Food ingredients suppliers


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 and dietary supplements in South Africa and its neighbouring countries.

We can also combine our suppliers’ ingredients with other ingredients to develop customer specific food and beverage 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 building in Johannesburg


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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Principals - SK Chemtrade holds distribution agreements with many well-known raw ingredients manufacturers


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.


Our dynamic company prides itself on being on the cutting edge of innovation. Our creative passion stems from our pillars of innovation: creativity, science and nature.

Our Innovations team is comprised of food scientists, technologists and food safety specialists 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 experience.

Innovation 100%
Solution focused 100%
Problem solving 100%
Dedication 100%