About us

Delivering Consistent Quality and Better Ingredient Solutions



We are a distributor with in-depth knowledge about our suppliers’ products, including application and cost-in-use benefits. We supply these ingredients to manufacturers of food, beverages, pharmaceuticals, dietary supplements, household detergents and personal care products in South Africa and its neighbouring countries. We can also combine our suppliers’ ingredients with other ingredients to develop customer specific compounds in our laboratory in Cape Town. Our Cape Town facility is FSSC 22000 certified and with our team of Food Scientists we can take a brief from Concept to Launch. By further tapping into the application laboratories available through the Barentz network globally we can always offer a better solution to our clientele.



SK Chemtrade was established in 1992 as a distributor of flavours and fragrances from International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF). Our Head Office is situated in Meadowdale, Johannesburg and in 2010 we opened new product development and warehousing facilities in Montague Gardens, Cape Town. In 2016, we undertook a new development which allows us to offer bespoke product concepts and compounds to our valued client base. In 2019, we entered into a Joint Venture with Barentz, the global life science ingredients distributor. This partnership allows us to offer better ingredient solutions to our customers.

SK Chemtrade's roots began in Zimbabwe, in the form of Sylvester & Kitchen Pvt Ltd, a company founded in 1978 that has been a consistent supplier of raw materials to the Zimbabwean food and beverage industry.

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SK Chemtrade History Timeline



SK Chemtrade holds exclusive distribution agreements with several prominent raw material manufacturers and suppliers from Europe, USA and Asia. The company believes in partnering with suppliers that have the same ethos: Delivering high quality products, offering technical support whenever required with enthusiasm towards new product development.


What we get, from who.




Natural Colours


Vitamin Premixes

Nexira Health

Premium nutraceuticals and botanical extracts

Ransom Naturals

API’s and Botanical Extracts for the pharmaceutical and beverage markets


Pharmaceutical excipients, coatings and cellulose ethers

Gencor Pacific

Premium nutraceuticals and botanical extracts

Shoreline Fruit

Tart Cherry Extracts for food, beverage and nutraceutical/pharmaceutical industry

Taiyo Kaguku

Suntheanine® Taiyo's patented pure form of L-theanine. Sunphenon®, highly purified polyphenols rich in natural green tea catechins. Sunfibre®, soluble dietary fibre, tasteless and odourless. Sunactive® Fe disperses insoluble iron (ferric pyrophosphate) in liquid formulations without precipitation, iron flavor or change in colour. It is stable against heat, salt, pH and oxidation


Whipping agents and aerating emulsifiers


Vinegar powders, mustard powders, sweetener powders, sauce powders


Brewer’s yeast extracts


Functional animal proteins for meat industry


Salt reduction systems



Team Expertise

Our dynamic family owned company prides itself on being on the cutting edge of innovation. Our tangible creative passion stems from our pillars of innovation: creativity, science and nature. By keeping up to date with global trends through research, our technically driven flare of scientific art comes to light with unrivaled quality.

Our Innovations team comprises of industry leading Food Scientists, Technologists, Food Safety Specialists and experienced Production Controllers that will grasp and formulate the most challenging tailor-made solutions.

Our commercial and administrative divisions are technically capable in offering advice on your target market, commercial cost-optimisation techniques and implementing service you would come to expect from global leaders.

Our management represents our fine team through example with chemistry, finance, commercial and marketing degrees moulded by decades of industry relevant flavour experience.

We will support you through the hurdles of progression until you succeed.


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