So as you all know I love to support local and started a segment where we could share, learn and inspire!
During lock down, we are going to do a whole lot of these to highlight these businesses – many of which are taking HUGE strain during this time – and shed some awareness and love to all.
So scrolling through Instagram, thirsty, during lock down, and I came across this vision of wine in a can! I mean hello? What a really unique idea. They do red and white wine so they cater for everyone if you prefer one to the other and their packaging is so, so beautiful!
So we chatted to Stefan, the Founding Member of Kleijne Wijn Gezelschap (the name translates form Dutch to English as “Small Wine Company” about their canned wine!
Please tell us a little about your business and your products?
We currently offer 3 products in our range, a Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Bubbly Pinot Noir Rose in a can!
All our products has also been certified by the South African wine and Spirit board (SAWIS) and carry the SAWIS stamp on every can.
This has been a very long journey to get permission and shelf life testing done with Nampak. They are the only manufacturers of aluminium cans in Africa and supply the likes of Coca Cola and SAB.
So we sell wine in a can. So send those orders through, we are ready for you!
What are the top 3 learnings you have had to find out the hard way since starting this business?
- Shelf life testing and certification takes time, be patient.
- Working with a budget and sticking to it
- Persistence is key and timing is everything
Where do you see KWG in 5 years?
In every major retailer and with international partners!
What is your advice to individuals out there wanting to start their own businesses but are too scared?
Write down your goals.
Work out a budget to get things going and work towards it.
Keep your cards close to your chest and only reveal your new business ideas when the ball is rolling! People steal ideas!
Tell us 2 things that are the BEST part about owning your own business and make it all worth while?
Every second of every day you work for yourself is a second and day that you don’t make someone else rich and successful!
Cans sell for R32.99 each and orders of 2 cases or more receive free shipping! Orders of less than 2 cases ships with Aramex at R99 per case.
Bet you all wish you had this in the fridge during lock down! I sure do. Check out their website for more and give them a follow on Instagram! They would appreciate the love. Any orders you would like to make can be done here: email@example.com