Starting as a small fruit and vegetable store in Access Park, the Food Lover’s Market Group has grown into South Africa’s largest privately owned retailer, which includes Food Lover’s Market stores, FreshStop at Caltex, FVC International, Diamond Discount Liquor, Market Liquors, and the artisan coffee brand, Seattle Coffee Company. This March marks their 30th anniversary as reported by IOL.
“Our 30-year milestone is a chance to reflect on our history and recognise the people who contributed to our success,” said Brian Coppin, CEO of the Food Lover’s Market Group. “We remember the excitement of opening our first store in Access Park in Cape Town with the help of family, friends, and partners. Our children grew up in the business, and it’s fulfilling to see the next generation create their own legacies.”
From a family affair to a workforce of 17,000, the Food Lover’s Market Group is committed to offering a complete shopping experience that supports the community. Their modern retail stores have gourmet butcheries, delis, grocery, and health and wellness departments, giving customers a unique one-stop shopping experience.
The Food Lover’s Market Group continues to expand, opening their highly-anticipated Bothasig store in 2022 to a positive response from the local community, followed by refurbishments of their Weskus Mall, KZN, La Lucia, Ballito, and Crescent stores. The retailer’s expansion plans aim to provide customers with the best stores in the community.
The Food Lover’s Market Group’s Earth Lovers division was established in 2017 to build a sustainable business model that incorporates social and environmental sustainability in everything they do. They are committed to reducing waste to landfill, have energy-efficient stores with LED lighting, and use efficient refrigeration and waste minimisation processes. The Food Lover’s Market Group is proud to have been the first South African retailer to ban plastic bags at till points.
Coppin concludes, “It has been a labour of love for 30 years, and we want to thank everyone in our business, our customers, and our suppliers – it’s all because of you.”
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