About us – African Dream Foods

Our story

African Dream Foods was established in 2020 by a multinational team of wildlife enthusiasts, hot sauce lovers and impassioned entrepreneurs, African Dream Foods is a purpose-driven fair trade company that crafts socially-conscious hot sauces and spices in order to deliver authentic flavor and promote wildlife conservation.

Our mission

Our mission is simple: we’re committed to crafting all-natural, irresistible products that give hot sauce and spice enthusiasts around the world the opportunity to experience authentic African flavor while simultaneously fighting to protect the continent’s most at-risk wildlife.

Our Promises

From our conservation mission to our ingredients and production practices, we’re all about the good stuff at African Dream Foods. Buy any bottle from our small-batch artisanal lineup and we promise your purchase is:

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    • Supporting Wildlife Conservation — between .10 and .40 cents of every single bottle sold will land in the pockets of Africa’s best wildlife organizations that are working to protect habitats, further education, stop poaching and help the continent’s endangered wildlife. LEARN MORE

 

    • Produced Using Fair Trade Policies — we pay fair prices for the work of our production companies in South Africa.

 

    • Preservative-free — our products’ natural acidity and pasteurization mean ADF sauces boast an extended shelf life of at least 24 months without the need for artificial preservatives.

 

    • Non-GMO — when it comes to ingredients, we like it au naturel—the genetic makeup of the plants used in our products have not been altered and we use nothing artificial. That means no preservatives, no colorants, no MSG, and no pectin.
exceptional taste with African Dream Foods

Exceptional taste

All natural Ingredients at African Dream Foods

 All natural ingredients

Fair Trade at African Dream Foods

Fair trade

African Dream Foods is Wildlife Conservation Supporter

Wildlife conservation supporter

The Dream Team

David Schmunk
Founder & Managing Director

A persistent entrepreneur with a case of wanderlust, David wanted to create a business which combined his passions for travel, food, hot sauce, and spices with Africa, photography, and wildlife conservation. His vision for African Dream Foods was to bring the amazing tastes of natural, wholesome foods from Africa to the world, while at the same time establish a lasting positive impact on local communities and wildlife for which the country is so revered.

“Those who don’t risk, don’t drink champagne” — Russian Proverb

Team Member - Artur Schmunk
Artur Schmunk
Director

Artur first visited South Africa in 1997 and it was love at first sight. He moved there in 2006 and is, undoubtedly, the country’s biggest fan. Artur spends his days as an airplane mechanic and bush pilot and is also considered the ultimate family man.

“Nothing comes from nothing” — German Proverb

Katya Ostrova
Business Development and Funding Coordinator

Russian by birth, American by education, Indian by heart, and African by calling, Katya believes humor is the spice of life. When it comes to her palate, Katya does have a love of spices, although she tends to walk on the mild side of the heat index. As a part of ADF team, Katya is inspired to make the world a tastier place. She practices yoga, enjoys healthy cooking, and reading philosophy books.

“Work in a way that you look forward to Monday mornings, not Friday evenings” — Swami Parthasarathy

Kimberly Aukett
Project and Team Manager

Hailing from the “Land of the long white cloud” (New Zealand), Kimberly spent years honing her skills in Sales, Project Management and Recruitment in both public and private sectors in New Zealand and the U.K. In 2014 she decided to lose the suits and heels (well, most of them), and travelled to South Africa to fulfill a lifelong dream of volunteering with big cats — and she has never looked back. As part of the ADF team, Kimberly combines her skills and her passions while giving back to her greatest loves: wildlife and Africa.

“Just because my path is different, doesn’t mean I’m lost” — Gerard Abrams

Rachel Leonard
Rachel Leonard
Content Writer and Brand Voice

Raised in small-town America, Rachel is an adventurous spirit with a passion for words, new places and good food. In 2017 after completing a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing she sold everything she owned and purchased a one-way ticket overseas. Since then, she’s found transient homes across Europe, Southeast Asia and Australia. Presently based out of Melbourne, Victoria, she spends her time writing, making art and cooking with plenty of spice. Between hot and hotter, Rachel likes it hottest.

“What matters is to live everything. Live the questions for now. Perhaps then you will gradually, without noticing it, live your way into the answer…” — Rilke

Jun Verallo
Jun Verallo
2D/3D Graphic Designer

Born and raised in the “Queen City of the South”, Cebu City Philippines, Jun began his design career in 2006. He has a particular interest in Graphics, Branding, and Packaging Designs with many clients all over the world. Aside from graphics, he also loves lifting weights in the gym and doing boxing for cardio. During his free time, he loves going to the beach and spending time with friends and family.

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing…” — Walt Disney

Natasha Jebens
Marketing Lead

Finishing her degree while working as a white river rafting guide, Natasha truly has an adventurous spirit. A love for food and travel, Natasha has backpacked around the globe, tasting and cooking as she went, and finally settled back home in South Africa, where she believes the best flavors are! Growing up in Africa instilled her love for all things nature. Traveling the world showed her how we have to save it.

“Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.” — Douglas Adams

Organizations We Support

We’re always on the lookout for conservation-minded organizations to promote, support and collaborate with. Currently, African Dream Foods is working with

Wildlife Conservation

We donate a portion of every single bottle sold (between .10 and .40 cents) directly to conservation organizations that are actively fighting to protect endangered animals across the African continent.

Contact us

Real change is a team effort—that’s why we’re always on the hunt for organizations to collaborate with. If you’re curious about partnerships, promotions or other ways to support the cause, drop us a line using the form below.




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