Our roots go back almost a century. In 1923, British company Gerber Goldschmidt (GG) established a presence in Cape Town to export South African canned products to Europe and the UK. So great was the demand that in time GG established its own canning factories and expanded its product range to include fresh fruit and vegetables.
1970 - 95
The political upheaval in the country in the 1970s saw GG close its facility in Cape Town, but continuing its trading operations from London. In 1995, a year after the advent of South Africa's democracy, GG returned to the country through a wholly-owned subsidiary, Southern Canned Products, that expanded its operations to include the buying and selling of fruit-juice concentrate sourced locally and abroad.
In 2005 Southern Canned Products became a registered proprietary limited company, with Deon Wahl, who had been involved in the local fruit juice processing industry since 1990, joining as CEO in 2008. The name of the company was abbreviated to SCP and the focus shifted to the development and marketing of value-added fruit-juice concentrate in a variety of combinations and formats.
Four years later – in 2010 – a highly sophisticated factory was established in Cape Town close to the export harbour and a sustained campaign was launched to further grow an experienced group of professionals garnered from the local fruit-juice industry. At the same time a team of top-level food scientists and technologists was enlisted to run the product development, quality and control facilities in the new factory.
In the years since, we have gained a pre-eminent position in our market segment, enjoying close ties with virtually all the major South African brand owners. Over the years senior management acquired 50% of the issued share capital of SCP from Gerber Goldschmidt. Then, in August 2015, SCP was acquired by AECI, a major industrial conglomerate listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. This has provided us with the financial muscle to grow our operations at a much faster rate than in the past.
We are currently planning a new factory to adjoin the existing one and that is expected to be operational by June 2018.