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By July 3, 2019 July 8th, 2019 No Comments

While there’s nothing new about online delivery services, there has certainly been a gap for convenience shopping that not only supports local businesses, but offers organic, ethical and artisanal produce. If you like your bread homemade, your milk free range and your beer crafty, read on!

Artisanal shopping often means having to head to several different destinations, from the butcher for your hormone-free, free-range meat; to the baker for your preservative-free, non-GM bread (we’ll leave the candlestick maker for the return of load shedding!). Now, thanks to a clever online business, you can source everything from one place, and have it delivered to your door.

Hupu is not an original concept, but it is relatively new to Ballito. Two years ago, corporate executive Michelle McNamara, was forced to change her lifestyle to improve her health.

“I fell quite ill,” she explains. Originally based in La Lucia, Michelle realised she needed to start eating more healthily and living her life a little more stress free.

“I worked in corporate for over 15 years in a high-powered managerial position, and after having my baby girl I decided to give corporate a break and spend some time with her.”

Give Michelle’s health concerns, and a new member of the family, her husband started to order from online delivery service, Hupu, in Westville, and they were soon hooked.

“The meat was all free range and tasted amazing, and the vegetables were organically grown. I rarely went to the shops and it started to save a ton of money and time.”

In addition, she found that by eating the right organically grown food her skin started to clear, and her gut started to heal.

The mom of two saw an opportunity, and the family decided to move to Salt Rock and start a new business venture with Hupu’s innovative concept, offering fresh, local produce to Ballito and surrounds.

“We have formed relationships with many local farmers and producers and have put them on our app,” says Michelle. “We now aim to connect the farmer with the end user so that they’re getting produce from the ground, straight to the consumer.”

Now, they reside in Brettenwood, and their ‘click and collect’ store is based in Simbithi Office Park.

No doubt Michelle’s customer-focused professional background is the foundation of her business, and she’s roped in the family too. (Her son is the Hupu delivery guy!)

“We have formed relationships with many local farmers and producers and have put them on our app,” says Michelle. “We now aim to connect the farmer with the end user so that they’re getting produce from the ground, straight to the consumer.”

What really makes Hupu unique, is that it aims to not only support local communities, but they provide produce that is free range, hormone free and antibiotic free. Unlike conventional grocery shopping, you’re not as easily tempted by other products on the shelves. Plus, “we take the headache out of standing in queues,” adds Michelle, and there’s an awful lot on offer, like nuts and jams, homemade ice cream and even eco-friendly cleaning products.

Some of the biggest sellers include fresh homemade pies from KC’s in the Midlands, milk from Jersey Cow Co. (which is hormone and antibiotic-free), meat from Hope Meats, also in the Midlands, and veg and fruit from Natures Gate here along the North Coast.

Our personal favourite is ordering fresh, local flowers from the site, as well as the Science of Coffee beans.

Download the Hupu app on iPhone or Android or visit hupu.co.za.