|1891||Reynolds Brothers Limited is listed as a public company and Charles George (CG) Smith, a local entrepreneur, is appointed as its agent in Durban. This sparks the genesis of CG Smith Sugar.
|1893||C.G. Smith becomes a shareholder in Reynolds Brothers.|
|1904||The Umzimkulu Mill joins the Smith fold.|
|1915||Reynolds Brothers opens the Sezela mill; and Natal Cane By-Products Limited (now Illovo Merebank) is listed as a public company.
|1925||The Illovo Mill, just south of Durban, is the first in South Africa to operate a refinery.|
|1962||The year of the “Sugar Wars”, involving a consortium of CG Smith and Company, Reynolds Brothers Limited, Tongaat Sugar, Crookes Brothers and Gledhow-Chaka’s Kraal, which takes a controlling interest in Sir JL Hulett and Sons.|
|1976||The CG Smith Group’s sugar interests are merged into CG Smith Sugar Limited.|
|1977||CG Smith Sugar Limited acquires the Illovo Group from Tate and Lyle.|
|1991||CG Smith Sugar Limited celebrates its centenary.
|1992||CG Smith Sugar is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), and the company acquires the Umfolozi sugar mill.
|1994||The company name is changed to Illovo Sugar Limited to identify with the Illovo brand of sugars and syrup.|
|1996||Illovo acquires a 50% stake in Maragra Açúcar SA in Mozambique.
1997||Illovo acquires Lonrho Sugar Corporation Limited, with sugar assets in Malawi, Eswatini, Mauritius and South Africa.
|1998||Illovo acquires a 55% stake in Kilombero Sugar Company in Tanzania.|
|2001||Illovo sells its Mauritian interests and acquires a controlling interest in Zambia Sugar Plc.|
|2006||Associated British Foods plc., a company listed on the London Stock Exchange, acquires a 51% controlling stake in Illovo.|
|2009||The major cane and factory expansion of the Nakambala sugar mill in Zambia, which results in a doubling of annual sugar production to more than 400 000 tons, is successfully commissioned|
|2010||The South African business is re-structured and its relevant assets transferred to a wholly-owned subsidiary, Illovo Sugar (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd.|
|2011||The successful commisioning of Ubombo’s major factory expansion and co-generation project in Eswatini.|
|2013||The new South African warehouse is officially opened in Pietermaritzburg and Kilombero’s new distillery is commissioned.|