Crown National

Who Is Crown National?

Superior products and equipment for the meat and food industry.

The roots of Crown National can be traced back to 1912 when a company called Newtown Tin Works was founded in the bustling village of Newtown to serve the exploding gold mining community in Johannesburg.

Newtown Tin became a company called Crown Mills which, by the late 1980s was a sizeable company serving predominantly the meat industry with spices, seasonings and butchery equipment. At this stage, across town in Doornfontein, there was a competitor by the name of National Spice Works. The dynamic Bidcorp Group, then in its infancy, acquired both companies and amalgamated them – hence the name Crown National.

A third company, Columbit Foods, was subsequently added to the fold and the combined experience, expertise and synergies of these three companies bonded to make Crown National a leader in its field.

Our "We're Here To Help – First For Service" philosophy has stood us in good stead over the years, helping us to cement our relationships with customers and form "partnerships", working together in trust to our mutual benefit.

We are proud of our heritage and proud to be members of the Bidcorp Group. We provide the industries which we serve, with products we are proud of, from facilities that we know are unequalled in Africa. We have highly qualified, dedicated and committed staff to provide superior product design and technological excellence to customers.

We realise that our future success is in direct proportion to our value as perceived by our customers. Crown National is therefore committed to a never ending quest to add value to our customers and their businesses.

Crown National Values

As one of the major food ingredient suppliers in South Africa, we take great pride in delivering the finest level of quality available to our customers.


We believe that people are motivated by the recognition, respect, admiration, positive feedback and credit they receive. We also believe that motivation comes from self-respect, pride, and a sense of personal identity.


We aim to empower our talented people to take the initiative and do what’s right, we encourage our teams to act independently with great freedom, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, and the ability to make most decisions autonomously.


We strive to innovate in everything, from products to processes.

Customer Satisfaction

We’re here to help. We’re dedicated to satisfying customer needs and honouring the commitments that we have made.

Commitment to Excellence

We are committed to selling and delivering high quality products and services, so that we can continue to be one of the best food ingredient suppliers in South Africa.

Honesty & Integrity

We respect all individuals and their contributions. We believe in acting in accordance with moral and ethical standards – honesty, sincerity, truth, trustworthiness.

International Partners

Our International Partners are integral to the success of our business. Through our International Partners we have access to world-class technical support and cutting edge ingredient solutions.

ICL Food Specialists

ICL Food Specialities provides a unique understanding of ingredient interactions to offer options that improve the consistency of product quality. Worldwide recognised trademarks TARI®, CURAFOS®, FIBRISOL®, BRIFISOL®, PLASMAL® and BEKAPLUS® represent high-quality phosphate specialities, functional combination products, flavours, spices and seasonings.


These forming machines have been supplied to the general food industry to form and portion products such as beef, chicken, fish, vegetable burgers, nuggets, meat balls, falafel, Anzac biscuits, yo-yos and other shortbread mixtures, muesli bars, fruit cake portions and more.

Grasselli Spa

This principal produces some of the most innovative and successful products in the form of skinning and de-rinding machinery, as well as slicing and portioning systems. Their success lies in the firm belief that the greatest value and highest benefit they can give their users is the knowledge that only a specialist can instill in its own products.


Henkovac prides itself on developing the newest technologies to ensure that their vacuum packaging machines are at the forefront of innovation, and the highest quality standards. Henkovac is one of the leading brands for vacuum packaging machines in the world. By thinking global and acting local, Henkovac machines are represented by a dedicated network of local dealers.


Holac Maschinenbau GmbH is a leading, globally recognised company in the cutting-technology industry. For over 40 years, Holac has been providing solutions catering to cut meat, meat products, cheese, fish and vegetables.

Red Arrow

For over 50 years, Red Arrow has provided superior smoking solutions to the processed meat industry, as well as flavour and processing solutions to the food industry. Their smoke flavours are widely used for barbecue sauces, snack foods, and other flavouring needs. The concentrated smoke condensates are used to safely and efficiently replace the traditional smoking process.


Talsa is a world leader in the manufacture of quality food processing machinery. Talsa manufactures a variety of machinery for the meat industry including fillers, mixers, mincers and grinders, cutters, cookers and kettles.

Viscofan / Naturin

The Viscofan Group is the world leader in artificial casings for meat products, which are distributed in over 120 countries worldwide. Viscofan is the only manufacturer in the world using technology for all categories of casing products: cellulose, collagen, fibrous and plastic. Naturin is a member of the Viscofan Group, one of the leading companies world-wide in manufactured artificial casings.


Arcos Hermanos S.A. is the first Spanish kitchen cutlery-making company with international scope and one of the oldest knife & cutlery manufacturers in the world. Almost three centuries of continuously researching and developing their products make them an international leader in the knife and cutlery industry.


Thurne has an international reputation for high quality, precision engineered industrial slicing systems for fresh and precooked bacon, cooked meats and cheese applications. More than 50 years of experience in the industry enable Thurne to deliver efficient production lines that achieve optimum performance and presentation.


Based in Bradford in the UK, they specialize in producing innovating equipment for the food processing industry worldwide.

Griffith Foods

A global product development partner, specializing in high-quality food ingredients. They're committed to helping their customers create better products – and a better, more sustainable world.


Cargill has been a leading global food ingredient supplier for over 155 years. They work every day to nourish the world in a safe, responsible, sustainable way. Ingredients offered in Africa include cocoa and chocolate products; edible oils and fats; functional systems offering solutions for a well-suited final texture and stability, as well as taste and mouthfeel; hydrocolloids including biopolymers, carrageenan's, galactomannans and pectin's for gelling and thickening; NGM and non-allergen soy, sunflower, canola/rape and egg lecithin; wheat and corn proteins; native and functional clean label maize, waxy maize, potato, tapioca and wheat starch products used to thicken, stabilize, emulsify and enhance textures; sweeteners including dextrose, glucose, glucose fructose syrups, hydrolysates, polyols, specialty sweeteners and Stevia.


Using nature to create for over 90 years, we have been producing quality products that are made in Germany for a global market. We optimize products from the sustainable resources of potatoes and peas every day. We specialize in refined starch products, potato flakes & granules, proteins and fibers


Risco, for over 50 years, has been producing machinery and systems for the meat processing industry. Risco has become a brand of reference in the industry and is a synonymous of quality and reliability. The production includes vacuum fillers for production of sausages, special vacuum fillers for ham and mortadella products, meat preparation lines, meat portioners, forming system for burgers, meatballs and sticks, depositing and extrusion systems, tying machines and a wide range of accessories designed specifically for the food sector.