Sizani Foods was established in 1995 by Brian Moore, at the birth of South Africa’s new democracy. Initially it was established as a distributor of basic food products, servicing the South African Government's welfare nutrition programme, and began packing up food parcels for feeding schemes in the greater Johannesburg area, that were funded by the Government.
Sizani Foods also began supplying preschool centers in Soweto in a time when very few formal companies would enter the township areas. Many of these centers were funded by the Government and struggled to purchase good value supplies for their schools. Sizani Foods (then called Sizani Projects) quickly grew to supply more than 600 preschools just in Soweto. To this day we have a strong association with preschools in the disadvantaged areas.
Sizani Foods commissioned a small dry powder production plant, and began manufacturing a milk powder blend. Over the next two years, Sizani Foods manufactured range grew to include Soya Mince and Soup Powder.
Sizani Foods acquired another distribution company called SUNSOW FOODS and also moved its premises to a newly purchased farm in Muldersdrift in the northwest of Johannesburg.
Sizani Foods began to increase its production lines to include cooldrink powder and jelly powder. At this time Sizani Foods had greatly expanded its feeding scheme client base and began focusing almost entirely on the feeding scheme industry, becoming specialists in the field.
Sizani Foods had developed feeding scheme clients all over South Africa and were becoming a sought after partner for non-profits in the Southern African region.
In a personal quest to improve the lives of the beneficiaries that were receiving Sizani Foods manufactured products, the founder Brian Moore developed a range of high end, low cost, fortified food products under the MELSI BRAND. These foods such as Milk powder, Soya Mince, Soup Powder, Instant porridge etc., were all fortified with vitamins and minerals and were set to become the standard in feeding schemes. Sizani Foods also developed a retail milk powder and began exporting this milk powder to several countries in Africa.
Sizani Foods expanded its efforts into Africa, and expanded on its production of fortified foods products
Sizani Foods began producing its products at its ISO2200 FSSC certified production unit in Midrand, South Africa. Sizani Foods also began to produce an entire military and refugee ration pack range.
Haticam Foods - another well known manufacturer of dry powder food products merged with Sizani Foods. The newly merged entity still trading under the name SIZANI FOODS now has a larger footprint in the dry food market by being able to provide food service products and contract manufacturing services as part of its total offering. The newly merged company also achieved an ISO22000FSSC certification and HALAAL certification in this year.
Sizani Foods moves to a larger production facility in Kyalami Business Park. The new facility is retrofitted to suit the expansion of the contract manufacturing division.
Sizani Foods acquires a second production plant and begins manufacturing products for Shoprite, Checkers and OK Foods under their House brands.
HL Holdings acquires a 51% stake in Sizani Foods bringing with two directors with a wealth of experience.
Sizani Foods achieves GFSI Food Certification.
During COVID-19 lockdown, a food crisis emerged. Sizani Foods played an essential role in supplying relief food through our feeding scheme partners to millions on people in South Africa.
Level 1 BBBEE is achieved