Food Processing IngredientsPamela Ngqinani
South Africa is a middle-income emerging market with a well-developed agribusiness sector that plays a significant role in job creation and economic growth. Although largely self-sufficient in agricultural production, South Africa offers some opportunities for U.S. exports, especially in the food ingredients sector. The country has a well-developed and advanced food processing sector, which drives strong demand for food ingredients. South Africa is a net importer of food ingredients, and the continued shift from sugar to sweeteners is expected to remain prominent over the next few years. Importers are interested in expanding the array of U.S. products available in the market, as well as other Sub-Saharan markets since South Africa serves as a gateway to the region. This report provides more information on the South African food processing sector, including strategies for U.S. exporters interested in entering the market.