People are tasting and talking about Rooibos all over the world – from the Gulfood 2018 exhibition in Dubai to Starbucks in the UK and Canada with two new Rooibos lattes on its menu. Rooibos is enjoyed by celebrities such as Julia Stone from the Australian duo Angus & Julia Stone as well as by local teachers attending a motivation meeting sponsored by Rooibos Ltd. Also read about the Rooibos Route where road-tripping visitors can taste Rooibos dishes at restaurants, stay over on Rooibos farms, enjoy salon treatments with Rooibos, shop for Rooibos teas and listen to stories about the "stokkiestee". There are lots of ways to spice up your life with Rooibos!


Rooibos Ltd exhibits at Gulfood 2018
Rooibos Ltd formed part of the DTI's SA pavilion at Gulfood 2018 in Dubai, which attracted 5 000 exhibitors and 97 000 attendees in February this year. Says Gerda de Wet, Communication Manager at Rooibos Ltd, "This trade show provides us with a touch point to make contact with potential and current clients. Exhibiting with all the other Western Cape companies strengthened the message of the significant investment potential offered by the unique products of this region."
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Rooibos-loving Julia Stone on SA tour
Top-selling Australian duo Angus & Julia Stone visited South Africa for the first time in January this year for concerts in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. The schedule of this brother-and-sister band is demanding, but the siblings make their journey as comfortable as possible. Says Julia, "I absolutely love drinking tea. That's definitely very soothing and calming for me to be anywhere in the world and have my favourite cup of tea … I love rooibos tea especially."
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Spoil your pet with a Rooibos pamper
International Love your Pet Day on 20 February is set aside to give our four-legged friends the extra attention they deserve. The SA Rooibos Council and various pet nutritionists recommend Rooibos as a way to help care for dogs, cats and horses. Rooibos can soothe skin irritations because it is hypoallergenic, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. Rooibos can also be used as an everyday supplement to slow down ageing and reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease and even cancer in pets.
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Country Life magazine: Roadtripping Rooibos
Clanwilliam's Rooibos Route allows people to experience Rooibos first-hand. This route was established by two sisters, Sanet Stander and Marietjie Smit, who also run the Rooibos Teahouse. Today, visitors can taste Rooibos dishes at various restaurants, stay over on Rooibos farms, watch presentations at Rooibos Ltd, enjoy salon treatments with Rooibos products, shop for Rooibos teas and listen to stories about the "stokkiestee". This article lists the stopovers on the route.
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AgriOrbit website: Koekedoor's Corli Botha talks about Rooibos
Koekedoor winner Corli Botha talks about uniquely South African Rooibos and why National Rooibos Day is celebrated on 16 January. She also explains why Rooibos is such a popular ingredient in skincare products, and how to use Rooibos in recipes to add nutrition and flavour.
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Country Life magazine: 12 interesting and surprising Rooibos facts
Did you know that the early Dutch settlers started drinking Rooibos in the late 17th century as an alternative to the more expensive black tea? Did you know that Rooibos is low in tannins, caffeine-free and rich in antioxidants?
Read this article to find out more about Rooibos.


Rooibos Ltd acknowledges loyal employees
Loyal employees are the backbone of a sustainable company, and they are hard to find. Rooibos Ltd is fortunate to have many such employees. So says Gerda de Wet, Communication Manager at Rooibos Ltd. The company recently handed out long-service awards to star employees.
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Sponsoring a motivation meeting for teachers
When Rooibos Ltd was approached to sponsor a motivation meeting for teachers, the company immediately pledged its support. The aim of the event was to motivate teachers to do their best despite the challenges they encounter. The event was attended by 110 teachers from schools in Clanwilliam, Citrusdal, Lamberts Bay, Elands Bay and Graafwater, reaching some 3 000 Foundational Phase learners. Rooibos Ltd sponsored the guest speaker, snacks and gift packs.
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Supporting Citrusdal Golf Day
Rooibos Ltd was one of the sponsors of a golf day in Citrusdal, which served as a joint fundraiser for the town's rugby and cricket clubs. In addition, Rooibos Ltd sponsored 12 of its employees to participate. The event took place on 17 February this year. As event organisers Marius Horn, chairperson of Citrusdal Rugby Club, and Johann Thalwitzer, chairperson of Citrusdal Cricket Club, said, "A community involved in sport is a healthy community".
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Starbucks uses Rooibos in its Teavana craft iced teas
Seattle-based Starbucks, in partnership with Anheuser-Busch, offers six Teavana Craft Iced Teas which will now also be distributed to retailers in the USA. The Pineapple Berry Blue Herbal Tea is made with green Rooibos blended with hibiscus, pineapple and blueberry flavours. No artificial flavours are used in these ready-to-drink iced teas.
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Starbucks' new lattes made with microground Rooibos
Two of the three new lattes on Starbucks' menu are made with microground Rooibos to extract flavour from tea leaves. The Rooibos Tea Latte contains no added sugar, and can also be personalised with dairy alternatives. The Red Apple Rooibos Tea Latte adds red apple syrup and apple blossom dust to create a slightly sweeter and fruitier version of the Rooibos Tea Latte. Read more.


Sunburnt skin? Rooibos to the rescue!
This All4Women article suggests various natural remedies for sunburnt skin. Among them is Rooibos, which is known to help soothe the sting of sunburnt skin. Dab a moistened Rooibos teabag on areas affected by sunburn, or add Rooibos teabags to a bath to soak away the pain.
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Drink Rooibos for its versatility and immune-boosting properties
This Longevity article features different types of tea. Rooibos is singled out because of its taste, anti-inflammatory properties, antioxidants and minerals, versatility, and the fact that it is caffeine-free. It can be served hot with fresh lemon juice, or cold with berries and honey. There is also a recipe for an immune-boosting drink made from Rooibos, ginger, lemon juice, cayenne pepper, honey and mint.
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