SOUTH AFRICA – South African food producer Premier Group was among the 5 companies that bagged the prestigious Company of the Year Award at the Africa Food Awards in Nairobi, Kenya.

Premier Group was recognized for the organization’s exemplary innovation-led leadership and organizational purpose to “Earn the right to operate in our communities”.

Receiving the Award, Julian Singonzo, Managing Executive of ESG at Premier FMCG thanked the award organizer for the recognition adding that the company has seen growth in the past 13 years that deserved the celebration.

“We are proud of what we have achieved because the company has triumphed over hurdles since international investment group Brait S.E. became the strategic long-term shareholder in Premier Foods in 2021, increasing its shareholding from 49.9% of Premier to the current 90% shareholding.”

Singonzo said that with over 200 years in operation with 25 manufacturing sites and 25 distribution sites all over SA and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, Premier has proven to be the region giant.

He added that the food manufacturer has gone a step further to have a sustainability vision that drives the company’s mindfulness on how it is impacting the community and the environment.

“As a company, we strive to make an impact in everything we do. This award is a testament that we are doing right within our business and serving our communities.”

The company also acknowledged that the celebrated milestone is timely following the recent move to list in the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) on 24 March this year and later ranked as one of South Africa’s Top Gender Empowered Companies in our sector.

We will extend our achievement with our over 18,000 employees because we deserve it,” Premier said.

Recognizing Premier, Francis Juma, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of FW Africa and the organizer of the awards commended the company for being a leader in the milling and food industry, recent investments in new capacity and new products, and the action-based commitment to making a difference where it matters most.

“We thank Premier for their leading role in the Southern region and the recent investments that have made you a regional giant. We celebrate you,” Juma said.

The Africa Food Awards took place during the Africa Food Industry Week, which consisted of high-level events such as the Africa Sustainability Symposium, AFMASS Food Expo, and the Africa Food Safety Summit, all held in Nairobi, Kenya.

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