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March 10, 2021updated 06 Sep 2021 4:01pm

Livekindly Collective forms South African venture with local firm RCL Foods

Livekindly Collective, the US-based vegetarian-foods supplier, has forged a plant-based joint venture business in South Africa with a local firm.

Livekindly Collective, the US-based vegetarian-foods supplier, has forged a plant-based joint venture in South Africa with locally-based RCL Foods, one of its backers.

Livekindly Collective Africa, approved last week by South Africa’s Competition Commission, will market, sell and distribute all of Livekindly Collective’s brands – including those of local business Fry Family Food Co. and Germany’s LikeMeat and Sweden’s Oumph – in South Africa and elsewhere in sub-Saharan Africa.

The JV partners said they want to “build a robust plant-based ecosystem in the region – from agriculture all the way down to go-to-market brands and infrastructure”.

RCL Foods, which has brands including Rainbow’s Simply Chicken, entered the plant-based foods category via an investment in a minority shareholding in Livekindly Collective in January 2020.

Miles Dally, RCL Foods’ CEO, said: “We are excited to partner with Livekindly Collective in taking plant-based protein from niche to mainstream in South and sub-Saharan Africa, which will provide people with more options and encourage more sustainable food choices.”

Kees Kruythoff, the chairman and CEO of Livekindly Collective, said: “Through this strategic partnership, we will be able to bring nutritious and delicious plant-based products to even more consumers in Africa faster by making it more accessible and affordable.”

Last month, Livekindly Collective announced former Unilever CEO Paul Polman had joined its board.

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