Illovo Sugar Limited was founded in 1891 and is currently the biggest sugar producer in South Africa. The company is a subsidiary of Associated British Foods Plc., which owns 51% of the companies issued share capital. They currently employ over 12 000 permanent staff members and over 18 000 temporary staff members.

Illovo Sugar produces refined and raw sugar, from sugar cane acquired via their agricultural operations and independent growers, supplied to their factories. The companies product is distributed to local, regional African, United States, European Union (EU) and global markets.

The companies subsidiaries include: Illovo Sugar South Africa (located in Umhlanga, Durban, South Africa); Illovo Sugar Malawi (located in Limbe, Malawi); Ubombo Sugar (located in Swaziland); Maragra Açúcar (located inMaputo, Mozambique); Kilombero Sugar (located in Tanzania) and Zambia Sugar (located in Mazabuka, Zambia).