In 1983, entrepreneurs Flip and Jeanie Nel had a vision: to grow quality fresh produce on a piece of uncultivated land close to the Limpopo River.
Both the business and the consumer market grew, and M-Pak was formally established in the town of Messina (now Musina) in 1987.
As the Nels had a small mango orchard on their farm, the idea of manufacturing dried mango was born, and came into being in 1990. Although the demand for dried mangoes started slowly, it has grown rapidly over the years due to an increase in local and worldwide popularity. This eventually led to the Nels obtaining an additional drying facility in Hoedspruit.
However, procuring enough fresh mangoes remained a challenge. M-Pak started to look beyond the borders of South Africa to expand, and the opportunity to become involved with mango drying in West Africa came about in 2011.
Today, M-Pak remains a family-run operation led by Flip and Jeanie Nel, as well as their three children and their spouses. The company continues to grow to meet worldwide demand for dried mango – satisfying client specifications, complying with recognised food safety and quality standards, and introducing innovative new products.
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