Phoenix Agrifoods

Phoenix Agrifoods is engaged with farming, domestic and farm-gate procurement, processing, sales, import and wholesale distribution.

Sustainability is at the core of our agrifoods activities. To deliver this, we have a wide range of initiatives across areas including water stewardship and soil preservation, tech-enabled farming, collaboration and engagement with smallholder farmers, and female empowerment.

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Rice

We are one of the largest rice distribution companies in the world, with a presence in the major growing regions and marketplaces. We deliver close to 2 million metric tons of rice to our customers around the world each year.

Our success comes from our deep-rooted distribution presence coupled with our selectively integrated operations across the rice value chain. This presence gives us an exceptional insight into global demand & supply trends and intelligence.

We are able to provide our customers with practical market guidance, not only allowing us to forge long-term partnerships but also deliver the best quality products and create some of the most-loved and reputed rice brands globally.

Our Pan African brands - Happy Family (Feliz Familia), are well known and well-established market leaders, with 1 million metric tons distributed to our customers each year.

We are very actively engaged with our smallholder farmers and rural communities who grow our crops, working with them to develop, produce and market sustainably grown rice.

Although rice is the most widely consumed staple food, its cultivation is highly water intensive and is the largest consumer of water in the agriculture sector. We are looking to develop and deploy improvements to the growing process to reduce water usage and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

We are constantly endeavouring to educate and promote sustainable rice farming practices amongst our growers so that together we all contribute towards making our planet a healthier and happier place to live.

We are a leading member of the Sustainable Rice Platform & the Global Agribusiness Alliance.

 

Currently we are working with rice farmers around the globe, providing innovative access to technologies and training - enabling them to achieve low-emission, sustainable and responsibly produced crops.

Basmati Rice

We are recognised among the top 10 Basmati rice exporters globally, we are engaged at the farm level with domestic procurement, processing, exports and branded distribution. We provide our rice to leading international retail chains, private labels as well as being used for our own market leading brands.

Our basmati rice business is strengthened by our upstream processing mills, storage, blending and packing units in strategically located paddy growing areas so we can reduce the transportation impacts on the environment.

We work closely with our suppliers to ensure we have a good understanding of the product and how it has been produced. These practices are driven by our commitment to sustainable and ethical crop production methods.

 

Sugar

We are engaged in the merchanting, wholesale distribution and branded products from key sugar-growing countries including Brazil, Thailand, India and Europe. With over 20 existing destination markets, we plan to build upon the domestic wholesale and retail distribution opportunities that we have identified.

We source sugar products from our suppliers and deliver to our customers around the world. This has ensured that we have developed long-standing relationships with our suppliers and our customers to the benefit of everyone in the supply chain.

We have used our geographic presence and supply chain infrastructure developed for our rice products for our sugar products. These bring operational efficiencies to both business streams in the African and the Middle Eastern markets.

Our knowledge and expertise in managing sustainable crop production and water management will be invaluable as sugar producers increasing face the effects of climate change including their vulnerability to increases in the intensity and frequency of extreme weather effects.

 

Grains, Pulses & Oilseeds

Our business is focussed on farmgate procurement and distribution of food grains. Our unique competitve advantage is our infrastructure led origination across the CIS and Australia.

We grow and procure a wide range of products covers: wheat, barley, peas and oilseeds. These are originated from key growing areas including the CIS, the Americas, Australia, and Europe.

 

We sell directly into 30+ destinations across East Africa, Middle East, South Asia, and South-East Asia.

By maintaining logistical infrastructure (e.g. warehouses, silos, processing plants and rail cars) in the regions where our products are both sourced and sold, we have the capability to effectively navigate local trading conditions, supply and demand dynamics and market fluctuations. Providing us with a key competitive advantage.

 

Our presence is such that we are one of the largest Full Container Load (FCL) exporters from Ukraine and Australia.

By combining our upstream expertise along with our downstream logistics support, we have been able to become a key participant in the grains, pulses & oilseeds market.

 

 

Fresh Produce

The Fresh Produce business is one of our key growth areas. It complements our overall farming strategy and allows us to use our geographic presence and existing supply chain infrastructure for this product range bring efficiency savings.

Using our logistics, freight management capabilities, risk management, infrastructure, and distribution capabilities we deliver these products to markets across the Middle East, Australia, Europe and India.

We have implemented the latest in agri-tech capabilities and the best horticultural and cultivation practices. This has enabled us to deliver unparalleled yields and freshness through innovative strategic cold-chain and distribution assets. This results in a boost to our competitive advantage.

 
 

Edible Nuts

We aim to be  one of the few fully-integrated agri-food companies with a presence in the majority of the African and Asian cashew producing regions. Through procurement, processing and distribution operations across the regions to enable us to maintain the all-year-round supply.

We are following our philosophy of using business integration to build a greater direct presence in producing countries and introducing sustainability into the production process along with community development in the growing areas.

We are looking to build exceptional cashew sourcing networks across Africa and Asia with our dedicated teams working closing with the farming communities all year round, providing timely insight on raw cashew nut quality and crop profiles.

We are building long-term relationships with large growers, co-operative and local trader networks to improve resilience into our supply chain in order to minimize the risk of supply interruptions for our customers.

We aim to be deeply invested at all points of the cashew value chain, from smallholder farms through to the most technologically advanced processing facilities. Across Africa and Asia, we aim to have more than five cashew processing and packaging facilities in operation. All of our facilities will be HACCP, ISO and BRC-certified, enabling full traceability of our produces to international standards. In India and Vietnam, we are building fully-mechanized processing facilities that operate to superior food safety and hygiene standards.

As part of our goal of improving sustainability, we will coordinate economic, social and environmental impact programs across our operations in Africa. We aspire to support 5,000+ farmers in this region by offering fully traceable Organic and/or Fairtrade cashews.

​In addition to providing large-scale employment opportunities, we are running a number of initiatives with the view of effectively engaging our workforce and associates. These include local rural women empowerment, we will also endeavour to run health campaigns, HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention initiatives, adult literacy programs, productivity-based incentive schemes, as well as annual cultural celebrations.

Packaged Food & Ingredients

Africa is poised to be the fastest-growing continent for consumer foods over the next few decades. We aim to manufacture and market a range of branded packaged foods for consumers across multiple markets, riding on the growing demand potential of Africa as well as our long presence on the continent.

Our in-depth understanding of the African marketplace through our current agri-food business footprint will help us establish a strong complementary packaged foods business in Africa.

We aspire to deliver world-class and locally manufactured nutritious food products to our customers. We plan to achieve this by implementing the best global technology which brings with it both world-class food hygiene and good safety practices.

We wish to create large scale employment and help empower local communities to improve their livelihoods and promote a healthy and happy existence.

Our products include energy-providing and nutritive biscuits, pasta, noodles and seasonings.

 

Farming

Investment in farming, with a particular focus on smallholder inclusion is one of the core strategic areas of growth for the Phoenix Group.

 

We have long recognised that the farmers and local communities are the foundation for our supply chain activities.

We have the vision to further strengthen our unique, globally diversified farming business. Improving their strength, resilience and efficiency will benefit the whole of our value chain.

We are at the forefront of improving farming best practice, employing three key farming strategies:

  1. ​Broadacre

  2. Horticulture

  3. Tech-Enabled

​These strategies are supported through detailed statistical and technical studies across multiple geographies, climatic conditions, and product groups (classical crops, speciality crops, and premium horticulture). We seek to enable more sustainable farming operations, focusing on water stewardship, responsible use of farming input and soil management.

We strive to ultimately achieve greater yields with reduced environmental impact and to deliver healthy quality produce to our end consumers.

​Currently, we manage over 100,000 Ha of land in Kazakhstan, Ukraine and India, where we employ over 2,000 permanent and seasonal farmers and staff.

 

Sustainability, Impact and Traceability

We believe great changes can be effected through a series of small, well-planned and well-executed steps that contribute to the greater good. Hence, we coined the term '#TheOnePercentChange' as a philosophy to ensure that each step taken by our stakeholders delivers a positive change. In the same spirit, we seek to combine our efforts with others who serve all or part of the needs of our evolving planet and align with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Our Cultural Ethos

Phoenix strives for continuous improvement and works towards shared success by doing the right thing for the right reasons. We bank on our vision, conviction and drive to energise, engage and inspire. We grow by managing our risks, obligations and opportunities with a solemn commitment to people and our planet.

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