Sustainability within National Foods Holdings Limited
National Foods Holdings Limited
National Foods is Zimbabwe’s largest food manufacturer. The Company was established in 1920 and has manufacturing sites in Harare and Bulawayo from which it distributes its products throughout Zimbabwe.
National Foods produces a broad range of basic foods, including maize meal, flour, rice, salt, snacks, biscuits, pasta, sugar beans, baked beans, popcorn and a full range of animal feed. The Company’s iconic brands include Red Seal, Pearlenta, Gloria, Mahatma, Better Buy, National Foods Stockfeeds, Iris, Zapnax, KING and most recently Allegros Popticorn. Gloria and Red Seal have existed for over 100 years.
Key Sustainability Highlights
- Zero waste philosophy with recovering energy by using waste incinerated in National Foods’ cyclonic boilers to produce the steam required for processing. 482 tonnes of waste were incinerated in the boiler during 2022, assisting in reducing National Foods’ reliance on coal.
- National Foods was accredited the Food Safety Management Certification (FSSC 22000) – specifically for its baby food production.
- Collaborating with the Diabetics Management Center, sugar-free products out of the Value Max Plant have been introduced.
- An energy efficient flour mill is being installed at National Foods Bulawayo, including upgrades to facilities for dust control.
National Foods had its supplier confirmation certificate for the UN World Food Programme (WFP) renewed after a WFP audit was conducted. National Foods produces a corn-soya blend that is specifically manufactured for the NGOs, including the WFP, who are involved with the national feeding program in rural areas and schools across Zimbabwe.