Quantum Foods has fully integrated egg and broiler businesses with access to superior genetics in both fields. The Feed Producing Unit has state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and a strategic alliance with an international company to ensure cutting edge technology transfer.
Quantum Foods’ head office is situated in the town of Wellington in the Western Cape.
The company was established as a means to benefit from the bran off-take of the Pioneer Group’s milling business – today it is a self-contained business and has four focus areas:
- Animal Feeds
- Farming: Layer & Broiler
- Related business in the rest of Africa
The business units of Quantum Foods include:
South African Footprint
Quantum Foods’ feed mills are located in Malmesbury, George, Paterson and Pretoria, where feed is sold under the Nova Feeds brand. The Malmesbury site consists of two factories, bringing the total number of feed mills to ﬁve. These mills are highly automated and are equipped to manufacture a wide variety of feeds for optimal animal nutrition. Integrated quality and safety systems are in place at all mills to ensure the consistent output of high-quality products for livestock consumption.
Nova Feeds has extensive expertise in the production and formulation of feeds for monogastric livestock (such as poultry) and ruminant livestock (such as cows). The main feed categories include poultry (broiler and layer), dairy, pig, ostrich and sheep feed. Feed is supplied to the integrated poultry farming operations and the external feed market.
Dairy feed represents the largest component of external sales, followed by poultry and pig feed.
Nova Feeds is the leading supplier of dairy feed in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape, and supplies feed to several of the country’s leading dairy farmers.
Quantum Foods owns the rights to import pedigree grandparent layer stock of the Lohmann breed, as well as distribute next generation parent stock, exclusively in South Africa and non-exclusively to some southern African countries.
Day-old parent chicks are reared and placed on the Group’s parent layer farm near Bronkhorstspruit as well as on a rented facility in KwaZulu-Natal. Fertile hatching eggs are incubated at the Group’s commercial hatchery in Bronkhorstspruit, Gauteng. These female day-old chicks are either sold or placed on the Group’s six commercial rearing farms.
Bergvlei Chicks is the sales brand under which layer parent stock, hatching eggs, day-old pullets and point-of-lay hens are sold. The Group distributes nationally and into other African countries – with strategically located commercial rearing farms ensuring extensive distribution coverage.
Table eggs are mostly produced on Company owned farms, with own production supplemented by rented facilities and agreements to buy eggs from other producers. The farms are located in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Gauteng and North West. Free-range eggs are produced on two of the farms.
Quantum Foods owns the rights to import pedigree grandparent broiler stock of the Cobb500 breed, which supplies next generation parent stock for its own requirements and non-exclusively for some customers in other countries in Africa.
Day-old parent stock is placed on the three parent rearing farms in the Western Cape and, thereafter, on six parent layer farms. Of these six farms, four are owned by the Group and the remaining two are contracted farms that supply the Group with fertile hatching eggs.
Day-old commercial broiler chicks (DOC) are produced at three hatcheries to be either;
- transferred to commercial Company-owned and Contract-grower broiler farms for the supply of live broilers to abattoirs in the Western Cape, or
- sold nationally under the Bellevue Chicks brand.
Eggs are processed at six grading and packing facilities located in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.
The eggs are distributed nationally as graded, ungraded or in liquid form. Graded eggs are sold under the Nulaid, Safe Eggs and dealer-own brands. Ungraded eggs are sold mainly under the Quantum brand.
Graded eggs are sorted in the packing facilities according to weight (for example, medium, large, extra-large and jumbo). Fresh and pasteurised liquid egg is produced in egg breaking plants, where the shells are removed from the product for sale. Fresh and pasteurised liquid eggs are predominantly sold to industrial customers.
Quantum Foods’ pasteurised eggs are produced at the grading and packing facility in Gauteng and distributed to other provinces through the Group’s packing facilities, under the Safe Eggs brand.
Nulaid’s marketing is driven by a campaign of ‘The fresher the better’.
Quantum Foods has played a part in growing business in Africa since 1996. We have sold poultry livestock in Namibia, Botswana, Malawi, Angola, Zambia, Uganda and Tanzania. Today, Quantum Foods are actively running businesses in Zambia, Uganda, and Mozambique.
Quantum Foods Zambia commenced operations in 1997. Operations are conducted in two regions in the country, namely Lusaka and the Copperbelt.
In Lusaka, there is a parent breeding facility, a hatchery and a feed mill. Lohmann day-old chicks are supplied from Lusaka to the Chingola layer rearing farm and for external sales. A new feed mill was built on the Lusaka farm in 2018 to improve quality and enable the Group to enter the external market with feed produced in a modern facility.
Quantum Foods Zambia’s major egg operation is located near Chingola in the Copperbelt and operates under the Mega Eggs brand. At this location, eggs are produced for external sales and feed is produced for consumption on the farm and for sale to external customers.
The distribution capacity of the Zambia business is enhanced by a number of small retail shops branded as Mega that sell eggs, day- old chicks and feed.
Quantum Foods Uganda commenced operations in 2000.
The business operates three facilities located near Kampala, and a commercial rearing and layer-egg farm in the Masindi area, north-west of Kampala.
The Kampala sites comprise parent breeding facilities and a hatchery. The Lohmann day-old chicks produced at the Kampala hatchery are either transferred to the Masindi layer rearing farm or sold to external customers.
The Masindi farm includes a feed mill, layer rearing and egg laying facilities.
Eggs are either sold directly from the Masindi farm or through a network of small retail shops.
Quantum Foods Mozambique acquired a layer farm in Maputo in September 2016. The farm produces eggs with feed procured from a third party. The farm is stocked with point- of-lay birds that are produced by the Group in South Africa. Eggs are sold under the Galovos brand with the majority of sales in the formal retail market.