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Returns policy

Founder Foods strives to provide the best possible service to its customers. We are committed to operating our business in terms of the requirements of the Consumer Protection Act and our returns policy is aligned therewith.

A customer’s till slip is their guarantee.

Goods will be refunded or exchanged, in accordance with the applicable provisions of the Consumer Protection Act, if the goods were defective, unfit for purpose or failed due to a design or manufacturing flaw. Founder Foods reserves the right to refer returned goods for technical assessment by the manufacturer or authorized service centre. Customers are required to present their original tax invoice or till slip.

Please note that it may not be possible to determine in-store whether goods have been damaged or what the cause of a failure or defect may be. Accordingly, Founder Foods reserves the right to refer returned goods for technical assessment by the manufacturer or authorized service centre prior to repairing, replacing or refunding an item and to provide the customer with feedback within 10 business days of receipt of the returned goods and to act accordingly.

If the goods show a defect after the initial 6 (six) month period, but are within the manufacturer’s warranty period, Founder Foods may, at the customer’s request send the goods to the manufacturer for repair and the manufacturer will decide whether you will have a valid claim and if so, whether they will repair or replace as well or whether any charges will be levied in accordance with the terms of the warranty.   

If the goods become defective once the manufacturer’s warranty has expired, we will endeavour to arrange with the manufacturer or its agents to repair the goods but bear no responsibility for their failure to do so.

As with all warranties, certain conditions and exceptions apply:

  • Please take proper note of any terms or instructions that accompany your goods;
  • Goods that show a material manufacturing defect or other material defect within the first 6 (six) months of purchase will be repaired, replaced or refunded; and
  • Defects that develop after six months may be repaired, replaced or refunded at the manufacturer’s election, and subject to the relevant manufacturer’s policy.

The manufacturer’s warranty will only apply to material defects in the process of manufacturing the goods and will not apply in the following instances:

  • damage caused by lightning or power surges;
  • damage caused by misuse or abuse to the goods or contrary to instructions and warnings provided on the goods or their documentation;
  • goods used for a purpose other than the purpose for which they were intended e.g.  commercial use of domestic appliances;
  • accidental damage;
  • goods that have been altered or physically changed in any way; and
  • A public regulation prohibits such returns for public health reasons.

Once we have accepted a return and approved a refund, the customer will receive the refund in the same manner as payment was made.

Perishables and Groceries

A customer’s till slip is their guarantee.

Founder Foods will gladly refund perishable goods should customers not be satisfied with the quality thereof, within the product’s Expiry date and if is in its original packaging.  Should a product be defective the product should be brought back to the store in its original packaging.

Perishable items cannot be returned due to the fact that a customer had a change of mind in respect of the particular purchased item, this is due to public and food safety regulations.


Home Shopping

A customer has a general right to return good (a ‘cooling off period’) within 10(ten) business days after delivery, without penalty, should the product be unsatisfactory or incorrect. 

The customer will be liable for the costs of returning the goods, should it relate to a change of mind purchase. 

Refunds will be finalised within 7 business days.  

Returned goods must be:

  • In its original packaging; and
  • In its original condition

Certain conditions and exemptions apply:

No returns will be accepted if:

  • Goods have been altered in any way; and
  • There is a health risk attached
  • Due to public and food safety regulations.