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Trends in South African Agri-Business 2021

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  • 34 Pages
  • August 2021
  • Region: South Africa
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  • ID: 5402715

Trends in South African Agri-business

Agri-business has multiple sub-sectors including maize and wheat milling, the production of livestock, dairy and horticulture. South Africa is a major producer and net exporter of finished processed food products, and food exports grew substantially in 2020. New technology and vertical integration are driving change in the industry. Challenges include tariff protection in various geographies, animal diseases, security issues on farms and the consequences of climate change. Constraints such as rising input costs, supply disruptions, dumping and illegal trade affect operating income.

Dominant Players

While there are many food production companies in South Africa, the industry is dominated by a small number of large players. High levels of market concentration, often through vertical integration, create high barriers to entry. The flour and grain milling industry is concentrated and controlled by a handful of farmers, silo owners and manufacturers. In the poultry sector, large companies are outsourcing some operations, which creates opportunity for small players.


Current trends include product innovation in line with consumer behaviour, such as demand for organic and plant-based foods. Regulatory changes and regulations such as sugar taxes and sodium content limits have posed challenges and prompted product changes. Supply and supply chain disruptions due to the pandemic led to some shortages and price increases. Cheap imports, intermittent bans during lockdown and the significant growth of illegal trade in tobacco and liquor products and have had a dramatic effect on these industries.

Report Coverage

This report focuses on trends in South African agri-business across several sub-sectors, with cross-references to reports on these sectors. The report includes information on trends in farming and processing, investments, trade, corporate actions and other industry developments. It refers to over 20 reports covering everything from the fresh fruit and vegetables industry to the manufacture of dairy products, sugar and animal feeds, the liquor and tobacco industries and trade in agricultural raw materials and livestock.

Table of Contents


2.1. Industry Value Chain



5.1. Coronavirus
5.2. Trade
5.3. Corporate Actions
5.4. Continental

6.1. Trends in Farming
6.2. Trends in Agricultural Products (Primary) Processing
6.3. Trends in Food (Secondary) Processing

7.1. Investments
7.1.1. Major Transactions
7.1.2. Capacity Expansion and Utilisation
7.2. Government Initiatives
7.3. Unreliable Water and Electricity Supply



10.1. Publications
10.2. Websites


  • List of Sectors Covered

Companies Mentioned

  • A J Products (Natal) CC
  • A J Products (Western Cape) CC
  • Acorn Agri and Food Ltd
  • Adcock Ingram Holdings Ltd
  • AECI Ltd
  • AFGRI Agri Services (Pty) Ltd
  • Afgri Poultry (Pty) Ltd
  • Afresh Brands Cape (Pty) Ltd
  • Afresh Brands KZN (Pty) Ltd
  • Africa Spice (Pty) Ltd
  • Africa Sun Oil Refineries (Pty) Ltd
  • Afrikoa (Pty) Ltd
  • Afroberg Tobacco Manufacturing (Pty) Ltd
  • AGT Foods (Pty) Ltd
  • Agulhas Honeybush Tea CC
  • Aldor Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Algoa Roller Mills CC
  • Allifa Spices 2004 (Pty) Ltd
  • Almansal Exporters (Pty) Ltd
  • Almond Creamery (Pty) Ltd
  • Alpen Food Company South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Alzu Ondernemings (Pty) Ltd
  • Amalgamated Tobacco Manufacturing (Pty) Ltd
  • Amanah Oil CC
  • Amanteco (Pty) Ltd
  • Amina's Wonder Spice Trust
  • Anat Foods (Pty) Ltd
  • Anato Investment Company (Pty) Ltd
  • Arbor Acres South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Art of Africa CC
  • Assagay Coffee CC
  • Associated Fruit Processors (Pty) Ltd
  • Astral Operations Ltd
  • At Source Handmade Foods (Pty) Ltd
  • Avera Foods (Pty) Ltd
  • Bake Tech (Pty) Ltd
  • Bakhresa SA (Pty) Ltd
  • Bandini Cheese (Pty) Ltd
  • Barnes Tea and Coffee Merchants CC
  • Beadica 276 CC
  • Bean There Coffee Company (Pty) Ltd
  • Beaver Creek (Pty) Ltd
  • Beefmaster Kimberley (Pty) Ltd
  • Best Tobacco Company (Pty) Ltd
  • Big Daddy's Liquors (Pty) Ltd
  • Big Save Distribution Centre (Pty) Ltd
  • Big Save Liquor Waltloo (Pty) Ltd
  • Bimbo QSR Holdings South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Blinkwater Meule (Pty) Ltd
  • Bloemfontein Abattoir (Pty) Ltd
  • Bloemhof Salt and Chemical Company (Pty) Ltd
  • BOS Brands (Pty) Ltd
  • Boschveld Ranching (Pty) Ltd
  • Bread Gypsy CC (The)
  • Brenner Brands (Pty) Ltd
  • Breva Enterprises (Pty) Ltd
  • BrewKombucha (Pty) Ltd
  • British American Tobacco South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Bubble Tea Company (Pty) Ltd (The)
  • Buttanutt Tree Nut Spreads (Pty) Ltd
  • Campers Corner Rentals CC
  • Cape Almonds (Pty) Ltd
  • Cape Cookies (Pty) Ltd
  • Cape Hot House Vegetables CC
  • Cape Natural Tea Products (Pty) Ltd
  • Capekaroo International (Pty) Ltd
  • Caring Candies CC
  • Carmien Tea (Pty) Ltd
  • Carnilinx (Pty) Ltd
  • Carolina Roller Meule (Pty) Ltd
  • Caturra Coffee Company (Pty) Ltd (The)
  • Cavalier Abattoir (Pty) Ltd
  • Cerebos Ltd
  • Ceres Fruit Processors (Pty) Ltd
  • Chalmar Beef (Pty) Ltd
  • Chamdor Meat Packers (Pty) Ltd
  • Champ's Choice Feeds (Pty) Ltd
  • Chemfit Fine Chemicals (Pty) Ltd
  • Chicory SA (Pty) Ltd
  • Chipkins Puratos (Pty) Ltd
  • Chocolate Time CC
  • Chocolats Marionnettes CC
  • Chohans Spice (Pty) Ltd
  • Clipper Coffee and Tea CC
  • Clover SA (Pty) Ltd
  • Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages (Pty) Ltd
  • Coca-Cola Sabco (Pty) Ltd
  • Coega Dairy (Pty) Ltd
  • Colgate-Palmolive (Pty) Ltd
  • Colombo Brew Co (Pty) Ltd
  • Country Bird Holdings (Pty) Ltd
  • Creative Flavors International (Pty) Ltd
  • Crede Oils (Pty) Ltd
  • Crookes Brothers Ltd
  • Crown Chickens (Pty) Ltd
  • Crown Food Group (Pty) Ltd
  • Crystal Salt CC (The)
  • D H Brothers Industries (Pty) Ltd
  • Daisy Health Foods CC
  • Danone Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Darling Olives (Pty) Ltd
  • Darling Romery (Pty) Ltd
  • Datex International CC
  • Dawnlight Investments 101 (Pty) Ltd
  • De Rustica Estates (Pty) Ltd
  • De Villiers Chocolate (Pty) Ltd
  • Deli-Spices (Pty) Ltd
  • Denmar Estates (Pty) Ltd
  • Dewfresh (Pty) Ltd
  • Diageo South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Diamonds Discount Liquor (Pty) Ltd
  • Dicks Sweets CC
  • Donald Brown Group (Pty) Ltd
  • Doornplaat Abattoir (Pty) Ltd
  • Dotcom Trading 988 (Pty) Ltd
  • Douglasdale Dairy (Pty) Ltd
  • Dried Fruit Direct Marketing (Pty) Ltd
  • Dwaggas Soutwerke (Pty) Ltd
  • DWR Hertzog
  • E Akhalwaya and Sons CC
  • East London Abattoir (Pty) Ltd
  • Eastern Trading Co (Pty) Ltd
  • Eggbert Eggs (Pty) Ltd
  • Ekhamanzi Springs (Pty) Ltd
  • Elangeni Oil (Pty) Ltd
  • Elgin Poultry Abattoir (Pty) Ltd
  • Empirestate Trading (Pty) Ltd
  • Enebev (Pty) Ltd
  • Epic Foods (Pty) Ltd
  • Epko Oil Seed Crushing (Pty) Ltd
  • Eskort (Pty) Ltd
  • Ethnic Candy CC
  • Exim International (Pty) Ltd
  • Exotic Spices CC
  • F G La Pasta (Pty) Ltd
  • Fair Cape Dairies (Pty) Ltd
  • Fairfield Dairy (Pty) Ltd
  • Famous Brands Coffee Company (Pty) Ltd
  • Famous Brands Ltd
  • Far End Dairy (Pty) Ltd
  • Farmgate Dairy (Pty) Ltd
  • Ferrero South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Folha Manufacturers (Pty) Ltd
  • Fortified Foods Marketing (Pty) Ltd
  • Fourie's Poultry Farms (Pty) Ltd
  • Fournos Group (Pty) Ltd
  • Freddy Hirsch Group (Pty) Ltd
  • Free State Oil (Pty) Ltd
  • Froneri South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Frut SA (Pty) Ltd
  • Future Life Health Products (Pty) Ltd
  • Gattis Ice Cream (Pty) Ltd
  • Ghaapseberg Foods CC
  • Giants Canning CC
  • Gideon Milling (Pty) Ltd
  • Givaudan South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Gledhow Sugar Company (Pty) Ltd
  • Global Coffee Exports Ltd
  • Global Macadamias (Pty) Ltd
  • Glutagon (Pty) Ltd
  • Godrich Flour Mills (Pty) Ltd
  • Gold Leaf Tobacco Corporation (Pty) Ltd
  • Golden Peanut and Tree Nut SA (Pty) Ltd
  • Golden Spices CC
  • Goosebumps (Pty) Ltd
  • Grain Field Chickens (Pty) Ltd
  • Granor-Passi (Langkloof) (Pty) Ltd
  • Granor-Passi (Pty) Ltd
  • Green Health Innovations (Pty) Ltd
  • Griekwaland Wes Korporatief Ltd
  • Happy Culture Kombucha (Pty) Ltd
  • Health Connection Wholefoods (Pty) Ltd
  • Heartland Foods (Pty) Ltd
  • Heineken South Africa (RF) (Pty) Ltd
  • Hessequa Abattoir (Pty) Ltd
  • Home of Cut Rag (Pty) Ltd
  • Honest Chocolate (Pty) Ltd
  • Honey Bush Processing (Pty) Ltd
  • Honeybush Natural Products (Pty) Ltd
  • Hotel Lima Whiskey CC
  • House of Natural Butters (Pty) Ltd
  • Huguenot Fine Chocolates CC
  • Hy-Line South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • I L Molino CC
  • Illovo Sugar Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Imana Foods (SA) (Pty) Ltd
  • IMPTOB South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • In 2 Food Group (Pty) Ltd
  • Ina Paarman's Kitchen (Pty) Ltd
  • Incobrands (Pty) Ltd
  • Ingrain SA (Pty) Ltd
  • J Wollbrandt
  • Joekels Tea Packers (Pty) Ltd
  • JT International South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • K and F Nel Enterprises CC
  • Kalkpoort Soutwerke CC
  • Karan Beef (Pty) Ltd
  • KB Baxter
  • Kees Beyers Chocolate CC
  • Kellogg Company of South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Kellogg Tolaram South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Khayelitsha Cookies (Pty) Ltd
  • Kimberley Salt Company (Pty) Ltd
  • Kingsley Beverage (Pty) Ltd
  • KK Doughnuts SA (Pty) Ltd
  • Kliphoek Soutwerke (Pty) Ltd
  • Kuipers Group (Pty) Ltd
  • KYTO Operations (Pty) Ltd
  • L C Packaging (S A) (Pty) Ltd
  • La Montanara Melkery (Pty) Ltd
  • La Pasta Delizia CC
  • Lactalis South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Ladismith Cheese Company (Pty) Ltd
  • Lapithos Olive Growers
  • Le Petit Pain (Pty) Ltd
  • Lentaba Meat (Pty) Ltd
  • Leonard Dingler (Pty) Ltd
  • Lesedi Food Enterprises (Pty) Ltd
  • Libstar Operations (Pty) Ltd
  • Limpopo Tobacco Processors (Pty) Ltd
  • Lindt and Sprungli (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd
  • Liquor City-The Liquor Boys CC
  • Little Green Beverages (Pty) Ltd
  • Lodestone Brands (Pty) Ltd
  • Long4Life Ltd
  • M G Pasta CC
  • Magaliesberg Sitrus Maatskappy (Pty) Ltd
  • Majesty Oil Mills (Pty) Ltd
  • Mango Ginger Bakery and Coffee Shop (Pty) Ltd
  • Marltons Pet Care (Pty) Ltd
  • Mars Consumer Products Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Martin and Martin (Pty) Ltd
  • Massmart Holdings Ltd
  • Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists (Pty) Ltd
  • McCain Foods (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd
  • McCormick South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Melmont Honeybush Tea CC
  • MK Hendrikz 
  • MoFaya Beverage Company (Pty) Ltd
  • Mondelez South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Montego Pet Nutrition (Pty) Ltd
  • Mooivallei Suiwel (Pty) Ltd
  • Morgan Abattoir (Pty) Ltd
  • Mountainview Dairy CC
  • MultiSnack (Pty) Ltd
  • National Brands Ltd
  • Natpro Spicenet (Pty) Ltd
  • Nature's Choice (Pty) Ltd
  • Nestle (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd
  • New Look Packers CC
  • New Style Pork (Pty) Ltd
  • Newshelf 1167 (Pty) Ltd
  • Ntingwe Farming (Pty) Ltd
  • Nut Butter Mafia (Pty) Ltd
  • Nut Man CC (The)
  • Nutri Feeds (Pty) Ltd
  • Nutritional Foods (Pty) Ltd
  • Oceana Group Ltd
  • Oos Vrystaat Kaap Bedryf Ltd
  • Orange Grove Dairy (Pty) Ltd
  • Orange River Salt Works (Pty) Ltd
  • Osman's Spice Works CC
  • P C Kelders (Pty) Ltd
  • Pakco (Pty) Ltd
  • Pasta Factory (Pty) Ltd (The)
  • Paul's Muesli (Pty) Ltd
  • Pavati Trading 116 (Pty) Ltd
  • PC Coetsee
  • Peacock Tea and Coffee (Pty) Ltd
  • Pecans South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Peppadew International (Pty) Ltd
  • Petrow Food Ingredients (Pty) Ltd
  • PhilAfrica Foods (Pty) Ltd
  • Philip Morris South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Picardi Hotelle (Pty) Ltd
  • Picardi Liquors (Pty) Ltd
  • Pick n Pay Stores Ltd
  • Pioneer Foods Groceries (Pty) Ltd
  • Pioneer Voedsel (Pty) Ltd
  • Polar Ice Cream Company (Pty) Ltd
  • Porterville Olives (Pty) Ltd
  • Premier FMCG (Pty) Ltd
  • Pride Milling Company (Pty) Ltd
  • Promeal (Pty) Ltd
  • Pronto Pasta (Pty) Ltd
  • Pura Soda Beverage Company (Pty) Ltd
  • PVM Nutritional Sciences (Pty) Ltd
  • Quantum Foods (Pty) Ltd
  • RCL Foods Consumer (Pty) Ltd
  • RCL Foods Ltd
  • RCL Foods Sugar and Milling (Pty) Ltd
  • Red Bull South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Redsun Dried Fruit and Nuts (Pty) Ltd
  • Retsol Stores (Pty) Ltd
  • Rhodes Food Group (Pty) Ltd
  • Rica Meats (Pty) Ltd
  • Robinson Liquors (Pty) Ltd
  • Roelcor Malmesbury (Pty) Ltd
  • Rooibos Ltd
  • Rossouw Pluimvee - Eiers (Pty) Ltd
  • Rotondo Walnuts (Pty) Ltd
  • Royal Canin South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Royal Tea Packers CC
  • RT Cain
  • Rymco (Pty) Ltd
  • Sabie Valley Coffee CC
  • Sally Williams Fine Foods (Pty) Ltd
  • Salt Refiners and Packers (Pty) Ltd
  • Sanpeace (Pty) Ltd
  • SD Mantell
  • Sea Lake Investments (Pty) Ltd
  • Serfontein Poultry (Pty) Ltd
  • Sernick Group (Pty) Ltd
  • Shoprite Holdings Ltd
  • Simba (Pty) Ltd
  • Sime Darby Oils South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Siqalo Foods (Pty) Ltd
  • Sizani Foods (Pty) Ltd
  • Smith Animal Feeds CC
  • Soda King Franchising CC
  • Solo Food's Sales and Distribution (Pty) Ltd
  • South African Breweries (Pty) Ltd (The)
  • South African Distilleries and Wines (S A) Ltd
  • South Spice International (Pty) Ltd
  • Southern Canned Products (Pty) Ltd
  • Southern Oil (Pty) Ltd
  • SPAR Group Ltd (The)
  • Sparta Foods (Pty) Ltd
  • Spice Emporium (Pty) Ltd
  • Spice Importers and Millers CC
  • Spice Mecca (Pty) Ltd
  • Spice Pod (Pty) Ltd (The)
  • Standerton Oil Mills (Pty) Ltd
  • Strictly Coffee CC
  • Summerpride Foods (Pty) Ltd
  • Sundale Free Range Dairy (Pty) Ltd
  • Sunola Oil Mills (Pty) Ltd
  • Sunshine Macaroni Co (Pty) Ltd
  • Suntory Beverage and Food South Africa Ltd
  • Swartkops Seesout (Pty) Ltd
  • Sweet Temptations Toffees (Pty) Ltd
  • Tate and Lyle South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Tea and Coffee Distributors (Eastern Province) (Pty) Ltd
  • Theonista (Pty) Ltd
  • Thokoman Foods S A (Pty) Ltd
  • Tia's Muesli CC
  • Tiger Brands Ltd
  • Tiger Consumer Bra