Long Life Foods includes canned fruit, jams, vegetables, tomato products and canned meat. This division is one of the leading long life food producers in the country. With a strong brand portfolio, the division is focused on the procurement of the best raw materials, latest production techniques, operational efficiencies and quality product.

Fruit Products Western Cape

In 2010, Rhodes Food Group extended its canning operations by acquiring the high-tech fruit canning business of Del Monte Fruits SA in Tulbagh, Western Cape.

The deciduous fruit range includes canned apricots, peaches, pears, fruit cocktail and guavas. These fruit types are also packed aseptically as fruit purees and diced fruit particulates.

The facility has maintained its high food safety standards, with annual HACCP, BRC and IFS (version 6) certifications.

The facility is run by a team of over 100 permanent employees with many years of canning experience.

Vegetable Products

The canned vegetable facility was bought in 2007 and is located near Louis Trichardt in the Limpopo Province. The short distance from its major supply base of raw materials allows Rhodes Food Group to procure the highest quality of canned vegetables ensuring top product quality.

The factory produces premium quality canned vegetable products, including various tomato products, corn, mixed vegetables, baked beans, spaghetti, chakalaka and more.

People form the core of this highly motivated team, which consists of 92 permanent employees. Their “can do” attitude means the unit can react to any condition timeously and produce superior quality foods.

The facility is continually being upgraded and is benchmarked against the best in the world. It complies with international food safety regulations, has high food safety standards, and undergoes annual HACCP, BRC, IFS certifications.

Meat Products

In 2013, Rhodes Food Group acquired Bull Brand Foods. The Bull Brand brand, established in 1957 and enjoys an iconic reputation in millions of South African homes. Its reputation can be firmly attributed to its commitment to quality.

The Bull Brand production facility is located in Krugersdorp, Gauteng. In addition to Bull Brand corned meat, beef and meals, other canned meat products are also produced, such as Spekenam’s range of canned viennas and Apex’s value for money corned meat. All Bull Brand products are Halaal.

More than 250 permanent employees work at Bull Brand.

The Group’s insistence on the highest standards of health, safety, and hygiene is done through its Food Safety Management System (ISO 22000), which includes HACCP. All products are approved by the NRCS the legislated appointee, before leaving the factory.

Fruit Products Swaziland (Swazican)

Swazican, situated in the fertile Malkerns Valley, was established in 1954 when pineapples were first grown commercially in Swaziland. Today it is one of the largest citrus canning operations in the world and a leading producer and grower of pineapple products. Rhodes Food Group’s choice-grade canned and bottled jams and marmalades are manufactured at this facility.

The product range comprises canned citrus (orange and grapefruit segments), canned pineapple (slices, pieces and crush), citrus and pineapple juice concentrate and a range of prepared fruit and jelly products (packed in plastic cups), as well as assorted jams and marmalades. Swazican employs 60 permanent members of staff and the production plant maintains high food safety standards, with annual HACCP and BRC certifications in place.

Salads and Pickles

RFG Salads & Pickles is a canning and bottling facility based in Bethlehem in the Free State that produces canned vegetables, bottled salads and pickled foods.

Formerly known as Deemster (Pty) Ltd, the facility was acquired by Rhodes Food Group in 2015. The plant carries Halaal certification.