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Food & Beverage News

RCL Foods ‘future proofs’ company with diverse portfolio

By: Simone Liedtke     1st March 2021 JSE-listed consumer goods company RCL Foods continued to leverage its diverse portfolio to remain resilient during the six months ended December 31, 2020, especially as the Covid-19 pandemic continued to present hardships and challenges globally. The company recorded a 10.5% year-on-year increase... 

Alcohol, tobacco industries bemoan excise tax increase

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th February 2021 The South African alcohol industry, including the National Liquor Traders Council (NLTC), South African Liquor Brandowners Association (Salba), Vinpro, the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA), retailers and manufacturers, have noted their concern about Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s... 

SA Canegrowers welcomes maintained sugar tax rate

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th February 2021 South African Canegrowers (SA Canegrowers) has welcomed government’s decision to maintain the health promotion levy, or “sugar tax” at its current rate. The industry association says that, although it had called for a reduction in the sugar tax, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s 2021 Budget adds... 

Bidcorp withholds dividend payment, but thanks staff for resilient performance despite market challenges

By: Schalk Burger     23rd February 2021 Food service multinational Bidcorp CEO Bernard Berson has lauded the company's more than 23 000 employees across 35 countries, as well as its diversity of clients and decentralised operations, for producing resilient results for the six months to December 31, 2020. Many of the sectors in which... 

Sapa applies for anti-dumping duty against Brazil, four EU countries  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd February 2021 The South African Poultry Association (Sapa) has applied to the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) for anti-dumping duties on chicken imported from Brazil, Denmark, Ireland, Poland and Spain. Sapa broiler GM Izaak Breitenbach says the association has proof that... 

Sapa applies for anti-dumping duty against Brazil, four EU countries

Bidcorp warns of up to 48% fall in headline earnings, but expects quick rebound

By: Schalk Burger     19th February 2021 JSE-listed food services multinational Bidcorp has warned shareholders that it expects to report a 43% to 48% year-on-year decrease in headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months ended December 31, 2020. HEPS from continuing operations are expected to decrease to between 378.7c and 415.1c. 

Canegrowers appreciate govt's promotion of buying local sugar

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th February 2021 The South African Canegrowers Association (SA Canegrowers) has welcomed the call by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his State of the Nation Address for the country's citizens and businesses to buy local sugar. The association laments that if all South Africans commit to buying local sugar, the... 

Specialist installs humidifier at tobacco plant

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     12th February 2021 Humidification specialist Humidair, in collaboration with air conditioning contractor Fifty-two Engineering, completed a humidification project for a tobacco company in Edenvale, Gauteng at the end of last year. The project entailed the installation of large JetSpray humidifier systems comprising... 

Africa's miners and winemakers toast China's row with Australia

By: Reuters     10th February 2021 For South African winemaker Vergenoegd Löw, the pandemic could have been a disaster but a bitter trade war between China and Australia has thrown the 325-year-old estate a lifeline. Bottles of its reds, whites and roses piled up when South Africa banned alcohol sales under a strict lockdown and... 

Coca-Cola appoints new VP for South Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th February 2021 Beverage giant Coca-Cola Africa has appointed Phillipine Mtikitiki VP for its South African franchise, effective January 1. Mtikitiki has more than 20 years of experience in operations, marketing, planning and commercial strategy.  

Coca-Cola appoints new VP for South Africa
Coca-Cola South Africa VP Phillipine Mtikitiki

SA Canegrowers pleads for continued sugar masterplan commitment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th February 2021 The South African Canegrowers Association (SA Canegrowers) has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa and relevant Ministers to fast-track the commitments under the Sugar Industry Masterplan. This is owing to sugarcane growers suffering from existing threats to the industry, including cheap sugar... 

SA Canegrowers pleads for continued sugar masterplan commitment
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Sugar cane plantation near Malelane

Coca-Cola's South African bottler to increase black ownership stake to 20%

By: Reuters     8th February 2021 Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) will increase the stake held by employees and black empowerment investors in the company to 20%, it said on Friday, in a bid to meet merger conditions laid out by competition authorities. In 2014, the Coca-Cola Company and SABMiller Plc reached an... 

Nampak's first-quarter revenue, profit up; alcohol ban has limited impact

By: Donna Slater     5th February 2021 Packaging company Nampak reports that trading conditions in South Africa and Nigeria were good in the first quarter of its 2021 financial year, ended December 2020, with group revenue up 1% year-on-year. Cost saving initiatives undertaken by the company during the 2020 financial year had yielded... 

Illicit market booms during alcohol, cigarette sales bans  

By: Donna Slater     3rd February 2021 To overcome the challenge of a seemingly booming illicit market for cigarettes and alcohol, and to stem the tide of such illicit products in the local economy, requires enforcement of existing laws and adaptation of new ones, says South African Liquor Brandowners Association (Salba) CEO Kurt... 

Illicit market booms during alcohol, cigarette sales bans
South African Liquor Brandowners Association CEO Kurt Moore talks about the challenges the legal alcohol industry is facing from the illicit market and several prohibitions

Don't surprise us again, pleads liquor industry as Ramaphosa lifts sale ban

By: News24Wire      1st February 2021 While it is a relief that the liquor sales ban has been lifted, there should be "more structured engagement" from government with the sector so that they are not surprised with sudden restrictions, an industry representative has said.  President Cyril Ramaphosa's announced on Monday night that... 

Don't surprise us again, pleads liquor industry as Ramaphosa lifts sale ban

Libstar achieves 2.8% revenue growth for 2020

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th January 2021 Ahead of its full-year results release on March 17, JSE-listed food and beverage producer Libstar Group has advised that its revenue declined by an average 2.8% for the year ended December 31, 2020. The revenue decline was driven by a 23.8% year-on-year decline in the company’s food service... 

Vinpro approaches High Court to lift alcohol sales ban for the Western Cape  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th January 2021 Industry body Vinpro has approached the Cape High Court in efforts to secure urgent interim relief for the wine industry amid the third ban on alcohol sales in the last ten months. The organisation says that, following a hearing that is set down for February 5, the court could afford permission... 

Vinpro approaches High Court to lift alcohol sales ban for the Western Cape

Salba asks for transparency on alcohol ban

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th January 2021 Industry organisation the South African Liquor Brandowners Association (Salba) has called on government to be “transparent” in the reasons for its continued ban of formal alcohol sales, claiming also that Covid-19 cases are declining. “Government justified the current alcohol ban based on the... 

Salba calls for alternate measures as alcohol sales ban continues 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th January 2021 The South African alcohol industry has once again voiced opposition to the continued ban on alcohol sales. Trade association the South African Liquor Brandowners Association (Salba) says the unintended consequences, such as illicit liquor production and distribution outweigh the pros. 

Craft Craze app to boost craft beverage manufacturers’ reach

By: Donna Slater     22nd January 2021 A mobile application (app) – Craft Craze – has been developed to further the market reach and ease of access to South African-made craft beverages, including the growing craft beer market. Prototype app development started in March 2019, after which Craft Craze presented the concept to breweries... 

Craft Craze app to boost craft beverage manufacturers’ reach
A selection of craft beers typically found on the Craft Craze app

Distell branches out into cannabis products

By: Reuters     20th January 2021 South African wine, cider and spirits company Distell will soon be able to offer cannabidiol-infused drinks after taking a 20% stake in cannabis wellness business RETHINK, it said on Wednesday. Distell's investment gives it access to RETHINK's brand and product range, which includes oils,... 

South Africa’s 2020 wine exports reach 319-million litres despite market challenges

By: Simone Liedtke     20th January 2021 South Africa’s wine export volumes of 2020, which amount to 319.2-million litres, echo that of a challenging 2019, despite a five-week long ban on exports and challenges at the Cape Town Port terminal owing to Covid-19. This follows on from a good 2020 harvest and vineyard recovery following the... 

South Africa’s 2020 wine exports reach 319-million litres despite market challenges

Non-thermal, non-chemical food production technology tested locally

By: Schalk Burger     18th January 2021 A new food processing method developed by biotechnology multinational Green Cell Technologies (GCT) deploys a non-thermal, non-chemical process to open 99.999998% of all cell structures using its Dynamic Cellular Disruption (DCD) process and disruptor technology. During the DCD process, other... 

Liquor coalition petitions government  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th January 2021 Liquor associations the National Liquor Traders Council and the Liquor Traders Association of South Africa have written a letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa with regard to the continued ban on alcohol sales and have also requested a meeting to discuss the matter. The letters notes that the... 

PepsiCo’s net-zero supply chain target provides blueprint for industry, says GlobalData

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th January 2021 Following food company PepsiCo’s announcement on January 14 of a plan to achieve net-zero emissions across its supply chain by 2040, data analytics and consulting company GlobalData has indicated that net-zero supply chains are the future of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), as 84% of consumers... 

EU food watchdog approves bugs for human consumption

By: Bloomberg     13th January 2021 Insects just moved a step closer to European dinner plates. Dried yellow mealworm, the larval form of the mealworm beetle, is safe for human consumption in both its whole form and as a powder additive, the European Union’s food watchdog said Wednesday. 

Extended alcohol ban detrimental for small craft brewers

By: Donna Slater     12th January 2021 The Beer Association of South Africa (Basa), in rejecting President Cyril Ramaphosa’s January 11 announcement on the extension of a blanket alcohol ban, says such a move will be a “death knell” for many small craft brewers as they will “simply not survive” the extended prohibition. Basa reports... 

Salba says not part of legal action on alcohol sales ban, but still mourns revenue loss 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th January 2021 The South African Liquor Brandowners Association (Salba) has confirmed that it is not party to the litigation process related to the alcohol sales ban, which was lodged against the government by South African Breweries on January 7. While Salba is concerned about the current prohibition of all... 

Global food prices at six-year high are set to keep on climbing

By: Bloomberg     7th January 2021 Global food prices reached a six-year high in December and are likely to keep rising into 2021, adding to pressure on household budgets while hunger surges around the world. A United Nations gauge of food prices has jumped 18% since May, as adverse weather, government measures to safeguard... 

SA Breweries to face off against government in court over alcohol ban

By: News24Wire      7th January 2021 SA Breweries has decided to challenge the current blanket alcohol ban in court as a last resort, its Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Zoleka Lisa, said on Wednesday.  In SAB's view, the decisions taken and the processes followed by the National Coronavirus Command Council to re-ban the sale... 

Association suggests safe alternatives in light of third alcohol ban 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th January 2021 The Beer Association of South Africa (Basa) has issued an urgent call to President Cyril Ramaphosa to lift the blanket ban on alcohol from January 16, stating that it is “imperative” to ensure the survival of craft breweries. The association’s plea follows on the heels of South Africa’s third... 

Association suggests safe alternatives in light of third alcohol ban

Salba urges enforcement of alcohol-related noncompliance during sales prohibition

By: Donna Slater     4th January 2021 Liquor manufacturers and distributors association the South African Liquor Brandowners Association (Salba) reports that, while there has been widespread compliance by the general public in relation to new alcohol regulations, law enforcement agencies need to be rigorous in dealing with illegal... 

South Africa has 300m litres of unsold wine

By: News24Wire      14th December 2020 Ahead of the start of the new harvest next month, South African wine producers are still stuck with a massive glut of unsold wine in the country. The lengthy freeze on sales at home and ban on exporting during the first phase of lockdown, have left South African wine producers with surplus stock... 

Industrial blockchain expected to reach $2bn/y revenue in 2025

By: Schalk Burger     11th December 2020 While global blockchain revenues fell by 35% between 2018 and 2020, industrial blockchain revenues specifically have grown by 131% to $374-million this year, says global technology market advisory firm ABI Research. The industrial segment is the key driver for the blockchain market overall, with... 

B4SA supports localised Covid interventions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th December 2020 Business for South Africa (B4SA) has welcomed the measures announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa to counter the resurgence of Covid-19 infections, focusing on localised restrictions in Covid-19 hotspots. B4SA steering committee chairperson Martin Kingston said on Friday that the organisation was... 

Generators still in high demand

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     4th December 2020 With unreliable electricity and peaking electricity prices still posing major challenges in South Africa, generators continue to be in demand, says power generation provider Aggreko area GM Riaan du Toit. “Sectors such as mining, food and beverage and manufacturing already depend on good... 

Generators still  in high demand
KEY FACTORS Although cost and environmental factors do play key roles in the decision-making process, reliability and power supply consistency will always be central

Tongaat records increase in operating profit for interim period

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd December 2020 Sugar and glucose producer Tongaat Hulett’s share price on the JSE rose by nearly 17% on Wednesday morning following the release of an operational update for the six months ended September 30. The company said it expected to report a 70% year-on-year increase in operating profit for the six-month... 

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