The Krone Entrepreneur Award went to Hilda Adams whose business Weskus Mandjie offers a way to make a living for local women in the fishing village of Mamre by making preserves and other homemade products.
“We are honoured to be a part of this important movement,” says marketing director of Krone, Abigail Rands who presented the award to Hilda.
“We salute all of South Africa’s fearless females who are championing local flavours and equal opportunities with both guts and glory. The spirit of entrepreneurship is at the heart of what we do at Krone: the bravery to follow your dreams as well as the vision to see what is invisible to others.”
Judge and editor of food magazine Chips!, Alix-Rose Cowie said, “Hilda is a shining example of small scale entrepreneurship changing lives. She’s found a way to market and monetise local knowledge and traditional crafts to empower women.”
FOOD XX was started by food designers Studio H as a platform and movement that delivers empowering content for women by women in the food and drinks industry in South Africa. The focus is on celebrating women across the food industry in response to previous exclusion or tokenism of women in industry competitions and awards shows worldwide.
Founder Hannerie Visser says, “The whole idea about FOOD XX is that we talk about current injustices and find solutions together, whilst simultaneously redressing exclusion and tokenism of womxn in the past.”