Shaheen Rajabally, founder of Natura Sugars tells us about the inspiration behind the inception of the business, what sets them apart and the two new variants recently added to their range.
The only range of truly unrefined sugars in South Africa and exclusively sourced from Mauritius, Natura Sugars, has recently added 2 new products to their already exciting range. Golden Light Brown is a sparkling golden sugar with a subtle buttery taste perfect for everyday use, whilst the Molasses Sugar is the ultimate soft sugar giving the most intense natural molasses flavour.
With the launch of NATURA SUGARS in South Africa, consumers can now rediscover the natural taste and traditional benefits of cane sugar. The range is a breath of fresh air amidst the negative press that sugar has been receiving. It is, therefore, important to point out the difference that Natura Sugars is a range of truly unrefined sugars, carefully crafted to lock in, rather than refine out, the natural molasses of sugar cane. Natura Sugars are made from lush ripe canes, cultivated on the tropical island of Mauritius, which are free from genetic modification, and can be linked to fair-trade farming. Their authentic Demerara and Muscovado Sugars do not contain caramel syrup. Instead, the intrinsic natural molasses within and around the sugar crystals is responsible for the moist texture and quick-dissolving crystals.
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07/08/2017 - 09:54
The South African sugar industry could take years to recover from the effects of the 2015-16 drought which has led to the industry failing to meet export orders.
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05/07/2017 - 11:10
Nestlé has announced that it will be reducing the average sugar content across its breakfast cereal range by a further 10% by the end of 2018.
Tax is sweet news for boosting revenue
11/07/2016 - 12:54
SA’s new sugar tax could add 20% to the price of a Coca-Cola, but would exempt Liquifruit and other 100% fruit juices, along with unsweetened milk and bottled water.
Sugar tax confirmed for South Africa in 2017
25/02/2016 - 11:09
South Africans with a sweet tooth will be punished with a higher tax on sweet stuff. In his budget speech on Wednesday (24 Feb), Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced that a sugar tax will be levied with effect from 1 April 2017.
Illovo sees dip in sugar output
05/02/2016 - 11:04
Johannesburg - Africa’s largest sugar producer, Illovo Sugar, is expecting sugar production to drop for the 2015/16 season due to the drought.
Drought dries up Illovo’s half-year profits
30/11/2015 - 12:45
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Illovo Sugar flags lower FY earnings
16/04/2015 - 08:33
Johannesburg - Illovo Sugar, Africa's biggest producer of the sweetener, said on Wednesday its full-year profits would fall due to depressed global prices and drought that has ravaged some of its crops in South Africa.
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Illovo seeks sweeter trade deals in Africa
02/12/2014 - 11:02
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Corruption and labour killing SA’s competitive edge
04/09/2014 - 11:02
The latest competitiveness index by the World Economic Forum paints a bleak image of South Africa’s ability to compete, globally.
India asks Pepsi to cut sugar- India
28/08/2014 - 11:33
New Delhi - India has asked US soft drinks giant PepsiCo to reduce the sugar content of its sodas as the country battles growing levels of obesity and diabetes.
Ilovo Sugar: Wage pact averts threatened strike
02/07/2014 - 11:03
A strike at Illovo Sugar had been averted after workers accepted a wage offer from the company, the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) said yesterday.
Central African sugar factory reopens amid strife
11/06/2014 - 10:59
The biggest sugar refinery in the war-torn Central African Republic is back in business after soldiers recaptured it from former rebels who occupied it for more than a year.
Sugar strike ends
09/06/2014 - 11:03
Johannesburg - The strike in the sugar industry has ended after a settlement agreement was reached on Friday, the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) said.
Tongaat Hulett’s profits rise
27/05/2014 - 10:01
Johannesburg - South African sugar producer, Tongaat Hulett, reported a 6 percent increase in full-year earnings yesterday, after softer global sugar prices and weak domestic demand weighed.
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17/03/2014 - 09:05
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Attacq lists on the JSE
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SA investors flock to Mauritius
08/05/2013 - 07:51
Cape Town - Mauritius has long been a popular tourist destination among South Africans. But now many hard-nosed investors wanting to mix solid returns with a luxury lifestyle are also heading for the tropical paradise.
IMF: Mauritius economy to grow by 3.7%
29/04/2013 - 10:02
Port Louis - Mauritius' economy will expand by 3.7 percent this year, slightly below potential due to subdued demand from its main markets and modest private investment, and will accelerate to 4.4 percent in 2014, the International Monetary Fund said.
Mauritius’ IBL Invests $33.5m In Gabon’s Seafood, Marine Sectors
12/02/2013 - 09:08
Ireland Blyth Limited (IBL) was to invest in a new seafood business in Gabon, the Mauritian company said on Friday, as it reported a 20 percent surge in first-half profit.
Clothing jobs hang in balance
04/02/2013 - 07:56
The fate of 20 000 textile workers depends on the outcome of a wage debate sparked by non-complaint companies’ court action against the Department of Labour in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court last week.
India prepares tough drought measures
31/07/2012 - 08:16
New Delhi - Indian ministers will meet on Tuesday to discuss measures to deal with a feared drought, including curbs on commodity derivatives, extra subsidies to farmers and the distribution of seeds, but are not expected to ban farm exports.
Researchers want healthier food made cheaper
05/07/2012 - 09:16
The government needs to do more to protect South Africans from the lure of junk food by making healthier food cheaper and more readily available, say researchers from the University of the Western Cape.
Woolies to triple sales proportion from Africa
08/06/2012 - 08:47
Woolworths expects to more than triple the proportion of sales it derives from African countries north of the borders within seven years as it taps a growing middle and upper class.
Coca-Cola reverses decision to dump orange suppliers
08/03/2012 - 09:54
Soft drinks giant Coca-Cola will continue to source oranges from local Italian suppliers after initially saying it would drop them following reports of poor working conditions among fruit pickers.
Water-wise cane excites Coke
13/02/2012 - 09:13
The South African sugar industry’s greatest challenges are lack of access to sufficient water and growing the expertise of its small farmers, says the Coca-Cola Company’s water and sustainable agriculture director, Denise Knight.
Sugar prices to remain volatile into 2013
27/01/2012 - 09:28
Sugar prices are likely to remain volatile into 2013 according to the International Sugar Organisation (ISO) as global output matches demand.
Sugar Traders Wager That Biggest Glut in Five Years Is Ending: Commodities
20/01/2012 - 13:23
Traders are betting that the biggest sugar glut since 2007 will shrink in the next harvest, reversing expectations from six months ago and ending the largest decline in prices in a decade.
Sugar, coffee rise
18/01/2012 - 10:22
Arabica coffee futures on ICE rose on Tuesday, boosted by a softer dollar and increased risk appetite following better-than-expected Chinese economic growth data.
Food price index ends year with sharp drop
13/01/2012 - 09:40
Food prices fell in December 2011 with the food price index dropping 2.4%, according to the UN Food Agricultural Organisation's monthly report.
Cocoa hovers near 8-week high
13/01/2012 - 08:21
Cocoa futures on ICE hovered below an 8-week high on Thursday, as the market consolidated after this week's steep rally fuelled by a slowdown in port arrivals in top producer Ivory Coast.
09/01/2012 - 07:49
ICE sugar steadied but a stronger dollar helped push arabicas lower on Friday, after slides in both commodities the previous day, while cocoa was little changed with prices capped by ample African supplies.
Green Cross makes in-roads into Southern Africa
29/11/2011 - 10:26
Green Cross is making consistent in-roads into neighbouring countries through well placed export orders.
Food Lover’s Market – 3000 food products under the same roof at Bagatelle, Mauritius
25/11/2011 - 09:30
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Illovo ups revenue, warns on output
23/11/2011 - 08:39
Johannesburg - Illovo Sugar [JSE:ILV] posted a 12% rise in first-half earnings on Wednesday helped by currency weakness and cost cutting but said output was still struggling to recover from a 2010 drought in KwaZulu-Natal province.
SA contribution to Hulett sugar profit reduced
15/11/2011 - 09:56
Tongaat Hulett CEO Peter Staude said SA could reclaim its number one spot as soon as it closed the gap between the hectares under cane and the hectares milled
Sugar industry ready for green energy
07/11/2011 - 08:20
Cape Town – The sugar industry in South Africa is seriously ready to make a large contribution to renewable energy, but is not receiving the necessary support from government, say industry leaders.
Sugar seeks new outlets in changing times
01/11/2011 - 08:22
The industry needs to diversify into power generation, ethanol production to survive, writes Neels Blom
Pick n Pay opens store two in Mauritius
31/10/2011 - 09:22
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Illovo expands green power projects
21/07/2011 - 10:00
ILLOVO Sugar, Africa’s largest producer, is growing its biofuels and power generation capacity as it expands production outside SA.
Illovo earnings drop 34%
30/05/2011 - 10:20
Illovo Sugar on Monday reported that drought and the strong currency had impacted earnings which dropped 34% - although the group believes 2011 should show improved growth.
Tongaat profit hit by drought
30/05/2011 - 07:30
Johannesburg - Tongaat Hulett, a producer of sugar and starch, on Monday reported a 4% drop in full-year profit, hit by a drought in South Africa, but said it expects earnings to rise in the year ahead.
Illovo raises $134 mln for expansion
16/05/2011 - 12:25
South Africa's Illovo Sugar said on Monday it has raised 940 million emalangeni ($134 million) to finance expansion at its unit in Swaziland.
SA firm to boost Zambia sugar output by 50%
04/04/2011 - 00:00
Lusaka - A South African company plans to build a R1.7bn sugar and bio-ethanol plant in Zambia, one of the largest non-mining investments in recent years in Africa's biggest copper producer, an official said on Saturday.
Illovo chair, finance head out
24/03/2011 - 00:00
Johannesburg - Illovo Sugar [JSE:ILV] on Thursday announced the resignation of its chairperson, Robert Williams, and financial director, Karin Zarnack.