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Food & Beverage News

PepsiCo puts sustainability at the heart of its 23 brands

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th September 2021 Nasdaq-listed fast-moving consumer goods company PepsiCo has introduced an initiative called Pep+, which will inform the company’s end-to-end transformation strategy that has sustainability at the heart. The transformation will involve all aspects of the supply chain from how the company... 

Association releases new training manual

By: Halima Frost     17th September 2021 Last month, South African Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association (Saracca) released its updated training manual, which will be implemented, from this month onwards, by heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC-R) training providers throughout South Africa.... 

Metal pipes of a correctly installed pipe system for the HVACR system
HOW TO... The association has released a new installation manual which will be used by training providers form this month

Refrigeration system to cut energy costs available

By: Halima Frost     17th September 2021 With South African retailers looking for ways of recovering from the latest lockdown, as well as the looting and vandalism, an opportunity to decrease costs on the system that comprises the bulk of their energy spend, which is refrigeration, has arisen. “All food retailers rely on refrigeration... 

A large solar installation on a clients roof installed by EP Refrigeration, which is grid-tied and decreases the clients reliance on grid power
LIGHT WORK Adding a solar installation to a company's refrigeration unit deceases the cost of running the unit off grid power alone

Global citrus demand increases refrigeration demand

By: Halima Frost     17th September 2021 A global increase in demand for South African-grown citrus, as well as more export regulations, has resulted in a substantial increase in demand for refrigeration capacity, says local refrigeration manufacturer EP Refrigeration business development head Dawie Kriel. “We not only need to add... 

A roof top refrigeration system installed by EP Refrigeration at a produce packing house
FRUITFUL SERVICES An increased need for refrigerated storage and transport capacity in the citrus sector is being addressed by EP Refrigeration

Associations say eased liquor trading restrictions still a challenge

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th September 2021 The Beer Association of South Africa (Basa) and the South African Liquor Brandowners Association (Salba) have cautiously welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that, from September 13, South Africa is moving to adjusted Level 2 lockdown. Under the adjusted regulations, the curfew is... 

Associations say eased liquor trading restrictions still a challenge

Famous Brands experiences mixed impacts in markets in H1

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th September 2021 JSE-listed Famous Brands expects its results for the six months ended August 31 to show a marked recovery on the comparative period in 2020, despite continued Covid-19 impacts on its trading markets. The company represents quick-service restaurant (QSR) and signature food brands in South... 

Famous Brands' office building
Famous Brands' office building

July manufacturing output decreases 4.1% y/y, 8% m/m

By: Simone Liedtke     9th September 2021 Data released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) shows that South Africa’s manufacturing production decreased by 4.1% year-on-year and by 8% month-on-month in July. This, the Steel and Engineering Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) says, largely reflects the negative impact of civil unrest... 

Tribunal finds Coca-Cola Beverages Africa ‘did not breach’ merger conditions

By: Simone Liedtke     8th September 2021 The Competition Tribunal has set aside a finding by the Competition Commission in October 2019 against Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA), effectively clearing the company of claims that it had breached merger conditions relating to retrenchments. The matter relates to two mergers involving CCBA... 

Pic/Image of Coca-Cola Buddy Bottle

Astral Foods appoints new COO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th September 2021 Integrated poultry producer Astral Foods has appointed Gary Arnold COO with effect from October 1. This position has been introduced with a specific mandate to optimise expansion opportunities and continuous improvement initiatives, while effectively allocating capital and human resources across... 

Latest Competition Commission report unpacks Covid’s impact on food markets

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th September 2021 The Competition Commission has released its latest ‘Essential Food Pricing Monitoring’ report, which focused on tracking the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the corresponding economic crisis on food markets. The report reveals a clear drop in farmer numbers and an increase in concentration... 

RCL declares 80% higher total dividend as sugar, baking units deliver

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th September 2021 “Exceptional performances” in its sugar and baking business units helped drive JSE-listed RCL Foods’ earnings growth for the financial year ended June 30. However, the company’s strong topline growth was offset by input pricing pressure in certain business units, owing to a significant rally in... 

RCL Foods' meat-free and vegan foods
RCL Foods' meat-free and vegan foods

Basa lobbies for excise relief for beer industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st September 2021 Industry organisation the Beer Association of South Africa (Basa) recently made a presentation to Parliament’s Standing Committee on Finance on its opposition to above-inflation increases in excise taxes. This is the first of a number of engagements it plans to hold with government in the lead up... 

South African minority investors to form activist group to take on Tongaat

By: Reuters     31st August 2021 A group of South African minority shareholders is coming together to press for change at debt-laden sugar producer Tongaat Hulett, its leader told Reuters, building on earlier efforts at Ascendis Health. The move signals the further rise of minority shareholder activism in South Africa, after... 

Sea Harvest posts R323m interim profit

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th August 2021 Seafood manufacturer Sea Harvest has achieved headline earnings growth of 19% year-on-year to R202-million for the six months ended June 30. This while earnings a share came in 27% higher year-on-year at 77.7c.  

Sea Harvest posts R323m interim profit

Historic South African wine estate owned by Anne Cointreau goes under hammer

By: Reuters     26th August 2021 A 329-year old South African wine estate owned by Anne Cointreau, a scion of the family famous for French cognac and orange liqueur, was sold on Wednesday to an international buyer in Europe for just over R52-million. The Morgenhof estate in Stellenbosch, owned for nearly three decades by... 

Vinpro court case opposing ongoing alcohol bans to be heard this week

By: Donna Slater     23rd August 2021 Nonprofit wine producers organisation Vinpro reports that its court case, contesting the approach followed by government towards liquor ban restrictions within the Disaster Management Act, is set for hearing in the Western Cape High Court from August 23 to 26. Vinpro launched its legal... 

South African food inflation continued its upward trend in July

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th August 2021 Food inflation in South Africa increased again last month, the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) has reported in its Food Inflation Brief-July 2021. The increase was both in month-on-month and year-on-year terms. There has been a trend of increasing food inflation in the country... 

Supplier provides hygienic pumps solution to food and beverage industry

20th August 2021 The food and beverage industries remain important contributors to the manufacturing and fastmoving consumer goods (FMCG) sectors, as well as the local economy. However, food and beverage manufacturers are some of the most highly regulated (and penalised) businesses – and rightly so, given the... 

Partnership aids in reducing beverage industry footprint

20th August 2021 The beverage industry in South Africa still presents significant opportunities for addressing water, energy and waste efficiencies across the entire value chain, according to industry support programme National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC-SA) resources, strategy and innovation manager... 

Mondelēz businesswomen offer advice for young leaders

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th August 2021 Women have a role to play in building the South African and African economy, and much can be gained by leveraging women leaders’ traits for the growth of others and organisations, speakers said during a webinar hosted by multinational food company Mondelēz International on August 17. Mondelēz... 

High level of available food supply in South Africa wasted, CSIR study shows

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th August 2021 The findings of a recently released study from scientific and technology research, development and implementation organisation the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) shows that an estimated 10.3-million tonnes a year of edible food, earmarked for human consumption in South... 

Dangote-owned sugar firm plans $1bn expansion

By: Bloomberg     6th August 2021 Dangote Sugar Refinery, owned by Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote, plans to spend $1-billion on expansion after Nigeria’s central bank made his firm one of the three sole importers of the sweetener into Africa’s largest economy. The company has put more than 100 000 ha of land under cultivation... 

Unique thermowell design on offer

6th August 2021 Measuring instruments supplier Wika Instruments offers its ScrutonWell as an alternative to a standard thermowell. The ScrutonWell, manufactured by Wika, is typically used in applications commonly found in the chemicals and petrochemicals industry, where high flow velocity and aggressive process... 

A large silver screw like instrument used in a thermowell application
WELL WELL WELL The ScrutonWell offered by Wika can handle high flow velocity and aggressive process media

Control tower effectively monitors transport of chemicals

By: Halima Frost     6th August 2021 Specialist transport company Unitrans Supply Chain Solutions has noted a 42% improvement in driver awareness, while distracted driving incidents have decreased by 45%, since the launch of its centralised control tower in January 2017. The control tower manages Unitrans’ chemical, petrochemical,... 

An image of a large Unitrans truck bearing an abnormal loads sign
VANTAGE POINT Unitrans' new control tower uses new tech, trained staff and an aerial view of its yard to successfully dispatch its trucks throughout S. Africa

RCL appoints Paul Cruickshank CEO as Miles Dally retires

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd August 2021 JSE-listed RCL Foods has appointed Paul Cruickshank as CEO with effect from December 1. He will succeed Miles Dally, who is retiring, with effect from the close of business on November 30. 

Meat import associations call for perishables to be moved to inland cold storage facilities

By: Schalk Burger     29th July 2021 The South African Meat Processors Association (Sampa) and the South African Association of Meat Importers and Exporters (AMIE SA) have called for an action plan to ensure imported perishable food containers are re-routed to inland cold storage facilities, as KwaZulu-Natal facilities have been... 

Potatoes South Africa, McCain warn of looming potato dumping threat

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th July 2021 Industry association Potatoes South Africa (PSA) has highlighted the imminent threat looming for the local potatoes industry, considering the recent lapse of antidumping duty protection. South Africa has long been considered a prime destination for dumping below-cost frozen processed potato... 

McCain Foods potatoes
McCain Foods potatoes

Flexible dual-fuel engines to modernise Flour Mills Nigeria plant

By: Schalk Burger     28th July 2021 Energy and marine equipment manufacturer Wärtsilä will supply fuel-flexible dual-fuel engines to extend, improve and modernise power generation for a captive power plant at Nigeria’s oldest and largest food and agroprocessing company Flour Mills Nigeria. Flour Mills Nigeria’s Lagos-based power... 

An image of the Wärtsilä Fuel-flexible 34DF engine generator that will be installed at Flour Mills Nigeria's premises

Tiger Brands recalling some canned vegetable products

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th July 2021 JSE-listed Tiger Brands is instituting an immediate recall of certain canned vegetable products, following the identification of defective cans. A leak in a can presents a risk of secondary microbial contamination after the canned products are dispatched into the marketplace. Where such... 

Busa welcomes easing of restrictions, others caution of damage already done

By: Donna Slater     26th July 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa’s July 25 address to the nation and the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions from adjusted Alert Level 4, to adjusted Alert Level 3, has been welcomed by Business Unity South Africa (Busa), while the South African Liquor Brandowners Association (Salba) has expressed concern... 

Project management firm upgrades sugar factory

23rd July 2021 Consulting engineering and project management solutions company Bosch Projects was appointed by wattle bark miller and sugar producer UCL Company to undertake three major projects for the recent expansion at its sugar factory in Dalton, KwaZulu-Natal. Bosch Projects is a member of the... 

Photo of long tube evaporator installed at sugar factory
LONG TUBE EVAPORATOR Bosch Projects team needed to be innovative and creative in its approach to detailed engineering solutions and the application of expertise

Vinpro awaits verdict on interim interdict application

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd July 2021 After hearing industry body Vinpro’s case for the Western Cape to deviate from the national liquor ban, the High Court has reserved judgment on the matter. Vinpro’s urgent interim interdict application to enable off-and on-site consumption and sale of liquor in the province was heard by Judge... 

Pick n Pay to reopen 58 stores by end of next week, calls for lifting of liquor sales ban

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd July 2021 Supermarket chain store Pick n Pay (PnP) is planning to reopen up to 58 of its PnP and Boxer stores by the end of next week. This follows the recent violent protests in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal that resulted in 136 of PnP’s food, grocery, clothing and building stores being looted or damaged,... 

Alcohol industry asks govt to allow legal liquor trade to resume from July 26

By: Schalk Burger     22nd July 2021 Five industry associations in the alcohol industry is calling on government to release the scientific data it uses to justify the repeated bans on the sale of alcohol. They also request that legal liquor trade be allowed to resume from July 26. 

Basa requests urgent meeting with Patel to save industry on the brink of collapse

By: Donna Slater     21st July 2021 In the wake of the recent civil unrest, which resulted in 161 liquor outlets and distribution centres being looted and damaged in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, the beer industry is urgently calling for the alcohol ban to be lifted so that legal businesses can operate. Enabling liquor business to... 

Shoprite, Pick n Pay strongly recovering after hundreds of stores damaged

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th July 2021 Following the civil unrest that South Africa experienced last week, JSE-listed supermarket groups Shoprite and Pick n Pay have stated their losses and recovery plans. Supermarkets and their associated clothing and liquor stores were prime targets of mass groups of looters that wreaked havoc on... 

Vinpro confirms hearing date for interim interdict application after issues

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th July 2021 Industry body Vinpro confirms that a court date has been set for July 21, in the Western Cape High Court, to hear its urgent interim interdict application. This follows various postponements and, most recently, Vinpro being notified that the court would not hear this application, owing to two... 

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