Located in the beautiful Banhoek Valley, in the heart of the Cape Winelands, is Banhoek Chilli Oil (BCO) – a passionate and committed business that creates a product that adds flavour to life, exceeds expectations and is grounded by good principles. We pull this through in everything we do from sustainability initiatives and our commitment to empowering communities, to the care we place into our partnerships and collaborations.
South Africa has many social challenges, especially unemployment, which is currently sitting at 32.6%. At BCO, we work hard to uplift our valley by only hiring from the local community where possible. We believe that a person with a positive attitude has so much potential, and we are committed to teaching them the skills they need to succeed. Today, almost all our staff can walk to work, which is a huge benefit to them as reliable and affordable transport in the area is scarce.
In addition, we have partnered with a local farmer to institute an emerging farmer’s programme. BCO’s commitment is to buy all our chillies through the programme, which not only gives us gorgeous, locally grown chillies but also further improves employment in the local community.
Individually and as a responsible business, we’re dedicated to making our valley a better place, especially for our local community.
We’re as passionate about supporting local business as we are about our planet. Every batch of BCO is handcrafted from locally sourced ingredients, making our chilli oil a fusion of flavour and eco-consciousness.
Through our emerging farmer’s programme, we use chillies that have been sun-dried (an energy-efficient process that reduces our carbon footprint) before being hand-crushed and paired with golden, GMO-free canola (rapeseed) oil which is sourced from the Overberg. This proximity not only ensures that we get the freshest ingredients but also aligns with our commitment to eco-conscious practices by minimising travel distance.
When it comes to practices in our factory, we believe in crafting with conscience. We minimise waste through meticulous processes, embrace green energy sources to power our operations, and recycle on-site to reduce our environmental footprint. Our commitment to sustainability extends beyond just the ingredients we use – it’s ingrained in every facet of our production, ensuring that each bottle of BCO reflects our dedication to a greener future.
From seed to bottle, Banhoek Chilli Oil is a company that cares as much about the local community as it does about sustainable and ethical practices. As the roots of our endeavour delve deep into the Banhoek Valley, we uplift our community by creating employment opportunities and fostering skills, casting a ripple of empowerment. Simultaneously, every locally sourced ingredient that fills each bottle echoes our pledge to minimise our environmental impact. With each drop, our chili oil not only ignites flavours but also fuels a journey of positive change.