Cairns Foods
IndustryFood and Beverages
PredecessorCairns Holdings
Headquarters1 Upton Road Ardbennie, Harare, Zimbabwe
Key people
Workmore Chimweta CEO
OwnerTakura Capital Partners and others

Cairns Foods is a beverage and food farming, manufacturer and distributor. It operates in five divisions: Snacks, Groceries, Vegetables and Fruit, Beverages, and Spices. Cairsn started operations in 1947.[1]

Products & Brands

Culinary Range

  • Cashel Valley - canned vegetables (sugar beans, peas), fruits (mango, peach halves, guava halves & apples) and jams.
  • Madras - Cooking aids like Madras Curry, Brono Gravy
  • Willards - Custards, Jellies, Corn Flakes, Bran Flakes
  • Vinegar
  • Sun Jam, Willards Peanut Butter.


Cairns Foods Wines
  • Mukuyu Wines
  • Colombard blend
  • VAT 10 Pinot Noir
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • New Vineyard
  • Donna Bella
  • Altar Wine
  • Carimba sparkling grape drinks
  • Santé fruit coolers
  • Breakfast Ground Coffee and Cereal


  • Spuds - crispy potato chips
  • Other Brands: Willards Thingz, Jupiters, Cheezies, Korn Kurls, Chicken Flings and Lakkernaks
  • Charhons Chocolates, Sweets, Athlone Biscuits, Cookies

Key Developments

  • Cairns was under judicial management by Grant Thornton and Camelsa’s Reggie Saruchera from November 2012 to 2015.
  • In August 2017, Cairns lost a $2.6 million labour case against a former employee Standford Selemani who was wrongly fired from employment 25 years ago.
  • In 2015, Cairns revived three defunct production lines, jolting its product output.