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, snacks, treats, 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, Pearlenta, 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.
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.