Mushroom farmer Peter Nyathi, the founder of Tropical Mushrooms, is the 2019 Pick n Pay Small Supplier of the Year.
Pick n Pay chose Nyathi - a Zimbabwean national - based on his exceptional growth and the many jobs he created.
Nyathi’s farm produces more than 800 000 kilograms of mushrooms per year.
Tropical Mushrooms started supplying Pick n Pay in 2006 when the retailer bought mushrooms worth R2.5 million from it.
In 2018, the retailer procured a whopping R11 million worth of mushrooms from Nyathi’s company.
Listen to the interview in the audio below (and scroll down for quotes from it).
It’s quite a science… the facilities that one must have for you to consistently produce…— Peter Nyathi, founder - Tropical Mushrooms
We grow in tunnels… half of the land; we’re looking at doing other things… We do not use all of it [land]…— Peter Nyathi, founder - Tropical Mushrooms
We do the white button, which is the most popular. We also do the brown ones… exotic mushrooms we do not do… The inputs are not readily available in South Africa.— Peter Nyathi, founder - Tropical Mushrooms
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