SA is a low-growth environment, a scenario that is unlikely to change unless there are major structural changes to our economy and political environment. This drives SA corporates to set their sights on faraway lands, usually getting slaughtered in the process.

There are exceptions, of course. Food service giant Bidcorp is one of them, with a genuinely diversified global revenue base. The largest contributor to revenue is Europe, with 34% of total revenue in the latest financial year. Next up are the UK and Australasia, with emerging markets, as the smallest segment, contributing 17.6% of group revenue. SA is only part of the emerging markets segment, so this JSE-listed company truly offers global diversification away from the SA growth story (or lack thereof)...

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