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Our History

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19
IN 2019 Premier acquires 100% of the shares in issue in Swazi Mahewu (previously Mandla Mehewu). Its primary focus is on the production and distribution of mahewu in Eswatini and the SADC region.
2019
IN 2019 Premier acquires 100% of the shares in issue in Swazi Mahewu (previously Mandla Mehewu). Its primary focus is on the production and distribution of mahewu in Eswatini and the SADC region.

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18
Premier enters the beverages category with the acquisition of a 60% shareholding in Mandla Mahewu based in Eswatini.
2018
Premier enters the beverages category with the acquisition of a 60% shareholding in Mandla Mahewu based in Eswatini.

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17
Premier buys a new site in Fort Jackson with a Mill and a Bakery in 2015 which officially opened in 2017.
2017
Premier buys a new site in Fort Jackson with a Mill and a Bakery in 2015 which officially opened in 2017.

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16
In 2016 Premier installs a state of the art cereal extrusion facility in Kroonstad.
2016
In 2016 Premier installs a state of the art cereal extrusion facility in Kroonstad.

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15
Premier expands African footprint with the acquisition of Companhia Industrial da Matola business. CIM is the leading food producing company in Mozambique with a diversified product range, comprising wheat flour, maize meal, pasta, biscuits and animal feeds.
2015
Premier expands African footprint with the acquisition of Companhia Industrial da Matola business. CIM is the leading food producing company in Mozambique with a diversified product range, comprising wheat flour, maize meal, pasta, biscuits and animal feeds.

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14
Premier’s corporate office moves to 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.
2014
Premier’s corporate office moves to 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.

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13
The growth strategy is entrenched in 2013 with the acquisition of several businesses including: Star and Mister Bread in the Eastern Cape, Manhattan confectionery and Lil-lets (SA and UK).
2013
The growth strategy is entrenched in 2013 with the acquisition of several businesses including: Star and Mister Bread in the Eastern Cape, Manhattan confectionery and Lil-lets (SA and UK).

20
12
Premier enters Eswatini through the acquisition of a controlling stake in Mister Bread and S.U.B bakeries.
2012
Premier enters Eswatini through the acquisition of a controlling stake in Mister Bread and S.U.B bakeries.

20
11
International investment group Brait S.A. becomes the strategic long-term shareholder in Premier Foods.
2011
International investment group Brait S.A. becomes the strategic long-term shareholder in Premier Foods.

20
04
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.
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.

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98
General Food Industries Limited (Genfood) purchases Premier Food Industries Limited and merged into Premier Foods Limited (Premier Foods).
1998
General Food Industries Limited (Genfood) purchases Premier Food Industries Limited and merged into Premier Foods Limited (Premier Foods).

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94
Premier Milling Pretoria Mill.
1994
Premier Milling Pretoria Mill.

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88
Jabula becomes a wholly owned division of Premier Milling.
1988
Jabula becomes a wholly owned division of Premier Milling.

19
87
The new Snowflake wheat mill opens in Vereeniging.
1987
The new Snowflake wheat mill opens in Vereeniging.

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84
Premier Food industries is formed.
1984
Premier Food industries is formed.

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82
SA Milling celebrates its centenary. A maize mill is incorporated on the Isando premises in Johannesburg.
1982
SA Milling celebrates its centenary. A maize mill is incorporated on the Isando premises in Johannesburg.

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78
The Snowflake Mill at Thaba N’chu opens.
1978
The Snowflake Mill at Thaba N’chu opens.

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67
Premier Milling acquires majority stake in Jabula.
1967
Premier Milling acquires majority stake in Jabula.

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64
Premier Milling merges with SA Milling.
1964
Premier Milling merges with SA Milling.

19
61
Union Flour Mills becomes a wholly owned subsidiary.
1961
Union Flour Mills becomes a wholly owned subsidiary.

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60
SA Milling acquires Pretoria West Flour Mill.
1960
SA Milling acquires Pretoria West Flour Mill.

19
59
SA Milling’s head office moves from Port Elizabeth to the newly built Snowflake Flour Mill in Joist Street, Isando.
1959
SA Milling’s head office moves from Port Elizabeth to the newly built Snowflake Flour Mill in Joist Street, Isando.

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58
Associated South African Bakeries (ASAB) is established through close co-operation between SA Milling and Premier Milling.
1958
Associated South African Bakeries (ASAB) is established through close co-operation between SA Milling and Premier Milling.

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55
The Isando site in Johannesburg is identified for a factory to be built and for the head office of SA Milling to be established.
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.

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52
Premier Milling Kroonstad Mill.
1952
Premier Milling Kroonstad Mill.

19
51
BB Durban Bakery & Wheat Mill.
1951
BB Durban Bakery & Wheat Mill.

19
24
A new mill is built at Salt River for $100,000; an astronomical figure at the time.
1924
A new mill is built at Salt River for $100,000; an astronomical figure at the time.

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20
Premier Milling Pearl Flour Truck.
1920
Premier Milling Pearl Flour Truck.

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16
Premier Milling Newtown Mill.
1916
Premier Milling Newtown Mill.

19
13
Marks & Co and Premier Roller flour mills merge to become Premier Milling.
1913
Marks & Co and Premier Roller flour mills merge to become Premier Milling.

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10
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.
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.

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09
With the unification of South Africa, the first Transvaal representative, Mr Joseph Summers of Klerksdorp is appointed by SA Milling.
1909
With the unification of South Africa, the first Transvaal representative, Mr Joseph Summers of Klerksdorp is appointed by SA Milling.

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06
First Union Flour Mill steam plant built in Durban.
1906
First Union Flour Mill steam plant built in Durban.

19
00
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.
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.

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96
JT Perry & Co become Premier Mills.
1896
JT Perry & Co become Premier Mills.

18
91
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.
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.

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90
Marks & Co formed in Johannesburg.
1890
Marks & Co formed in Johannesburg.

18
87
Expansion into Cape Town. JW Stephen & Co appointed as agents.
1887
Expansion into Cape Town. JW Stephen & Co appointed as agents.

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84
Newly-erected mills are opened by John Brister, mayor of Port Elizabeth. The Snowflake brand is registered.
1884
Newly-erected mills are opened by John Brister, mayor of Port Elizabeth. The Snowflake brand is registered.

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83
Baumann’s Bread & Biscuit Factory BB Bread West Street Durban.
1883
Baumann’s Bread & Biscuit Factory BB Bread West Street Durban.

18
82
The Port Elizabeth Steam Mill Company Limited is formed.
1882
The Port Elizabeth Steam Mill Company Limited is formed.

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52
The Baumann’s Bread and Biscuits in Durban is formed and now known as BB Bakeries.
1852
The Baumann’s Bread and Biscuits in Durban is formed and now known as BB Bakeries.

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20
Attwell’s Bakery is founded.
1820
Attwell’s Bakery is founded.