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IGA Moves Back into South Africa with Unitrade Partnership!

Author: Mark Batenic

The Independent View

Mark Batenic

IGA Moves Back into South Africa with Unitrade Partnership!  

 December 18, 2012 


As we prepare to close out 2012 and move into 2013, IGA has a lot of great news on the horizon. We have positive store growth in the U.S. and globally, and new member possibilities springing up in every corner of the world. And it is my very great pleasure to share with you that one such member possibly is now a reality: Today, we formally announced that IGA is partnering with Johannesburg-based Unitrade Management Services to bring IGA back to South Africa!

Though IGA originally moved into South Africa in 2002, there have been no IGA stores in the country since 2008, so goes without saying that we see lots of promise in this new member company. Unitrade, an independent management services group that provides a range of products and services that allow independent grocery retailers to compete effectively against corporate chains in the South African marketplace, firmly embodied the entrepreneurial spirit and community commitment that is the hallmark of IGA around the world.

Under the partnership with IGA, Unitrade's 110 Powertrade, Food Town and Best Buy grocery brands will adopt the IGA brand, and Unitrade has committed to growing its IGA store count to 250 stores within the next five years.

We look forward to working with Unitrade CEO Jad Pereira and his team to introduce IGA to new countries and communities in Africa as Unitrade expands its IGA footprint. So from all of us here at IGA: Welcome to the family, Unitrade!


Mark Batenic

Click here to read the press release, including information about Unitrade's plans to draw upon IGA Coca-Cola Institute resources to create the Unitrade Academy, a training school that will offer comprehensive classroom and online training.