Republic of Swellendam

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Tributes from specialist judges for
The Republic of Swellendam's Mild Chilli Oil that won a Gold Award during the 2021 event.

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We asked Danitsa Badenhorst, Republic Sales Representitive, a few questions to find out more about their success.

Tell us when your company was founded and some of its history?

Republic Swellendam is a Family Restaurant in Swellendam, in the Western Cape of South Africa, and we opened in April 2019.  Republic of Swellendam is our company and we produce Award-winning Craft Gin (Rebel Classic Dry Gin) and also Republic Chilli Oil (Mild). The Republic Chilli Oil we started producing during the first lock down in June 2020.

This restaurant is open for one and all, for young and old, short and tall, for the truly diverse people that make South Africa great. We proudly announce that the Republic of Swellendam, is everyone's place and a place for everyone.

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What do you think are some of the most special products you have?

The Republic of Swellendam gin offers a very tasteful, smooth and soft feel. A perfect gin base for your own rebellious concoctions.

But, without doubt, Republic Chilli Oil is a very unique product. The Republic Chilli Oil (mild) is a very pure, made with only 100% natural ingredients: Malawi Birds eye chilli, high food grade canola seed oil and salt. It is the perfect product to add some spice to your life. It is a great oil to drizzle over fresh salads and wood fired pizzas. Drizzle some over your flame grilled steak for a with some spice.

Love your curries? This is the perfect chilli oil to add to your curries for a nice tasteful spice. The Republic Chilli Oil range is growing, and soon we will be launching our Republic Smoked Chilli Oil and Republic Hot Chilli Oil. Republic Chilli Oil is a tasteful oil to drizzle over meals. Perfect for any dish.

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Please tell us what is unique about your manufacturing process, and your manufacturing philosophy.

We are very strict with our quality control and with keeping the product quality consistent from batch to batch.

We are very hands on during production to ensure the best possible quality for our clients.

What do you think is your distinct advantage or reason for your success?

Our absolute obsessive need for quality.  

What is the consumer demographic of your products, and what feedback are you getting?

Any person that enjoys slightly mild chilli will love this product.

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How do you see your company or product on the world stage?

Republic Chilli can scale up production to meet consumer demand across the world, and compares with the best in the world in terms of quality.

In what countries can your product be found?

Currently, we are in South Africa, mainly in the Western Cape, but growing. We can courier our product to anywhere in South Africa.

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In what countries can your product be found?

For now, only in Turkey, our products can be found in grocery stores, supermarket chains, many third-wave cafe chains, online markets, and five-star hotels. There is already a demand for our products from other countries as well. Therefore, it is also in our plans.

What innovations do you have in the pipeline for the future?

We are always experimenting with new products and production techniques to find and develop natural and functional products with greater taste.

Contact Person: Danitsa Badenhorst

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Contact Number: +27 (0)61 887 7643

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