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Agroprocessing News

Corrosion cures for sugar cane industry

By: Simon Sonnekus     25th March 2016 Coatings manufacturer Kansai Plascon has reaffirmed its position in the sugar industry by providing holistic coating solutions that will prolong inevitable corrosion at sugar mills and refineries through implementing established specifications and seasoned systems. Kansai Plascon industrial and... 

Drought, low oil price weighing down ethanol industry

By: Simon Sonnekus     25th March 2016 The ethanol industry in South Africa remains lacklustre, owing to various issues, including low Brent crude oil prices, the persisting drought in the sugar cane-producing regions and the lack of policy implementation, says Ethanol Producers Association of Southern Africa chairperson Peter... 

Drought, low oil  price weighing down  ethanol industry
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DETREMENTAL DROUGHT The end of the current drought will ensure crop production is restored fully

Sugar mill to bolster operations with broad upgrades

     25th March 2016 Durban-based sugar producer Umfolozi Sugar Mill have set its sights on producing a higher grade of sugar by introducing a new distributed control system (DCS) as well as upgrading several of its systems for the 2016/17 season. The company has invested in the multimillion-rand system from... 

Sugar mill to bolster operations with broad upgrades
Photo by Duane Daws
MORE SUGAR IN THE BAG Combined results of upgrade projects at Umfolozi Sugar Mill is expected to increase the overall recovery to an additional 600 t of sugar in the bag

Nepean

By: Zandile Mavuso     25th March 2016 Establishment in in 1995, South African manufacturing company Nepean Conveyors strives to be one of the leading conveyor design, manufacturer and service company in Africa, as it aims to grow through delivering quality conveyors to the benefit of all stakeholders, formation of strategic alliances... 

Nepean

Quantum Foods expects improved HEPS

By: Tracy Hancock     24th March 2016 JSE-listed Quantum Foods advised shareholders on Thursday that it expected improved headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months ending March 31. A “reasonable degree of certainty” existed that HEPS would decline by no less than 38%, or 10c a share, compared with 26.3c a share in the... 

Quantum Foods expects improved HEPS

Manufacturer offers alternative prepackaging, processing solutions

By: Nadine James     11th March 2016 The expected increase in food production, in conjunction with challenges, such as water scarcity and economic restrictions, will force the agriculture and food and beverage (F&B) sectors to adapt packaging, and processing practices, to improve performance and reduce operational costs, says... 

Western Cape calls for study on proposed halal industrial park sites 

By: Tracy Hancock     8th March 2016 The Western Cape government has called for tenders to deliver a detailed two-phase feasibility study for a halal industrial park, as part of Project Khulisa’s plan to grow the province’s halal industry and take advantage of the $2.3-trillion global industry. The study will include a full analysis... 

Western Cape calls for study on proposed halal industrial park sites
Photo by Duane Daws
Western Cape Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde

Land reform, agriculture developments on track – Zokwana

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th March 2016 Implementation of government’s agriculture and agroprocessing value-chain policy revitalisation programme has started, with 27 proposals received from commercial farmers for land reform allocation, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana said in a Parliamentary reply. In a... 

Land reform, agriculture developments on track – Zokwana

Focus shifts to improving SA-US economic relations as chicken impasse ends

By: Terence Creamer     3rd March 2016 South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) confirmed on Thursday that its so-called ‘three-meats’ negotiations with the US on poultry, beef and pork had been concluded, securing the country’s position as an African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) beneficiary. Agoa was extended last... 

Focus shifts to improving SA-US economic relations as chicken impasse ends
Photo by Duane Daws
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

Clover improves results, CEO expects milk supply shortage

By: Tracy Hancock     2nd March 2016 JSE-listed dairy products manufacturer Clover has reported improved results for the six months ended December 31, despite much higher national milk flow in South Africa last year, compared with the prior year periods, except for December. The company reported revenue of R5-billion, up 7.9% on the... 

Clover improves results, CEO expects milk supply shortage

Grain hopper wagon leasing deal to benefit Moz, Malawi and S Africa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd March 2016 GPR Leasing Africa (GPR), a joint venture between Grindrod Freight Services and the Pembani Remgro Infrastructure Fund, will deliver the first grain hopper wagons to Corredor De Desenvolvimento Do Norte (CDN), in Mozambique, this month. The followed after the parties signed a five-year agreement... 

Grain hopper wagon leasing deal to benefit Moz, Malawi and S Africa

DA warns drought could lead to ‘unaffordable’ food prices in SA

By: African News Agency      2nd March 2016 South Africa’s agriculture sector, which has been ravaged by the worst drought in recent times, has seen its input to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) shrink by 14%, prompting the Democratic Alliance (DA) to warn food may become “unaffordable”. DA shadow minister of agriculture, forestry and... 

DA warns drought could lead to ‘unaffordable’ food prices in SA

Gordhan announces date for proposed sugar tax

By: African News Agency      24th February 2016 A proposed date for the enforcement of a “sugar tax” was announced by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Wednesday during his 2016 Budget Speech, as he sought to raise additional revenue and at the same time effect public health and social wellbeing. If passed, a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages... 

Gordhan announces date for proposed sugar tax

Tongaat profit takes dive as sugar market battles water crisis

By: Tracy Hancock     16th November 2015 JSE-listed Tongaat Hulett’s strong performance for the half-year ended September 30 in land conversion activities and its starch operation, has been more than offset as a consequence of the struggling sugar sector. CEO Peter Staude in a statement on Monday said the agriculture and agroprocessing... 

Tongaat profit takes dive as sugar market battles water crisis
Tongaat Hulett CEO Peter Staude

Livelihoods hang in the balance as drought hits South African sugar yields 

By: Tracy Hancock     11th September 2015 South Africa’s sugar industry is in a dire state as it is experiencing the worst drought since 1992 as the dry spell grips the eastern and central parts of the country, with cane yields expected to drop by six-million tons in the 2015/16 season, leaving many farmers, big and small, and... 

Livelihoods hang in the balance as drought hits South African sugar yields

Livelihoods hang in the balance as drought hits South African sugar yields

By: Tracy Hancock     11th September 2015 South Africa’s sugar industry is in a dire state as it is experiencing the worst drought since 1992 as drought grips the eastern and central parts of the country, with cane yields expected to drop by six-million tons in the 2015/16 season, leaving many farmers, big and small, and farmworkers... 

Livelihoods hang in the balance as drought hits South African sugar yields

RCL Foods posts ‘pleasing’ FY2015 results amid tough economic conditions

By: Tracy Hancock     2nd September 2015 Beyond delivering solid results for the 2015 financial year, RCL Foods believes its recent acquisitions and restructuring of the business have led to a stronger, more diversified business that is geared for growth. The food business posted a “pleasing operating and financial performance” despite... 

RCL Foods posts ‘pleasing’ FY2015 results amid tough economic conditions

Illovo to focus on African markets for growth

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th July 2015 Although JSE-listed sugar producer Illovo had a dissapointing 2015 financial year, the company’s downstream business remains strong and its contribution to operating profit is anticipated to be in excess of 20% in the current financial year. Illovo chairperson Don MacLeod added that the group... 

Illovo to focus on African markets for growth

Land reform necessary as small-scale farming is essence of economy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th June 2015 The development of small-scale farming, or so-called communal farming, is on the rise in South Africa, as it provides significant economic benefit and forms one of the key pillars of the National Development Plan (NDP). “The debate used to be that there [is] only commercial farming in South... 

Land reform necessary as small-scale farming is essence of economy
Photo by Duane Daws
Martin Mohale

Global agriculture forum seeks innovative ideas in Africa competition

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th June 2015 The organisers of the first regional Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) Africa, to be held at the Durban Exhibition Centre, in KwaZulu-Natal, in December, have issued a call for innovators to submit entries on game-changing innovations. “This opportunity is aimed at any companies,... 

Global agriculture forum seeks innovative ideas in Africa competition

Air-process machinery branch to provide fast, cost-effective service

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th May 2015 Gas conveying and compression company Aerzen Airgas Blowers and Compressors is opening a new branch north of Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal in June. KwaZulu-Natal Airgas branch manager Earl Houston tells Engineering News that the branch will be operational from June 1, noting that the facility will be... 

Air-process machinery branch to provide fast, cost-effective service
ROBUST CONTRIBUTION The product offering for the KwaZulu-Natal region will include the Aerzen Delta Blower Generation 5 roots type blower for the sugar production industry

Food and beverage industry awaits impact of food regulations on nonnutritive sweeteners

By: Tracy Hancock     27th May 2015 Proposed regulations by the Department of Health have driven manufacturers back to sugar while the search is on for new, more natural sweeteners, creating uncertainty in the nonnutritive sweetener segment, which could affect profits. This was according to Frost & Sullivan Chemicals, Materials and... 

Food and beverage industry awaits impact of food regulations on nonnutritive sweeteners

Tongaat Hulett says 39% of 8 019 ha portfolio in last stages of conversion

By: Tracy Hancock     26th May 2015 JSE-listed Tongaat Hulett CEO Peter Staude told shareholders and analysts on Tuesday that of the company’s land assets, 39% was either in the process of undergoing an environmental-impact assessment, being released from agriculture, had formally submitted a planning and development application,... 

Tongaat Hulett says 39% of 8 019 ha portfolio in last stages of conversion
Tongaat Hulett CEO Peter Staude

Tongaat Hulett starch and cellulose sees record year, keen on cogen

By: Tracy Hancock     25th May 2015 Despite a record year, Tongaat Hulett’s starch and cellulose division was impacted by load-shedding during the year ended March 31, CEO Peter Staude said in a telephone interview on Monday. “The starch and glucose operation, which is the only wet-miller in sub-Saharan Africa, was well positioned... 

Tongaat Hulett starch and cellulose sees record year, keen on cogen
Tongaat Hulett CEO Peter Staude

Illovo says policy certainty key to unlocking sugar’s cogeneration potential 

By: Terence Creamer     25th May 2015 Sugar producer Illovo says there is a major opportunity to alleviate South Africa’s immediate power crisis and reduce rural poverty by more fully exploiting the industry’s electricity cogeneration potential. But MD Gavin Dalgleish says this potential will only be fully exploited once there is... 

Illovo says policy certainty key to unlocking sugar’s cogeneration potential
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Illovo MD Gavin Dalgleish

Troubled sugar sector could see strike as unions declare dispute 

By: Tracy Hancock     20th May 2015 Five thousand employees in the sugar industry could potentially go on strike, as Uasa and other trade unions involved in negotiations currently under way at the bargaining council declared a dispute on Wednesday morning. Uasa sector manager Gerhard Ueckermann noted that the trade union was now... 

Troubled sugar sector could see strike as unions declare dispute

Tongaat operating profit to take 12% knock

By: Tracy Hancock     6th May 2015 JSE-listed Tongaat Hulett expects its operating profit to decrease by some 12% for the year ended March 31 to about R2.089-billion from the R2.374-billion earned last year. The agricultural and agroprocessing business, focused on sugarcane and maize, explained in a statement to shareholders late... 

Tongaat operating profit to take 12% knock

SA Canegrowers stresses need to quickly settle sugar industry land claims

By: Tracy Hancock     23rd April 2015 SA Canegrowers has welcomed the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the sugar industry and the Commission on Restitution of Land Rights (CRLR); however, it highlights that gazetting claims that take a year to settle will lead to uncertainty and disinvestment in the industry.... 

SA Canegrowers stresses need to quickly settle sugar industry land claims

Illovo sees tougher trading conditions ahead as FY EPS, HEPS decrease

By: Tracy Hancock     15th April 2015 JSE-listed Illovo Sugar has forecast more difficult trading conditions for the 2015/16 financial year in a statement advising shareholders of decreased earnings per share (EPS) and headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the year ended March 31. The company expected revenue to be further... 

Illovo sees tougher trading conditions ahead as FY EPS, HEPS decrease

Production decline spurs sugar price increase

By: Pimani Baloyi     27th March 2015 The provisional recoverable value price of sugar from cane delivered in January 2015 for the 2014/15 season increased to R3 359.21/t, after a R1.18 increase in December 2014, according to the South African Cane Growers Association (Canegrowers). Canegrowers attributes the increase to a higher... 

Production decline spurs sugar price increase
Photo by Duane Daws
INDUSTRY SUPPORT Canegrowers represents about 23 866 private sugar cane growers, many of whom run small family-owned farms

$82m Zambia sugar project gets under way

By: Pimani Baloyi     27th March 2015 JSE-listed sugar producer Illovo Sugar’s $82-million construction project at its subsidiary Zambia Sugar’s Nakambala sugar plant will give momentum to the further development of Zambian smallholder cane farmers, as well as provide employment opportunities for local people during construction,... 

$82m Zambia sugar project gets under way
GAVIN DALGLEISH About 90% of Illovo Sugar Group’s energy requirement is produced through renewable energy

Sugar producer partners with college, develops local farmers

By: Pimani Baloyi     27th March 2015 JSE-listed agroprocessing company Tongaat Hulett has formed a partnership with the Umfolozi Technical and Vocational Education and Training College, in KwaZulu-Natal. This resulted in four of the college’s engineering students being placed at the Felixton mill to complete a 12-month work... 

Sugar producer partners with college, develops local farmers
EMPOWERMENT Peaceful Ndlovu is Tongaat Hulett's youngest black economic empowerment land reform growers

African sugar production expected to increase by 500 000 t

By: Pimani Baloyi     27th March 2015 African sugar production is expected to rise to 12-million tonnes in 2014/15 from 11.5-million tonnes in 2013/14, as a result of expansions in Ethiopia and Sudan, says the International Sugar Journal’s (ISJ’s) 2015 World Sugar Outlook. The report attributes the rise in sugar production on the... 

Event highlights industry outlook

     27th March 2015 Discussions at the eleventh yearly Kingsman Dubai Sugar Conference – which took place from January 31 to February 3 in Dubai – focused on the 2015 to 2020 industry outlook, trader debates and refining updates, says global energy, petrochemicals, metals and agriculture information firm Platts.... 

Event highlights industry outlook
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GLOBAL GROWTH FORECAST The eleventh Kingsman Dubai Sugar Conference provided a platform for critical debate on the sugar market's immediate and longer-term outlook

Sugar producer’s train weighing system replaced

     27th March 2015 Static and dynamic weighing technology specialist Cardinal Weighbridge Company South Africa (CWCSA) has replaced the underperforming train weighing system at JSE-listed sugar producer Illovo Sugar’s Noodsberg mill in KwaZulu-Natal. Illovo Sugar Noodsberg project engineer Craig Lipsett says the... 

Sugar producer’s train weighing  system replaced
NOODSBERG MILL Prior to the installation of the new weighing system, many of Illovo Sugar’s rail cars were underfilled to prevent excess train weight exceeding the legal rail freight limit, set by Transnet Rail, which was costly for Illovo Sugar

Agribusiness push continues as govt seeks to bolster economic growth, job creation

By: Tracy Hancock     27th March 2015 In 2015, government continues to stress the agroprocessing agenda in an attempt to bolster economic growth and job creation, while also securing South Africa’s future food requirements, in an economy that fell short of its growth target in 2014, achieving 1.5%, after initially being forecast to... 

Agribusiness push continues as govt seeks  to bolster economic growth, job creation
Photo by Duane Daws
AGROPROCESSING DRIVE The Department of Trade and Industry has invested about R1.2-billion into the agroprocessing industry since 2009

Cost efficient blower available to sugar industry

By: Pimani Baloyi     27th March 2015 As South Africa’s sugar production industry faces several challenges, owing to an increase in imports and the subsequent negative impact on domestic sales, local machinery supplier Airgas Compressors says that its Aerzen Delta Blower Generation 5 roots blower provides a cost effective and... 

Cost efficient blower  available to sugar industry
AERZEN DELTA BLOWER GENERATION 5 Demand for this roots blower has been high, despite economic challenges

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