Foodland (South Australia)

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FounderHoeper family & various others
Number of locations
92 (2020)
Area served
Broken Hill
South Australia
Northern Territory
Key people
Franklin dos Santos (CEO)
OwnerMetcash (brand name)
Independent groups (stores)
Number of employees

Foodland is an Australian supermarket brand with 91 locations, primarily in South Australia, but also in the Northern Territory and New South Wales. The stores are independently owned and operated, although several operators own multiple stores. Large operators include Romeo's Retail Group, Commercial Retail Group and Eudunda Farmers.[1] Romeo's Retail Group owns 39 supermarkets branded as Foodland, as well as others branded IGA and SupaIGA.[2]


The Hoeper family established a grocery store in 1871, at Glenelg South in Adelaide. In 1962, it became the first store to be branded Foodland.[3] It has been expanded and modified over the years to become a small shopping centre, and is now run by Romeo's Retail Group.

Some larger stores were called Foodland SupaFresh, until Foodland decided to stop using the SupaFresh name.[citation needed]

In 2005, the Foodland brand name was bought by Metcash-owned IGA. The stores are independently owned, and reflect their individual owners and locations.[1]

In April 2014, Con Sciacca was appointed Foodland CEO, having previously held several positions at Metcash.[citation needed]

Major operators[edit]

Romeo's Retail Group[edit]

Romeo's Retail Group
Number of locations
Key people
Tony and Elisabeth Romeo (owners) and their sons Paul, Joseph and Antony

Romeo's Retail Group owns (September 2019) 39 Foodland IGA stores.[2]

Eudunda Farmers[edit]

Eudunda Farmers is a co-operative established at Eudunda in country South Australia in 1896.[4] Eudunda Farmers currently own and operate 18 Foodland & 3 IGA stores throughout country South Australia.

Chapley brothers[edit]

The Chapley brothers, John and Nick, own a large number of metropolitan Adelaide Foodland stores. Commercial Retail Group (CRG) runs two of the flagship stores, at Pasadena and Frewville. The latter won the "International Retailer of the Year excellence award" at the IGA Conference in the USA in 2016. The Pasadena and Frewville stores trade as "the world's finest supermarkets".[5]

Klose family[edit]

The Klose family runs a number of Foodland supermarkets in the Adelaide Hills.[6]

Rugless family[edit]

The Rugless family, from Brighton, South Australia, originally owned a chain of butcher shops before venturing into supermarkets. They have owned and operated 10 stores.[7]


  1. ^ a b Lee Nicholson (22 March 2016). "10 minutes with... Con Sciacca". InDaily. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Store Locator". Romeo's Retail Group. Retrieved 5 March 2016.
  3. ^ Bowden, Tom (3 June 2012). "Memories of the first Foodland". The Advertiser (Adelaide). Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  4. ^ Bloomberg. "Eudunda Farmers Ltd company profile".
  5. ^ "SA supermarket named best in the world". 1 March 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  6. ^ "SA SUPERMARKET CHAIN INVESTS IN JCB QS GENERATOR RANGE". JCB. 29 September 2017. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  7. ^ "About | Brighton Foodland". Retrieved 15 January 2019.

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