Fatti’s & Moni’s is a part of South Africa’s Italian heritage, but the two names didn’t always live so happily side by side. Luigi Fatti opened a tiny grocery store to do business in early Johannesburg in 1896, selling macaroni, olive oil and wines from Italy. Ten years later, Pietro and Giacomo Moni established Moni Brothers Limited, which catered for the rising demand for Italian beverages and delicacies.
The First World War caused a scarcity of imported goods, so the Moni brothers began to manufacture their own goods locally, and became a huge rival of Fatti’s business. Eventually the competing families signed a peace treaty, and in 1953, the Moni brothers secured a controlling interest in the Fatti business. Tiger Brands finally brought the two companies together as Fatti’s & Moni’s in 1982.