2019 Small Supplier of the Year Award Winner: Peter Nyathi, founder of Tropical Mushrooms
Peter Nyathi started out as a worker on a mushroom farm and founded Tropical Mushrooms in 1999. With dedication and financial assistance he has more than doubled his farm’s capacity over the last 10 years to become one of South Africa’s biggest black-owned mushroom farms.
During Tropical Mushrooms’ first full year as a small supplier to Pick n Pay (2007), we bought just over R2.5 million worth of mushrooms. In 2017, we procured over R11 million worth of produce for over 330 stores in the inland regions. Supported by Absa and Pick n Pay’s ESD programme, Nyathi is building capacity by 25% to grow the business further.
“It is very good to know that someone is available to listen to and support you when it is needed. It helps you run your business to the best of your ability, but it’s even more important to have a major retailer like Pick n Pay backing you,” says Nyathi.