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Historical Timeline

2014
Waterfall City

Premier's corporate office moves to Waterfall Office Park in Waterfall City in July 2014. The company has recently made several acquisitions and will continue to do so to fulfill its strategic intent. The new Premier identity is launched.

2013
Star, Mister Bread, Manhattan & Lil-Lets

Premier Foods acquires several businesses including: Star and Mister Bread in the Eastern Cape, Manhattan confectionery and Lil-lets (SA and UK).

2012
Mister Bread & S.U.B

Premier Foods enters Swaziland through the acquisition of a controlling stake in Mr. Bread and Swaziland United Bakeries.

2011
Brait

International investment group Brait S.A. becomes the strategic long-term shareholder in Premier Foods.

2004

Foundation for African Business and Consumer Services (FABCOS) acquires 74% interest in Premier Foods, with FABCOS being the controlling shareholder with 55%, while Genhold (Genfood's holding company) held a 26% stake.

1998

General Food Industries Limited (Genfood) purchases Premier Food Industries Limited and merged into Premier Foods Limited (Premier Foods).

1994

Premier Milling Pretoria Mill.

Premier Milling Pretoria Mill
1988

Jabula becomes a wholly owned division of Premier Milling.

1987
Vereeniging Snowflake

The new Snowflake wheat mill opens in Vereeniging.

1984

Premier food industries is formed.

1982

SA Milling celebrates its centenary. A maize mill is incorporated on the Isando premises in Johannesburg.

1978
The Snowflake Mill at Thaba N'chu

The Snowflake Mill at Thaba N’chu (between Bloemfontein and Lesotho) opens.

1967

Premier milling acquires majority stake in Jabula.

1964

Premier Milling merges with SA Milling.

1961

Union flour mills becomes a wholly owned subsidiary.

1960

SA Milling acquires Pretoria West Flour Mill.

1959

SA Milling’s head office moves from Port Elizabeth to the newly built Snowflake Flour Mill in Joist Street, Isando.

1958

Associated South African Bakeries (ASAB) is established through close co-operation between SA Milling and Premier Milling.

1955

The Isando site in Johannesburg is identified for a factory to be built and for the head office of SA Milling to be established.

1952

Premier Milling Kroonstad Mill.

Premier Milling Kroonstad Mill
1951

BB Durban Bakery & Wheat Mill.

BB Durban Bakery & Wheat Mill
1923/1924

A new mill is built at Salt River for $100,000; an astronomical figure at the time.

1920

Premier Milling Pearl Flour Truck.

Pearl Flour Truck
1916

Premier Milling Newtown Mill.

Premier Milling Newtown Mill
1913

Marks & Co and Premier Roller flour mills merge to become Premier Milling.

1912

Proposition made to control the well-known Premier Milling Company Limited (Premier Milling).

1910

SA Milling enters the shipping business by buying an iron steamer, travelling between Cape Town and as far north as Walvis Bay. The company also invested in the first delivery truck in the country, a Sentinel steam lorry used in Cape Town.

1909

With the unification of South Africa, the first Transvaal representative, Mr Joseph Summers of Klerksdorp is appointed by SA Milling. SAMCO products are popularised on the ‘platteland’.

1906

First union flour mill steam plant built in Durban.

1900

A new mill is built in Cape Town standing 50 meters tall. SA Milling begins the conversion of the original Port Elizabeth plant to produce maize meal and samp. An entirely new flour mill is erected.

1896

JT Perry & Co Become Premier Mills.

JT Perry & Co Become Premier Mills
1891

Cape Town’s Attwells Bakery merges with the Port Elizabeth Steam Mill Company to form the South African Milling Company Limited (SA Milling). First advertisements for Snowflake Flour appear.

1890

Marks & Co formed in Johannesburg.

1887

Expansion into Cape Town. JW Stephen & Co appointed as agents.

1884

Newly-erected mills are opened by John Brister, mayor of Port Elizabeth. The Snowflake brand is registered.

1883

Baumanns Bread & Biscuit Factory
BB Bread West Street Durban.

BB Bread West Street Durban
1882

The Port Elizabeth Steam Mill Company Limited is formed.

1852

The BB Bakeries in Durban is formed.

1820

Attwell’s Bakery is founded.