Lauren Hartzenberg

Retail Editor at
Location:Cape Town, South Africa


Retail editor and lifestyle contributor at Former automotive and ICT editor. Get in touch:


BA English and Communications
Year completed:2014
Education level:Degree
Location:Cape Town, South Africa
Copy-editing short course
Year completed:2015
Education level:Certificate
Location:Online, South Africa
Digital marketing short course
Year completed:2014
Education level:Certificate
Location:Online, South Africa
#FreshOnTheShelf: New Doritos, edible cookie dough, Nuy gin and Bosjes vino

In #FreshOnTheShelf, we round up some of our favourite food and beverage products that have hit the shelves recently...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 2 days ago

Luxe living at the Lanzerac: Why you should visit this Stellenbosch icon

As we drove up the long, tree-lined driveway into Lanzerac Wine Estate I knew that the next 24 hours were going to be special.

By Lauren Hartzenberg 3 days ago

This Cape Town startup delivers restaurant-grade meat directly to your door

Buyfresh is online butchery supplying ethically-sourced, top quality meat at affordable prices to discerning Cape Town omnivores as well as the city's restaurant trade...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 18 Sep 2018

Ruby chocolate makes its striking debut in South Africa

Belgian-Swiss cocoa company Barry Callebaut officially unveiled ruby chocolate in September last year, much to the delight of confectioners, chefs and average chocolate-loving consumers around the globe...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 13 Sep 2018

Grassroots trading to luxury leather leader: The journey of Jekyll and Hide

Jekyll and Hide founder Bernard Bultemeier talks luxury leather, global expansion, the challenges facing independent retail today and why we'll all be wearing backpacks soon...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 4 Sep 2018

#FreshOnTheShelf: Craft beer, beverages and bubbly

In #FreshOnTheShelf, we round up some of our favourite food and beverage products that have hit the retail shelves recently...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 3 Sep 2018

Pricecheck Tech and E-commerce Awards 2018 winners revealed

Takealot cleaned up at this year's Pricecheck Tech and E-commerce Awards, bagging four of the 14 awards presented, including the coveted E-commerce Service of the Year...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 31 Aug 2018

#WomensMonth: Jandri Van Zyl on building a Cape Town cake empire

Jandri Van Zyl's sweet dreams of building a crowd-pleasing cake-haven have steadily been realised since her business The Velvet Cake Co. launched in 2012 to public acclaim.

By Lauren Hartzenberg 29 Aug 2018

Innovation in food and wearables tackles pet obesity epidemic

Obesity is not only a widespread problem for humans, but that 'puppy fat' your now adult pet hasn't quite shed may be cause for concern...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 23 Aug 2018

#WomensMonth: Women need to support each other in the workplace

As the head of consumer experiences at Pernod Ricard South Africa, Elizabeth Lee Ming's role involves optimising customer-centricity across some of the leading brands in the premium spirits category...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 23 Aug 2018

On-demand grocery concierge startup OneCart eyes national expansion, a Johannesburg-based startup that's been described as an 'Uber for groceries', has just reached over 1,000 active users on its multi-store online shopping platform...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 21 Aug 2018

#WomensMonth: Meet the woman behind Signal Gun's craft brews

Jéanri Nel was well on her way to becoming a winemaker, until she decided to indulge her love for beer and become a brewer instead...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 16 Aug 2018

Mensa merges wine quaffing with digital storytelling

With South Africa being home to a host of world-class wine brands, newly released expressions can easily go unnoticed because consumers are faced with so many quality options...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 13 Aug 2018

The secrets behind Israel's rise as a 'Startup Nation'

For but a sliver of land in the Middle East, with a population below 9 million, you'd never guess that Israel has the second largest number of companies on the Nasdaq, after China...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 8 Aug 2018

#FreshOnTheShelf: Designer chocolate, gourmet pizza, summery rosé and healthy crisps

In #FreshOnTheShelf, we round up some of our favourite food and beverage products that have hit the retail shelves recently...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 3 Aug 2018

Private label rises above SA's competitive trading environment

Now that the 'Ramaphoria' dust has settled, retailers and manufacturers are needing to come to terms with the fact that GDP growth is stagnant, and as a result, consumer confidence and sales have remained low...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 1 Aug 2018

Israel's plan to accelerate innovation in sports tech

For a country not particularly known for success in the competitive sporting arena, Israel's high-tech prowess is helping to establish the nation as the Silicon Valley of sports tech...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 31 Jul 2018

Get high: Why Elgin's Cape Canopy tour is bucket list worthy

It's no small wonder why people head to the mountains to recharge. The clean air and refreshing sense of space are like natural remedies for a mind bogged down with city smog and strife...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 20 Jul 2018

#MobileCommerce: The right product, to the right customer, at the right time

As Cape Union Mart Group's director of e-commerce, Amanda Herson has the mammoth task of ensuring a seamless online experience for some of South Africa's most loved retail brands...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 18 Jul 2018

LG's InstaView fridge and TwinWash are models of efficiency

Home appliances have always been designed to make our lives easier. And as consumers become increasingly time-poor, the need for 'convenience' is driving more and more of our purchasing decisions...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 17 Jul 2018

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