The WCFFI NPC established in November 2010, which provides an engaging platform for the agri-processing sector allowing South African academia, support agencies and government to interact with the food and beverage industries. Its vision is to grow the South African agri-processing sector and fine food industries, and steer it toward achieving worldwide recognition as a supplier of premium products and brands, creating a common dialogue platform and a joint action plan among the fine food stakeholders. Its over 700 members are represented in more than 6 provinces.
- Idea of association conceived
- Steering committee elected
- Interim board elected
- Structure and organisation formed
- Section 21 company registered
- Programmes and events identified
- Started operating
- Participated in international trade events
- Capacity building Workshops
- Strategic partnerships formed
- First AGM held
- 3 year budget completed
- Innovation project with strategic partner CPUT
- Workshop for informal traders
- 4 capacity building workshops
- 2 outward trade missions
- Upscaling national footprint
- WCFFI pavilion at Dubai Trade show
- MOU signed with Malaysian Government for Halal Park
- WCFFI pavilion at Dubai Trade Show
- Hospitality Food World Trade Show Cape Town
- Outward Mission to Belgium and Amsterdam
- Halal Park land identified by Western Cape Government
- Eataly demonstrations in Italian food stores
- To handle industry enquiries and trade opportunities on behalf of its subscribers.
- To be responsible and accountable for promoting food safety standards, traceability regimes, protocols and food security in the food industry.
- WCFFI will, along the entire value chain, facilitate in the negotiation of rebates and discounts for its subscribers.
- WCFFI will ensure subscribers are supported when implementing a supplier diversity programme thereby ensuring compliance to buyer requirements and creating capacity building.
Keys To Success
A Knowledge Management Challenge
- To market signals, incentives, value chain intelligence, competitors, regulatory, policy and compliance frameworks and specifications; consumer habits; patterns and trends.
- Adaptability to markets, technological systems, processes, cultural aspects, ecological shifts, trends and standards.
- Alignment of capability, systems, instruments and processes, research and development to mast benchmarked globally competitive factor conditions and productivity levels.
- Participation in trade shows, co-operative shipping and group representatives.
- Sharing knowledge, logistics and contacts without sharing IP.