Astron Energy (Pty) Ltd.
Astron Energy, a Glencore Group company, is one of the leading suppliers of petroleum products in South Africa and Botswana through its vast network of Caltex-branded service stations.
Astron Energy’s approximately 850 Caltex branded service stations make them one of the country’s top two petroleum brands. They are strongly committed to being a responsible corporate citizen, promoting education, health and economic development in an effort to build stronger communities and drive sustainable economic growth.
They own and operate the country’s third-largest crude oil refinery located in Cape Town, which has a capacity of 100,000 barrels a day, and a lubricants manufacturing plant in Durban.
FreshStop at Caltex is a partnership between two of the countries most respected brands, Fruit & Veg City and Astron Energy. FreshStop at Caltex was developed by the Fruit & Veg City group, in conjuction with Chevron SA (at the time), to create a world-class forecourt convenience format for the South African market. FreshStop, named International Convenience Retailer of the Year 2013, is South Africa’s fastest growing 24-hour convenience store brand. Twenty eight of the Caltex Eastern Cape forecourts boast a FreshStop outlet, with several more in the planning.
Caltex Eastern Cape Marketer needed their own reliable transporter to deliver fuel to the eastern most parts of the network, out of Durban. The answer was to assist in the development of a BEE start-up. Crusade Logistics was formed in the second half of 2015 with the assistance of a loan from CECM to buy their first two trucks. Crusade Logistics now has eight trucks and services five of the most eastern Caltex Eastern Cape Marketer sites.