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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Homemade recipe kicks off business venture

INNOVATOR: Nawahl Razak is using her knowledge of physics to create vegan milk products, with the help of the Agrifood Technology Station INNOVATOR: Nawahl Razak is using her knowledge of physics to create vegan milk products, with the help of the Agrifood Technology Station

Nawahl Razak has a penchant for risk taking.

Known for having run various small businesses during her spare time, Razak, who is a laboratory technician in the Department of Maths and Physics, recently took on her biggest venture and turned a homemade recipe into a business.

Razak is the brains behind the Milk Nut Company, a startup specializing in the manufacture of vegan milk products.

“I started creating milk for myself and then began reading about vegan milk options. The more I read the more recipes I tried,” she says.

Relying on her physics knowledge, Razak perfected her recipes, producing two vegan milk products, one from oats and the other from peanuts. Both products are manufactured using fewer additives and processes, are low in calories, has high amounts of healthy fiber and contains decent amounts of iron and calcium.

With a growing trend of people opting to purchase products directly from local producers, Razak is positive that her products will fill a gap in the market.

“People are supporting small business owners because they want to know exactly what their products are made of,” she says.

Razak is now looking at expanding her product range and is currently being supported by the Agrifood Technology Station, a CPUT based specialized unit that provides a range of innovative services to support small, medium and micro-sized enterprises operating in South Africa’s food sector.

Razak says while it has been an exciting journey, innovation is not easy, neither is running a business.

“It’s up to me to keep pushing and to make a success out of this venture. You have to take a risk and follow it through.”

*To find out more about the product please mail Razak at themilknutco@gmail.com.  

Written by Candes Keating

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Email: keatingc@cput.ac.za

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