About Us

National Foods Limited, listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (NTFD.ZI), is a diversified conglomerate which has grown to become one of the largest manufacturers and marketers of food products in Zimbabwe and the Southern African Region.

National Foods embodies 90 years of milling experience and encompasses the history of milling in Zimbabwe. When established in 1920, the company’s main focus was small scale milling. Today, the company provides the resources, technology and manpower necessary to feed millions of people.

In addition to maize and flour milling, the company produces a wide range of food products, including stock-feed, rice, peanut butter and oil - as well as providing services in logistics, properties and legal industries.

Our flagship brands, which include Gloria, Red Seal, NF Stockfeeds, Mahatma, Rosetta, Snow White and Better Buy are easily recognisable on the Zimbabwean marketplaces with Gloria and Red Seal being trusted and esteemed products for over 60 years.
National Foods Limited was birthed when two families, the Palte family and the Harris family started separate businesses, which eventually came together as one.

Joseph Palte started his company, J. Palte & Co, in 1908 in Bulawayo, where he traded as Miller and Merchants. When he died in 1934 his son, Jack, took over the business. He expanded it in 1952, when Tiger Oats became major shareholders.

Meanwhile in 1915, Mark Harris established Mark Harris Manufacturing in what was then Salisbury, using the trade name Atlas. In 1920 he sold his shares to the British South Africa Company (now Anglo American Corporation). The same year C. Harris & Co, which was later renamed Harris Brothers, was established in Bulawayo. At this time the brands Red Seal and Gloria were born.

In 1924 Mark Harris Manufacturing was renamed Rhodesian Milling and Manufacturing Company. In 1956 the Rhodesian Milling and Manufacturing Company purchased Harris Brothers. However, the Red Seal brand was taken over by Harris Maize Milling and Produce Company, a company founded the same year by three sons of C. Harris, the founder of Harris Brothers.

In 1964 Harris Maize Milling and Produce Company merged with J. Palte & Co. to form Palte Harris. In 1970 Palte Harris went public as Palte Harris Industrial Holdings. In 1975 the Rhodesian Milling and Manufacturing Company merged with Palte Harris to form National Foods, bringing together the Gloria and Red Seal brands.
To be the preferred supplier of branded fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) and stock feed products in sub-Saharan Africa.
Our mission for the next five years is to be a consumer orientated, customer driven and value-led company that enhances the lives of all stakeholders. In doing so we strive to deliver earnings growth in real terms of 2% greater than the national GDP. In order to achieve this, we will use our brands and scale to enter high margin categories in Zimbabwe, and replicate our models to selected countries in Sub Saharan Africa, adapted to suit local conditions.

We continually strive to reduce the impact of our actions on the environment because we recognise that everything we do is deeply related to the wellbeing of our planet. Wherever possible we try keep in harmony with the environment. We are attentive to new technologies and make every effort to update our manufacturing plants and processes to keep reducing and reusing our waste produce.
  • Respect and dignity
  • Diversity
  • Openness and transparency
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Constructive engagement
  • Collaborative teamwork
  • Spirit of innovation
  • Stewardship
  • Simplicity, excellence and execution

Executive Committee & Board Members

Michael Lashbrook
CEO

National Foods Chief Executive Officer, Michael Lashbrook worked in the agricultural sector, as a partner in a company that grew and exported vegetables to Europe and the region, prior to joining National Foods in 2008. Michael Lashbrook holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and a Master of Business Administration degree.

Lovejoy Nyadoro
Financial Director

National Foods Financial Director Lovejoy Nyandoro is a Qualified Chartered Accountant with seventeen years' experience in Finance who completed his articles of clerkship with Deloitte and Touche in 2000. Thereafter, Lovejoy Nyandoro worked in the corporate sector before joining the NFHL Group in 2005. He served the Group in various roles and gained broad experience within the organisation.



Workmore Chimweta
Group & Sales Marketing Director

National Foods Group Sales and Marketing Director Workmore Chimweta is a sales, customer and consumer engagement expert with experience spanning Africa and the Middle East. Workmore Chimweta leads the integrated Go to market agenda developing and maintaining customer relationships whilst gleaning market insight and translating it into purposeful value for consumers, shoppers and indeed for the business. Workmore Chimweta holds an Honours Degree in Business Studies majoring in Marketing.

Richard Mann
Operations Director

National Foods Operations Director Richard Mann joined National Foods in 2015. Richard Mann was previously involved in the Logistics, Financial and Insurance Services sectors and has broad International experience having worked in South Africa, Europe and the United States. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant (SA) in 2005 and his operational portfolio includes procurement, planning, production and quality.



Rosseweater Usayi
Group Human Resources Executive

National Foods Group Human Resources Executive, Rosseweater Usayi joined National Foods in 2013. She has fourteen years experience in the HR profession and before joining National Foods she was a Regional HR Business Partner for Unilever East and Southern Africa based in Nairobi Kenya. Rosseweater holds a BSc Honours degree in Psychology.

NFHL Directors

Mike Lashbrook,
Todd Moyo,
Julian Schonken,
Godfrey Gwainda,
Noel Doyle,
Pieter Spies,
Lovejoy Nyandoro

NFHL Executive Committee

Mike Lashbrook,
Lovejoy Nyandoro,
Workmore Chimweta,
Richard Mann,
Rosseweater Usayi