The roots of Irvin & Johnson Limited (I&J) are steeped in the history of South Africa's trawling industry. From its modest beginnings, Irvin & Johnson has established itself as South Africa's leading fishing company and multi-national processor and marketer of an extensive range of branded frozen and chilled convenience foods.
The founder members of Irvin & Johnson, Charles "Ocean" Johnson and George “Driver” Irvin began operating as a fishing company out of Cape Town harbour in the early 1900's. They began with only 2 trawlers, operating these vessels and their head office at the Clock Tower out of Cape Town harbour, now the V& A Waterfront. Their partnership was formalised on 16 November 1910 when the company Irvin & Johnson was first incorporated.
With almost a century of experience in the fishing industry, Irvin & Johnson is proud of its rich heritage as seafood specialists. Into the 21st Century, we will continue to innovate premium quality seafood and food products to meet the ever evolving needs of our consumers and customers.
Situated in Cape Town, Irvin & Johnson's corporate Head Office is in the suburb of Woodstock, where we direct, co-ordinate and control all of Irvin & Johnson's major group functions such as fishing, processing and marketing.
Irvin & Johnson has its own research and development resource team
consisting of internationally-trained food technologists who keep abreast of latest international trends and carry out in-house development work for both local and international markets. The R&D department supports and maintains Irvin & Johnson's pre-eminent position in South Africa as the leading innovator in frozen food products and has internationally competitive technological skills.
Irvin & Johnson places strong emphasis on the development of new products to satisfy changing trends in consumer needs, as well as improvement of existing products and processes. Today, Irvin & Johnson supplies local and global retail and foodservice markets with an extensive range of premium quality frozen and chilled fish and seafood products under the Irvin & Johnson brand and for customer own-label brands. We also farm abalone on the Cape South coast which is exported fresh, dried or canned. As well as fishing, processing and marketing our own catches, we have a deep-rooted universal procurement network and well-established international customer partnerships.
While Irvin & Johnson are specialists in fish and seafood, our 55 years of expertise in the frozen foods industry allows us to process or procure other proteins such as I&J branded value-added chicken and red meat products. Our wide range of these products is supplied to both retail and foodservice markets.