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Agroprocessing News

Famous Brands buys Western Cape potato processor

By: Tracy Hancock     26th May 2016 Although the South African potato processing industry is growing rapidly to meet increasingly strong demand fuelled by the brisk growth in food services and the convenience market, JSE-listed Famous Brands says it lagged its peer industries in developed countries, illustrating the growth... 

China the promised land for South African winemakers

By: Reuters     26th May 2016 South African tycoon Koos Bekker sells wine from his vineyard all over the world, but a small detail offers a clue as to where his priorities may lie - all the bottles are labelled in Mandarin. Other producers along the Stellenbosch wine routes where his 

China the promised land for South African winemakers

Taste Holdings takes knock as it aims for growth 

By: Tracy Hancock     25th May 2016 JSE-listed Taste Holdings reported an operating loss of R78.7-million for the year ended February 29, compared with a R31.6-million profit in the year ended February 28, 2015. In 24 months, Taste Holdings had become the licensee of the worlds’ leading pizza delivery and ecommerce brand, Domino’s... 

Taste Holdings takes knock as it aims for growth

Anglo American Zimele, Jobs Fund support agricultural entrepreneurs

     24th May 2016 Anglo American’s enterprise development arm Zimele has collaborated with the National Treasury’s Jobs Fund to support the establishment of 490 agricultural entrepreneurs through projects such as the Lambasi agricultural initiative – a jointly owned farming operation trading as Fundirite, in the... 

Dürsot Food Corporation opens R100m tomato processing plant

By: Anine Kilian     23rd May 2016 Eastern Trading Company, trading as Dürsot Food Corporation, the controlling shareholder of AH-Vest, which produces All Joy products, on Monday launched a R100-million tomato processing plant in Modjadjiskloof, Tzaneen, to meet rising demand for tomato paste in South Africa. South Africa was... 

Dürsot Food Corporation opens R100m tomato processing plant

EU eases black-spot rules on South African citrus destined for juicing

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2016 The European Union (EU) has announced plans to partially relax citrus black spot (CBS) regulations on fruit exported from South Africa from June 1. The European Commission decided earlier this month that South African citrus exports destined exclusively for industrial processing into juice would... 

EU eases black-spot rules on South African citrus destined for juicing

DTI identifies first five companies in industrialist programme 

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2016 Government had identified the first five companies that would benefit from its Black Industrialists (BI) programme, said Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) incentive development and administration division deputy director-general Malebo Mabitje-Thompson on Thursday. Speaking to Engineering... 

DTI urged to consult widely on new rail, agroprocessing incentives

By: Terence Creamer     17th May 2016 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies reaffirmed on Tuesday that government planned to pursue an increasing number of sector-specific incentive schemes, with an initial focus on the creation of new incentives for the agroprocessing and railways industries. Speaking at a business briefing... 

DTI urged to consult widely on new rail, agroprocessing incentives

SA grain group says may challenge government land policy in court

By: Reuters     17th May 2016 South Africa's largest grain producers' group may challenge government efforts to expropriate land for redistribution to blacks if the compensation offered falls below market prices, its chief executive said on Tuesday. "If there is expropriation taking place without proper compensation then we... 

SA grain group says may challenge government land policy in court

Astral Foods’ HEPS falls on lower poultry profits

By: Tracy Hancock     16th May 2016 JSE-listed Astral Foods stated on Monday that the decrease in headline earnings from R387-million for the previous year's first six months to R299-million for the period under review was attributable to lower profits from the poultry division following mainly drought-related increases in feed... 

Astral Foods’ HEPS falls on lower poultry profits

CSIR launches biomanufacturing facility to support local bio-industry

By: David Oliveira     13th May 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Friday launched the R90-million Biomanufacturing Industry Development Centre (BIDC) facility at the CSIR’s main campus in Pretoria. The R90-million investment had resulted in new infrastructure, pilot-scale equipment, enterprise support... 

Deal struck for disposal of SABMiller’s Panamanian business

By: Tracy Hancock     13th May 2016 Multinational brewing and beverage company Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) has agreed to transfer JSE-listed SABMiller’s Panamanian business to Latin-American brewing company Ambev, should its merger with the South African beer and soft drinks company be successful. In exchange, Ambev agreed to... 

Deal struck for disposal of SABMiller’s Panamanian business

Record macadamia nut prices forecast for 2016 season

By: Tracy Hancock     12th May 2016 Hit by tumultuous market conditions in 2015, macadamia nut farmers are expected to see record prices for the 2016 season, owing to a combination of the drought in South Africa and Malawi, consistent production levels elsewhere in the world, increased demand from the US and China, and the weak... 

Record macadamia nut prices forecast for 2016 season

Joburg Market Day focuses on Agro-processing business opportunities, supporting entrepreneurs

     12th May 2016 The City of Johannesburg in conjunction with a range of partners collaborated to facilitate the Joburg Market Day for Agricultural and Agro-processing sectors. This focused on targeting entrepreneurs and export possibilities for fresh produce. 

Joburg Market Day focuses on Agro-processing business opportunities, supporting entrepreneurs
Joburg Market Day focuses on Agro-processing business opportunities, supporting entrepreneurs

Limpopo receives R940m investment for renewable energy from US, Chinese companies

By: African News Agency      11th May 2016 American and Chinese companies are set to invest R940-million in Limpopo to pursue renewable energy and ethanol profits, government and investors have announced. The United States’ Bio-Processing Innovation and the Beijing Singling Technology Centre said on Tuesday that they had discovered a... 

Technical team set up to craft post-2020 automotive master plan

By: Terence Creamer     9th May 2016 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies formally announced on Monday the establishment of a team of technical experts to develop a “post-2020 Automotive Master Plan”, which would guide support for the sector beyond the current Automotive Production and Development Plan (APDP). Speaking during... 

Technical team set up to craft post-2020 automotive master plan
Photo by Duane Daws
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies at Ipap 2016 launch

Clamp solution primary focus at Nampo 2016

By: Nadine James     6th May 2016 Southern Africa sole distributor of Jacob Modular Tubing products Roff Industries will showcase the Jacob Quick Connect (JQC) clamp solution for grain-handling and food- processing applications at the Nampo, or National Maize Producers Organisation, Harvest Day. Roff Industries bulk materials... 

Clamp solution primary focus at Nampo 2016
JACOB QUICK CONNECT CLAMP Roff Industries says the use of the JQC clamp halves installation time and reduces labour costs and downtime

Company to showcase equipment, processing technologies at Nampo

By: Nadine James     6th May 2016 Extrusion technology manufacturer CFAM Technologies will return to Nampo this year to exhibit its cost-saving food- and feed-processing technologies. CFAM director and North West University (NWU) Faculty of Engineering dean Professor LJ Grobler says the company will showcase its range of twin... 

Company to showcase equipment, processing technologies at Nampo
THE FUTURE OF FEED CFAM Technologies believes that their twin-screw extruders produce higher quality feed

IoT could help increase agri productivity by 70%, says Deloitte report

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd May 2016 By 2050, agricultural productivity in Africa has the potential to increase by 70%, through technological innovation leveraged by the Internet of Things (IoT). This would meet the continent’s growing food demand which, based on population growth, is set to grow by 70%, according to a Deloitte US... 

IoT could help increase agri productivity by 70%, says Deloitte report

Without GMOs, South African maize yields would be lower – industry group 

By: Reuters     3rd May 2016 South Africa's maize crop, scorched this season by a blistering drought, would be in far worse shape if it were not for the country's embrace of genetically-modified (GMO) varieties and new farm technologies, an industry group said on Tuesday. South Africa's Agricultural Biotechnology Industry... 

Without GMOs, South African maize yields would be lower – industry group

AfDB approves $76.2m loan to fund Botswana economic diversification programmes

By: African News Agency      29th April 2016 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a $76.2-million (P850-million) loan to help Botswana fund new investment in agri-business, clean energy, services, infrastructure and manufacturing as part of efforts to broaden the country’s narrow economic base and reduce heavy dependence on... 

AfDB approves $76.2m loan to fund Botswana economic diversification programmes

Namibia loses 500 t of fish annually to illegal fishing

By: African News Agency      28th April 2016 The Namibian Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) has warned that illegal fishers stationed alongside Namibia’s 140-km-long Zambezi River border, which it shares with Zambia, are bleeding revenue from the country’s fishing industry. Speaking from Namibia’s capital, Windhoek, the MFMA... 

Namibia loses 500 t of fish annually to illegal fishing

Nigeria's Dangote Sugar plans $503m capital raise by third quarter

By: Reuters     28th April 2016 Nigeria's Dangote Sugar Refinery plans to raise 100-billion naira ($503-million) through a mix of debt and equity by the third quarter, its chief finance officer Babatunde Ajao said on Wednesday. The company, owned by Africa's richest man Aliko Dangote, and supplies refined sugar to soft drinks... 

Nigeria's Dangote Sugar plans $503m capital raise by third quarter

More than 140 000 new land claims lodged

By: News24Wire      26th April 2016 A total of 143 720 new land claims had been lodged across South Africa by the end of March 2016, Chief Land Claims Commissioner Nomfundo Ntloko-Gobodo said on Tuesday. Of those, around 27 696 were lodged with the help of officials who used mobile offices to reach those too far from the... 

More than 140 000 new land claims lodged

Clarke Energy to supply GE gas engine tech to Tanzania plant

By: Samantha Herbst     25th April 2016 Securing its first project in Tanzania, privately owned gas-driven power plant specialist Clarke Energy has won a contract to supply one of GE’s high-efficiency Jenbacher gas engines to Bakhresa Group flagship company Said Salim Bakhresa for a combined heat and power (CHP) plant that would... 

Clarke Energy to supply GE gas engine tech to Tanzania plant

SABMiller files strong results, reflects strategy – Clark

By: Tracy Hancock     21st April 2016 JSE-listed SABMiller has had a strong year and increased momentum in the second half across all its regions, notwithstanding economic volatility and the potential distraction of the takeover offer from multinational brewing and beverage company AB InBev, says SABMiller CEO Alan Clark. “Our... 

SABMiller files strong results, reflects strategy – Clark

R120m programme to support emerging fruit farmers in Western, Eastern Cape  

     21st April 2016 The Western Cape province has, in partnership with the National Treasury and the deciduous fruit industry, established the Deciduous Fruit Development Chamber (DFDC) Commercialisation Programme, which will disburse R120-million in funding to emerging fruit farmers to grow their businesses to... 

R120m programme to support emerging fruit farmers in Western, Eastern Cape  

Distell 2016 harvest ‘surprisingly good’ despite drought

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th April 2016 South African winegrowers need to prepare for the greater likelihood of climatic extremes and become more adaptable to drought conditions, stated multinational brewing and beverage company Distell grape and wine supply GM Erhard Wolf this month. He was commenting on the 2016 wine grape harvest,... 

Distell 2016 harvest ‘surprisingly good’ despite drought

Modular wastewater plants could help relieve municipal sewerage strain

By: Dylan Slater     15th April 2016 Portable toilet and sanitation solutions company Sanitech has implemented a portable modular wastewater treatment solution that enables quick commissioning and versatility in upscaling or downscaling, depending on requirements.  

Modular wastewater plants could help relieve municipal  sewerage strain
MODULAR PLANT Sanitech’s wastewater treatment solution can be upscaled and downscaled to requirements

Proposal to boost precision farming in South Africa

By: Kim Cloete     14th April 2016 A satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) that could help generate more crops and boost sales in South Africa’s agricultural sector has been proposed by the UK Space Agency-funded SBAS-Africa programme. The SBAS-Africa programme, aimed at demonstrating the potential benefits of SBAS... 

Proposal to boost precision farming in South Africa

GWK invests R400m in Northern Cape agriprocessing facility

By: Anine Kilian     11th April 2016 Farmer-owned agribusiness GWK on Monday unveiled its R400-million GWK Farm Foods wheat mill, pasta plant and biscuit factory in Modder River, the Northern Cape, which was was completed on time and within a deviation of less than 2% of original cost projections.   Of the R400-million, R60-million... 

GWK invests R400m in Northern Cape agriprocessing facility

Sea Harvest looks to acquire 59.6% of Perth’s Mareterram

By: Samantha Herbst     8th April 2016 Sea Harvest Holdings, a subsidiary of the JSE-listed Brimstone Investment Corporation, has entered into a bid implementation agreement with Perth-based agribusiness Mareterram, which could increase Sea Harvest’s already majority share in Mareterram to about 59.6%. Sea Harvest’s offer, announced... 

Sea Harvest looks to acquire 59.6% of Perth’s Mareterram

Glencore sells 40% stake in agricultural business for $2.5bln

By: African News Agency      6th April 2016 Glencore said on Wednesday that it had sold 40% of Glencore Agricultural Products (Glencore Agri) to the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) for $2.5-billion in cash. The distressed diversified natural resource company said it would use the proceeds to pay down debt. 

Glencore sells 40% stake in agricultural business for $2.5bln

Milk price expected to surge, warns economist

By: Anine Kilian     5th April 2016 While consumers continue to grapple with high food prices triggered by the current drought and the ailing economy, milk will soon be added to the list of costly staple foods, according to FNB senior agricultural economist Paul Makube.   In a statement published Tuesday, Makube noted that dairy... 

Milk price expected to surge, warns economist

Zuma commits to provide extra drought support

By: African News Agency      4th April 2016 President Jacob Zuma has committed all spheres of government to provide extra support to drought-hit areas, the presidency said on Sunday. Zuma was responding to a series of concerns raised by members of the community in the uThungulu district municipality and surrounding areas during an imbizo... 

Zuma commits to provide extra drought support

Black industrialists funding forum sifting through first 50 applications 

By: Terence Creamer     31st March 2016 South Africa’s black industrialists funding forum had its inaugural meeting in mid-March to consider 50 applications from aspirant black-owned manufacturing enterprises, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies revealed this week. Speaking following a meeting with the Black Business Council... 

Black industrialists funding forum sifting through first 50 applications

WC to create 300 000 new jobs in the next five years

By: Samantha Herbst     30th March 2016 Leveraging the Western Cape’s reputation as the “digital gateway to Africa” and a growing platform for new entrepreneurs, provincial Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde on Wednesday recommitted his department to further promoting job creation in an effort to add over 300 000 jobs to the... 

WC to create 300 000 new jobs in the next five years
Alan Winde
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