Other Grain

The Grains business unit within Essential Foods prides itself on being a supplier of exceptional quality, nutritious and safe foodstuffs that are trusted by millions of consumers daily.

Maize products
Essential Foods manufactures super maize meal, special maize meal, samp, maize flour and instant maize porridge, playing an important role in providing nutrition to all South Africans.

Thanks to its extensive national distribution footprint, the division is one of the largest suppliers of rice to the South African market. Essential Foods secures only the best quality rice from a selected number of suppliers, ensuring only products of superior yield and taste reach consumers.

Beans and Legumes
Essential Foods is the biggest supplier of high quality dry beans and legumes in the country.

Thanks to a dedicated strategic services structure, overall quality and compliance management is maintained.  Acquiring wheat and maize, food safety, grain-based food research, as well as product- and process optimisation are all focus areas of this team.

With more and more people choosing health conscious foods, the division is perfectly positioned to serve this South African public.


White Star Super Maize Meal, Blue Bird Special Maize Meal, Champion (samp and instant maize porridge), Spekko Rice, Select Rice, Nice Rice, Imbo and Crossbow.

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