Who We Are
Welcome to Pumpkin Patch Foods, a family-run company that is dedicated to providing premium quality food products to the finest retail and hospitality institutions in South Africa.
Our story began in Vanrhynsdorp, the heart of the Namaqualand, where Christolene, our founder and a music teacher by trade, decided to try her luck by making five bags of pumpkin cubes from their season's harvest on the farm. She approached a store in Stellenbosch to ask whether they would be interested in buying her unbranded pumpkin cubes. Despite being taken aback by the randomness of the event, the store's buyer was impressed by the quality of the products, Christolene's enterprising attitude, and her refusal to leave without him taking the products. He eventually responded with a "Yes sure, why not?".
From those humble beginnings, Pumpkin Patch has grown into a household name known for its unwavering commitment to product quality and customer care. Today, our team of 60+ production workers supplies over 100 retail stores throughout South Africa.
More than business
More than just a business, Pumpkin Patch Foods is committed to solving socio-environmental problems in South Africa. Creating employment opportunities, advocating for sustainability, upskilling our employees, and alleviating hunger is central to our management objectives. We donate one product for every ten products sold and distribute 10% of the company's profit to our employees.
Produce and Food Safety
At Pumpkin Patch Foods, we source exclusively from GLOBAL GAP-certified farmers around the Western Cape, ensuring that our products are always fresh, traceable, and free from harmful chemicals. Our packhouse in Stellenbosch was purposefully built according to ISO22002, HACCP, and Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) guidelines for food processing facilities. In our most recent GFSI audit (2022), we achieved a score of 99.3% regarding our food safety compliance.
We utilise our own fleet of refrigerated vehicles to maintain the cold chain from our packhouse directly to our customers, shortening the time between production and delivery and maintaining complete control over the quality of our products in transit. Our sales team visits our customers on a regular basis and is always on standby to resolve customer queries and build lasting relationships.
Pumpkin Patch Foods utilises state-of-the-art technology for sales management, route optimisation, and order management to reduce our environmental footprint, optimise sales, reduce food waste, and improve sustainability.
Thank you for considering Pumpkin Patch Foods as your food product supplier. We look forward to serving you with our commitment to quality and customer care.