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Started by three Californian college friends who came to Cape Town and found a lack of healthy food, they opened the first store.  Today Kauai operates under the multi-brand food group, Real Foods (Pty) Ltd, with the mission to make healthy eating easy and accessible. The focus is on real foods, which are foods that are free of harmful, synthetic chemicals.

Kauai has been leading the healthy food movement in South Africa since the brand opened its first store in Cape Town in 1996, where the brand started. The brand has grown to more than 160 Kauai stores in South Africa and now internationally with stores in Europe and South East Asia, and has become a well-established brand amongst South Africa consumers over 24 years.

Kauai`s mission remains the same: we make healthy food easy and accessible.

The Real Foods Group Pty (ltd) acquired Kauai in 2015, and with their unmatched expertise in healthy, natural food as well as innovation, social responsibility and sustainability, they successfully re positioned the brand into the fast-growing fast casual segment, with renewed focus on quality, taste and health. Real Foods Group plans to continue introducing new and exciting menus, partnerships and developments to continue the growth trajectory.

Kauai won prestigious 2018 FASA Franchisor Of The Year and 2017/18 Brand Builder Of The Year awards, as well as the 2018 Best Field Service Consultant in the industry, which is testament to our leadership in the fast casual dining and health space. The Kauai brand is also about our people and finding the right franchisees and personnel in our stores is fundamental to our success and as such the brand focuses a lot of effort on people’s growth and best in industry HR practices. To this end Kauai won the Africa Employee Engagement Company of the year 2019 and the Internal Communications / Employer brand of the year 2018.

Finding the right people will make or break any company. An enormous emphasis on personal development of the people at Real Foods starts with the recruitment, training, field support, reviewing and rewarding. All together we have a management team of 12 individuals including our CEO, Dean Kowarski.

Our management team has a vast amount of experience and expertise in running their departments with careers in Woolworths, SAB, Nando’s, Mr. Price, Dairy Queen, SERCO, and Tiger Brands. Dean is an ardent businessman who strives to live a healthy lifestyle and is passionate about health issues and good food. He has vast experience across many business disciplines. In addition to his numerous business interests, he is the founder of Nü Health Food Café, and in March 2015 he was appointed Kauai CEO.

A model with little competition and in its growth phase, with best in industry margins. Proven support and systems built in South Africa that have been fined tuned over 24 years.

Kauai franchisees have a passion for food and health. They are passionate, hard-working individuals with a strong service orientation and commitment to be hands on in their business. They understand and follow operational procedures, and enjoy leading and growing people. This is a tough business where people’s management skills are vital to your success.

Intensive training is provided with experienced and dedicated trainers. 8 weeks of training is mandatory for all franchisees as it orientates the new franchisees on all aspects of business. The training and support team are dedicated in setting up and supporting all franchisees for success.

Please refer to the Kauai website http://www.kauai.co.za

Price Range of Franchise
R2 Mil - R3 Mil
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Advertising & Marketing Fees
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Total Fees
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Financial Cost

Franchise Joining fees: R120 000.00 for Retail, and R70 000 for In Motion gym model (exc VAT).
Approximate total cost of a store: Retail stores from R 2.3 million exc VAT. In Motion gym model R800 000 exc VAT
Working capital: R 50 000 (plus lease deposit).
Minimum cash: From 50% of set up costs.
Details of on-going fees and/or royalties: Royalty fee: 6%. Marketing fee: 4% (1.5% for In Motion when in a gym).

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