Gavilon's Origins

Gavilon South Africa's roots can be traced back to the 1970s and a US trading company called Woodward & Dickerson. In the 1970s, Woodward was a supplier of Canadian sulphur and Russian potash to South African fertilizer manufacturers, as well as other N, P and K fertilizers to importers in Southern and Eastern Africa. In 1984, the US food giant, ConAgra Foods Inc, acquired Woodward to support its expanding agricultural and fertilizer distribution activities. Through the 1980s and mid 1990s, ConAgra Fertilizer Co-continued to maintain a strong presence in the African region which Woodward had established.

Mission & Values

From the late 1990s through 2008, ConAgra’s fertilizer business in the region continued to expand through co-operation and partnerships with several companies, supplying fertilizer products to many countries – South Africa, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia, to name but a few.


In 2008, Gavilon is formed by a group of investors and acquires the ConAgra Trade Group from ConAgra Inc. One of the key drivers for this acquisition was ConAgra’s fertilizer business.

Gavilon South Africa (Pty) Ltd

In 2009, having witnessed the growth and opportunities the Southern African region presents, Gavilon established its own flagship in South Africa.

Present day

With our main storage facility in Durban, it is possible to easily supply customers with products, country-wide and across borders. Gavilon is continuously building strategic relationships with local partners and companies.


This enables Gavilon to reach more potential customers and increase our presence in the Southern African region. We aim to unlock and increase the potential of all our customers and business partners.



5 countries

16 dedicated staff

Relationships with +46 key logistics service providers.

Working for you

We are committed in finding ways to help our customers grow their business. Due to uncertainty in the production and distribution channel, Gavilon uses its expertise as leverage in product sourcing, storage and handling, transportation and logistics, along with risk management to get the best prices for our customers on a wide array of fertilizer products.


Dry bulk

storage facilities.


Our nitrogen-based products include ammonium sulphate (AMS), calcium ammonium nitrate (CAN), urea, which is available as prills, granulated and urea with NBPT.


It is supplemented by phosphate based products such as diammonium phosphate (DAP), monoammonium phosphate (MAP), single superphosphate (SSP) and triple superphosphate (TSP).


The potassium (potash) based products are muriate of potash (MOP/KCI), available as granulated and fine products, and sulphate of potash (SOP/K2SO4), in three different forms, water soluble, granulated and fine.


Our micronutrients are zinc sulphate monohydrate (ZnSO4) and boronate 32.


Additional products include all NPK blends (CAN and urea-based).


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