Food ingredients

New player on SA’s ingredients park – with big and bright ambitions

Dr Tertius Cilliers is no stranger to the SA food ingredients industry, and has clear ambitions to make an ever bigger mark. Combining the newly-acquired assets of several independent ingredient and product development companies, he’s now set up Cape Town-based Synercore Holdings.

Tertius Cilliers3Cilliers (left) has had successful career in SA’s food industry, notably as a dairy specialist with Woolworths, and as a founding partner in ingredient/NPD consultancy, Research Solutions, that was bought by Danisco (now DuPont) in 2010.

He’s now left the DuPont fold to start out again as an entrepreneur, setting up Synercore Holdings through the acquisition of DC Food Ingredients (DC Ingredients), African Food Industries (AFI), Allmark Foods, Nfinite, C-Trade and InterAdmin. Each company will still function autonomously, with no change in their executive management.

“With these acquisition, Synercore has created a platform for the companies to expand on their current value proposition by leveraging their synergies,” says Cilliers.

“The establishment of Synercore allows the individual businesses to focus on their core competencies, to the benefit of their customers within the food and related industries.

“Essentially, Synercore has combined the skills and relationships within the individual companies with the aim of creating the most competitive food innovation and ingredients supplier in Sub-Saharan Africa, in terms of quality, cost and customer service.

“Through this initiative, we have created a sustainable but dynamic group and environment, where we will focus on ‘collective intelligence’ with a unique offering to the food industry in Africa.

“Each of the companies has a proud heritage which provides an excellent foundation for us to continue to build on, ultimately creating growth and sustainability within the Synercore group.

“People invest in people, and through this venture we are proud to say that we have invested in the right people. The integration activities will not affect current operations and services delivered by the individual companies, and for now it’s business as usual.”

The acquisition prices have not been disclosed.

About DC Food Ingredients

DC Food Ingredients (ex-Dairy Cheret) is the South African distributor of DuPont Danisco functional ingredients for food and beverages, with a portfolio including antimicrobials, anti-oxidants, cultures, emulsifiers, enzymes, functional blends, stabilisers & textural ingredients.

It also distributes a wide range of flavour enhancers, rennet, starches, preservatives, colourants & flavourings, wax, cheese cloth, cheese moulds, packaging, petrifilm, antibiotic test kits and accessories, thermometers, cleaning and hygiene products and a large variety of commodity items.

DC Food Ingredients’ product development team customises food ingredients to customers’ demand. It has its own laboratory and offers expertise and support to clients large and small.

About AFI

African Food Industries (AFI) is the sole supplier in Southern Africa of the DuPont Danisco range of food ingredients to the baking & milling sector.

AFI sells the concentrated technologies of enzymes, emulsifiers and integrated blends, and customises these technologies to meet specifics needs.

About Allmark Foods

Allmark Foods is a specialised ‘Blend & Pack’ business set up to cater to the needs of the food industry to meet ever tightening food QA/QC requirements.

Allmark can blend dry, wet, or paste ingredients utilising six dry, two paste and one wet blenders. It can pack from 1kg to 1000kg, to meet customized batch requirements. Blending rooms and warehousing are setup to cater for allergen and conflicting material control.

Allmark is upgrading from ISO22000 to BRC to meet customer demands.

About Nfinite

Nfinite is a product development and ingredient supply company. Its comprehensive product range includes flavour & colour compounds, fruit concentrates, flavoured sugar syrups, functional ingredients and stabilising solutions and sauces.

Nfinite’s complete food and recipe development service is supported by consultation, project management, technical support, research and application development to ensure a smooth transition from initial request (‘Genesis’-phase) right through to factory implementation and product launch.

About C-Trade

C-Trade was established in 2009 to source key ingredients and raw materials locally and internationally for the food industry.

C-Trade has established a global network for both the import and export of ingredients to selected markets. Although C-Trade mainly focused on the dairy and beverage industries initially, it’s portfolio has since evolved to include various products and ingredients to cover the complete food ingredient portfolio.

Source: Synercore Holdings; T 021 875 5778; [email protected]