Who We Are
Pumpkin Patch Foods is a family-run company that takes great pride in supplying premium quality food products to the finest retail and hospitality institutions in South Africa.
Pumpkin Patch Foods has its roots in Vanrhynsdorp - the heart of the Namaqualand. Christolene, the founder (and actually a music teacher by trade), decided to try her luck by making 5 bags of pumpkin cubes from their season's harvest on the farm.
She then approached a buyer at Die Boord Superspar in Stellenbosch to ask whether he would be interested in buying her 5 bags of non-branded pumpkin cubes. The buyer chuckled, probably taken aback by the randomness of the event), but as a result of the quality of the products, her enterprising attitude, (and perhaps her refusal to leave without him taking the products), he surprisingly responded, "Yes sure, why not?".
The next day Christolene returned to Die Boord Superspar, nervously excited...
"So?"... she asked. "How did it go?".
"They sold out.", he responded. "Please bring me 10 bags tomorrow... and perhaps start thinking about a brand and label for your products.".
Drawing on her background in music, and her most recent success of selling 5 bags of pumpkin cubes, Pumpkin Patch Foods was born.
Soon after, Christolene managed to convince more stores to stock her newly branded Pumpkin Patch products, she expanded her product offering, and before she knew it, she had a small kitchen-sized business on her hands.
As a result of her fixation on quality and customer care, Pumpkin Patch soon graduated from her kitchen to her garage, to a small farm outside Stellenbosch. After two hard years of waking up at 3am to go the Cape Town's fresh produce market, Christolene's son - Christiaan - joined the company. He took it upon himself to construct a food safety certified factory to house Christolene's odd food processing hobby...
While it was never Christiaan's intention to become involved in the company on a full-time basis, Christolene and Christiaan worked together so well that he decided to stay on indefinitely. Nowadays, Christolene keeps an eye on farming activities in Vanrhynsdorp while Christiaan manages the business in Stellenbosch. Both of them take great pride in their work and have never been happier.
As mother and son, we are extremely proud of what we have been able to achieve over the past 8 years. However, it would not have been possible without the belief, motivation, and loyal support from our customers, buyers, friends, and family. We are incredibly grateful for everything and we look forward to continuing our journey for the years to come.
In 2018, we embarked on a mission to reduce and replace single-use plastics in our food products. We now package our products in plant-based (PLA - cornstarch) bioplastics to improve our environmental footprint and sustainability of conducting our business. To date, we have reduced our single-use plastics by more than 70%.
We source exclusively from GLOBAL GAP certified farmers around the Western Cape, which ensures that our products are always fresh, traceable, and free from harmful chemicals.
Food Safety Accreditation
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, we achieved a score of 97,2% in terms of our food safety compliance.
We utilise our own fleet of refrigerated vehicles to maintain the cold chain from our packhouse directly to our customers. This allows us to shorten the time between production and delivery, and more importantly, allows us to maintain complete control over the quality of our products in transit.
Our sales reps visit our customers on a regular basis. We are always on standby to resolve customer queries and are committed to building a lasting relationship with our customers.
We utilise state-of-the-art technology for sales management, route optimisation, and order management. This is done to increase store sales and productivity, reduce product waste, and improve sustainability.