“The Great Fruit Adventure” struck a chord in Janet for three reasons. Firstly, because she loves helping and educating people. Secondly because she is interested in the correlation between fresh produce and beauty and well-being products. Ingredients in fresh produce, like Marula, Mango Oil, Shea Butter, and Rooibos, provide beneficial hydrating and anti-oxidant properties to many beauty products. Thirdly because the word “adventure” appeals to her love of travel. The journey takes place across Africa culminating in Cape Town, South Africa, a city she once lived in and loves.
Born in South Africa she has taken many a road trip from Johannesburg to Cape Town through the Karoo and along the Garden Route, and she once lived on a citrus plantation in Swaziland and a sugar cane farm in Kwa-Zulu Natal. South Africa has breathtaking beaches, mountains and wine farms. The diversity of vegetation, abundance of fruit and vegetables across the African continent and the sincerity and warmth of local people is hard to forget. Having travelled extensively and despite having lived in the UK for 15 years, Janet still cites Cape Town as one of the most beautiful cities in the world and calls South Africa “home”.
An explorer at heart she has lived in numerous cities across 3 continents. Her career has enabled her to combine her passion for meeting people and supporting them in developing their creative ideas, with her love of travel. Her work has taken her across Africa, Europe, Middle East, America and the Far East. From a speedy journey on the Bullet Train to visit Kanebo in Japan, to a wintery road trip across US states when volcanic ash brought transatlantic flights to a standstill and more recently to meet with luxury spas and hotels in Dubai.
Janet built her career in buying, product development and marketing of beauty and luxury goods. She is now a director of Emerald40, a UK based consultancy she founded in response to an increasing demand from clients to support them in creating their ‘own brand beauty products’. Working with brands across retail, travel and hospitality, she delivers strategic consultancy and end-to-end beauty product development services to an international client base.
Janet is delighted to be an ambassador for “The Great Fruit Adventure”. She believes that sharing stories and facts of how fresh produce is sustainably grown, sourced and shipped from fields around the world to our homes, and communicating the nutritional benefits fresh produce offers to our health and our well-being is of great value to future generations.