How viable is maize milling as a business venture

How viable is maize milling as a business venture

Jan Jordaan
If you are considering starting a business in Africa, and want to choose the right venture that’s both profitable and sustainable, read how maize m...
How viable is maize milling as a business venture

How viable is maize milling as a business venture

Jan Jordaan
If you are considering starting a business in Africa, and want to choose the right venture that’s both profitable and sustainable, read how maize m...
How to upgrade from community to commercial milling

How to upgrade from community to commercial milling

commercial maize milling Koot Jordaan
Introduction Boost your profits by upgrading your community milling business to a more profitable commercial mill. Upgrading or expanding is an ess...
What makes a good maize mill?

What makes a good maize mill?

Maize mill Charl Marais
Potential maize millers often ask us to explain the attributes of a good mill, and rightly so. The mill you end up choosing for your maize milling ...
Yarona Milling maize meal packaged

Yarona Milling – From Humble Beginnings to Maize Milling Success

Maize milling success story Jan Jordaan
Of the many Roff clients who sing the praises of their Roff R-70 Maize Mills, brothers Zakariya, Yoonus and Mohammed Hanif Chiboo might just be its...
The Maize Milling Value Chain in Africa

The Maize Milling Value Chain in Africa

Maize milling value chain Jan Jordaan
The maize milling value chain is an intricate web that highlights the importance of different stages and players in the maize industry. From the cultivation of maize with vital inputs such as seeds, fertilizers, and water, to the milling and packaging of the final products, each step plays a significant role in the quality and profitability of maize products. A important point to take into consideration is the transportation and storage of maize; minimizing distances and ensuring proper storage conditions are crucial to cost-effectiveness and quality maintenance. Moreover, the milling process not only yields primary products like maize meal and flour but also generates valuable by-products which can be further utilized. Understanding and optimizing this value chain is indispensable for millers to identify their potential role and contribute effectively to an industry that is crucial to food security in many African communities.
Chris Rossouw, maize miling entrepreneur

Exchanging Rugby Glory for Milling Success – The Rossgro Milling Story

Maize milling success story Jan Jordaan
Former Springbok and member of the 1995 Rugby World Cup winning squad, Chris Rossouw, has also made a name for himself away from the rugby field: a...
Harvesting maize

SAFEX: A maize miller's guide to managing raw material risk

Risk management Thys Claassens
Introduction Discover the power of the South African Futures Exchange (SAFEX) in managing raw material risks for maize millers. This blog post delv...
The Roff DGX Degerminator installed in a C-80 grit mill

Roff DGX Degerminator Delivers Real ROI

Degermination Koot Jordaan
Since its unveiling at Nampo 2022, the patented Roff DGX 155/175 Degerminator has been extensively tested and is performing better than ever. We no...
Grades of Maize Meal in Africa: an overview for Entrepreneurs

Grades of Maize Meal in Africa: an overview for Entrepreneurs

Maize Meal Koot Jordaan
In Africa and other regions, maize meal comes in various categories based on factors like maize type, milling process, and final product quality. T...
Managing risk in maize milling

Risk Management in Maize Milling

Business in Africa Charl Marais
Every industry has certain risks that have to be managed in order for the business to succeed and be profitable. In this blog, Charl Marais, Managi...
Roff's factory switched to solar

Roff Switches to Solar

commercial maize milling Charl Marais
This blog offers a few insights Roff gathered along its solar journey, which might be of use to maize millers also considering going the solar route.
Millers hand with white maize meal

Maize Milling Processes and Terms explained

Koot Jordaan
A simple explanation of how a maize mill works and the processes that can take place during the production of maize meal and bran.
Market Overview: Maize Production in Kenya

Market Overview: Maize Production in Kenya

commercial maize milling Koot Jordaan
Maize is the most widely grown crop in sub-Saharan Africa, and is a staple food for roughly 50% of the population. As such, it’s critical to ensuri...
Mycotoxins: The Danger Lurking in our Food?

Mycotoxins: The Danger Lurking in our Food?

Aflatoxins Charl Marais
In this article we give an overview of this deadly mould that also attacks maize and produces the dangerous mycotoxin, aflatoxin. We look at ways of minimising the risk from exposure to it. 
Harvesting maize in South Africa

Market overview: Maize meal production in South Africa

Maize milling Africa Koot Jordaan
Maize is the most widely grown crop in sub-Saharan Africa and is a staple food for an estimated 50% of the population, therefore critical to ensuring food security on the continent. 
Roff unveiled two new game-changing products at Nampo 2022

Roff Unveils a Patented Degerminator and Higher Capacity Pre-Cleaner

Koot Jordaan
Bothaville, Free State – Roff Milling took the opportunity presented by the return of Grain SA NAMPO Harvest Day 2022 to unveil two newcomers to th...
Quality checks during maize milling to ensure safety and quality

Ensuring food safety by implementing a HACCP plan

Food safety Charl Marais
Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) programs are intended to ensure that product safety requirements in the food industry are met, so that hazards like listeriosis outbreaks never occur. 
SP-1: The Ideal Mill for starting a Maize Milling Business

SP-1: The Ideal Mill for starting a Maize Milling Business

Entrepreneur Koot Jordaan
Start your very own profitable business producing maize meal with Roff’s SP-1 Milling Machine and compromise on reliability or quality.
Maize Miller, Preventative Maintenance ensures profits

Maize Miller, Preventative Maintenance ensures profits

Preventative maintenance Charl Marais
Preventive maintenance refers to all maintenance done in order to prevent milling equipment failure, or to spot a failure early. Preventive maintenance practices include the inspection, lubrication and cleaning of your equipment and production areas. 
Threats and opportunities for the Maize Milling industry arising from the Russia/Ukraine conflict

Threats and opportunities for the Maize Milling industry arising from the Russia/Ukraine conflict

African business opportunity Jan Jordaan

In order to fill the void left by the Russia/Ukraine conflict, it will be crucial for maize producers and millers to get their ducks in a row, e.g. by optimising their mills’ extraction rates, doing regular maintenance to keep rollers sharpened, and upgrading degerminators. 


Let’s take a look at what to expect – in Africa and beyond – and how Roff can help African maize millers and entrepreneurs benefit from opportunities created by the conflict.

Maize field in late afternoon light, make money from maize in Africa

Making Money from maize in Africa

African business opportunity Jan Jordaan

This blog takes a look at why producing maize meal in Africa is a sound business opportunity, the challenges faced by African producers, and some of the corrective measures that could be taken to increase the growth of maize in Africa.

Hands with white maize kernels

6 Ways to increase your maize mill's capacity and profitability

Commercial maize milling Koot Jordaan
If you want to grow and succeed in maize milling, you need to mill close to the maximum capacity that your mill will allow, but you need to ensure that it’s sustainable and profit. Learn more about six tried and tested ideas to increase your maize mill’s capacity and profitability.
Community milling vs Commercial milling

The Difference between Commercial and Community Milling

African business opportunity Koot Jordaan
Know the difference between commercial and community milling so you can decide which suites your situation best.
Effective Grain Storage to manage Maize Supply

Effective Grain Storage to manage Maize Supply

Food security Koot Jordaan
Storing grain effectively is pivotal in ensuring consistent maize supply and therefore avoiding major price fluctuations. This blog provides an overview on grain storage.
Elementary Maize Meal Quality Checks #3: Granulation Test

Elementary Maize Meal Quality Checks #3: Granulation Test

High quality maize meal Charl Marais
In the third of the Roff success guide series about elementary product quality checks, Roff explains the granulation test.

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Here we explore topics and tips related to maize production, maize milling, entrepreneurship, the marketing of maize meal and many more. Let’s unlock the world of maize milling for you – happy reading!

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