Back in 1916, Sammy Marks registered the Vereeniging Milling Company (VMC), and in 1917 he teamed up with Adolf Sacks to build a maize mill in Vereeniging. This was a first in South Africa. For the first time they could handle and store bulk quantities of maize. They were front of the pack, laying the foundation for what would later become one of the greatest animal feed groups in the country.
When Marks passed away, Monty Ross took over the reins. Ross and Premies Milling purchased 90% of VMS from Vereeniging Estates in 1934. It was from this company that Epol later evolved.
Years later in August 2013, RCL FOODS acquired Foodcorp, South Africa’s third largest food producer. Shortly after the company was renamed from Rainbow Chicken Limited to RCL FOODS Limited, with RCL FOODS as the holding company for Rainbow and Vector.
Things didn’t stop there. With a philosophy of ‘one company’ and an aim to establish a large-scale food industry in Africa, the company decided to diversify. In January 2014 they acquired TSB Sugar and two leading animal feed companies, Epol and Molatek came together.
In 2018 RCL made the decision to acquire the Driehoek Feeds Mill, situated in the heart of the beautiful area of the Waterberg. Equus Horse Feeds therefore came on board with Epol Equine.
In the world of horse and rider, teamwork comes naturally, to all. Working as a team really does make big dreams work. That’s one of the reasons we are proud to grow trusted brands Epol Equine and Equus, as a committed team, an innovative spirit, and a proactive attitude to the latest research, really does allow us to provide the equine industry with the next level in equine nutrition.
Today, supported by nearly a century of experience and expertise, Epol is one of the leading animal-feed manufacturers in South Africa and services a wide range of species, both nationally and internationally.