The USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub boosts trade and investment with and within Southern Africa.

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DLG Naturals, a Botswana manufacturer of food and cosmetic products from sustainably harvested, fairly traded indigenous fruits, is exploring U.S. and South African export markets for its marula pulp, a byproduct of the local fruit known for its antioxidant properties. With demonstrated demand from South African and U.S. consumers, specialty food ingredients are among the USAID TradeHub’s focus sectors and companies like DLG Naturals are supported by the USAID TradeHub to understand and meet export market consumer needs. Discussions have already begun with Soleil Capitale, owner of Texas-based yogurt business Sassy Lassi. The company has expressed interest in adding marula and baobab yogurt to its product range, selling it through its existing channels, which include Whole Foods, Walmart and Costco Wholesale, in the United States. DLG Naturals is also pursuing market interest from the dairy products division of Clover SA, which seeks to add marula pulp to its list of ingredients. Frozen samples of the pulp are due to arrive to the prospective South African buyer in the coming week.


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