As a truly South African brand, Lucky Star’s range of product have grown from just Pilchards in Tomato sauce, to a wide selection of South African favourites. All high in omega 3 and protein, there’s a flavour to be enjoyed by everyone and a product that makes getting good nutrition easy and convenient.
Explore the timeline below.
Canning of fish begins in the United States.
The Californian Fishing Industry collapses due to overfishing.
The South Africa Pelagic Fishing Industry brings California's canning equipment to Walvis Bay.
Making 10 tonnes a day, the canned fish industry in SA booms!
Southern African canners form Federal Fish Packers.
The "Your Lucky Star" brand is acquired by Federal Fish Packers.
The "Your" is dropped and Lucky Star is registered in SA.
Lucky Star Pilchards in Tomato launched.
Lucky Star stands out in a busy market, growing to 25% market share.
Federal Fish Packers becomes Federal Marine Limited.
Lucky Star Pilchards in Hot Chilli launched.
Over-fishing causes the pilchard resource in Namibia to collapse.
High demand but low production sees Federal Marine Limited becoming net importers of canned fish.
Lucky Star branding is updated and modernised.
Lucky Star market share grows to 50%
Luck Star market share grows to 68%.
Lucky Star market share grows to 72%.
Lucky Star is bought by the Oceana Group.
Lucky Star starts to introduce a variety of new products - Sardines & Tuna.
Lucky Star Smoked Mussels launched.
Lucky Star Skinless and Boneless Fillets launched.
Launch of New Lucky Star Pilchards in Sweet Chilli Sauce.
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread throughout the world, at Lucky Star we are taking proactive steps grounded in science to protect the safety of our products, our employees, their families and support our communities around the country. As one of the country’s largest Manufacturer of canned food products, we are considered a provider of essential goods. We will thus maintain our production capacity during the remainder of the lockdown period as prescribed by Government.