Döhler is expanding in South Africa. The global producer, marketer and provider of technology-based natural ingredients, ingredient systems and integrated solutions for the food and beverage industry has founded a joint venture with the food & beverage division of Afriplex, a Paarl, South Africa-based supplier of natural extracts in Africa.
Alongside its core competence in the field of manifold high-quality botanical extracts, Afriplex also provides emulsions and compound solutions for national and international customers in the food & beverage industry. Its common goal is to deliver integrated ingredient solutions that are tailored to the needs of Southern African markets in terms of taste preferences and technological and regulatory requirements.
The companies say the joint venture has multiple positive synergies for both organizations. Döhler has been active in South Africa with its own sales office since 2009. “The newly established company Döhler South Africa (Pty) Ltd is a milestone and an important step in growing the business in South Africa and the adjoining countries. Thanks to an own application center in Paarl, we are now able to develop region-specific solutions and deliver customized product samples within a minimum time,” Hubert Defert, Managing Director of Döhler South Africa (Pty) Ltd explains.
Afriplex produces more than 100 different plant extracts. Backed by its own cultivation and latest technology, the company produces a variety of indigenous plant extracts, with a focus on rooibos, honeybush, hoodia, pelargonium, buchu, baobab and a selection of African aloe species. Making use of the Döhler Group’s supply chain network and distribution channels, customers of the food and beverage industry all around the globe will have preferential access to this extraordinary extract portfolio, the companies say.
Further steps have already been planned. “In the next few years we will enlarge the new Döhler South Africa (Pty) Ltd site. Besides the investment in state-of-the-art technologies like solvent extraction and fractionation we will further invest in our R&D capabilities to offer best-in-class solutions for our customers,” Danie Nel, Managing Director of Afriplex (Pty) Ltd points out.
Many countries in Southern Africa have shown high growth rates in the past few years and promise to keep that track record in the future; hence the companies say the joint venture Döhler South Africa (Pty) Ltd. is the ideal set-up to benefit from this huge market potential. The Executive Board of the new company consists of representatives of Afriplex and Döhler.