The Food and Beverages Manufacturing Sector is a significant component of the South African economy. Companies operating within this sector are clustered in line with their industrial activities and are grouped according to the following five sub-sectors (Chambers):

Baking, Cereals, Confectionery & Snacks (BCCS)

This sub-sector includes the manufacture of breakfast foods, bakery products, cocoa, chocolate, sugar-confectionery and nuts. It is comprised mainly of companies involved in salting, baking, drying and cooking processes.

Beverage Manufacturing

This sub-sector manufactures spirits, beer, malt, soft drinks and mineral water, with wine and beer being major outputs.

Dairy Manufacturing

All dairy products are manufactured by companies in this sub-sector including fresh milk, cheese, butter, ice-cream, yoghurt and edible ice.

Manufacture of Food Preparation Products

This is the largest sub-sector and it produces goods that are used in making a meal or beverage. Examples of these products include noodles, spices and sauces.

Processed and Preserved Meat, Fish, Fruit and Vegetables

This sub-sector is split into the following: 

  • Manufacture of prepared and preserved meat, canned, processed and dehydrated fruit and vegetables, vegetable and animal oils and fats, processed fish, crustacean and similar foods. 
  • Production, processing and preservation of meat and meat products slaughtering, dressing and packing of livestock, including poultry and small game for meat, lard and other edible fats. 
  • Processing and preserving of fish and fish products, fruit and vegetables.

Each Chamber has established a Chamber Committee in terms of the FoodBev SETA Constitution, and comprises key industry players such as organised labour organisations and organised employer organisations, which drive activities of each sub-sector. 

The duties of the Chamber Committee include:

  • Providing expert advice and strategic leadership
  • Providing guidance regarding skills development
  • Assisting with the identification of strategic projects
  • Assisting with appropriate recognition of the sub-sector’s education and training needs

For more information, contact:

Senior Manager: Chambers, Hector Makhubele on +27(0) 11 253 7305/ 073 090 7854 or

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