooibos is used to add flavour. Sit back with a cup of Rooibos and enjoy the read!

  • News
    Rooibos Ltd cuts costs with solar panels
    BOS Ice Tea uses viral video to launch its Rooibos energy drink
    Die Welt runs journalist Andrea Tapper's article on Rooibos
    Tea & Beyond LLC's president visits Rooibos Ltd
  • Upcoming Events
    Get ready for the Freshpak Fitness Festival, Clanwilliam, 5 October 2013
  • Community Engagement
    Rooibos Ltd sponsors jerseys for Delicious Rugby Club
  • Personnel
    Acknowledging long service
  • Recipes
    Try out Rooibos recipes from around the world
    Make Bushmans Kloof's delectable Beef & Apricot Casserole
  • New Products
    COOBO's Rooibos drink with "Bulletproof" bubbles
    Ayala's Herbal Rooibos drink flavoured with cinnamon
    Inko's Mango & Passion Fruit Rooibos drink
    Stash Dragon Red Chai Herbal Tea
    Tea Aura's Rooibos Chai Short Bread Cookies
    BOS's new on-the-go 500 ml pack
    Vondi's Natural Rooibos Remedy for pets
  • Health & Research
    The role of Rooibos in preventing diabetes
    More about the health benefits of Rooibos
    Using Rooibos as an alternative energy drink
    Rooibos shines as defence against Alzheimer's, cancer, hypertension
  • Tips - Rooibos Q&A
    Rooibos and beauty tips
    Rooibos and general first aid

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

Rooibos Ltd cuts costs with solar panels

In July this year, Rooibos Ltd installed a 511 kWp SolarWorld solar system on the roofs of its storage facilities in the Cederberg. This system will produce some 40% of the company's electricity, allowing it to provide its suppliers with a product that has a smaller carbon footprint. Says Rooibos Ltd's CEO Martin Bergh: "As a global provider of Rooibos, it is our responsibility to use resources wisely. Clanwilliam has a high number of sunny days per annum. It therefore makes sense to use solar power as a source of sustainable energy. In addition, Rooibos Ltd and its clients will benefit from this solar system for the next 25 years and we will see the financial benefits of this capital investment within seven to eight years." Read more below.

CAPTION LEFT: Rooibos Ltd’s MD Martin Bergh (left) switches on the company’s new solar power system which will generate over 40% of the company’s electricity needs. With him is Kobus Engelbrecht, African Technical Innovations’ MD and Nolan Swarts, Senior Electrician, Cederberg Municipality.

CAPTION RIGHT: Kobus Engelbrecht, African Technical Innovations’ MD and Martin Bergh, Rooibos Ltd’s MD, at the control units of the company’s new solar power system which will significantly reduce its carbon footprint.


BOS Ice Tea uses viral video to launch its Rooibos energy drink

BOS Ice Tea’s latest offering comes in the form of a viral video shot and produced by Tonic Africa, South Africa. The spot features the energy variant BOS Energy – a healthy, lightly sparkled organic Rooibos ice tea with a natural cranberry flavour that gives you juice – without the nervous edge. Watch DVD.


Die Welt runs journalist Andrea Tapper’s article on Rooibos

Andrea Tapper, a freelance journalist from Germany, visited Rooibos Ltd in January this year to learn more about Rooibos and the versatility of this unique product. An article on Rooibos is available online in DIE WELT, one of Germany's biggest daily newspapers. Read article in German or in English.


Tea & Beyond LLC’s president visits Rooibos Ltd

Agnieszka Rapacz – president of Tea & Beyond LLC in Chicago, USA – visited Rooibos Ltd for an educational tour in August this year. Says Agnieszka: “We have expanded our Rooibos knowledge, so we can share this with our Chicago staff and customers.”

CAPTION LEFT: Agnieszka Rapacz visiting a Rooibos farm near Clanwilliam.

CAPTION RIGHT: Gerda de Wet (left), Communication Manager at Rooibos Ltd, with visitors Lutz Ehrlich and Agnieszka Rapacz from Tea & Beyond LLC.

Get ready for the Freshpak Fitness Festival, Clanwilliam, 5 October 2013

A festive vibe awaits families, friends, teammates and training partners at this multisport event which takes place in and around Clanwilliam on Saturday, 5 October. More than 1 000 fitness enthusiasts will take part in various swimming, cycling and running events. Read more.

 

Rooibos Ltd sponsors jerseys for Delicious Rugby Club

Rooibos Ltd recently sponsored new rugby jerseys and socks for the Clanwilliam-based Delicious Rugby Club.

CAPTION: Gerda de Wet (left), Communication Manager at Rooibos Ltd, with members of the Delicious Rugby Team – some of them already sporting their new Rooibos branded rugby jerseys.


CAPTION: 5 years - Gerald Daniels, Colette Cronjé & Jannie Cilliers

Acknowledging long service

Three staff members of Rooibos Ltd received recognition for their loyalty through long service. They were Jannie Cilliers (Chief: Maintenance), Colette Cronjé (Quality Assurance Manager) and Gerald Daniels (Processing). Says Gerda de Wet, Communication Manager at Rooibos Ltd: “Long service helps to ensure business continuity because employees who have been here for longer know more about the company and its processes. This is also crucial for skills transfer within the company. It is important for us to recognise long service.”

Try out Rooibos recipes from around the world

See how Rooibos is used as an ingredient in desserts, soups and drinks. Try out this delicious Grilled peaches & Rooibos ice cream, easy Faux Pho (Vietnamese Beef Soup) and Healthy Hollywood Drink (lemon and honey Rooibos Iced Tea).


Make Bushmans Kloof’s delectable Beef & Apricot Casserole

This full-flavour recipe, which uses healthy Rooibos as an ingredient, comes from Rooibos Ltd’s award-winning cookbook A touch of Rooibos. It has been developed by the luxury Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat for Rooibos Ltd. If you want to impress family and friends, this is the dish to make.

Beef & Apricot Casserole
Bushmans Kloof for Rooibos Limited

1 large onion, sliced
1 clove garlic, crushed
30 ml olive oil
2 celery stalks, chopped finely
150 g rindless bacon, diced
1 kg stewing beef, diced
40 g (70 ml) cake flour
1 tin (410 g) whole tomatoes, chopped
1 beef stock cube, dissolved in 250 ml hot, strong Rooibos
10 ml Worcestershire sauce
5 ml dried, mixed herbs
salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper to taste
250 ml red wine
125 g (200 ml) dried apricots, soaked in 250 ml cold, strong Rooibos
1 tin (285 g) whole button mushrooms, drained

  1. Preheat the oven to 170 °C.
  2. Sauté the onion and garlic in 15 ml of the oil until tender. Add the celery and sauté gently. Turn into a 2 litre casserole dish.
  3. Fry the bacon in the remaining oil. Add to the casserole.
  4. Toss the beef in the cake flour to cover. Brown the meat, in batches (add a little extra oil, if necessary). Stir in the remaining cake flour. Fry gently and add to the casserole.
  5. Add the tomatoes, beef stock, Worcestershire sauce, herbs, salt, pepper, wine, the apricots with the Rooibos and mushrooms to the casserole.
  6. Cover and bake for 30 to 40 minutes.

Serves 6

COOBO’s Rooibos drink with “Bulletproof” bubbles

Using new technology, the German-based company COOBO bottled bubble tea which contains strawberry/kiwi with Rooibos and strawberry bubbles. The popping strawberry bubbles contain no artificial dyes or questionable ingredients. Read article in English or in German.


Ayala’s Herbal Rooibos drink flavoured with cinnamon

This organic Rooibos drink with cinnamon and rose petals has recently been launched by Pennsylvania-based Ayala’s Herbal Water. Read more.


Inko’s Mango & Passion Fruit Rooibos drink

Inko’s refreshing and caffeine-free drink with Rooibos, mango and passion fruit is low in kilojoules and high in taste. This all-natural product is new from Inko’s in Englewood, New Jersey, USA. Read more.


Stash Dragon Red Chai Herbal Tea

Stash Tea, based in Portland, Oregon, USA, has formulated a Spice Dragon Red Chai drink with Rooibos, clove, ginger root and sweet cinnamon. “Quite possibly the perfect drink,” says one of the reviews on the Stash Tea website. Read more.


Tea Aura’s Rooibos Chai Shortbread Cookies

Tea Aura from Toronto, Canada, creates leaf-shaped gourmet shortbread cookies using pure butter and premium loose-leaf teas. Its range now includes Rooibos Chai cookies. Read more.


BOS’s new on-the-go 500 ml pack

BOS Ice Tea recently launched its new and convenient 500 ml bottle nationwide in stores. Four flavours were formulated, using organic Rooibos plus lemon, apple, peach or berry. Find more information here.


Vondi’s Natural Rooibos Remedy for pets

Vondi's Natural Rooibos Remedy is an infusion of Rooibos, chamomile and spirulina with grapeseed oil which helps to alleviate pets’ skin allergies, scratching and skin irritation. Taken orally, it is easy to administer over food or directly into the mouth. Read more.

The role of Rooibos in preventing diabetes

Various studies show that the polyphenols in Rooibos are able to alleviate the development of insulin resistance and helps to improve impaired glucose tolerance. This means that Rooibos could play a key role in the prevention of diabetes. Read more.


More about the health benefits of Rooibos

What makes Rooibos a healthy drink? Rooibos is beneficial because it is caffeine-free, low in tannin and rich in antioxidants. Read more about the health-promoting effects of Rooibos.


Using Rooibos as an alternative energy drink

Find out why endurance athletes may be better off drinking simple, inexpensive, home-made Rooibos than relying only on expensive, over-hyped energy products. At the very least, Rooibos contains no artificial sugars, flavourings or colourings. Read more.


Rooibos shines as defence against Alzheimer’s, cancer, hypertension

If you are a fan of green, black or white tea you may want to rethink your beverage of choice. Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) trumps all three with its substantial health enhancing features. Read more.

Rooibos and beauty tips

Find out how to use versatile Rooibos as a cost-effective hair product, revitalising eye treatment and a skin refresher. Read more.


Rooibos and general first aid

Rooibos can be used to alleviate skin conditions and soothe sunburned skin. It can also help to ensure good quality sleep and ease digestive problems. Read more.