“We see Beef and Lamb SA as the influencer to the influencers,” says Marina Fourie, project and brand manager of Beef and Lamb SA, a ground-breaking consumer education programme of the Red Meat Industry Services (RMIS).
With a vision that echoes the pulse of the nation, Beef and Lamb SA is set to revolutionise the South African red meat industry, one informed choice at a time.
Fuelled by statutory levies contributed by the red meat value chain role players, Beef and Lamb SA is not just an organisation; it’s a movement. Proudly stepping into its role as the torchbearer of change, it is on a mission to empower consumers, demystify complexities, and foster a deep understanding of red meat consumption.
Empowering consumers, influencing change
“We don’t believe in reinventing the wheel,” states Fourie, the former project manager of Lamb and Mutton SA.
She emphasises their approach of collaboration over competition noting that Beef and Lamb SA seeks to engage with existing food communication platforms and influential individuals, leveraging their collective power to disseminate accurate information about red meat. Their philosophy rests on the premise that informed consumers make healthier choices.
At its core, Beef and Lamb SA aims to bridge the gap between scientific knowledge and consumer understanding. By distilling intricate scientific data into consumer-friendly messages, the organisation equips individuals with the knowledge needed to make informed decisions about red meat consumption.
Themes such as product utilisation, industry practices, nutrition and health, and sustainable consumption are at the forefront of their educational initiatives. Fourie explains, “Beef and Lamb SA will replace Lamb and Mutton SA (‘cooking with lamb’) and ‘Beef up’ the former consumer education campaigns for the red meat industry.”
Redefining consumer education
In an era of personalisation, Beef and Lamb SA relies on meticulously curated consumer insights data generated in-house. This data-driven approach allows them to craft targeted and relevant educational campaigns, ensuring that their messages resonate with diverse segments of the South African populace.
Launching soon is the highly anticipated campaign, “My beef and lamb story.” This initiative, set to debut on Food for Mzansi and the @beefandlambsa Instagram page, is more than just a culinary exploration. It’s a celebration of personal narratives surrounding red meat consumption, inviting consumers and team members to share their favourite recipes and experiences.
A unified South African identity
In a nation celebrated for its diversity, the new campaign stands as a unifying force, embodying the spirit of every South African. Their message, encapsulated in the powerful declaration, “We march to the beat of our own drum. We are brave. We are proud. We are every South African. We are Beef and Lamb SA,” resonates deeply with a society proud of its roots and optimistic about a future shaped by informed choices.
This journey is more than an educational initiative; it’s a transformative odyssey. By empowering consumers and collaborating with influencers, it promises to not just change perceptions; it pioneers a healthier, more informed, and sustainable path for the nation’s red meat industry.