Orange Grove Dairy is the latest supplier-sponsor to sign up to the Comrades Marathon. The Dundee-based dairy will supply a range of dairy and related products over the course of the year, including during Comrades race week and to all athletes on race day.
Comrades Marathon Association Chairperson, Cheryl Winn made the announcement at Orange Grove Dairy Headquarters in the KwaZulu-Natal town of Dundee, in Umzinyathi District earlier this month.
Under the agreement, the 93-year old dairy will position itself as the official provider of dairy products, fruit juice products, Amahewu, Multigrain and Yoghurt to The Ultimate Human Race. Runners enjoyment of Amahewu especially, is reflected in the fact that the CMA provides nearly 40-thousand 250ml ready-to-drink sachets of the beverage at refreshment stations along the route on Comrades race day.
Starting with #Comrades2021, the three-year sponsorship will cover the 2022 race as well as the 2023 edition.
Having been founded in 1927, Orange Grove Dairy remains in the Durham family, and is currently run by the founder’s grandson, Dave Durham and his wife Sue who have grown it into one of the country’s largest private dairies.
Orange Grove Dairy currently manufactures and distributes a delicious range of over 200 dairy products including a full range of milk, maas, yoghurts, cream, 100% juices, nectars, dairy fruit blends, Dairy multigrain blends and Amahewu under strong well recognized brands such as Jersey Gold, Insengwakazi, Isibhakela, Umfutho, Natures Best, Natures Nectar, Tango, MultiGO and Asemzansi.
The great thing about Orange Grove Dairy milk is that it is produced naturally without the use of artificial hormones and other additives. The dairy also boasts one of the country’s biggest and top pedigree Jersey herds.
Orange Grove Dairy has a wide network of distribution Depots in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng & Mpumalanga namely Dundee, Durban, Empangeni, Alberton and White River.
The award-winning dairy is also a recipient of the KwaZulu-Natal Top Business Award in the agricultural sector, which recognises those companies which have made their mark on the province’s economy and community development.
The dairy continues to support a number of community-based projects, sports events and local athletes as well as the community based Isibhakela Operation Xoshaindlala.
Winn has welcomed Orange Grove Dairy as a new CMA supplier-sponsor, saying, “It is with a huge sense of excitement that we conclude this sponsorship agreement with this top KwaZulu-Natal dairy and welcome them to the Comrades Marathon family.”
CMA General Manager, Keletso Totlhanyo says, “We are delighted to have Orange Grove Dairy on board with the CMA as a supplier-sponsor. Our sponsors and partners add value to the Comrades Marathon and we look forward to sharing the passion and success of two top KwaZulu-Natal brands working together.”
Business Unit Manager at Orange Grove Dairy, Steve Mkhize says, “It is an honour to partner with the Comrades Marathon on this level. This event ticks all the boxes for us and showcases passion, pride and achievement in no small measure. As Orange Grove Dairy, we share the values and goals that have made the Comrades Marathon great and look forward to working with this world-class team.”