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Food & Beverage News

Govt conducting a review of food safety legislation to curb listeriosis

By: African News Agency      18th May 2018 The South African government said on Friday that it was conducting a review of food safety legislation in a bid to prevent another deadly outbreak of listeriosis. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases reported this week that the death toll from what the World Health Organisation deems... 

R11.6bn in fines and merger conditions secured since 2010, Patel reports

By: Terence Creamer     10th May 2018 Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel reports that R11.6-billion has been mobilised as a result of cartel settlements and conditions placed on firms that have pursued mergers and acquisitions in South Africa since 2010, with commitments worth a further R11-bilion have been secured in... 

R11.6bn in fines and merger conditions secured since 2010, Patel reports
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Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel

AB InBev’s South African Q1 sales dip on March sin tax increases

By: Anine Kilian     9th May 2018 JSE-listed Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) saw revenue growth in South Africa of mid-single-digits for the quarter ended March 31, driven by high, single-digit revenue per hectolitre growth. The company said demand was reduced during the Easter peak season owing to higher sin taxes that came into... 

Libstar lists on JSE

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th May 2018 Consumer packaged goods producer and supplier Libstar on Wednesday started trading on the main board of the JSE, in the food products sector.  

Libstar lists on JSE
Libstar FD Robin Smith, JSE capital markets director Donna Nemer and Libstar CEO Andries van Rensburg

South African farmers take AB InBev to competition watchdog

By: Reuters     7th May 2018 Farmers in South Africa have filed a complaint with the country's competition watchdog about Anheuser-Busch InBev's decision to change its pricing formula for buying malt barley, a key ingredient in beer making. The farmers lobby group Grain South Africa believes AB InBev, the world's biggest... 

South African wine-maker Distell sees lower crop amid drought

By: Reuters     2nd May 2018 South African alcohol beverages maker Distell Group's 2018 wine grape harvest was 30 percent down on the previous year due to drought in the Western Cape but grape quality was promising, its head winemaker said on Wednesday. South Africa has declared Western Cape and other regions as disaster... 

Mondi Group signs an agreement to acquire NPP in Egypt

By: African News Agency      1st May 2018 International packaging and paper group Mondi said on Monday it had signed an agreement to acquire 100% of the outstanding shares in Egypt's National Company for Paper Products and Import & Export for EGP510-million on a debt and cash free-basis. NPP is a privately owned industrial bags... 

Mondi Group signs an agreement to acquire NPP in Egypt

Tests confirm deadly listeria strain at South Africa's Tiger Brands' plant

By: Reuters     26th April 2018 Tiger Brands, which faces two class action lawsuits over a listeria outbreak that has killed 180 people, said results from an independent laboratory confirmed the presence of the deadly listeria strain in one of its food factories. The government, which has been criticised for taking too long to... 

South African pork industry could lose R1bn due to listeriosis outbreak – FNB economist

By: African News Agency      23rd April 2018 South Africa's pork industry and its value chain could suffer losses of up to R1-billion as the price of the meat continues to decline in a fallout from the recent outbreak of listeriosis, an FNB economist said on Monday. A variety of ready-to-eat processed meats, mainly made from pork, have been... 

Pioneer Foods expects higher H1 headline earnings

By: Anine Kilian     19th April 2018 JSE-listed Pioneer Foods expects to report a 44% year-on-year improvement in operating profit and a 32% year-on-year improvement in headline earnings for the six months ended March 31. The company noted in a trading update on Thursday that adjusted headline earnings a share are likely to increase... 

Saldanha fresh fish processing plant invests in desalination solution

By: Schalk Burger     6th April 2018 A water treatment plant built at JSE-listed sea food company Sea Harvest’s internationally accredited Saldanha Bay operations, in the Western Cape, treats effluent and sea water and provides all the water the operations require, says Sea Harvest operations director Terence Brown. “The most... 

Saldanha fresh fish processing plant invests in desalination solution
SALDANHA BAY DESALINATION PLANT ImproChem designed and built the advanced water treatment plant for Sea Harvest within 16 weeks

Polymer offering diversified into US beet sugar industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th March 2018 Thermoplastic producer Vesconite Bearings is expanding its polymer offering to the US beet sugar market, building on its experiences and success in the local and US sugar cane industries. Vesconite Bearings began supplying its locally-produced polymers to the South African sugar industry in 2009... 

Polymer offering diversified into US  beet sugar industry
PROCESS SWEETENER The HiTemp 150 hanger bearing is an abrasive-resistant material, ideal for applications that are wearing on traditional materials such as bronze

Listeria class action filed against South Africa's Tiger Brands

By: Reuters     29th March 2018 A class action lawsuit was filed on Thursday against South Africa's Tiger Brands, after one of its food factories was linked to a listeria outbreak that has killed 180 people since early 2017, the lawyer running the case said. Richard Spoor, a human rights advocate who previously masterminded a... 

RCL Foods opens new pet food factory  

29th March 2018 Fast-moving consumer goods manufacturer RCL Foods launched a new pet food manufacturing facility, in Randfontein, earlier this month. Megan van Wyngaardt has the story. 

RCL Foods opens new pet food factory
RCL Foods opens new pet food factory

Water treatment, desalination plant to meet Sea Harvest’s Saldanha water needs 

By: Schalk Burger     22nd March 2018 A water treatment plant built at JSE-listed sea food company Sea Harvest’s internationally accredited Saldanha Bay operations, in the Western Cape, treats effluent and sea water and provides all the water the operations require, said Sea Harvest operations director Terence Brown on Thursday at... 

Water treatment, desalination plant to meet Sea Harvest’s Saldanha water needs
SEA HARVEST SALDANHA WTP

Tanzania says AB InBev to build $100m plant

By: Reuters     20th March 2018 AB InBev, which owns a majority stake in Tanzania Breweries Limited, the country's biggest brewer, will invest $100-million in a new beer plant in the administrative capital Dodoma, the president's office announced. President John Magufuli on Monday chaired a day-long meeting with major foreign... 

Tiger Brands flags loss at meat unit after listeria outbreak

By: Reuters     19th March 2018 South Africa's Tiger Brands said on Monday it expected its meat products unit to record a monthly loss of up to R33-million ($3-million) after it suspended operations at four sites over a listeria outbreak that has killed 180 people in 14 months. Health authorities ordered a recall of processed... 

Deadly listeria could herald tighter food safety rules in South Africa

By: Reuters     16th March 2018 A huge and deadly outbreak of listeria in South Africa could alter the country's approach to food-borne disease and prompt improvements in food safety standards, a leading health official said on Friday. The World Health Organization's (WHO's)top specialist on global food safety likened the South... 

Deadly listeria could herald tighter food safety rules in South Africa

RCL Foods says Free State polony plant clear from ST6 listeria strain

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2018 Independent laboratory tests have found that JSE-listed consumer goods company RCL Foods’ Wolwehoek polony plant, in the Free-State, is clear of the ST6 listeria strain, which Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has identified as being responsible for the country’s major listeriosis outbreak.  

Food manufacturer expands into packaging

By: Melissa Zisengwe     16th March 2018 With over 15 years in the food and beverage industry, food manufacturing company Trojan Foods has expanded into packaging services in response to the increased demand for specialised packaging solutions in the industry. 

New tech to mitigate production challenges

By: Melissa Zisengwe     16th March 2018 With inefficiency and downtime being significant challenges for the food and beverage industry, the largest provider of reconditioned boilers, Dryden Combustion, a division of Energy Partners, is working on new products to optimise field efficiency for clients. 

New tech to mitigate production challenges
ADVANCED FUNCTIONALITY Optiflame manipulates all the relevant parameters in the control system and monitors the result

Drive units ensure energy savings in food and beverage industry

By: Melissa Zisengwe     16th March 2018 Automation and drive specialist SEW Eurodrive South Africa has sold about 200 of its synchronous MOVIGEAR units to date. This includes a single order of 65 for a major abattoir, which indicates the popularity of the MOVIGEAR unit in the food and beverage industry.  

Drive units ensure  energy savings in food  and beverage industry
MOVIGEARS A major benefit of the mechatronics unit is its energy-saving potential

Trojan Foods expands into packaging 

15th March 2018 With over 15 years in the food and beverage industry, food manufacturing company Trojan Foods has expanded into packaging services in response to the increased demand for specialised packaging solutions in the industry. Melissa Zisengwe tells us more. 

Trojan Foods expands into packaging
Trojan Foods expands into packaging

South African rights lawyer plans listeria class action against Tiger Brands

By: Reuters     12th March 2018 A human rights lawyer plans to launch a class action lawsuit against South African food producer Tiger Brands on behalf of the families of people who died and those affected by the worst listeria outbreak in history. South Africa's health minister said on Thursday the government would support... 

South African rights lawyer plans listeria class action against Tiger Brands

We will ensure it does not happen again – Tiger Brands 

By: African News Agency      9th March 2018 Tiger Brands, the South African food manufacturer at the centre of one of the worst food-borne disease outbreaks the country has seen, said on Friday that it was doing everything it can to get to the root cause of the listeria bacteria found in its food production plant in Polokwane, Limpopo.... 

Poultry association says concerned about imported chicken paste

By: African News Agency      9th March 2018 South Africa's poultry producers association said on Friday it was concerned that the country was accepting imports of untested mechanically deboned meat (MDM) into the country even as its neighbours blocked its own processed meat products over a listeriosis outbreak. The association said reports... 

Famous Brands flags up to $34m in FY impairment

By: Reuters     8th March 2018 South African fast-food chain owner Famous Brands said on Thursday that annual earnings would be hit by impairment charges amounting up to R400-million ($33.7-million) on its Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) business. As a result, Famous Brands expects earnings per share to decrease by more than 20... 

Clover not too worried about land expropriation proposals, satisfied with H1 results

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th March 2018 Despite concerns about the recent controversial calls for land expropriation without compensation and the possible effect this could have on South Africa’s economy and food security, JSE-listed foods and beverages group Clover believes it is not all doom and gloom. Speaking to Engineering News... 

Tiger Brands CEO says no link between listeria deaths and firm's products

By: Reuters     5th March 2018 The chief executive of Tiger Brands said on Monday there was no direct link between the deaths of more than 180 people who tested positive for listeria and its processed cold meat products. Lawrence McDougall also told a news conference the company had not yet worked out the financial impact of... 

Enterprise Foods to recall affected products, but conducting own listeriosis tests

By: News24Wire      5th March 2018 Tiger Brands, on behalf of its division Enterprise Foods, has committed to recalling products that are identified with listeriosis outbreak, but are conducting its own tests as well. This follows an announcement by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and the National Institute of Communicable... 

RCL Foods eyes greater market share as new pet food facility opens

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st March 2018 Fast-moving consumer goods manufacturer RCL Foods on Thursday launched its new R150-million pet food manufacturing facility, in Randfontein. Through the establishment of the 1 500 m2 facility, which employs around 700 people, the company aims to take a greater share in the R5-billion a year South... 

RCL Foods eyes greater market share as new pet food facility opens
Photo by Dylan Slater
RCL Foods

Las Iguanas to open 200-seater restaurant in Centurion in June

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th February 2018 The UK restaurant chain Las Iguanas will open its first restaurant in South Africa's Irene Mall, in Centurion, on June 7, franchisor Gold Brands said on Wednesday. The chain specialises in authentic Mexican, Brazilian and other South American food and cocktails, and the Irene restaurant will seat... 

Las Iguanas to open 200-seater restaurant in Centurion in June

Consumers urged to buy local as poultry industry remains ‘in distress’

By: Simone Liedtke     27th February 2018 Despite being the highest per capita consumer of poultry products on the African continent, and the ninth-highest consumer in the world, South Africa finds its poultry industry in deep crisis, buy local campaign Proudly South Africa (SA) said at its first yearly poultry forum on Tuesday. Faced... 

Chicken business turnaround boosts RCL’s H1 profit

By: Anine Kilian     26th February 2018 A strong turnaround in the chicken business, along with good rainfall and lower prices for commodity inputs benefited JSE-listed RCL Foods in the six months ended December 31, contributing to margin recovery across the group’s business units, CEO Miles Daily said on Monday. The group reported a... 

Bidcorp interim results in line with company expectations

By: Simone Liedtke     21st February 2018 JSE-listed Bidcorp has delivered "pleasing results" with the foodservice group's half-year performance in line with management expectations, CEO Bernard Berson said on Wednesday. Headline earnings a share increased by 8.6% to 640c a share in the six months ended December 31, from 589.3c a share a... 

Slow start to year to impact on Tiger Brands’ FY18 performance

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st February 2018 JSE-listed Tiger Brands’ shares fell by 9% on Wednesday morning after the company announced that its revenue for the four months to January 31 had decreased by 5% year-on-year, driven by price deflation of 1% and volume declines of 4%. In a voluntary trading update to the market, the company... 

GBI takes steps to further expand Chesanyama footprint

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th February 2018 JSE-listed franchising company Gold Brands Investments (GBI) has entered into a development agreement with a master franchisor, who will have the exclusive right of developing the Chesanyama brand in all countries outside Africa. The master franchisor will own the exclusive rights to roll out and... 

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