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Food & Beverage News

Wine industry under pressure amid subdued economy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th January 2017 While the local wine market has grown more than 14%, or by 50-million litres, over the past two years, to more than 400-million litres at the end of December, continued pressure on the local economy could hamper the industry’s future growth. The wine industry is currently in a slump, with only... 

Second Nigerian tomato paste plant shuts, in embarrassment for Buhari

By: Reuters     19th January 2017 Africa's richest man Aliko Dangote has shut his new tomato paste plant in Nigeria due to a shortage of dollars needed to import raw materials, a senior executive said, the second such closure in months in a blow to official plans to diversify the economy. President Muhammadu Buhari, elected in... 

Clover expands product offering through acquisition of olive oil manufacturer 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th January 2017 JSE-listed Clover has acquired the Olive Pride business from Southern Canned Products (SCP), which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of explosives and specialty chemicals company AECI. SCP will dispose of Olive Pride to the newly formed Clover Pride, in which Clover South Africa holds 51% and AECI the... 

Clover expands product offering through acquisition of olive oil manufacturer

DTI responds to Malema's poultry tariff hike demand 

By: News24Wire      13th January 2017 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has established a national committee that will consider the challenges local poultry producers currently face, according to Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies. “The national committee, which includes the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and... 

Astral says Eskom cutting municipal electricity supply would be ‘catastrophic’ for Standerton operations 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th January 2017 Eskom’s plan to cut power to the Lekwa local municipality, in Mpumalanga, will interrupt poultry producer Astral’s feed and poultry operations in Standerton with “catastrophic” results, the company has warned. Astral has received notification that Eskom plans to start interruptions of its bulk... 

Astral says Eskom cutting municipal electricity supply would be ‘catastrophic’ for Standerton operations

Department of Trade and Industry commits to helping local poultry industry

By: African News Agency      10th January 2017 The Department of Trade and Industry (the DTI) on Monday said the South African government had been working with the local poultry producers to address the challenges in the industry as a result of chickens imported from European Union (EU) countries. The DTI was responding to the plea made by... 

Department of Trade and Industry commits to helping local poultry industry

Fawu vows to fight job losses in poultry industry 

By: African News Agency      9th January 2017 The Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) on Monday made an impassioned plea to government to tighten regulations of importing chickens from the European Union (EU) in a bid to save jobs in the South African poultry industry. This comes after South Africa’s biggest chicken producer, Rainbow... 

Fawu vows to fight job losses in poultry industry

AB InBev, Coca-Cola reach $3.15bn deal

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st December 2016 Beverages giant The Coca-Cola Company and triple-listed brewery Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) have reached an agreement regarding the transition of AB InBev’s 54.5% equity stake in Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) for $3.15-billion. CCBA includes South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania,... 

Fast-dissolving sugar to help reduce sugar in chocolate by 40%

By: Schalk Burger     16th December 2016 A new fast-dissolving sugar developed by Swiss food multinational Nestlé will help it to reduce the amount of sugar used in its chocolates by 40% by 2018 without reducing the sweetness of the chocolates, says Nestlé chief technology officer Stefan Catsicas. “Using only natural ingredients,... 

Fast-dissolving sugar to help  reduce sugar in chocolate by 40%
Photo by Duane Daws
SWEET CHOCOLATE Even while much less sugar is used in the chocolate, the tongue perceives an almost identical sweetness to before

NWK reports H1 profit contraction, optimistic of H2 recovery

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th December 2016 Agriculture products and services provider NWK’s half-year profit has declined; however, the second half of the 2017 financial year is forecast to be much improved as the group sheds certain lossmaking operations, assisted by a normal production season after four seasons of drought. For the six... 

Innovation earns company biofuels award

     9th December 2016 Market research company and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan has awarded its 2016 Company of the Year Award to South African renewable-energy company Biogreen for its innovative performance and customer impact in the production of biodiesel from used cooking oil. Biogreen offers its suppliers and... 

McDonald’s embracing energy efficiency at SA restaurants

By: Schalk Burger     9th December 2016 The focus on small improvements in energy efficiency, restaurant interiors and client service, as well as the design and architecture of new restaurants, is helping global restaurant subsidiary McDonald’s South Africa to remain efficient, profitable and growing organically, says McDonald’s South... 

McDonald’s embracing energy efficiency at SA restaurants
MCDONALD’S SILVERLAKES The light steel frame structures and conventional structures use energy efficient lights, equipment and design

CompComm cracks down on oils, margarine manufacturers

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th December 2016 The Competition Commission on Thursday conducted a search and seizure operation at the premises of five South African companies involved in the manufacture and distribution of refined edible oils, baking fats and margarine, operating in Gauteng and Kwazulu-Natal. The commission noted that it had... 

Clover restructures, establishes raw milk supplier spin-off

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th December 2016 JSE-listed Clover has unbundled its raw milk supplier operations into a special-purpose vehicle, Dairy Farmers of South Africa (DFSA), through a restructure programme aimed at reducing its exposure to the cyclicality of its low-margin business and developing higher-margin, value-added products in... 

Clover restructures, establishes raw milk supplier spin-off

Fast-dissolving sugar to help Nestlé reduce sugar in chocolate by 40% by 2018

By: Schalk Burger     2nd December 2016 A new fast-dissolving sugar developed by Swiss food multinational Nestlé will help it to reduce the amount of sugar used in its chocolates by 40% by 2018 without reducing the sweetness of the chocolates, Nestlé chief technology officer Stefan Catsicas said in a media release this week. “Using... 

Fast-dissolving sugar to help Nestlé reduce sugar in chocolate by 40% by 2018
Photo by Duane Daws
Nestlé will reduce the amount of sugar used in its chocolates by 40% by 2018

Programme encourages standalone third-party distribution businesses

By: Sascha Solomons     2nd December 2016 As a means to grow the customer base in underserved communities and informal markets, global beverages company Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa’s (CCBSA’s) local distribution partner (LDP) programme has been launched to help local entrepreneurs create sustainable standalone distribution... 

Programme encourages standalone third-party distribution businesses
DISTRIBUTION BUSINESSES Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa’s local distribution partner (LDP) programme has been launched to help local entrepreneurs create standalone distribution businesses

Gold Brands interim profit up 15.9%

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th November 2016 South African franchising company Gold Brands recorded a 15.9% increase in profit after tax to R3.5-million for the six months ended August 31, translating into headline earnings a share of 3.18c. Commenting on Gold Brands’ performance, CEO Praxia Nathanael on Monday said the results were strong,... 

Inside the South Africa leg of Unilever’s globally recognised push for sustainability

By: Dylan Slater     25th November 2016 For the third consecutive year, consumer goods manufacturer Unilever has been rated as the Number 1 Top Employer in the manufacturing sector as well as the Number 1 Top Employer in the fast moving consumer goods sector in Africa by the Top Employers Institute. 

Inside the South Africa leg of Unilever’s globally recognised push for sustainability

Tiger Brands posts higher income despite inflationary pressure 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd November 2016 The prolonged drought and significant currency volatility has contributed to significant inflation in raw material input costs for JSE-listed fast-moving consumer goods producer Tiger Brands in the financial year ended September 30. The higher costs impacted the grains and groceries divisions, in... 

Tiger Brands posts higher income despite inflationary pressure
Tiger Brands management speaks about the past financial year as well as the year ahead. Cameraperson: Nicholas Boyd Editing:Vincent Pestana 23/11/16

Rhodes Food sets sights on concluding two largest acquisitions yet

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st November 2016 JSE-listed Rhodes Food Group has prioritised wrapping up its two largest acquisitions yet, as it reports a year-end profit surge of 70% on the back of organic and acquisitive growth. The food conglomerate is currently undertaking due diligence and seeking competition authority approval for the... 

Rhodes Food sets sights on concluding two largest acquisitions yet

Pioneer Foods enters East African cereal market

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th November 2016 JSE-listed Pioneer Foods is acquiring a 49.8% interest in UK food processing company Weetabix’s East Africa distributing company. The Kenya-based company has been in operation for over 40 years and has about 13 brands in its portfolio. Last year, the business invested £1.6-million in a capacity... 

Pioneer Foods enters East African cereal market

Clover opens R40m visitors centre  

By: Anine Kilian     15th November 2016 Dairy products and juice manufacturer Clover on Tuesday launched its R40-million visitors centre at its factory in Clayville, Midrand – the first such centre in the South African dairy industry. The facility, which took three years to complete, will be open to the public from February 2017. 

Clover opens R40m visitors centre
Clover CEO Johann Vorster discusses the launch of the Clover Visitor's Centre in Clayville, Gauteng Editing by Nicholas Boyd

Rhodes Food expects uptick in FY earnings

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th November 2016 JSE-listed Rhodes Food expects its earnings per share (EPS) and headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the year ended September 25 to be between 67% and 72% higher than the comparative period of 2015. The company expects to report EPS of between 128.8c and 132.6c, up from 77.1c in the prior year. 

Adaptable decentralised drive ideal for brewery bottling systems

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th November 2016 Distributor of engineering components Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) VLT decentral drive FCD 302, manufactured by Denmark-based engineering technology supplier Danfoss, is experiencing great success in the South African brewery industry, owing to its adaptability to client specifications. 

Adaptable decentralised drive ideal for brewery bottling systems
BANKING BOTTLES The drive system has been implemented at breweries around the country to lower costs and improve the efficiency of bottling conveyor systems

Beverage industry trade fairs join forces

     11th November 2016 German drinktec trade fair organiser Messe München announced at this year’s Food and Drink Technology Africa trade fair that Italian wine technology exhibition SIMEI will, for the first time, feature as an integrated part of drinktec 2017, which will be held in Munich, in Germany, from September... 

Beverage industry trade fairs join forces
INCREASING WINE’S EXPOSURE drinktec’s integration with SIMEI will see 20 000 m2 of space dedicated to technology for the wine industry at next year’s trade fair

Craft-Star system debuts in Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th November 2016 Food processing technology provider GEA Africa commissioned Africa’s first Craft-Star system at a craft beer brewery in South Africa, last month. 

Craft-Star system  debuts in Africa
Photo by Duane Daws
CATERING TO CRAFT BEER GEA offers solutions to craft beer breweries that meet the demand for higher production capacities with lower capital expenditure

Crowner tester ensures effective bottle sealing

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th November 2016 As product loss can be a challenge with significant cost implications in the brewery industry, electronic industrial systems specialist Interpast has introduced an in-house-developed PT800-1 Crowner Seal Element Tester to ensure the effective sealing of bottles. 

Locally developed management system to be launched next year

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th November 2016 Eastern Cape-based manufacturing micro-brewery Dockside Brewery is beta testing an in-house developed supervisory control and data acquisition system that will be launched in South Africa next year. 

Locally developed management system to be launched next year
STREAMLINING OPERATIONS Brewers can log information about each batch of beer on to Dockside’s system, which can then be accessed later for analysis or administrative purposes

New technology launched at FDT Africa 2016

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th November 2016 Beverage industry solutions supplier Eureka Scientific launched Netherlands-based food and beverage process solutions manufacturer Pentair Haffmans’ carbon dioxide (CO2) selector to the African market at the Food and Drink Technology Africa 2016 trade fair. 

New technology launched at FDT Africa 2016
LOWERING COSTS With the elimination of maintenance, the total cost of ownership of Pentair Haffmans’ CO2 selector is very low

Tiger Brands expects y/y increase in headline earnings

By: Anine Kilian     28th October 2016 JSE-listed packaged goods company Tiger Brands on Friday announced that earnings per share (EPS) from total operations are expected to be between 2 007c and 2 061c for the year ended September 30. Headline earnings per share (HEPS) from total operations are expected to be between 2 105c and 2... 

Investing in climate resilience will be key to improving prospects for drought-prone farming sector

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th October 2016 With several weather institutions expressing cautious optimism that South Africa could receive normal, or even above-normal, rainfall towards mid-summer – that is between December and January – there is a degree of optimism that the embattled local agriculture sector could rebound in 2017. In... 

Investing in climate resilience will be key to improving prospects for drought-prone farming sector

Packaging group sees lifestyle choices driving health-juice growth

By: Schalk Burger     28th October 2016 About 20.2-billion litres of fully natural ingredient fruit and vegetable juices are consumed globally a year, and new mixed fruit, vegetable and health juices are increasingly being demanded by customers willing to pay a premium for them, says food and beverage processing and packaging... 

Famous Brands weathers lower consumer appetite in H1

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th October 2016 Despite challenging trading conditions, food services franchisor Famous Brands posted a 17% increase in gross profit to R404-million for the six months ended August 31. CEO Darren Hele said in a statement that the group’s unwavering focus on consistent improvement and investment in the business... 

Famous Brands weathers lower consumer appetite in H1

Cooler reduces nitrogen oxide emissions from marine engines

     21st October 2016 Exhaust gas recirculation coolers manufactured from durable stainless steel are resistant to the effects of temperature and corrosion, according to heat exchangers solution provider Kelvion. There are two stainless steel cooler solutions available for four-stroke engines.  High-temperature... 

Ongoing drought prompts concerns about food security, govt’s land reform programme 

     20th October 2016 Creamer Media’s Samantha Herbst talks to senior journalist Megan van Wyngaardt about issues discussed at the 2016 Agri SA Congress. 

Ongoing drought prompts concerns about food security, govt’s land reform programme
Ongoing drought prompts concerns about food security, govt’s land reform programme

Vasari concludes R1.15bn buyout of KWV

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th October 2016 Consumer-focused investment group Vasari has concluded the acquisition of local wine and spirits producer KWV Group for R1.15-billion following Competition Commission approval. “KWV is a strategic asset that will enable us to capitalise on the growth opportunities in wine and brandy and... 

Innovation to provide solutions for African businesses

By: Simone Liedtke     14th October 2016 Businesses in Africa are facing a variety of challenges, which has led professional services firms like KPMG to constantly invest in innovative products to provide solutions for businesses. 

Innovation to provide solutions for African  businesses
BENSON MWESIGWA To date, KPMG has delivered 85 000 l of water as part of Operation Hydrate
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