Charity Work Is Key Ingredient For Food Firm In South Africa

Bowman Ingredients South Africa is celebrating 10 years of charitable support for local community organisations and new business enterprises.

Over the past decade, the food coatings specialist has provided funding for a wide range of projects to help disadvantaged communities in the Cape Town area. As part of an ongoing corporate social responsibility programme, the firm supports local organisations including an orphanage, a retirement home and a support centre for families of deaf children.

Bowman Ingredients South Africa was formed in 2004 following a joint venture between Pioneer Foods and UK-based Bowman Ingredients, a major player in the global food processing industry. The South African firm continues to have ongoing technical support from the UK.

Bowman Ingredients South Africa CEO James Elkington says: “We’re proud to be celebrating a decade of charitable support which will continue for many years to come. Supporting community projects is a key business responsibility for Bowman Ingredients South Africa. Our aim is to empower disadvantaged communities by helping the small organisations that make such a big difference to the lives of local people.”

The firm has also provided funding for an innovative community project, designing and building kitchens in former shipping containers. The scheme has enabled local people to launch and run their own profitable restaurant business, selling low cost, nutritious food from a container kitchen.

To date, Bowman Ingredients South Africa has helped to establish seven successful container kitchen businesses in and around Cape Town. As well as designing the kitchens and developing recipes, the firm provided education and training for the local business owners and their staff.

Bowman Ingredients South Africa specialises in the production of innovative coating systems and functional ingredients for customers in the food processing industry. The firm supplies a broad range of products including heat treated flour, batters, breadcrumbs, dry mix sauces, marinades, rubs and seasonings.

Bowman Ingredients South Africa works in partnership with leading value added food manufacturers in the country’s fish, poultry and red meat industry. These customers supply a diverse range of food service chains and retailers across South Africa.

Bowman Ingredients South Africa has a modern production facility in Epping, Cape Town, featuring highly efficient plants for heat treated flour production, breadcrumb extrusion, crumb production, blending and gluten-free coatings. The company employs around 80 staff in production, research and development, technical sales, finance, HR and admin roles.

Bowman Ingredients South Africa is committed to developing new food coating products, increasing exports and being recognised as the most innovative supplier in the market.