Overview
Acorn Agri & Food is a leading South African vertically integrated agriculture and food group with a hundred-year legacy. Our divisions comprise of agricultural inputs and services, fresh fruit, food processing, health foods and strategic investments. We operate nationally. Our entrepreneurial team possesses a unique combination of operational and investment experience in the agricultural and food sectors that results in a highly professional and sophisticated approach.
Unique Characteristics
A management team with over 100 years’ experience in agriculture and food with strong networks and superior track record
Proven approach to drive achievement of the potential of our businesses
Unique combination of operational and investment expertise in the agricultural and food sectors to drive organic and acquisitive growth
Leading position in the growing health foods market
Vertically integrated in both agriculture and food sectors
Attractive blend of local and export earnings
100 Year History
With a hundred-year legacy, Acorn Agri & Food values its historic roots as the foundation for its past and prospective success.
The Caledon Boeren Koöperatiewe Vereniging, founded 1918, and the Bredasdorp Boeren Koöperatiewe Vereniging, founded in 1926, has grown from a small, regional agriculture co-operative to a multi-billion Rand company with a national presence. Both co-operatives were converted to companies in 1998 and 1997 respectively, namely Caledon-Riviersonderend Landbou Beherend Beperk (“CRK Landbou”) and BNK Landbou Groep (“BNK Landbou”). These two entities amalgamated in 2005 to form Overberg Agri Limited.
The company broadened its regional horizons to the Swartland after its amalgamation with the Moorreesburgse Koringboere (Pty) Ltd in 2011. Since 2014, Acorn Agri became a prominent shareholder in Overberg Agri and the collaboration between the two companies culminated in their shared investment in ACG Fruit in 2016. Acorn Agri, in turn, was founded in 2014 with Overberg Agri being its first investment.
The company also invested in Montagu Dried Fruit and Nuts, BKB, Lesotho Milling Company and Grassroots. Sanlam Private Wealth and African Rainbow Capital have become prominent shareholders in Acorn Agri since its inception and continue to play a key role. A hundred years since its founding, Overberg Agri merged with Acorn Agri to form Acorn Agri & Food. Despite its historic roots, the company is focused on expanding its leading position as a vertically integrated agriculture and food group.
1918
CRK (then CBKV) founded.
1926
BNK (then BBKV) founded.
2005
Merger between BNK & CRK to create Overberg Agri.
2011
Merger between Overberg Agri & MKB.
2014
Acorn Agri founded in 2014 and invests in: Montagu, Overberg, BKB, Lesotho. Sanlam became a key shareholder in Acorn Agri.
2015
Overberg Agri invests in Moov and Agpack. Acorn Agri invests in Grassroots Group.
2016
Acorn Agri and Overberg Agri co-invest in ACG Fruit.
2017
African Rainbow Capital becomes a key shareholder in Acorn Agri.
2018
Merger between Overberg Agri and Acorn Agri.
THE FUTURE
Our Footprint

ACG Fruit Main Office

BKB Main Office

Boltfast Main Office

Boltfast Montagu Gardens

Boltfast Vredenburg

Boltfast Port Elizabeth

Boltfast Pretoria

Bredasdorp Slagpale

Grassroots Main Office

Lesotho Milling

MOOV Fuel

Montagu Main Office

Overberg Agri Main Office

Overberg Wealth and Risk Management Main Office

Overberg Wealth and Risk Hopetown

Overberg Wealth and Risk Uitenhage

Overberg Wealth and Risk Port Elizabeth

Overberg Wealth and Risk Paarl

Overberg Wealth and Risk Oudtshoorn

Overberg Wealth and Risk Moorreesburg

Overberg Wealth and Risk Johannesburg

Overberg Wealth and Risk East London

Overberg Wealth and Risk Bredasdorp

Overberg Wealth and Risk Cape Town

P&B Lime Works

Our Values
Trusted Relationships
We are committed to be the partner of choice for all stakeholders by building strong relationships.
Supportive Nature
We strive to be the solid foundation upon which others can grow their potential.
Transparency
We believe that honesty and transparency is the best policy to create trust.
Fairness
We treat others justly and without discrimination.
Passion
We are passionate about our business, its purpose and its people.
Our Board

Cobus Visser

Chairperson

  • LLB
  • MD of Bremer Investments
  • Owns diversified farming operations in SA
  • Ex-Director of Gildenhuys van der Merwe Inc

Nelius Smith

Non-Executive Director

  • CA (SA)
  • Member of the audit and risk committee
  • Director of Boshoff Visser Financial Services

Carl Neethling

Chief Investment Officer

  • CA (SA)
  • Co-founder & CIO of Acorn Private Equity
  • Entrepreneurial family enterprises in agriculture (Suiderland, Pioneer Fishing, Chaka, etc)
  • Global Investment Controller for Private Equity investments at Westmont Group
  • International PE experience in US & UK

Douw de Kock

Vice Chairperson

  • BCom; CFP
  • Previously chairperson of Overberg Agri Limited and board member since 2005
  • Trustee of the Group Pension Fund since 2008
  • Agriculturalist until 2006
  • Financial planner at Boshoff Visser Financial Services

Johan van der Merwe

Non-Executive Director

  • CA (SA)
  • Co-CEO African Rainbow Capital
  • Ex-CEO Sanlam Investment Management
  • Several roles at Investec Asset Management including Global Sector Head of Resources, Director and member of Executive Committee

Louw Coetzer

Chief Financial Officer

  • BCompt (Hons)
  • FD of Overberg Agri from 2012
  • Various financial and managerial positions in food and agriculture sectors
  • Operational Director & Financial Director of Overberg Agri, MD of Boltfast,
  • General Manager: BNK Landbou and Financial Manager at Sasko

Dirkie Uys

Non-Executive Director

  • BCom (Hons)
  • Previously vice chairperson of Overberg Agri Limited and board member since 2013
  • Member of the audit and risk committee and the remuneration and nomination committee
  • Primary agriculturalist since 1996

Michael van Breda

Non-Executive Director

  • CA (SA)
  • Member of the audit and risk committee and the social and ethics committee
  • Primary agriculturalist since 2001

Pierre Malan

Executive Director

  • CA (SA)
  • Co-founder & CEO of Acorn Private Equity
  • 11 year history at PSG Group: CEO of PSG Capital, CEO of Paladin Capital (PSG’s private equity vehicle); PSG Group Board member.
  • Corporate Finance deals including: Zeder, Pioneer, KWV, KaapAgri, BKB, Overberg Agri, OVK, KLK, GWK

Buckley McGrath

Non-Executive Director

  • Eng & CA (SA)
  • Wealth manager
  • Consulting specialist for asset management & technology companies
  • Previously several roles at MTN, including COO and executive director of MTN SA

André Uys

Chief Executive Officer

  • BScAgric (Hons) & MBA
  • CEO of Overberg Agri since 2012.
  • Former Operations Director of Overberg Agri.
  • Former Operations Manager of BNK Landbou.
  • Senior advisory roles at PLK Landbou and Clover.

Annmarie Steyn

Company Secretary

  • B.Proc. LLB; Chartered Secretary Graduate; Advanced Diploma in Labour Law
  • Group Company Secretary since 2007
  • Head of Compliance and Chief Officer of the Group Pension Fund
  • Trustee and Director of Overberg Agri Development Trust and Woza Phambili Enterprises.

Cobus Visser

Chairperson

  • LLB
  • MD of Bremer Investments
  • Owns diversified farming operations in SA
  • Ex-Director of Gildenhuys van der Merwe Inc

Buckley McGrath

Non-Executive Director

  • Eng & CA (SA)
  • Wealth manager
  • Consulting specialist for asset management & technology companies
  • Previously several roles at MTN, including COO and executive director of MTN SA

Michael van Breda

Non-Executive Director

  • CA (SA)
  • Member of the audit and risk committee and the social and ethics committee
  • Primary agriculturalist since 2001

Louw Coetzer

Chief Financial Officer

  • BCompt (Hons)
  • FD of Overberg Agri from 2012
  • Various financial and managerial positions in food and agriculture sectors
  • Operational Director & Financial Director of Overberg Agri, MD of Boltfast,
  • General Manager: BNK Landbou and Financial Manager at Sasko

Douw de Kock

Vice Chairperson

  • BCom; CFP
  • Previously chairperson of Overberg Agri Limited and board member since 2005
  • Trustee of the Group Pension Fund since 2008
  • Agriculturalist until 2006
  • Financial planner at Boshoff Visser Financial Services

Nelius Smith

Non-Executive Director

  • CA (SA)
  • Member of the audit and risk committee
  • Director of Boshoff Visser Financial Services

André Uys

Chief Executive Officer

  • BScAgric (Hons) & MBA
  • CEO of Overberg Agri since 2012.
  • Former Operations Director of Overberg Agri.
  • Former Operations Manager of BNK Landbou.
  • Senior advisory roles at PLK Landbou and Clover.

Pierre Malan

Executive Director

  • CA (SA)
  • Co-founder & CEO of Acorn Private Equity
  • 11 year history at PSG Group: CEO of PSG Capital, CEO of Paladin Capital (PSG’s private equity vehicle); PSG Group Board member.
  • Corporate Finance deals including: Zeder, Pioneer, KWV, KaapAgri, BKB, Overberg Agri, OVK, KLK, GWK

Dirkie Uys

Non-Executive Director

  • BCom (Hons)
  • Previously vice chairperson of Overberg Agri Limited and board member since 2013
  • Member of the audit and risk committee and the remuneration and nomination committee
  • Primary agriculturalist since 1996

Johan van der Merwe

Non-Executive Director

  • CA (SA)
  • Co-CEO African Rainbow Capital
  • Ex-CEO Sanlam Investment Management
  • Several roles at Investec Asset Management including Global Sector Head of Resources, Director and member of Executive Committee

Carl Neethling

Chief Investment Officer

  • CA (SA)
  • Co-founder & CIO of Acorn Private Equity
  • Entrepreneurial family enterprises in agriculture (Suiderland, Pioneer Fishing, Chaka, etc)
  • Global Investment Controller for Private Equity investments at Westmont Group
  • International PE experience in US & UK

Annmarie Steyn

Company Secretary

  • B.Proc. LLB; Chartered Secretary Graduate; Advanced Diploma in Labour Law
  • Group Company Secretary since 2007
  • Head of Compliance and Chief Officer of the Group Pension Fund
  • Trustee and Director of Overberg Agri Development Trust and Woza Phambili Enterprises.

Cobus Visser

Chairperson

  • LLB
  • MD of Bremer Investments
  • Owns diversified farming operations in SA
  • Ex-Director of Gildenhuys van der Merwe Inc

Dirkie Uys

Non-Executive Director

  • BCom (Hons)
  • Previously vice chairperson of Overberg Agri Limited and board member since 2013
  • Member of the audit and risk committee and the remuneration and nomination committee
  • Primary agriculturalist since 1996

Nelius Smith

Non-Executive Director

  • CA (SA)
  • Member of the audit and risk committee
  • Director of Boshoff Visser Financial Services

Douw de Kock

Vice Chairperson

  • BCom; CFP
  • Previously chairperson of Overberg Agri Limited and board member since 2005
  • Trustee of the Group Pension Fund since 2008
  • Agriculturalist until 2006
  • Financial planner at Boshoff Visser Financial Services

Buckley McGrath

Non-Executive Director

  • Eng & CA (SA)
  • Wealth manager
  • Consulting specialist for asset management & technology companies
  • Previously several roles at MTN, including COO and executive director of MTN SA

Johan van der Merwe

Non-Executive Director

  • CA (SA)
  • Co-CEO African Rainbow Capital
  • Ex-CEO Sanlam Investment Management
  • Several roles at Investec Asset Management including Global Sector Head of Resources, Director and member of Executive Committee

Michael van Breda

Non-Executive Director

  • CA (SA)
  • Member of the audit and risk committee and the social and ethics committee
  • Primary agriculturalist since 2001

Carl Neethling

Chief Investment Officer

  • CA (SA)
  • Co-founder & CIO of Acorn Private Equity
  • Entrepreneurial family enterprises in agriculture (Suiderland, Pioneer Fishing, Chaka, etc)
  • Global Investment Controller for Private Equity investments at Westmont Group
  • International PE experience in US & UK

Pierre Malan

Executive Director

  • CA (SA)
  • Co-founder & CEO of Acorn Private Equity
  • 11 year history at PSG Group: CEO of PSG Capital, CEO of Paladin Capital (PSG’s private equity vehicle); PSG Group Board member.
  • Corporate Finance deals including: Zeder, Pioneer, KWV, KaapAgri, BKB, Overberg Agri, OVK, KLK, GWK

André Uys

Chief Executive Officer

  • BScAgric (Hons) & MBA
  • CEO of Overberg Agri since 2012.
  • Former Operations Director of Overberg Agri.
  • Former Operations Manager of BNK Landbou.
  • Senior advisory roles at PLK Landbou and Clover.

Louw Coetzer

Chief Financial Officer

  • BCompt (Hons)
  • FD of Overberg Agri from 2012
  • Various financial and managerial positions in food and agriculture sectors
  • Operational Director & Financial Director of Overberg Agri, MD of Boltfast,
  • General Manager: BNK Landbou and Financial Manager at Sasko

Annmarie Steyn

Company Secretary

  • B.Proc. LLB; Chartered Secretary Graduate; Advanced Diploma in Labour Law
  • Group Company Secretary since 2007
  • Head of Compliance and Chief Officer of the Group Pension Fund
  • Trustee and Director of Overberg Agri Development Trust and Woza Phambili Enterprises.