The Essential Foods division of Pioneer Foods is a leading manufacturer of essential and value added foods in South Africa. Pioneer Foods Essential Foods prides itself on being a supplier of exceptional quality, nutritious and safe foodstuffs that are trusted by millions of consumers daily.

Maize products

As manufacturer of super maize meal, special maize meal, samp, maize flour and instant maize porridge Sasko plays an essential role in providing nutrition to the people of South Africa.

Wheat products

Milling wheat into high quality flour is what Sasko has been doing for over 60 years and forms the core of the division. Adding value to the flour milled through our bakeries ensures millions of fresh loaves on tables across the country daily.

Pasta

Catering for an ever-changing dietary preference, Pioneer Foods Essential Foods manufactures a range of wheat-based pasta products. Using only the finest local and imported ingredients, Pioneer Foods Essential Foods’ pastas are known for its taste and quality. Pioneer Foods Essential Foods is also the first in South Africa to produce pasta from white maize flour.

Rice

Pioneer Essential Foods: Grain is one of the largest suppliers of rice to the South African market and distributes a wide variety of rice variants through its national distribution footprint.  Sasko secures only the best rice qualities from a selected number of suppliers and are proud to bring to market products that deliver superior yield and taste.

Beans and Legumes

Sasko is the biggest supplier of high quality dry beans and legumes in the country. With dietary needs moving towards healthier choices, the division is perfectly positioned to serve this need.

Through a dedicated strategic services structure, overall quality and compliance management is ensured. Wheat and maize procurement, food safety, grain-based food research and product and process optimization through appropriate technical support is also focus areas of this team.

Brands

Sasko Flour, Sasko Quick Treats, Sasko Select, Sasko Toastie, Sasko Premium, Sasko Occasions, Duens, White Star Super Maize Meal, Blue Bird Special Maize Meal, Champion (samp and instant maize porridge), Spekko Rice, Select Rice, Nice Rice, Puccini Pasta, Pasta Grande, Imbo and Crossbow.