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Global Trade Show - Set to Surpass 2017 Success

29th June 2018 The Global Trade Show of Networking and Matchmaking South Africa 2018 (GTS2018) a leading business opportunities exhibition, is back for a second year in South Africa – bigger and better! The three-day event, which takes place from 27 to 29 July at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand,... 

Despite somewhat dismal FY18 performance, Famous Brands remains cautiously optimistic

By: Simone Liedtke     24th May 2018 Despite a somewhat dismal performance by some of its operations in the financial year ended February 28, branded food services franchisor Famous Brands remains cautiously optimistic about the South African and African landscape, while feeling reserved about its UK operations. This follows... 

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... 

Famous Brands reports double-digit drop in H1 earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th October 2017 JSE-listed Famous Brands on Monday posted a double-digit decline in earnings for the six months ended August 31, as the group faced a local environment that CEO Darren Hele described as one of the toughest in management’s recollection. However, Hele felt that the branded food services franchisor... 

Hedderwick resigns as Long4Life COO

By: Anine Kilian     6th October 2017 Kevin Hedderwick has resigned as COO and executive director of JSE-listed Long4Life to pursue personal interests. Hedderwick, who was previously CEO of Famous Brands, joined Long4Life in May. 

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... 

Long4Life appoints Hedderwick COO

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd May 2017 JSE-listed Long4Life has appointed Kevin Hedderwick COO and executive director, effective immediately. Hedderwick, who was previously CEO of Famous Brands, joins several other business stalwarts at Brian Joffe’s newly established and recently listed lifestyle investment company. 

Famous Brands to launch PAUL café in South Africa in March

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th February 2017 JSE-listed franchisor Famous Brands is launching the 128-year-old global bakery-café brand, PAUL, to the local market on March 2, with the opening of its flagship PAUL restaurant, in Melrose Arch, in Johannesburg. There are only three other PAUL stores on the continent in Morocco, Côte d'Ivoire... 

Famous Brands makes its fourth buy of the year

By: News24Wire      3rd October 2016 Famous Brands on Monday announced the acquisition of its fourth business in a year, as the successful food company embarks on an acquisition drive headed by its former chief executive. The latest acquisition is a 49.9% stake in catering and events company By Word of Mouth. It did not divulge how... 

Famous Brands yields growth amid adverse trading environment

By: Tracy Hancock     30th May 2016 While the current adverse trading environment is widely acknowledged and reported on, JSE-listed Famous Brands says it remains optimistic and enthusiastic about the opportunities presented by the food service industry in South Africa. The company advised shareholders on Monday that South Africa... 

Famous Brands buys controlling stake in Mexican restaurant business

16th May 2016 JSE-listed Famous Brands has acquired a 51% stake in recently launched Salsa Mexican Grill, a fast-casual dining concept centred on traditional Mexican food and beverages. The brand is currently represented by its maiden restaurant, in Fourways, Gauteng, with two further franchised outlets... 

Famous Brands buys 51% stake in KZN restaurant business

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th April 2016 JSE-listed branded food services franchisor Famous Brands has bought a 51% interest in Italian restaurant business Lupa Osteria, which has three franchised restaurants in KwaZulu-Natal, for an undisclosed amount. “Over the past year, our stated strategy has been to explore and capitalise on... 

New CE for Famous Brands as Hedderwick to step down

By: Tracy Hancock     1st December 2015 JSE-listed Famous Brands CEO Kevin Hedderwick will resign on February 29, following 16 years with the branded food service franchiser, with Food Services CEO Darren Hele appointed to take the helm of the company. The company explained on Tuesday that Hedderwick’s impending retirement and the... 

Famous Brands pushes ahead with strategic growth as it acquires controlling stake in Retail Group

By: Tracy Hancock     23rd June 2015 JSE-listed Famous Brands has acquired a 51% controlling stake in Retail Group, Botswana, its master licence partner in Botswana, for an undisclosed amount, in line with its strategy to either acquire or take a controlling stake in existing master licence territories in neighbouring countries to... 

Famous Brands buys controlling interest in red meat distributor

By: Natalie Greve     8th December 2014 Restaurant franchisor Famous Brands has acquired a controlling 75% stake in Cater Chain Food Services, a local business distributing primarily red meat products to customers across South African and into certain markets in Africa.  Established in 2004, Cater Chain supplies beef, lamb, mutton,... 

Nampak Glass increases capacity in environmentally sustainable way 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th November 2014 Through the addition of a third furnace at its Germiston-based manufacturing facility, glass manufacturer Nampak Glass will be meeting increased market demand in a more environmentally sustainable way. 

Total, Famous Brands, Thrupps partner for speciality convenience offering 

By: Leandi Kolver     22nd October 2014 Total South Africa (SA), a subsidiary of listed French multinational Total, has partnered with JSE-listed Famous Brands and speciality grocer Thrupps to provide Total service station customers with a new convenience offering.Thrupps on Tuesday opened its first store in a Total forecourt, in... 

Craig Northwood

By: Chantelle Kotze     13th September 2013 Position: Group MD of UWP Consulting and associated companies Main Activity of the Company: Consulting engineering and project management 

Company Announcement: Engen boosts African service station networks, convenience offerings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th April 2013 Engen, the African multinational fuel retailer and provider of convenience services, has reported sustained good growth over the past two years for its retail operations in sub-Saharan African (SSA) and the Indian Ocean Islands, and this week announced a similarly bullish outlook for the year ahead 

Telkom brings number of board members to 14

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th December 2012 JSE-listed telecommunications group Telkom on Thursday appointed five independent nonexecutive directors, bringing its total number of board members to 14, following a mass exit of directors earlier this year. Susan Botha, Dr Clive Adrian Fynn, Khanyisile Kweyama, Fagmeedah Petersen and Louis... 

Famous Brands in JV to set up new Coega cheese factory

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th October 2012 JSE-listed Famous Brands has entered into a joint venture (JV) partnership with the Coega Dairy Company to set up a new cheese manufacturing plant near Port Elizabeth. Famous Brands Cheese Manufacturing Company, a new JV entity independent from Coega Dairy’s existing dairy business, would... 


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