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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... 

Barloworld to focus on industrial goods, food sector going forward 

By: Irma Venter     30th November 2020 Barloworld will, in the medium to long term, focus on two verticals, namely industrial goods and related services, as well as food and food ingredients, says CEO Dominic Sewela. “As we manage the pivoting out of the automotive and logistics business . . . we are very clear that we don’t want to... 

Barloworld to focus on industrial goods, food sector going forward
Dominic Sewela

Beefmaster invests R30m in plant upgrades, creates 30 new jobs

By: Donna Slater     26th November 2020 Despite the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on job losses, beef company Beefmaster Group – which claims to be Kimberley’s largest private employer with 664 employees – is scaling up its production plant in Kimdustria by investing more than R30-million into equipment upgrades and... 

FairPlay teams up with trade unions to launch ‘buy local chicken’ campaign

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th November 2020 Nonprofit trade movement FairPlay, together with localisation organisation Proudly South African and trade unions, have launched a campaign to promote the consumption of local chicken. The “Buy Local Chicken” campaign is aimed at retailers and wholesalers that buy significant quantities of... 

FairPlay teams up with trade unions to launch ‘buy local chicken’ campaign

Tiger Brands maintains healthy dividend standard of 670c in FY20

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th November 2020 JSE-listed consumer brands company Tiger Brands has declared a total dividend of 670c apiece for the financial year ended September 30, despite ongoing difficulties in maintaining margins in a tough trading environment compounded by Covid-19. The company reported an 18% year-on-year decline in... 

Renewable carton packaging to reduce environmental impact

By: Schalk Burger     18th November 2020 The Southern African subsidiary of global food packaging group Tetra Pak is changing its packaging to use materials that are wholly renewable and that meet local and international food safety standards, says Tetra Pak Southern Africa MD Stefan Fageräng. This programme is part of the group's... 

Renewable carton packaging to reduce environmental impact
Tetra Pak Southern Africa MD Stefan Fageräng

Sapa acknowledges Master Plan progress

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th November 2020 The South African Poultry Association (Sapa) has noted “positive gains” that have been made towards increasing South Africa's exports of poultry. This is one of the key objective of the Poultry Industry Master Plan, aimed at growing the industry, which is being driven by Trade, Industry and... 

Bidcorp reports mixed first-quarter performance

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th November 2020 JSE-listed Bidcorp says that, in regions and countries where lockdown restrictions have been eased, it has seen demand in the discretionary spend sectors recover; however, any businesses associated with large crowds, such as entertainment, sports events, business travel, conventions and... 

Govt, industry sign the sugar master plan

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th November 2020 Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel, Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister Thoko Didiza and sugar industry stakeholders have signed the Sugar Industry Master Plan. As part of the master plan, industrial users and retailers have agreed to minimum offtake of... 

Govt, industry sign the sugar master plan
A sugarcane plantation

Astral reports satisfactory results in tough climate

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th November 2020 Integrated poultry producer Astral Foods achieved an 8.5% year-on-year increase in operating profit for the six months ended March 31, while the second half of its financial year to September 30 reflected the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and six months of lockdown, the company reports. “We... 

Digital network launched to support wine sector

13th November 2020 The Western Cape government, in partnership with agency for tourism, trade and investment promotion for Cape Town and the Western Cape, Wesgro, as well as wine marketing specialists Wines of South Africa (WoSA), have announced the launch of the Cape Export Network (CEN). Launched in September,... 

Digital network launched to support wine sector
TECH TALK The Cape Export Network uses technology to introduce producers and buyers on a secure platform

Pumping with flavour for multiproduct lines 

By: Halima Frost     13th November 2020 Industrial equipment supplier Verder Group has recently redesigned the structure of its hygienic brands – this included rebranding and adding sanitary pump supplier JEC JR’s series of pumps to its diverse pumping portfolio under Packo.  The Packo JRZS series of twin-screw pumps are suited to the... 

Pumping with flavour for multiproduct lines
Verder Pumps Hygienic Product manager Kenneth Demeulemeester discusses the growing demand for multi-product lines in the brewery and winery industry. Camerawork: Halima Frost. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 19.10.20

Manufacturer selected as parts supplier

By: Halima Frost     13th November 2020 Subsequent to being shortlisted as a potential supplier of replacement parts, precision engineering company Vector Engineering has been selected as an official component assembly parts manufacturer for a critical filling line for global brewery Anheuser-Busch InBev SA (Inbev). “The parts were... 

Manufacturer selected as parts supplier
FILLING THE GAP The parts manufactured by Vector Engineering for the filling line were reverse engineered to suit the requirements of the client

Basa welcomes lifting of restrictions on off-consumption trade of alcohol

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th November 2020 Industry organisation the Beer Association of South Africa (Basa) has welcomed the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa on November 11 that the restrictions on the off-consumption trade of alcohol would be lifted with effect from 00:01 on November 12, meaning that outlets will once again be... 

SAB to export one-billion more Bevcan cans to the Americas in 2020, 2021

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd November 2020 Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB-InBev), parent company to the South African Breweries (SAB), has reaffirmed its role as a driver of economic growth as the brewer negotiated a deal with local can manufacturer Bevcan to export an additional one-billion locally manufactured cans across the Atlantic to its... 

Fund managers start ball rolling on large-scale kelp farm off Namibian coast

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd November 2020 Fund management firm Climate Fund Managers’ Climate Investor Two Fund has partnered with Namibia Infrastructure Development and Investment Fund (Nidif), managed by Namibian private equity fund manager Eos Capital, and Kelp Blue for the commercial development of the world’s first large-scale kelp... 

Fund managers start ball rolling on large-scale kelp farm off Namibian coast
Kelp Blue kelp farm

Tetra Pak launches future packaging initiative

By: Donna Slater     2nd November 2020 Food processing and packaging solutions company Tetra Pak South Africa has launched the Go Nature Go Carton campaign to highlight that growing population’s need for access to food packaging that keeps contents safe, nutritious and readily available. In addition, the company also highlights that... 

Tetra Pak launches future packaging initiative

Difficulties heightened during pandemic, company forges ahead

By: Mamaili Mamaila     30th October 2020 South Africa’s subdued economic growth has been well recorded – even prior to the pandemic, says industrial equipment supplier Verder Pumps South Africa MD Darryl Macdougall. 

Difficulties heightened during pandemic, company forges ahead
CHECK THIS OUT Verder Pumps South Africa also launched the new Verder HI-Clean AODD and EODD pumps earlier this month, with more announcements planned heading into 2021

Nestlé launches three-pillar sustainability initiative

By: Donna Slater     29th October 2020 Food and beverage company Nestlé launched its RE sustainability initiative in South Africa on October 29. The initiative is aimed at reinforcing Nestlé's sustainability initiatives, strategies and resources to help mitigate sustainability challenges and strengthen its contribution to a waste-free... 

Tiger Brands says meat processing disposal unconditional

By: Donna Slater     29th October 2020 Consumer brands company Tiger Brands says the disposal of its meat processing businesses in Germiston, Polokwane and Pretoria, to wholly-owned subsidiary of Country Bird, Silver Blade Abattoir, has become unconditional. Accordingly, the effective date of the transaction is November 1.  

Commission grants short-term exemption to SASA and its members

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th October 2020 The Competition Commission has granted the South African Sugar Association (SASA) and its members an exemption until June 31, 2021. The exemption has been granted subject to conditions to ensure that the information SASA and its members share is limited to that which is necessary to give effect... 

Boland Cellar commissions 473 kW crowdfunded solar installation

By: Donna Slater     28th October 2020 Paarl-based wine cellars Boland Cellar and peer-to-peer solar leasing platform Sun Exchange received crowd funding from 1 204 individuals from 85 countries to finance a 473 kW solar project to provide clean electricity for the wine cellar, while also reducing its electricity costs and emissions.... 

Famous Brands incurs interim loss as a result of Covid-19 restrictions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th October 2020 The negative financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and resultant restrictions have been extremely severe, food services franchiser Famous Brands CEO Darren Hele said in an October 26 statement of the group’s results for the six months ended August 31. The group’s vertically integrated... 

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