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Food & Beverage News

Africa presents opportunity for new Tetra Pak, Synercore partnership

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 5 hours ago Food processing and packaging solutions company Tetra Pak has entered into a collaborative partnership with food research, application and ingredient company Synercore Food Holdings. During the journey from farm to factory to fork, the food supply chain can encounter any number of health hazards. 

Lemon export protocol to boost investment, create jobs

By: Donna Slater     22nd June 2021 The recent signing of a revised citrus protocol between South Africa and China by Agriculture, Land Affairs and Rural Development Minister Thoko Didiza will secure R325-million in new export revenue and create 800 jobs in the industry, the Citrus Growers’ Association of South Africa (CGASA)... 

Orbitulum saw popular across various industries

By: Claire O'Reilly     18th June 2021 Industrial and electronic products importer and distributor Actum’s Orbitalum GF saw range, designed for cold cutting and bevelling, is becoming increasingly popular in the food and beverage, and pharmaceuticals, industries for automated applications where hygiene is essential, says Actum CEO... 

Orbitulum saw popular across various industries
ORBITALUM GF SAW Orbital pipe cutting machine used in food and beverage, and pharmaceutical, industries

Imperial Logistics acquires Deep Catch Namibia for R633m

By: Schalk Burger     17th June 2021 Logistics multinational Imperial Logistics has entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of the issued share capital of perishable foods company Deep Catch Namibia for R633-million. Deep Catch is owned by private equity investment management firm Salt Capital Ventures and development finance... 

Report shows tax shrunk the sugar industry, says association

By: Schalk Burger     3rd June 2021 A report, commissioned by the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) at the request of the Portfolio Committee of Trade and Industry, showed that, by 2019, the sugar tax had resulted in the sugar sector losing 9 154 jobs, – almost 10% of its workforce. Further, the tax resulted... 

Macadamia facility in Mpumalanga sets industry processing standard

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd June 2021 International food producer Marquis Macadamias, formerly known as Global Macadamia before a rebrand exercise, has built a new curing and processing facility in the Alkmaar region of Mpumalanga. It is considered one of the largest macadamia processing facilities globally and, at a local level,... 

Competition Commission prohibits ECP acquisition of Burger King on empowerment grounds

By: Schalk Burger     2nd June 2021 The Competition Commission has prohibited private equity investment fund ECP Africa's proposed acquisition of Burger King South Africa and Grand Foods Meat Plant from Grand Parade Investments (GPI), stating that the merger would lead to a significant reduction in the shareholding of historically... 

Famous Brands posts headlines loss on adverse impacts of Covid-19

By: Simone Liedtke     1st June 2021 African food services franchisor Famous Brands reported a headline loss a share of 86c, and a basic loss a share of R12.37 for the financial year ended February 28 – largely owing to the adverse impact of Covid-19, which saw the food industry being among the worst hit sectors. CEO Darren Hele... 

Alcohol industry welcomes call not to ban sales as Covid-19 third wave takes hold

By: Donna Slater     31st May 2021 The South African Liquor Brandowners Association (Salba) says it welcomes President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision not to ban alcohol sales with the current tightening of restrictions as Covid-19 infections surge in the third wave. Ramaphosa addressed the nation on May 30, announcing a move to Alert... 

Report documents dangerous increase in illicit alcohol trade 

By: Simone Liedtke     28th May 2021 A report by market research company Euromonitor International has indicated that illicit alcohol trade in South Africa has grown at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17% since 2017 and now stands at 12% of the R177.2-billion total industry market value. In volume terms, illicit trade made... 

Delicate balancing act to be upheld as third wave of infections looms, says association

By: Simone Liedtke     28th May 2021 As the third wave of Covid-19 infections looms over South Africa, the Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa (Fedhasa) says there is a “delicate balancing act” to be upheld as government is faced with addressing the pandemic through further restrictions, while ensuring those... 

Delicate balancing act to be upheld as third wave of infections looms, says association

South African food price inflation continues upward

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th May 2021 Last month, South African food and non-alcoholic beverages (NAB) price inflation rose 6.3% year-on-year (April 2020-April 2021), the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) has reported in its “Food Inflation Brief – April 2020”, published this week. In month-on-month (March 2021-April... 

Late wine grape harvest serves up 1.4m tonnes

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th May 2021 Industry organisation the South African Wine Industry Information and Systems says the 2021 wine grape crop totalled about 1.46-million tonnes, which was an 8.9% increase on the 2020 harvest. Industry body Vinpro consultation service manager Conrad Schutte adds that this year saw a much later... 

Late wine grape harvest serves up 1.4m tonnes

Tiger Brands to launch venture capital fund

By: Reuters     20th May 2021 South Africa's biggest food producer Tiger Brands will launch a venture capital fund to invest in food and beverage start ups, with initial allocation of less than 100 million rand ($7.09 million), CEO Noel Doyle said on Thursday. Geographically, the fund, which will be launched in June, will... 

Patel says vision for R200bn in additional localisation has top-level corporate backing 

By: Terence Creamer     18th May 2021 Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel announced that an “accord” had been reached at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) to drive progressive localisation of up to R200-billion of additional production over a five-year period. Delivering his virtual... 

Patel says vision for R200bn in additional localisation has top-level corporate backing
Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel

Heineken in takeover talks with South African wine and spirits maker Distell

By: Reuters     18th May 2021 South Africa's Distell said on Tuesday that Heineken NV, the world's second-largest brewer, has approached the wine, cider and spirits company regarding the potential acquisition of majority of its business. Distell said the parties are in discussions and warned shareholders to exercise caution... 

Illovo subsidiary embarks on $239m sugar expansion project in Tanzania

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th May 2021 Tanzanian sugar producer Kilombero Sugar Company, in which Illovo Sugar Africa holds a 75% stake and the government a 25% interest, has approved a TSh571.6-billion, or about $238.5-million, expansion project. The expansion project, which is in alignment with Tanzania's policy to achieve... 

Long4Life posts lower full-year profit despite second-half recovery

By: Schalk Burger     13th May 2021 JSE-listed lifestyle products group Long4Life recorded a 12% year-on-year decrease in revenue to R3.58-billion for the financial year ended February 28, as the pandemic and lockdown restrictions in South Africa had a significant impact on the operating and financial performance of the group. Its... 

Liquor industry urges government to rely on science, past experience in making third-wave decisions

By: Schalk Burger     13th May 2021 Industry organisations the South African Liquor Brandowners Association (Salba) and Vinpro are urging government to rely on the scientific advice of its own panel of health experts in the Ministerial Advisory Council (MAC) in responding to the surge in Covid-19 cases and the potential third wave... 

Tiger brands expects to report higher interim earnings

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th May 2021 JSE-listed Tiger Brands expects its earnings per share (EPS) from total operations for the six months ended March 31 to be between 295% and 305% higher than the EPS of 210c reported for the prior interim period. Headline earnings per share (HEPS) from total operations for the period are expected... 

Sugar Masterplan starting to uplift industry – DTIC

By: Donna Slater     12th May 2021 The South African sugarcane industry has experienced a sharp decline in revenue and production in recent years, mainly as a result of cheap sugar imports that have flooded the local sugar market, as well as the Health Promotion Levy (HPL) or so-called sugar tax, that is threatening its future... 

Sugar Masterplan starting to uplift industry – DTIC

Massmart opens new distribution centre in Brackenfell

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th May 2021 Consumer goods distributor Massmart has opened its new 53 000 m2 distribution centre (DC) in the Brackengate 2 precinct, in Brackenfell, Cape Town. Construction on the centre started in October 2019.  

Massmart opens new distribution centre in Brackenfell
Massmart's new Brackengate-based distribution centre

Potatoes South Africa calls for more partnerships between commercial, small-scale producers

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th May 2021 Despite having proved resilience last year by producing 2.6-million tonnes, the South African potato industry is appealing to stakeholders to form more partnerships to drive growth and transformation. Potatoes South Africa (PSA) CEO Willie Jacobs highlights that the potato helped ensure food... 

Potatoes South Africa calls for more partnerships between commercial, small-scale producers

R5.4bn new SAB empowerment scheme to list on the JSE at the end of May  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd May 2021 Following a successful employee share scheme that South African Breweries (SAB) had been running since 2010, the beermaker on May 3 officially launched its new broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) scheme – Zenzele Kabili. The new scheme will be listed on the JSE by the end of May and... 

R5.4bn new SAB empowerment scheme to list on the JSE at the end of May

Consumer behaviour to remain restricted as household budgets continue to take strain – Deloitte

By: Donna Slater     14th April 2021 Although it is now well known that Covid-19 has subdued global economies and put strain on consumers’ willingness to splurge on non-essential items, professional services firm Deloitte shines a light on how consumer behaviour is being shaped currently and how they plan to spend money going into... 

New range of air driers introduced

By: Darren Parker     9th April 2021 Compressed-air treatment supplier Artic Driers International has launched a new range of locally manufactured air driers – the SA Series – for cleaning and drying compressed air in food and beverage applications. The SA Series range of heatless desiccant pressure swing driers embodies a simple,... 

New range of air  driers introduced
THE SA SERIES The locally made range of heatless desiccant pressure swing driers embodies a simple and robust design

Tribunal extends PepsiCo, Pioneer Food merger's empowerment condition by six months

By: Donna Slater     8th April 2021 The Competition Tribunal has extended the compliance period for one of the conditions imposed on PepsiCo in March 2020, from 12 months, to 18 months. The conditions stem from a merger in which PepsiCo indirectly acquired Pioneer Food Group through PepsiCo’s South African subsidiary Simba. 

SA Breweries to launch new B-BBEE scheme, opening up opportunity for R5.4bn stake in AB InBev 

By: News24Wire      7th April 2021 Beermaker South African Breweries (SAB) has announced that its broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) scheme SAB Zenzele, will be replaced by the new 'Zenzele Kabili', once it reaches maturity in May.  SAB Zenzele, which was launched in 2010, will have reached a maturation value of R9.7... 

Conveyor Belt fire system to be awarded international certification

By: Halima Frost     2nd April 2021 Leading fire suppression company, I-CAT, has successfully completed and passed all required tests to obtain a verified certification from the UK national standards body, British Standards Institution (BSI) on its conveyor belt system. “I-CAT, the original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) of the... 

Conveyor Belt fire system to be awarded international certification
HOT NEWS The Conveyor belt suppression system developed by I-CAT will be the first of its kind to obtain BSI Verification

No outright booze ban, but liquor industry still not happy

By: News24Wire      31st March 2021 The announcement of restrictions on alcohol sales over the Easter weekend has ended speculation about an outright ban, but the industry is concerned about the effect on retailers. On Tuesday evening, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that alcohol trading would be restricted to onsite... 

Tongaat, Sefa partnership has benefitted 68 sugarcane growers

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th March 2021 A six-year service level agreement between sugar manufacturer Tongaat Hulett and the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (Sefa) has benefitted 68 growers and contractors, with 652 jobs created in KwaZulu-Natal. The service level agreement, which was signed in 2014 between Tongaat and Sefa and which... 

Fruit SA appoints Titi-Msumza chair

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th March 2021 Industry organisation Fruit South Africa (Fruit SA) has appointed Vangile Titi-Msumza chairperson, while Anton Kruger will take up the role of vice chairperson, effective April 1. Titi-Msumza is succeeding Justin Chadwick.  

South African alcohol industry sends recommendation to government

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th March 2021 The South African alcohol industry has made recommendations to the government, through the National Economic Development and Labour Council on alternative measures to deal with short-term pressure on hospitals during the anticipated next Covid-19 surge and increased risk of infections around the... 

Dale completes its first-ever 96 t carton chiller 

24th March 2021 Dale Spiral Systems & Bakery Automation is this month getting its first-ever 96 t carton cooler ready for delivery to a dairy manufacturer, which has been in development for the last four years. Marleny Arnoldi visited the site. 

Dale completes its first-ever 96 t carton chiller
Dale completes its first-ever 96 t carton chiller

Coca-Cola, BanQu launch payment platform for informal waste reclaimers, boosting bankability

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th March 2021 In recognition of Global Recycling Day on March 18, beverage company Coca-Cola South Africa and blockchain-based supply chain and economic  passport platform BanQu are rolling out a payment platform to financially empower informal waste reclaimers and buyback centres in a boost to the local... 

Dale completes its first-ever 96 t carton chiller

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th March 2021 Dale Spiral Systems & Bakery Automation is nearing completion of its first-ever carton cooler, which has been in development for four years. Project manager Heinrich Hattingh tells Engineering News the company has been specially engineering the equipment for use in a food manufacturing facility... 

Dale completes its first-ever 96 t carton chiller
Dale Spiral Systems' 96 t carton chiller

SABS develops poultry standard to improve welfare of chickens

By: Donna Slater     18th March 2021 As part of its efforts to support the South African poultry industry, the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), through its technical committee, has developed a draft South African Standard (DSS) 1758 that focuses on the welfare of chickens. The new standard is in line with President Cyril... 

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