1891Reynolds 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.
1893C.G. Smith becomes a shareholder in Reynolds Brothers.
1904The Umzimkulu Mill joins the Smith fold.
1915Reynolds Brothers opens the Sezela mill; and Natal Cane By-Products Limited (now Illovo Merebank) is listed as a public company.
1925The Illovo Mill, just south of Durban, is the first in South Africa to operate a refinery.
1962The 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.
1976The CG Smith Group’s sugar interests are merged into CG Smith Sugar Limited.
1977CG Smith Sugar Limited acquires the Illovo Group from Tate and Lyle.
1991CG Smith Sugar Limited celebrates its centenary.
1992CG Smith Sugar is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), and the company acquires the Umfolozi sugar mill.
1994The company name is changed to Illovo Sugar Limited to identify with the Illovo brand of sugars and syrup.
1996Illovo acquires a 50% stake in Maragra Açúcar SA in Mozambique.
1997Illovo acquires Lonrho Sugar Corporation Limited, with sugar assets in Malawi, Eswatini, Mauritius and South Africa.
1998Illovo acquires a 55% stake in Kilombero Sugar Company in Tanzania.
2001Illovo sells its Mauritian interests and acquires a controlling interest in Zambia Sugar Plc.
2006Associated British Foods plc., a company listed on the London Stock Exchange, acquires a 51% controlling stake in Illovo.
2009The 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
2010The South African business is re-structured and its relevant assets transferred to a wholly-owned subsidiary, Illovo Sugar (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd.
2011The successful commisioning of Ubombo’s major factory expansion and co-generation project in Eswatini.
2013The new South African warehouse is officially opened in Pietermaritzburg and Kilombero’s new distillery is commissioned.


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