The Story About Us

Gut Bar is the largest collaboration of Gut Health enthusiasts & experts in South Africa. Combined we offer the country’s largest & most diverse selection of Gut Healing; Fermented Foods & Beverages, Health, Whole Foods & Products with one clear vision & purpose – Gut Health.
We’re dedicated to empowering people to take charge of their health & wellbeing, starting with their gut; which is the centre of all wellness.
We offer everything from; Kefir both Milk & Water, Kombucha, Fermented Krauts, Kimchi’s, Whole Brined Vegetables, Bone Broth & Natural Skin Care.

Visit our online shop now to browse through our products. Want the girls from Gut Bar to attend your next Wellness Event for an exclusive Gut Healing Day? Mail us now

Gut Bar became a member of The Gut Health Association of South Africa in June 2023 and is a platform where Gut Health Association members can sell their accredited gut health products and services.

Why Choose Us

Eat Healthier

Improve your gut and health with our range of products.

Collective Brands

We as a Gut Collective, here to help you live a better life.

Fresh And Clean Products

Our products are fresh and produced locally in SA.

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We meet and exceed all the quality and safety standards.

More about the Gut Collective

This is a story about a mom who found a miraculous treasure while trying to heal a sick child. This ancient treasure helped her daughter and others and so inspired was the she that she committed to sharing this good news with as many as she could. So she set off on a quest to help heal the nation of South Africa – one tummy at a time, to share the knowledge and the blessings of life carried by a collections of tiny microorganisms called kefir.

This ancient treasure known as KEFIR is a fermented beverage and it’s AWESOME! I’m that mom, my name is Bronwen and when I saw what kefir did for my children I knew I’d found something miraculous. My daughter had suffered with tummy problems, now known as IBS for quite a while and I wasn’t sure how to help her. Once she started consuming kefir regularly she experienced so much relief I had to pay attention. I too benefitted from drinking kefir as it sorted out a constipation issue I sometimes experienced. This stuff was amazing. The research started and I was blown away. These tiny living microorganisms were the answer to many of the health problems I saw people experiencing. I knew I had to get as many people as possible to try kefir.

I have been an entrepreneur most of my life and in 2015 I decided to make my passion my business. Having something I believed in as much as kefir I decided to make kefir full time. The name Nume S.A. came from a word my little boy used to call food when he was a baba. He’d ask for nummi-sa. I loved it. Turned out it wasn’t as easily said and soon nummi-sa became Nume S.A..

In the early days of kefir fermenting it was just my daughter and I harvesting batches of milk kefir early in the mornings before she had to go to school. We prayed for water kefir cultures (aka grains) and shortly afterwards they manifested. This meant I could also help people who didn’t drink milk.

Nume S.A. PTY is an artisanal business based in Mnandi, Gauteng. What started as a small seed of light has grown into a thriving artisanal business. The more I’ve learned about the importance of our gut microbiome, the more passionate I became. Our gut area is so important. When things don’t work properly we get sick. When we don’t eat living foods as part of our diet we get sick because things don’t work properly. Fermented foods give life – literally.

I am blessed to have an amazing team of individuals who help me bring the best, most alive kefir  to you. We get the importance of gut health and want as many South Africans as we can to know how to look after their gut and to give them access to quality gut health products and services. Kefir is what we do. It’s our specialty but I also know how difficult it can be when you first start out on your gut healing journey. There is so much to learn and so many things you’ve never heard of that you now need to find. I have added links to some of these products to help you along the way and will add more as I find them.

I would also like to invite you on a journey with me to learn about the importance of a healthy gut – from the mouth to the stomach, intestines, colon and all the way to the exit. There is too much illness in the world that has no place here. We get to choose to live better, healthier, balanced and happier lives. We get to #BeLoveSeeLoveDoLove for ourselves and others.

Nume S.A. has just entered a new phase in 2021 and I am now taking the dream for a healthier and happier nation to the next level. Nume S.A. is now Nu Me S.A. and our mission to is build a healthier and happier South Africa one microbiome, one gut, one person at a time.

Your health and wellbeing is our intention. Our fermentation facility is fully compliant with FSA certification for food safety and HACCP and my business is SARS and CIPC compliant.

Ché Gourmet is the leading supplier of Authentic Korean Kimchi as well as the Largest Fermented Food Range in South Africa.

Ché Gourmet was started 7 years ago when owner and founder Ché Upton returned from travelling the world. Ché Gourmet produces a range of Healthy Gourmet Sauces, Seasonings, Marinades, Pickles, Pastes & Fermented Food from around the world inspired by her travels. Not only do they bring the world to your kitchen BUT they do it in a VERY healthy way. All of their ingredients are as natural & organic as possible, free from preservatives, stabilisers, colourants and are completely refined sugar free, vegan friendly and DELICIOUS with a huge focus on sustainability and eco-friendly packaging.

They currently produce a range of perishable as well as non-perishable items and these products represent hours spent with local people in their homes in their countries (Including South Korea, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Japan, The Philippines, Thailand, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia & Peru among a few) learning the true way of making each and every one of these items and a few Ché has been inspired to create.

As suppliers of Fermented Foods and International Spices, Che Gourmet pride themselves on AUTHENTICITY, ORIGINALITY and healthy ingredients ALWAYS! At Ché Gourmet we do not import products and repackage them but manufacture each and every product from scratch so we are able to control EXACTLY what ingredients go inside. This allows us to produce a much higher quality product with the same authentic flavours as the original.

Aligned with the global movement towards healthier food Ché Gourmet has stepped in as the leader in Fermented Foods & Gut Health in South Africa with a huge focus on their top of the range product; Kimchi being the main driving force of the brand.

If you would like to find out how to get some of our amazing Kimchi and Fermented Foods, Gourmet Sauces, Seasonings, and more please email us now or feel free to browse through the Gut Bar online shop.

Dr. Broth is a local Durban producer of small-batch, gourmet bone broth. Created in 2018 by Gina and Graham Neilson – chef-owners of 9th Avenue Waterside as a diet-based remedy for their busy and stressful lifestyle.

Dr. Broth bone broth created with the help of a nutritionist combines organic, hormone-free animal bones with fresh local produce to create a delicious and nutritious health elixir. With anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, you can expect Dr. Broth to boost your immune system, aid weight loss, and reduce overall inflammation.

Why drink bone broth?
Bone broth is inherently loaded with a true powerhouse component: collagen! Collagen is the most plentiful protein found in the body. Ligaments, nails, skin, cartilage, connective tissue: all made up of collagen. Studies have shown that there are numerous benefits to consuming more collagen, including a healthier gut, sharper brain, increased joint mobility, and more youthful skin.

Bone broth is a perfect way to get more collagen, protein and micronutrients into your diet. It can be used as a base for stews, sauces, smoothies and soups, or even sipped heated up as a healthy drink to boost nutrition and aid digestion. Not only is bone broth comforting to the soul, it is incredibly nourishing to the body as well. Here are some of the major benefits of bone broth:
• Joint support: Bone broth’s amino acids play an important role in the building of joint cartilage
• Improved immunity: Chondroitin sulfate, found in bone broth, boosts anti-inflammatory and immune-regulatory effects
• Strengthened hair, bones and nails: Bone broth contains silicon, a compound that improves bone health and works to improve hair, nails and skin
• Improved gut health and digestion: The amino acid glycine in bone broth has shown anti-inflammatory effects, and can help protect the intestinal lining and aid digestion
• Improved mood, cognition, and sleep: Glycine can also induce feelings of calmness, reduce anxiety, and boost mental clarity
• Revitalized skin: Ingesting collagen provides a body with the building blocks it needs to build gorgeous skin from the inside out.

Dr Broth comes in 4 varients; Roast Chicken, Ginger Chilli Chicken, Roast Beef and a Roast Beef Concentrate. (All our broths are sold frozen in 750ml tubs to preserve its tantalising flavour and powerhouse ingredients. Dr Broth contains no additives or preservatives.

In the beginning there was a vegan with no decent vegan cheese, a bit of extra time and a gift – a power blender…….. (and the added inspiration of a husband that said he would make the final change to vegan (As a long time vegetarian) if he could have a decent vegan cheese!)

And that is where it all began. There was no plan for a business, just fun, a hubby to convert, a lot of inspiration and my newly found best friend – the vitamix ?

Vegetarian since age 16 and vegan for the past 14 years, as well as a very inspired foodie, it took me no time to start experimenting. Having educated myself extensively on nutrition over the years helped a lot, I believe food must be nutritious, delicious and add value to our meals, and this is always in my mind when creating any meal or product (except for cake…. Cake is cake… sugar flour, mmmm yum)

I was so inspired that the creating didn’t stop with cheeses (About 6 varieties at that point), I brewed all sorts of kombuchas, kefirs, other cultures, fermented veggies of all descriptions, plant yogurts, patties, bacon etc….

 

A few months later Jason (Hubby) suggested we make my creations into products – I point-blanc refused…. He bided his time and a few months later tried again – still no luck. With a little help from all our besties, he finally convinced me.

It was exciting! Finding the correct name, designing a logo, choosing the products to start with, packaging and labels….

About 6 months later Irene’s Gourmet was born (March 2016)! I approached a handful of shops (Very scary if you have never done it before) and they all loved my offering!

We started with 14 products. At first, I did everything myself, but it wasn’t long before we employed our first helper. This all happened from our home kitchen. Just over a year later when we had nowhere left to sit and 4 ladies working for us in our home, we realised it was time for premises. We found the perfect space and after a month of very intense renovations we moved into our beautiful factory in September 2017.

We are now a team of 16 strong. Always developing, innovating and creating – in our products and processes. We are big on girl power (14 out of 16), training and development of our team.

We love what we do, and we love that what we do inspires positive change for the planet, people’s health and animals.

The Rawbiotics range of probiotic products is manufactured by Efficient Microbes (PTY) Ltd, a private South African company formed in 2006 with the mission of providing natural alternatives to the harsh chemicals and medicines used in our everyday lives.

 

Efficient Microbes products are based on a groundbreaking microbial technology developed in the USA in 1998. Efficient Microbes imports live, liquid mother-cultures from which all of the various ranges are then produced. In addition to probiotic health products, Efficient Microbes manufactures microbial solutions for home care, pet care, agriculture, livestock health and environmental remediation.

The Rawbiotics range of probiotic products is manufactured by Efficient Microbes (PTY) Ltd, a private South African company formed in 2006 with the mission of providing natural alternatives to the harsh chemicals and medicines used in our everyday lives.

 

Efficient Microbes products are based on a groundbreaking microbial technology developed in the USA in 1998. Efficient Microbes imports live, liquid mother-cultures from which all of the various ranges are then produced. In addition to probiotic health products, Efficient Microbes manufactures microbial solutions for home care, pet care, agriculture, livestock health and environmental remediation.

Pure Primal – Sylvie Hewett, owner and founder of Pure Primal is passionate about our farmers, the environment, healthy living and anything Local. She started it in 2017 after receiving and fighting a cancer diagnosis and realising she needed to find more natural products to consume. She started experimenting and training with a doctor in the Natraceutical and Natural healing arena in Texas and developed her Pure Primal collagen products.

Looking for an easy way to live a healthier, all-natural lifestyle? Look no further than plant-based, organically grown products from South Africa. Raw Earth Organics has an amazing range of plant-based products. These are available through Gut Bar.