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The growth challenges of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in South Africa's food processing complex

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This article focuses on the growth challenges and opportunities of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in South Africa's food processing complex and argues that the growth challenges of these enterprises must be seen in the context of restructuring in South Africa's agrifood system. Based on a 30-company sample of SME food processors, the article argues that supermarket sourcing practices represent the most significant obstacle to the growth of these companies. Paradoxically, the complexity of South Africa's food retail system also offers opportunities for growth. The article ends by considering policy options for assisting SMEs, given this growth opportunity.

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  • Charles Mather, 2005. "The growth challenges of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in South Africa's food processing complex," Development Southern Africa, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 22(5), pages 607-622.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:deveza:v:22:y:2005:i:5:p:607-622
    DOI: 10.1080/03768350500364208
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