has grown into a respected, progressive agricultural organisation with sound core values, a clear business philosophy and a future-orientated vision over the past 100 years. “Suidwes is definitely one of the leading agricultural businesses in South Africa,” says Suidwes Grain GM Jerry Maritz. “The defining features of the current macroeconomic environment are the huge price increases for certain commodities and the global economic and financial crisis, which probably reached its peak in second half 2008. Though that also had a negative effect on Suidwes’s business environment we succeeded in managing the impact to a certain extent and escaping it.”
Suidwes has shown exceptional growth over the past 10 years, not only in profitability but also in the field of relations with its stakeholders and other links in the value chain, risk management, good corporate governance and the establishment of skills, Maritz says. “Those factors are crucial for surviving the current recession, as well as the ups and downs of the business environment for the next 100 years.”
Since being founded in 1909, Suidwes has been an important link in the value chain for food producers. However, Maritz says that value chain isn’t only important for agribusinesses but also for producers and, ultimately, efficient agricultural production. “Agricultural production is extremely important for economic growth and stability – food as well as fibre. In addition, agriculture is a major employer and earner of foreign exchange for SA.”
Maritz says primary farming has long been a value-adding link in the food production process. “With freer trade and competition in the global market environment this process is subject to more and more influences and requirements – and that’s Agricultural production is extremely important for economic growth why producers, input suppliers and food processors and marketers should operate in a partnership relation.”
Suidwes Grain specialises in grain handling and marketing. Suidwes’s grain silos comply with the standards and procedures set by food safety legislation. The auditing and certifying of silos in terms of the strict HACCP requirements therefore ensure exceptional value for SA processors and consumers in terms of food safety and hygiene.