The Health Food Group offering

ABOUT US

Our Market Position

The Health Food Group is a mainstream player in the field of producing, supplying and marketing wholesome snacks and similar on-the-go health foods to a discerning market.

We recognize the worldwide accelerating trends towards a healthy lifestyle and embrace the business opportunities that this offers. But, we take it one step further: we also subscribe to this lifestyle and the principle of eating healthy. Our product offering, therefore, is driven by our conviction that we can make a difference in the lives of people when it comes to nutrition, and to offer affordable products to the health-conscious consumer.

Our passion for what we do is further illustrated in our market awareness and the innovation that goes into our products. No dull and insipid eats, just yummy and flavoursome, guilt-free snack food with an exciting and trendy flair – snack food that is produced in our world class, accredited production facilities that are geographically located near to producers of quality raw materials and with a focus on sourcing locally.

Our Strenghts

  • A balanced combination of financial expertise and a hands-on operational approach
  • A pioneering spirit that drives us to push boundaries and to go beyond what is perceived as the norm
  • An open-minded entrepreneurial style, supported by solid corporate values
  • Forward thinking with the ability to see the future … and to do something about it now
  • Commitment towards sustainability – for the environment, people and our business

Our Values

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Integrity, honesty and transparency

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Teamwork, relationship-driven

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A passion
for people

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Balance and
sustainability

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To make a difference in the societies where we are based

Our Board of Directors

Buckley McGrath

BEng, CA (SA)

Buckley is the chairperson of the board of directors and a wealth manager and consulting specialist for asset management and technology companies. He previously held several executive positions at MTN SA, including that of chief operating officer.

Carl Neethling

CA (SA)

Carl is the co-founder and chief investment officer of Acorn Private Equity. He has specialist private equity experience and a proven history of successful ventures. With his strong international networks and private equity experience in the US and the UK, he heads the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) division of The Health Food Group.

Jacques van der Westhuizen

CA (SA)

Jacques is the chief financial officer of The Health Food Group. Previously he was financial director of Southern Canned Products – a prominent South African supplier of a wide range of customised industrial fruit-juice products – after holding senior management positions in property development and the wine producing sector. His international finance experience at PwC UK and Siemens UK is of cardinal importance to The Health Food Group.

André Uys

BScAgric (Hons), MBA

André is the chief executive officer of Acorn Agri and Food – the holding company for The Health Food Group – after having been in the same position at Overberg Agri before. He has in-depth knowledge and extensive experience in both the food and agricultural industries and previously held several management positions in these sectors.

Our Management Team

The following persons play a leading role in managing the autonomous businesses of The Health Food Group:

Rikus Müller

BEng (Food Technology)

Rikus has been the chief executive officer of Grassroots Group Holdings since 2011. He has unique skills in health snack product development and production, as well as a thorough understanding of the global health snack market.

Lourens van Rensburg

BCom, MBL

Lourens is the chief executive officer of Montagu Dried Fruit and Nuts. He has extensive experience in food companies, as well as in corporate banking. He previously served as general retail manager of Montagu and chief operating officer at Seemann’s Finest Quality Meat respectively, as well as corporate account manager at FNB, Standard Bank and Nedbank.

Carl Neethling

CA (SA)

Carl is the co-founder and chief investment officer of Acorn Private Equity. He has specialist private equity experience and a proven history of successful ventures. With his strong international networks and private equity experience in the US and the UK, he heads the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) division of The Health Food Group.

Jacques van der Westhuizen

CA (SA)

Jacques is the chief financial officer of The Health Food Group. Previously he was financial director of Southern Canned Products – a prominent South African supplier of a wide range of customised industrial fruit-juice products – after holding senior management positions in property development and the wine producing sector. His international finance experience at PwC UK and Siemens UK is of cardinal importance to The Health Food Group.

Rest of the Team

Annmarie Steyn

Company Secretary

  • B.Proc LLB; Chartered Secretary Graduate; Advanced Diploma in Labour Law
  • Annmarie has been Acorn Agri & Food’s Group Company Secretary since 2007

Gerhard Jacobs

Financial Manager

  • BComm Accounting
  • Gerhard has more than 20 years’ of financial management experience

Michael Prinsloo

Investment Associate

  • CA(SA); LLM
  • Michael is a chartered accountant with investment experience in the consumer, industrial, retail and Agri sector

 

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