Stephan & Seun is a family run business that was set up over 50 years ago when the very first potatoes were planted by Johan Stephan in 1965. The production capacity started at 1 hectare and now include about 500 hectares. Today the business is run by the third generation of the Stephan family, with the fourth generation excitedly preparing themselves to take over the reigns in a few years.
Our farms are located on South Africa’s west coast, in the Sandveld, a sandy soil region that stretches from Darling in the south to Vredendal in the north.
Some of our farms border the Atlantic Ocean and benefit from cool sea breezes. These breezes create temperatures that are on average 12°C lower than at the other farms during the summer months. This puts us in the unique position to produce fresh potatoes throughout the year.
Our team is extremely proud of our achievements – having grown exponentially from producing 25 tons of potatoes per year in 1965 to 25 000 tons per year in 2015, and now offering permanent employment to 120 people.
Many of the staff have been in employment for over 15 years and truly have become part of the Stephan & Seun family.
The cultivars grown on our farms are selected based on their varietal characteristics to ensure that they flourish within our specific climate and soil conditions. By selecting cultivars that grow effortlessly in our specific environmental conditions we reduce the amount of pesticides and chemicals needed to ensure a healthy crop.