Spotlight on Johannesburg: Innovations in South African Food and Beverage Industry

January 30, 2024
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Johannesburg, proudly known as South Africa’s City of Gold, is not just renowned for its minerals and precious stones, it is also home to a number of trailblazing companies operating in the food and beverage industry. These companies have made significant contributions to the growth and development of not just the local industry, but have expanded their reaches far beyond South Africa’s borders. In this article, we will introduce some of these companies, outlining their foundation, unique value proposition, and contributions to their respective industries.

The city is a melting pot of various cultures and this diversity is reflected in the wide range of food and drinks that are produced here. From beer and spirits delivery services to large multinational fruit suppliers, there is a rich blend of heritage and innovation in the Johannesburg’s food and drinks sector. For those curious about the companies making waves in this vibrant city’s food and beverage scene, we have just the information you need.

With this article, we aim to bring you closer to the heart of Johannesburg’s Food and Beverage scene. These companies, though diverse in their offerings, all share a common home in South Africa’s biggest city. Let’s take a closer look at these companies, exploring their roots, their vision, and their contributions to not only Johannesburg but the Food and Beverage industry as a whole.


Founded by Vincent Viviers, Bottles offers the delivery of beer, wine and spirits to your doorstep in under 60 minutes with just a tap of a button. They currently operate in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and Pretoria. Find out more about them on Facebook or follow them on @bottles_app on Twitter.

Westfalia Fruit

Hans Merensky founded Westfalia Fruit, a multinational fresh fruit and related product supplier. As part of the Hans Merensky Holdings Group, they grow, source, ripen, pack, process and market sustainably-grown avocados year round. Get more detailed information about the company on their LinkedIn page.

Coca-Cola Beverages Africa

Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) is a representation of the globally renowned brand in South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Ghana, Mayotte, and Comoros. Follow Coca Cola Beverages Africa on LinkedIn for more.

Vital Health Foods (Pty) Ltd

Vital Health Foods, founded by Mr. Jack Grieve, is South Africa’s leading independent manufacturer and distributor of branded vitamins, minerals, and supplements. Get more insight about them on their Facebook page or connect with them on Twitter @vital_sa.

Little Green Beverages

Little Green Beverages (LGB) is a proudly South African company which was founded in 2006. They are the creators of the loved Refreshhh! range of carbonated soft drinks. Connect with them on Facebook or follow their Twitter handle, @refreshhh_za for more information.

Clover Industries

Founded by Joseph Baynes, Clover Industries is a leading branded foods and beverages group in South Africa. They strive to provide accessible nutrition to all consumers. For more details about the company, check out their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter @CloverWayBetter.


AVI Ltd. promotes brands that include hot beverages, biscuits, frozen foods, cosmetics, shoes, accessories, and fashion apparel. Connect with them and learn more about their portfolio on their LinkedIn page.

Chicken Bar

Chicken Bar has become the new epicenter for African grilled chicken dishes that genuinely capture the essence of township life in Africa. Follow them on Twitter @ChickenBarSA or check out their Facebook page for more details.

Anchor Yeast

Anchor Yeast is well known in the baking industry for their contribution to food and baking. Take a look at their Facebook platform for more information.


Foodcorp is a prominent manufacturer of quality branded and private label food products in Johannesburg. They manufacture, market and distribute a diverse range of food products, from basic essentials to top-end desserts and convenience meals.

Compass Group South Africa

Founded by Jack Bateman, the Compass Group provides a range of outstanding food and support services to various organisations across South Africa.

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