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How Golden Macadamias Is Harvesting Long-term Success

How Golden Macadamias Is Harvesting Long-term Success

In 2020, Golden Macadamias launched the world's biggest macadamia processing factory, proudly flying the flag of a truly impressive South African success story. This was a significant moment in Nelspruit for the 96 growers who today are reaping the rewards of 21 years of hard work and incredible foresight. What began as a group of forward-thinking growers deciding to grow and market their own crop in 2001 has become a global phenomenon. The magnitude of the 21 000m3 Golden Macadamias facility mirrors the vision of like-minded growers committed to producing a product that is now an international mark of quality. Incredibly, the growth of this enterprise has also given rise to extraordinary environmental sustainability initiatives.

As the Golden Macadamia growers will tell you, this is a business model far from the norm. Firstly, there is a wait of up to 5 years to harvest, a time span that places immense pressure on cash flow and capacity building. Undaunted by this consideration, external factors such as the impact of Covid-19, and power constraints in the form of loadshedding and undeveloped infrastructure, Golden Macadamias goes from strength to strength. To develop a business that produced a few hundred tons in the beginning to one set to deliver 23 000 tons in 2023 is simply phenomenal.

Banking on a greener tomorrow

Golden Macadamias needed a bank that fully understood the intricacies of South Africa's agricultural sector and was capable of working alongside their unusually long production cycles. FNB was their clear choice. Today, that partnership functions far beyond the standard working relationship. It's integral to their cash flow dynamics and their commitment to long-term environmental sustainability. When Golden Macadamias realised that a local electricity infrastructure would have to be developed at immense cost, they turned to FNB to help facilitate a solar solution; one that now generates 1 Megawatt of power. They have even gone as far as to build facilities to purify water from the nearby Crocodile River. There are also plans in place to convert macadamia nut shells into a further 2 Megawatts of power. This bio-mass project is yet another inspiring story on its own.

Going one step further, Golden Macadamias is breaking new ground with ambitious plans to repurpose the land around it for the benefit of its workers and the local community. Plots of land have been cleared and earmarked for long-term projects such as the creation of a clinic and crèche. The hundreds of workers at the factory also benefit greatly from hygiene and transport initiatives. Leaders of change in every way, Golden Macadamias will continue to positively effect lasting change while continuing on its expansion path, including rising to the global demand for healthier food. The fact that they are brimming with heart-healthy fats, including monounsaturated fats, adds to the appeal even more. It's no surprise that the company has joined forces with multiple internationally renowned brands.

The story of Golden Macadamias is one that exemplifies the power of a partnership that is truly scalable and adaptable. It all started with one conversation that is harvesting success far beyond the expected. With FNB by your side, the future can be brighter and even greener. Great change is always just a conversation away.

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