Foodland (South Australia)

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FounderHoeper family & various others
Number of locations
92 (2020)
Area served

South Australia
Northern Territory
Broken Hill[1]
Key people
Franklin dos Santos (CEO)
OwnerMetcash (brand name)
Independent groups (stores)
Number of employees

IGA Foodland is an Australian supermarket chain with 96 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, the majority of stores are owned by Metcash, the owners of national supermarket chain IGA[2][3]

History (Foodland)[edit]

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.[4] 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.[2]

In April 2014, Con Sciacca was appointed Foodland CEO, having previously held several positions at Metcash.[5] In July 2020, Foodland’s previous CEO, Con Sciacca, will hand over to Franklin Dos Santos the new CEO role.

From 2015-2021, Foodland and their South Australian customers helped raise $82,935 for Minda Inc disability communities.

Major Foodland 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. A notable store is located in and off Rundle Mall in the Adelaide city.[3]

Romeo's new warehouse size Supa Value mega supermarkets in Doonside, NSW [6]

The Romeo's have a number of it's IGA's called "Food Hall".

Eudunda Farmers Limited[edit]

Eudunda Farmers Ltd is a co-operative established at Eudunda in country South Australia in 1896.[7]

Eudunda Farmers currently own and operate 18 Foodland & 3 IGA stores throughout country, South Australia.

Chapley Family (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 awarded supermarkets".[8]

Munno Para, Norwood, Henley Square, Saint's, Sefton Plaza Foodland stores are run by the John Chapley Family.

Carter's Retail[edit]

Having stores in Coober Pedy that's a IGA also a Hardware store. And a store in Naracoorte which is a Foodland.

Klose Family[edit]

The Klose family runs a number of Foodland supermarkets in the Adelaide Hills, in Balhannah, Birdwood, Littlehampton, Lobethal, Nairne, and Woodside.

Since the Klose family opened their doors in 1902, the Klose family have supported local farmers, growers and makers by buying local – from seasonal produce to smallgoods, chutneys to cheese, bacon to biscuits, and jam to wine products.

McLeod Family[edit]

The McLeod family run the Broken Hill Foodland store in Beryl Street.

Rugless Family[edit]

The Rugless family, own and operator a well established Foodland Market Fresh in Brighton, South Australia, originally owned a chain of butcher shops before venturing into supermarkets. They have owned and operated 10 butcher stores.[9]

Smith Family[edit]

Balaklava Foodland which is run by the Smith family.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Foodland online".
  2. ^ a b Lee Nicholson (22 March 2016). "10 minutes with... Con Sciacca". InDaily. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Store Locator". Romeo's Retail Group. Retrieved 5 March 2016.
  4. ^ Bowden, Tom (3 June 2012). "Memories of the first Foodland". The Advertiser (Adelaide). Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Franklin Dos Santos, CEO of Foodland". The CEO Magazine. Retrieved 10 November 2021.
  6. ^ "Homepage". Supa Valu. Retrieved 10 November 2021.
  7. ^ Bloomberg. "Eudunda Farmers Ltd company profile".
  8. ^ "SA supermarket named best in the world". 1 March 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  9. ^ "About | Brighton Foodland". Retrieved 15 January 2019.

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