Astral Foods Limited (JSE:ARL)
Astral Foods Limited (JSE:ARL) is the largest integrated poultry producer in South Africa.
Astral is a leading Southern African integrated poultry producer. Key activities comprise manufacturing of animal feeds, broiler genetics, production and sale of day-old chicks and hatching eggs, breeder and broiler production, abattoir and further processing operations and sales and distribution of various key poultry brands.
Integrated broiler operations
The group has four fully integrated broiler production, processing, distribution, sales and marketing operations with a combined processing capacity of over 5 million processed broilers per week.
County Fair, Goldi and Mountain Valley market and distribute a full range of value added products comprising frozen reformed crumbed and ready-to-eat chicken products.County Fair (Western Cape), Festive (Olifantsfontein) and Mountain Valley (Camperdown) market and distribute a full range of fresh and frozen poultry products whereas Goldi (Standerton) primarily manufactures individually quick frozen (“IQF”) products.
Day-old broiler and hatching egg supplier
National Chicks has operations in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and Swaziland and conducts business as a day-old chick and hatching egg supplier to the group's integrated broiler operations and the independent non-integrated broiler producers in South Africa, Swaziland, Botswana and Mozambique. National Chicks supplies small hatcheries in Africa with fertile eggs and has a technical team servicing its customer base.
Ross Poultry Breeders situated in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, is the sole distributor and supplier of Ross 308 parent breeding stock to the South African broiler industry. The company has a technical agreement with Aviagen Limited, a multi-national company that holds the worldwide proprietary rights to the “Ross” brand. The company has entered into an agreement with Aviagen for the exclusive South African rights to the International Ross 308 broiler/breeder that is world renowned for its superior broiler and breeder performance.
The South African operations consist of mills located in Standerton, Randfontein, Delmas, Paarl, Port Elizabeth, Pietermaritzburg and Ladismith.
These seven strategically placed feed mills are well equipped to produce and distribute a wide range of specialised products for all commercially farmed animal species. The other African operations consist of a feed mill in Lusaka (Zambia) and an 80% shareholding in a mill in Maputo (Mozambique).
Laboratory services genetics
Central Analytical Laboratories (CAL) analyses animal feed and water samples for the group's own requirements and for the agricultural sector in South Africa.
Strategic focus genetics
To be the best cost integrated poultry producer in selected African countries.