Turqle Brands: a delicious FOOD story...
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About us...

Turqle People on Roibben Island   

Esky Chunga, Sarah Withey, Rain Morgan, Pieter Swart & Linda Buckle
Celebrating Turqle's 19th birthday on Robben Island.

Meet the Turqle people...

Pieter and Rain are serious about food - love cooking!

Pieter takes care of the logistics and finance - Rain does the words, pictures and strategic stuff.

Sarah is product and recipe development (the tasty stuff). She is a chef and her food-heart is in the Cape (and Tuscany and Provence, the Mediterranean and the Ottoman region, with a dash of North Africa...).

Linda deals with QC - the systems and processes (people and product audits) that enable us to ship with confidence. 

Esky packs the samples and gift packs and local orders and labels product and sorts raws and helps out wherever there's a pinch.

About the food...

Turqle develops the concepts, the recipes and the labels and takes care of the Fair Trade conversation. Products are manufactured at various factories from Wellington and Malmesbury, through to Montague Gardens and Westlake.

All the salt we use come from Khoisan Natural Salt in Veldrift and although the pepper and some of the spices are imported (spices do not grow in South Africa), we aim to procure local raw materials, bottles, caps, labels, boxes etc.

Most of the products are exported - Europe, Australia - some to the USA and the UK - all the food safety standards are in line with the regulations in the importing countries.

Ultimately the food story is 'taste happiness first'... we believe we're putting the best, most flavoursome products out there - if you're not happy with your purchases, we'll replace or refund - whichever you prefer!

About Fair Trade... 

Turqle Trading is a Fair Trade Food company. This shop is about the FOOD story - with a little 'side' of the Fair Trade story. Here's an "amuse-bouche":

Logo of the Fair Trade TrustFair for Life logoLogo of Fairtrade InternationalLogo of World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO)

The World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO) Guarantees that Turqle Trading is a Fair Trade Organisation. Turqle is also certified by Fairtrade International as a Licensee and a Trader in Wine Grapes and Herbs & Spices. Fair for Life (IMO) has also certified Turqle as a handler of fair trade ingredients.
Apart from the Fairtrade premium that is paid to the black pepper producers in India and the grape farmer in South Africa, Turqle pays 2,5% of the FOB price of every product sold, to the Fair Trade Trust. This money is used for the education of the workers and their children. Ukuva Switzerland and El Puente in Germany also contribute to the Fair Trade Trust.
Turqle further commits a significant amount (roughly 25%) of management time to WFTO - both globally and particularly in Africa and Southern Africa. Turqle is not a non-profit organisation - we aim for a balanced bottom-line: transparency, accountability and sustainable fair trade - people, products, planet = prosperity.

Now go shop - its delicious happy-food fun!