Quantum Foods is a diversified feed and poultry business that provides quality animal protein to selected South African and African markets.
The Group is listed on the JSE main board in the “Farming and Fishing” sector under the share code QFH.
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
- Eggs & Layer Livestock
- Related business in the rest of Africa
The business units of Quantum Foods include:
South African Footprint:
The animal feeds business unit, Nova Feeds, was established in 1963 and focuses on animal nutrition. It supplies feed solutions to the in-house poultry operation as well as external customers in the Poultry, Dairy, Sheep, Ostrich, Pig and Cattle feed segments.
Eggs & Layer Livestock
Eggs are sold under the Nulaid, Safe Eggs Quantum, and retailers’ own brands, while layer livestock (day-old chicks and point-of-lay hens of the Lohmann breed) are sold under the Bergvlei Chicks brand. Quantum Foods is the largest producer of eggs in South Africa.
Nulaid produces point of lay birds for own use and sale to external customers.
The Group closed its Gauteng Abattoir in Gauteng.
This has resulted in the alignment of the broiler value chain with the strategy, with the Group having exited the broiler meat market entirely to focus on its position as a significant contract grower in South Africa.
The Group also sells broiler hatching eggs and broiler day-old chicks to the market to ensure that its broiler breeder production capacity is utilised efficiently.
Quantum Foods has experience in doing business in Africa since 1996 and has sold livestock in Namibia, Botswana, Malawi, Angola, Zambia, Uganda and Tanzania. Today Quantum Foods have operating businesses in Zambia, Uganda, and Mozambique.
Quantum Foods Zambia commenced operations in 1997. Operations are conducted in three areas in the country, namely Lusaka, Chingola and Chipata. In Lusaka, there is a parent breeding facility, a hatchery, a feed mill and a small laying facility. Quantum Foods Zambia’s major egg operation is located near Chingola in the Copperbelt and operates under the Mega Eggs brand.
Quantum Foods Uganda commenced operations in 2000 and currently operates three farms located near Kampala. The farms comprise a parent breeding facility, a hatchery and a feed mill.
The business comprises a table egg business located near Maputo, which supplies both the retail and informal markets. The business was acquired in September 2016.