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Food & Beverage News

Astral Foods sees jump in full-year profit

By: Reuters     16th October 2017 South African poultry producer Astral Foods said on Monday it expected to report a rise in full-year profit of at least 80% after no further losses were incurred due to avian flu and better than expected September results. Astral expects headline earnings per share (HEPS) of between 1 737 cents... 

Drainage system helps manufacturer achieve international standards

By: Robyn Wilkinson     13th October 2017 Drainage technology provider ACO Systems South Africa has completed the first phase of the installation of its flagship hygienic solution at food manufacturer Simba Pepsico’s production plant, in Johannesburg. 

Drainage system helps manufacturer achieve international standards
MARCO CASSOL Effective drainage systems are important for protecting building infrastructure and production plants from the destructive effects of water damage

AB InBev focusing on its public interest commitments as it celebrates one year as megabrewer

By: Schalk Burger     11th October 2017 Brewing multinational Anheuser-Busch (AB) InBev has worked hard over the past year to meet its public interest commitments following the business combination with SAB in late 2016, SAB and AB InBev Africa zone president Ricardo Tadeu said in a statement on Wednesday. The public interest... 

Brazil revives African ties, eyes expanding market

By: Reuters     10th October 2017 Agricultural powerhouse Brazil aims to revive ties with Africa after a lull and sees a vast export market for food and manufactured goods in a continent whose population is surging, its foreign minister said. Brazil's presence in Africa surged during the government of former President Luiz Inacio... 

Pumps investment solidifies Mozambique sugar industry

By: Nica Schreuder     6th October 2017 South African pumps manufacturer and supplier Brehnor Pumps has commissioned two Ornel Floodlifter 1 200-mm-diameter pumps on the Xinavane sugar estate, in Mozambique, owned by agricultural and agroprocessing business company Tongaat Hulett. 

Pumps investment solidifies Mozambique sugar industry
FLOOD MITIGATION The 1 200 nominal bore (NB) Brehnor Ornel Floodlifter pump on the right, with a smaller 600 NB pump on the left

AB InBev completes $3.15bn Coca-Cola Beverages Africa transition

By: African News Agency      5th October 2017 The world’s largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) on Thursday announced that it has completed the transition of its 54.5% equity stake in Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) for $3.15-billion after customary adjustments. This comes after AB InBev last year acquired SABMiller for... 

Manufacturing sector bore brunt of industrial cyberattacks in first half of 2017

By: Schalk Burger     4th October 2017 The manufacturing sector emerged as the hardest hit by cyberattacks during the first half of 2017 as the target of one in every three attacks on industrial control system (ICS) computers, global cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab said on Wednesday. The Threat Landscape for Industrial Automation... 

Production losses as result of bird flu estimated to be in region of R800m in Western Cape

By: African News Agency      2nd October 2017 Early estimates suggest an outbreak of avian influenza has led to production losses of around R800-million in the Western Cape, Economic Opportunities MEC Alan Winde said on Monday. In a statement, Winde said there were at least 36 confirmed cases of avian flu. Seventy ostrich farms were under... 

Bird flu causes more harm for Quantum Foods

By: African News Agency      2nd October 2017 Egg producer Quantum Foods on Monday temporarily closed down the remaining two sites of the Lemoenkloof commercial layer farm as the outbreak of highly pathogenic Avian Influenza (AI) continued to plague its eggs farms in the Western Cape. The recent outbreaks of the highly pathogenic avian... 

Recovery rate growth lies in metals from landfills

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th September 2017 With South Africa already boasting a recovery rate of about 72% for used beverage cans, metals packaging industry body MetPac-SA believes that further potential lies in diverting other metal packaging such as aluminium foil, containers and empty tin cans from landfills. “With regards to aluminium... 

Recovery rate growth lies in metals from landfills
CAN-DO ATTITUDE Many households in South Africa already undertake excellent work in recycling components such as beer and soft drink beverage cans

Small businesses remain optimistic, despite volatility and uncertainties

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th September 2017 Despite economic volatility, South African small business owners remain optimistic and are actively pursuing growth, according to research from cloud based accounting software company Xero.   The research report, titled ‘State of South African Small Businesses’ surveys the challenges facing the... 

Small businesses remain optimistic,  despite volatility and uncertainties
Photo by Bloomberg
HELPING HAND Some small business owners want the government to provide more funding and some believe government should grant tax breaks for their business

BMG invests R400m in Joburg distribution centre 

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th September 2017 Technical solutions provider BMG, which is part of Invicta Holdings, has officially launched its BMG World site, in Johannesburg, which is the culmination of a consolidation and supply chain re-engineering strategy that began nearly ten years ago. “The company’s R400-million investment to upgrade... 

BMG invests R400m in Joburg  distribution centre
BMG MD Gavin Pelser discusses the upgraded BMG World site facility in Johannesburg. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Tribunal approves The Coca-Cola Company’s acquisition of SABMiller’s CCBA shares

By: Anine Kilian     28th September 2017 The Competition Tribunal on Wednesday approved, with conditions, a merger whereby the Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) plans to buy SABMiller’s shares in Coca Cola Beverage Africa (CCBA).   The tribunal in 2016 approved a merger which saw independent bottlers of Coca-Cola products combine their existing... 

New retail development to open in Walvis Bay

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th September 2017 The new R500-million Dunes Mall in Walvis Bay, Namibia, is in the final stages of completion, with its doors set to open next month. The mall is developed by South African property developer and investor Atterbury, in partnership with local developers Tradehold. 

New retail development  to open in Walvis Bay
SIZING UP The new 27 500 m2 Dunes Mall in Walvis Bay, will be the largest in the area and the second largest in Namibia

Clover’s FY17 earnings fall after record performance of 2016

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th September 2017 The shine of delivering historic record high earnings in 2016 has faded as consumer goods and beverages group Clover’s latest full-year earnings have been hurt by the prolonged drought, a wetter and cooler summer and rand volatility. The year ended June 30, had been characterised by the negative... 

Clover’s FY17 earnings fall after record performance of 2016
Photo by Duane Daws
Clover CEO Johann Vorster

Organisation advocates a local recycling culture

By: Nadine James     8th September 2017 Despite numerous recycling initiatives and incentives in communities across the country – including collection points in close proximity to neighbourhoods – metal packaging recycling organisation MetPac-SA believes that an inherent recycling culture still needs to be established in South Africa.... 

Organisation advocates a local recycling culture
ONE MAN'S TRASH Aluminium and metal cans are regarded as high-value items by recyclers

Edible-oil refinery gives grape seed industry a boost

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th September 2017 Engineering firm First Ocean completed the commissioning of a small-scale edible oil refinery on time and within the budget, adding value to the local grape seed industry in Somerset West, in the Western Cape. 

Edible-oil refinery gives grape seed industry a boost
Photo by Bloomberg
ENHANCING LOCAL INDUSTRY The new refinery will contribution to the economic growth of Somerset West by further enhancing the well-established grape industry in the region

Clover warns of up to 67% drop in FY17 HEPS

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th September 2017 Diary products manufacturer Clover has warned that its headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the financial year ended June 30 are likely to decrease by between 65% and 67% year-on-year as a result of the prolonged drought and rand volatility that resulted in above-inflation input costs. The... 

Pioneer appoints new CEO as Roux retires

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st September 2017 Phil Roux will retire as CEO of Pioneer Foods, effective October 1, but will continue to serve as strategic adviser to the company until November 30, 2019. Tertius Carstens, who is the business executive responsible for Pioneer’s essential foods division, will take over as CEO of the group on... 

Range of radar level transmitters extended

     1st September 2017 Process instrumentation solutions supplier Krohne has added six new 24 GHz and 80 GHz transmitters to its Optiwave series of frequency-modulated continuous-wave (FMCW) radar level transmitters, which are aimed at liquid and solid applications in a range of industries. 

Range of radar level transmitters extended
RADAR LEVEL MEASUREMENT Each device has a particular target area of application

SAB invests R2.8bn in expanding Gauteng breweries 

     31st August 2017 Multinational beverage and brewing company AB-InBev subsidiary South African Breweries will invest R2.8-billion into brewery expansions, including two new packaging lines for returnable glass bottles, at its Alrode and Rosslyn breweries, in Gauteng. 

SAB invests R2.8bn in expanding Gauteng breweries
SAB invests R2.8bn in expanding Gauteng breweries

Poultry industry challenges, drought negatively impact on RCL Foods’ FY17 profit

By: Mia Breytenbach     30th August 2017 The widely reported challenges facing the local poultry industry and the performance of JSE-listed RCL Foods’ chicken business unit decimated the company’s profits in the financial year ended June 30, with the company reporting a 0.8% decrease in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and... 

Poultry industry challenges, drought negatively impact on RCL Foods’ FY17 profit
Bloomberg

Franchise industry’s contribution to GDP grows to 13%

By: Anine Kilian     29th August 2017 The franchise industry’s contribution to gross domestic product (GDP) grew to an estimated R587-million, or 13.3% of the country’s GDP, in 2017, compared with 11.6% in 2016.  Presenting the Franchise Association of South Africa’s (Fasa’s) annual franchisor and franchisee survey results, in... 

Air filtration solutions ensures that requirements are met

By: Victor Moolman     25th August 2017 Filter technology manufacturer Freudenberg Filtration Technologies says its hygienic air filtration solutions help ensure that clients in the food and beverage sector meet the most stringent regulatory requirements. 

Beverage company appoints new VP

     25th August 2017 Earlier this month, multinational beverage and brewing company Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB-InBev) subsidiary South African Breweries (SAB) appointed Doreen Kosi as its legal and corporate affairs VP. 

Beverage company appoints new VP
Photo by Duane Daws
EXTENSIVE PORTFOLIO SAB has a large number of clients across the African continent

Changes made to keep up with economic uncertainties

By: Victor Moolman     25th August 2017 Despite challenging economic conditions, the local food and beverage industry continues to constantly change its menus and atmosphere to fit the latest spending trends of the middle class, says Cape Town-based restaurant Strolla co-founder Brendon Crew. 

Forklifts delivered to Zimbabwe food producer

     25th August 2017 With Zimbabwe-based food producer Cairns Foods having increased its capacity with the hopes of reaching 80% capacity use by 2018, materials handling equipment supplier Smith Power Equipment (SPE) has supplied four Kipor KDF 25 diesel forklifts to the company. 

New food grease slides in

     25th August 2017 Bearing and rotating technology and engineering specialist SKF has announced a new high-load, food-grade grease known as LGFQ 2. 

New hygiene monitoring device launched in S Africa

By: Victor Moolman     25th August 2017 International company 3M launched a new Clean-Trace hygiene monitoring and management device onto the South African market last month. The device –especially suitable for use in the food and beverage industry – uses adenosine triphosphate (ATP) bioluminescence detection and verifies that... 

New hygiene monitoring device launched in S Africa
Photo by Bloomberg
CLEAN-TRACE The machine uses bioluminescence to detect how clean a surface is

Better business practices required in industry

By: Victor Moolman     25th August 2017 As a response to the increase in recalled products in the food and beverage industry worldwide, global electronics company Omron Industrial Automation (Omron) has started to introduce more sustainable business practices by improving product quality and assistance for food and beverage producers. 

Better business practices required in industry
ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY New technology is making the automation of plants easier

Two chain elevators to be supplied to plant in KZN

By: Victor Moolman     25th August 2017 Two TAKRAF Redler chain elevators will be supplied later this year to family-owned food and beverage company Willowton Oil and Cake Mills (WO&CM) for its plant in Pietermaritzburg, in KwaZulu-Natal, says equipment supplier Tenova TAKRAF Africa (TAKRAF Africa). 

Unique bevelling, cutting and welding reduces chance of microbial growth 

By: Victor Moolman     25th August 2017 Owing to the existence of pipes and tubes in the food and beverage industry with improper welds – making them more susceptible to the growth of micro bacteria and organisms – industrial product supplier Actum Industrial says the high-quality end results of its Orbitalum orbital cutting, bevelling... 

Unique bevelling, cutting and welding reduces chance of microbial growth
Actum Industrial product manager Werner Smit explains what the E.H. Wachs machines and the Orbitalum machines can do. Video and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Metal Tank Industries

By: Zandile Mavuso     25th August 2017 East Rand-based company Metal Tank Industries – in close proximity to OR Tambo International Airport – can now present its clients with not only the vessel, but also all other components that make up a complete process plant. 

Metal Tank Industries

S African packaging specialists acquired by international company

     25th August 2017 International supplier of plastic packaging ALPLA – which produces packaging for the food and beverage industry – last month bought South Africa-based packaging specialists Boxmore Packaging. 

S African packaging specialists acquired by international company
PLASTIC PACKAGING ALPLA now has more than 13 production facilities in Africa

Bidfood posts higher profits despite currency impacts

By: Anine Kilian     24th August 2017 JSE-listed food services company Bidfood – formerly Bid Corporation, which was unbundled from international services, trading and distribution firm Bidvest last year – reported on Thursday that its headline earnings a share rose 9.4% to 1 181c for the year ended June 30, 2017, while basic... 

Long4Life to buy beverage packaging business for up to R360m

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd August 2017 Investment holding company Long4Life will acquire Inhle Beverages, a contract packaging business in Gauteng, for up to R360-million in cash and shares. Inhle, which is based in Heidelberg, specialises in the canning and bottling of carbonated soft drinks, mineral water and energy drinks. It is... 

No agreement of sugar tax yet, says BevSA

By: African News Agency      16th August 2017 The Beverage Association of South Africa (BevSA) on Wednesday, dismissed reports that there was an agreement on the Health Promotion Levy at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac). BevSA is opposing the introduction of a 20% tax on sugary beverages, or what has been... 

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