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Food & Beverage News

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... 

Low consumer confidence contributes to weaker H1 for Famous Brands

By: Anine Kilian     16th August 2017 JSE-listed Famous Brands expects its results for the six months to August 31 to be weaker than those reported for the six months to August 31, 2016. In a voluntary trading update issued on Wednesday, the company said trading conditions in the South African market had declined further in the five... 

Lovell steps down as Sapa head

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th August 2017 South African Poultry Association CEO Kevin Lovell is stepping down, effective August 17, after 11 years at the helm. Dr Charlotte Nkuna has been appointed acting CEO. 

Suspected avian flu outbreak in Western Cape

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th August 2017 Two ostrich farms in the Heidelberg area of the Western Cape have been placed under quarantine as authorities work to determine the possibility of an outbreak of the now widely-spread H5N8 avian influenza. The Western Cape Department of Agriculture is leading the investigations to confirm if the... 

Sea Harvest invests in new trawler

     11th August 2017 JSE-listed Sea Harvest has acquired a new freezer trawler from Icelandic fishing company HB Grandi for $13.5-million. The MV Therney trawler was built in the Sterkoder yard in Norway. 

Western Cape’s agricultural growth to drive economy

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th August 2017 Supported by the Western Cape government’s strategic initiatives to help farmers grow their crops – and their market share – the province’s official tourism, trade and investment agency Wesgro has successfully committed investments in the Western Cape agricultural sector of R1.56-billion over the... 

Western Cape’s agricultural growth to drive economy
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UNIQUE ENVIRONMENT The Western Cape plays a key role in South Africa’s agricultural sector, with a unique rainfall pattern allowing for a mixture of agricultural activities

AB InBev to merge Russia and Ukraine businesses with Anadolu Efes

By: African News Agency      9th August 2017 The world’s largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) said on Wednesday that it has reached a non-binding agreement with Anadolu Efes, the leading brewer in Turkey, regarding a 50:50 merger of AB InBev’s and Anadolu Efes’ existing Russia and Ukraine businesses. This comes AB InBev’s... 

AB InBev to merge Russia and Ukraine businesses with Anadolu Efes

New iDube Cold Storage facility unveiled at Dube TradePort

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th August 2017 The new, multipurpose R99-million iDube Cold Storage facility has officially opened in the Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone (SEZ), in KwaZulu-Natal. The 4 500 m2 facility, which has the capacity to handle 8 600 mobile pallet positions and store up to 12 000 t of perishable product, will cater... 

Sea Harvest provides maiden interim earnings forecast

     8th August 2017 Sea Harvest, which listed on the JSE in March, on Tuesday said it expects to report earnings a share of 62c to 69c for the six months ended June 30. Headline earnings a share are expected to be 53c to 60c. 

Industrial gas supplier showcases commitment to craft beer market

By: David Oliveira     4th August 2017 Industrial gas supplier Air Products hosted media at Johannesburg-based restaurant and microbrewery Mad Giant in June, where it showcased its support for South Africa’s bourgeoning craft beer industry. As a supplier of gases vital to the brewing process, Air Products plays an important role in... 

Industrial gas supplier showcases commitment to craft beer market
NELISIWE DLAMINI AND NDUMISO MADLALA Air Products food grade Freshline gas products have ensure microbreweries such as Ubuntu Kraal Brewery are able to deliver a quality craft beer

New Springs plant able to recycle used juice and milk cartons

By: Dylan Slater     4th August 2017 An investment worth R46-million in a new liquid packaging recycling plant is enabling paper and plastics packaging company Mpact Recycling to recycle used juice- and milk cartons at its Springs-based paper mill facility on the East Rand.  

Astral farm hit by second avian influenza outbreak

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd August 2017 JSE-listed Astral Foods on Wednesday said a second of its poultry farms has been hit by the H5N8 avian influenza outbreak sweeping across South Africa. In June, the strain had been isolated on one of Astral’s breeding sites in Villiers, costing the company some R25-million. 

Albany launches R350m revamped Bellville bakery

By: African News Agency      2nd August 2017 Albany Bakeries on Wednesday launched a R350-million investment into a new bakery in Bellville in the Western Cape, which includes the building of a brand-new plant and an upgrade of interiors of the existing plant. The new building occupies 6 884 m2, compared to an area of 3 766 m2 in the old... 

Clover FD resigns

     27th July 2017 Elton Ronald Bosch has resigned as Clover FD. His employment and directorship will continue until December 31 and he will assist the board during this transitional period to ensure the desired continuity in the business. 

UP researchers join fight against avian flu

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th July 2017 With four South African farms having been hit by the current bird flu outbreak, University of Pretoria (UP) researchers have joined the poultry industry and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) to contain the highly pathogenic avian influenza, or H5N8 variant of bird flu.... 

With drought threatening food security, farmers turn to drip irrigation 

By: Anine Kilian     21st July 2017 With the recent drought in Southern Africa compounding the unpredictable impact of climate change on food production, local farmers are converting to drip irrigation in an attempt to conserve water, using less to produce more, according to Crookes Brother’s Limited (CBL) MD Guy Clarke. During a... 

With drought threatening food security, farmers turn to drip irrigation

Exhibition facilitates industrial growth in KZN

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st July 2017 This year’s KwaZulu-Natal Industrial Technology Exhibition (Kite) will provide businesses in the province with an ideal access route to the key resources required to ramp up their operations in line with government’s extensive and ongoing investment in new manufacturing endeavours. 

Exhibition facilitates industrial growth in KZN
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GROWING ECONOMIC HUB Government investment in the Port of Durban will support trade stemming from the ramp-up of manufacturing activites in KZN

Nakambala sugar mill expansion project completed

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st July 2017 During the third quarter of 2017, project management and equipment design company Bosch Projects completed the implementation of the Nakambala Product Alignment and Refinery project in Mazabuka, Zambia. Bosch Projects sugar sector director Steven Rosettenstein, who was the project manager for the... 

Nakambala sugar mill  expansion project completed
NAKAMBALA SUGAR MILL Illovo Sugar appointed Bosch Projects as engineering, procurement and construction management consultants for the mill’s expansion

Sugar industry to make the most of yield recovery

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st July 2017 As KwaZulu-Natal’s sugar cane growers start to recover from the effects of the drought, the South African Canegrowers’ Association (SA Canegrowers) is urging the industry to remain resilient and look for opportunities to diversify their operations. 

Sugar industry to make the most of yield recovery
BOUNCING BACK The SA Canegrowers board of directors is optimistic about the 2017/18 season, with improved rainfall set to improve production levels

Massmart reports a slow 0.5% increase in H1 sales

By: Anine Kilian     17th July 2017 Massmart’s sales for the six months ended June 25, grew by 0.5% year-on-year to R42.5-billion. Comparable store sales decreased by 1.6% and product inflation was estimated at 3.2%. 

Greener rotary compressor can deliver savings exceeding 20%

     14th July 2017 Compressor engineering firm Lontra founder Steve Lindsey devised a more efficient, oil-free rotary compressor that offers a greener solution to traditional compression technology, able to deliver energy savings of more than 20%. His efforts gained recognition of the European Patent Office (EPO)... 

Greener rotary compressor can deliver savings exceeding 20%
STEVE LINDSEY The founder of Lontra was nominated and shortlisted as a finalist at the 2017 European Inventor Awards

New pumps suited to packaging, food and beverage industries

     14th July 2017 In May, sustainable productivity solutions provider Atlas Copco announced that it had extended its range of variable speed drive (VSD) vacuum pumps with the addition of three models offering flow rates up to 5 004 m3/h. The new GHS 3800-5400 VSD+ rotary screw pumps are particularly suited for... 

New pumps suited to packaging, food and  beverage industries
GHS VSD ROTARY SCREW PUMP The range provides significantly higher performance levels and reduced maintenance, noise and heat emissions compared to conventional oil-sealed and dry vane vacuum pumps

McDonald’s launches new instore design 

     13th July 2017 Food and beverage giant McDonald’s South Africa has unveiled its first newly built, revamped restaurant at Stoneridge shopping centre, in Johannesburg.  

McDonald’s launches new instore design
McDonald’s launches new instore design

SAB invests R2.8bn in expanding Gauteng breweries

By: Anine Kilian     11th July 2017 Multinational beverage and brewing company Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB-InBev) subsidiary South African Breweries (SAB) 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. During a media... 

SAB invests R2.8bn in expanding Gauteng breweries
AB-InBev Africa president Ricardo Tadeu

Britain to keep preferential access for poor countries, post-Brexit

By: Keith Campbell     7th July 2017 The British Government has publicly committed itself to maintaining duty-free access to British markets for the world’s least-developed countries (LDCs, as defined by the United Nations) following the UK’s departure from the European Union (EU). London further expressed a desire to increase trade... 

Coca-Cola Beverages Africa buys Equator Bottlers in Kenya

By: African News Agency      6th July 2017 South Africa-headquartered Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) announced on Thursday that it has concluded negotiations to acquire Equator Bottlers, the third largest Coca-Cola bottler in Kenya, for an undisclosed amount of money. This comes after the acquisition was approved by the Competition... 

Sugar industry strike avoided – Uasa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th July 2017 Uasa on Thursday said a strike in the sugar industry had been averted following the conclusion of an across the board wage agreement. The Sugar Industry Bargaining Council and Uasa this week finally agreed to a 7.5% increase, to be implemented from April 1, after hitting an impasse in May with a... 

Clover’s DFSA board appointments announced

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th July 2017 JSE-listed Clover Industries on Thursday announced that an initial board has been selected for its newly established wholly owned subsidiary Dairy Farmers of South Africa (DFSA). Dirk Reyneke has been named independent nonexecutive director and chairperson, with Louis Botha taking the reins as... 

New solution available in SA

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th June 2017 US-based safe water disinfection company MIOX, a Johnson Matthey company, designs and manufactures on-site chemical generators, which are an alternative solution to using hazardous chemicals, and its many benefits can be applied positively in South Africa, suggests MIOX senior applications... 

New solution available in SA
ALTERNATIVE SOLUTION MIOX’s on-site chemical generators are an alternative to using hazardous chemicals for water treatment

DTI to implement policy interventions to curb poultry industry losses

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th June 2017 Rather than make findings on the current state of the poultry industry and the ongoing challenges it faces owing to the dumping of imported chicken products, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), together with the government-led Poultry Task Team, which was established in January, would... 

Coca-Cola appoints new South Africa GM

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th June 2017 Beverage giant Coca-Cola Africa has appointed Roger Gauntlett GM of its South Africa business.  Gauntlett will manage the company’s relationship with the its bottling partner, Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa, ensuring alignment as well as sustainable and profitable growth for the beverage... 

Coca-Cola appoints new South Africa GM

Coca Cola’s Appletiser plant to double yearly production

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th June 2017 Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa’s (CCBSA’s ) Elgin-based Appletiser plant, in the Western Cape, is set to double its yearly production by October, owing to the beverage’s integration into the CCBSA supply chain grid. Appletiser SA is a wholly owned subsidiary of CCBSA, following last year’s... 

Coca Cola’s Appletiser plant to double yearly production

Competition Commission sets it sights on alleged collusive behaviour in beef industry

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th June 2017 The Completion Commission on Wednesday morning raided 13 premises belonging to seven meat suppliers in three provinces as part of an ongoing investigation into the alleged fixing of prices and trading conditions. The search and seizure operations were conducted at Karan Beef, Sparta Foods,... 

Competition Commission sets it sights on alleged collusive behaviour in beef industry

IRP draft hinders cogeneration opportunities  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th June 2017 An unintended consequence of the recently published draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for energy is that because it excludes cogeneration as a viable technology, cogenerators will be unable to participate in the energy market without Ministerial consent, says Paper Manufacturers Association of... 

IRP draft hinders cogeneration opportunities
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OVERLOOKED ENTITY The impact of the DoE IRP draft excludeing cogeneration as a viable, green technology raises concerns forpulp and paper industry

McDonald’s rolls out first revamped restaurant

By: Anine Kilian     7th June 2017 Food and beverage giant McDonald’s South Africa unveiled its first newly built, revamped restaurant at Stoneridge shopping centre, in Johannesburg on Wednesday. The R10-million flagship Stoneridge rebuild is the first of its kind in the fast food major’s Middle East and African markets. 

McDonald’s rolls out first revamped restaurant

Continuous improvement concept to increase productivity 

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd June 2017 As part of the company’s commitment to stay relevant through innovation, local stainless steel and aluminium cookware manufacturer Hendler and Hart is implementing a substantial two-year re-engineering process, based on the concept of continuous improvement, at its Boksburg manufacturing plant. 

Continuous improvement concept to increase productivity
Hendler and Hart gives a tour of their aluminium and stainless-steel factory facility, in Boksburg. Video Cameraperson: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Tongaat sugar output in recovery after two-year drought

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th May 2017 After two consecutive years of having been impacted by a severe drought, Tongaat Hulett’s sugar production levels across its regions are starting to recover, with the company now edging closer to its full two-million-ton-a-year capacity. Total sugar production is expected to recover over two... 

Tongaat sugar output in recovery after two-year drought
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