Our partners have pre-existing supplier relationships in place. For example, our blueberry partner, United Exports, is one of the largest fruit exporters in the country with agreements in place to supply both European and United Kingdom supermarkets as well as South African markets. The partners in the honey business, Menno’s Apiaries and Hurter’s Honey, have exclusive supplier relationships with Woolworths (for example). South Africa only produces one third of the honey we consume, meaning there is a market for local honey, particularly as consumers become increasingly aware of how important traceability is. It is unlikely that there will be no market for the blueberries or honey. We have specifically chosen partners that have the necessary distribution channels and supplier contracts to prevent this occuring. In both instances, current market supply does not meet demand, particularly in the case of blueberries. In recent times, the price of these two commodities has increased at rates above inflation. If this trend continues, asset owners stand to generate even higher returns than those we projected.
All assets are fully insured. So if your particular blueberry bush dies, for example, it will be replaced. Partners were selected based on market performance and how innovative they already are in producing their crops. So in the case of blueberries, they are all grown under shade netting to protect against hail and frost. For the hives, they are carefully constructed to be high enough off the ground to be badger friendly. For solar, all panels used are Tier 1 meaning they are of the highest quality and rated to last 25 years.