Foodzone Franchise

  1. Description

The Holding Company of the FOODZONE franchise, The Buying Exchange Company (Pty) Ltd, has been in operation as a buying support group for independent supermarkets for more than 14 years in the retail sector.


Established: 1999
Initial Franchise Fee: R20 000
Set-up Costs: R1,6m
Management Fees: None
Marketing Fees: 0.5%
FASA Member: Yes
Leon Volschenk
+27 (0)11 409 2904

About Us

The Buying Exchange Company (Pty) Ltd, FoodZone’s holding company, was established early in 1999 by a group of independent traders and management as a buying support group for both independent retailers and wholesalers.  An existing group with the name Verbruikers Groothandelaars was approached to enter this market and after a successful joint venture relationship in the first two and a half years of trading, the Verbruikers Group was taken over in August 2001 in exchange for a share of The B.E.C. Our board of directors consist of a very successful group of independent traders and management with a wealth of experience in the corporate, franchise and independent wholesale and retail markets in Southern Africa. The aim of the board of directors for the Buying Exchange Company is to grow the company to be the largest independent buying support group in the FMCG market in southern Africa.

Ideal Franchisee Profile

Our ideal franchisees should ideally be experienced managing grocers or supermarkets – either independents, franchises or supermarket chains.

Franchise Training

FoodZone has in house training with evaluations that take place on a continuous basis with specialized training done for all service departments and computerizations.