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Food & Beverage News

Need for fire-related event realised

By: Halima Frost     20th May 2022 Event organisers Specialised Exhibitions’ inaugural Firexpo South Africa 2022 will highlight the services and products of local suppliers in the fire prevention and protection sector to visitors. The event will be hosted from May 31 to June 2 at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Midrand, Gauteng. 

Growing demand for fire solutions in food industry

By: Halima Frost     20th May 2022 Fire risk management company ASP Fire has noted a steady increase in its percentage of food industry-related revenue, owing to the insurance industry placing stricter fire safety requirements on clients. The increase in revenue has also been driven because of word-of-mouth referrals and ASP... 

Fire protection foam dosing system on offer

By: Halima Frost     20th May 2022 Fire protection equipment supplier DoseTech offers its FireDos fire protection foam dosing technology, known as proportioners, to the South African fire prevention and firefighting market. The company explains that foam is the only way to effectively fight certain fire scenarios. 

A large fire fighting nozzle which is fitted with a Dosetech Fire Dos proportioner which mixes air water and foam agent to effectively fight fires.
IN THE MIX Dosetech's Firedos proportioners offer the perfect mix of water air and foam agent to fight fires successfully

Tongaat chairperson Von Zeuner steps down

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th May 2022 Louis von Zeuner has resigned as chairperson of sugar producer Tongaat Hulett, but will remain on the board until June 30 to ensure a smooth handover to interim chairperson David Noko. Noko is lead independent nonexecutive director and will serve as interim chairperson until a successor is... 

Libstar seeks to partner with food-focused small businesses

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th May 2022 Consumer packaged goods manufacturer Libstar is on the lookout for well-established, food-focused small businesses to partner with. The company, through its incubator project Libstar Nova, aims to enrich and scale up the operations of local entrepreneurs that average between R15-million and... 

Pick n Pay, Takealot partner to sell groceries, liquor on Mr D app

By: Darren Parker     17th May 2022 Retail chain Pick n Pay and online store Takealot have signed a commercial services agreement which will enable customers across South Africa to buy Pick n Pay food, groceries and liquor on a new platform on the food delivery services application (app) Mr D.   In a statement issued on May 17, the... 

Pick n Pay delivery bikes parked in front of a store

Astral posts higher interim profit, revenue

By: Donna Slater     16th May 2022 Integrated poultry producer Astral increased its revenue for the six months ended March 31 by 26.5% year-on-year to R9.4-billion, while its net profit from continuing operations increased by 145% year-on-year to R546.86-million. Operating profit from continuing operations increased by 134%... 

South African coal consumers face tough decisions as miners prioritise exports over domestic offtakers – Jones 

By: Donna Slater     13th May 2022 A potential food crisis may be brewing in South Africa as domestic coal consumers face increasing difficulty in securing coal supplies at a fair price to fire their processing plants, says commodity insights and marketplace company African Source Markets CEO Bevan Jones. He tells Mining Weekly... 

An image of African Source Markets CEO Bevan Jones
African Source Markets CEO Bevan Jones

SAB, AB InBev reiterate commitment to investing in South Africa

By: Darren Parker     12th May 2022 Despite the negative impact of the lockdown-related alcohol bans in South Africa – particularly in 2020 – beer maker South African Breweries (SAB) CEO Richard Rivett-Carnac and parent company Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) CEO Michel Doukeris have reiterated the group’s commitment to investing... 

Beer bottles being manufactured

Industrial software professionals engage during technical streams at conference

By: Schalk Burger     11th May 2022 The Industry Software Services and Support (IS3) X-Change User Conference, aimed at providing the attending industrial software professionals with technical overviews and insights into industrial automation solutions and processes, saw the professionals get detailed updates on various industrial... 

Ukraine war fuels food crisis in distant Africa

By: Reuters     11th May 2022 Zimbabwean security guard Edwin Dapi was already struggling to provide for his wife and four children before a conflict 11 000 km away in Ukraine sent global prices for grains, cooking oils, fuel and fertilizer soaring. Now his monthly pay of 18 000 Zimbabwe dollars, worth roughly $55 at the... 

SA Canegrowers assists 21 000 small-scale sugar growers as industry faces headwinds

By: Donna Slater     10th May 2022 Contributions by sugarcane organisation the South African (SA) Canegrowers made up a significant portion of R225-million that was distributed to small-scale growers in January, after funds were distributed to help combat severe challenges that continue to plague the industry, including cheap... 

AB InBev joins rivals in benefiting from higher beer prices

By: Bloomberg     5th May 2022 Anheuser-Busch InBev’s profit was boosted as consumers kept buying more expensive beers, which mitigated the impact of soaring expenses. First-quarter earnings before interest and other items rose 7.4% on an adjusted basis, the company said Thursday. Analysts expected a 3.9% gain. 

Coca-Cola African bottler's $3bn IPO delayed by Ukraine turmoil

By: Reuters     3rd May 2022 Coca-Cola's estimated $3-billion initial public offering (IPO) for its African bottling unit will likely take place in the third quarter after market turmoil linked to the war in Ukraine upset plans to list earlier, three sources said on Tuesday. The flotation of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA)... 

Food, energy price shocks from Ukraine war could last for years, warns World Bank

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th April 2022 The war in Ukraine has dealt a major shock to commodity markets, altering global patterns of trade, production and consumption in ways that will keep prices at historically high levels through the end of 2024, the World Bank’s latest ‘Commodity Markets Outlook’ report shows. The increase in... 

Astral expects to report up to 150% increase in interim earnings

By: Schalk Burger     25th April 2022 JSE-listed poultry producer Astral Foods expects its earnings a share for the six months ended March 31, to increase by between 140% and 150% year-on-year. In a trading statement, the company says this implies that earnings a share are likely to be between R14.21 and R14.80, compared with the... 

Proposed EU pest regulations to hurt domestic citrus exports, says association

By: Donna Slater     25th April 2022 Newly proposed European Union (EU) regulations threaten the export of oranges from the Southern African region to Europe, according to Citrus Growers’ Association (CGA) of South Africa special envoy to market access and EU matter representative Deon Joubert.   Earlier in April, the EU’s Standing... 

SAB to donate towards KZN relief efforts

By: Darren Parker     25th April 2022 Beverage company South African Breweries (SAB) has pledged to donate funds towards assisting with relief efforts in KwaZulu-Natal, it announced on April 25. SAB’s brewery in Prospecton was affected by the flooding in the province during April. 

Removal of poultry import tariffs will destroy domestic jobs, says SAPA 

By: Donna Slater     22nd April 2022 Requests by the Association of Meat Importers and Exporters (AMIE) to suspend existing tariffs on the import of chicken in South Africa, and not impose any new tariffs for the next three years, is “superficially appealing, but economically dangerous”, says broiler organisation South African... 

AB InBev to sell its interest in Russian JV

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd April 2022 NYSE- and JSE-listed Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) will sell its noncontrolling interest in the AB InBev Efes joint venture (JV) and is in active discussions with its partner, Turkish Brewer Anadolu Efes, to acquire this interest. AB InBev’s request regarding the suspension of the licence for... 

Bootlegger Coffee turning its food waste to compost that customers can buy

By: Schalk Burger     21st April 2022 South African coffeehouse Bootlegger Coffee has partnered with food waste management specialist company Ywaste to turn its waste into compost, using an eco-friendly method for the management of food waste through off-site composting. “Now our customers can up their eco-friendly street credibility... 

Bootlegger Coffee co-founder and director Pieter Bloem with Ywaste owner Emile Fourie
Bootlegger Coffee co-founder and director Pieter Bloem with Ywaste owner Emile Fourie

Commission recommends approval of Consol buyout by Ardagh Group

By: Schalk Burger     19th April 2022 The Competition Commission has recommended that the Competition Tribunal approve the proposed transaction whereby Luxembourg-based packaging manufacturer Ardagh Group intends to acquire glass manufacturer Consol, with conditions. Ardagh, through its subsidiaries, is also involved in the supply of... 

Lotus investing R170m in new Western Cape factory

By: Yvonne Silaule     14th April 2022 Western Cape Agriculture Minister Dr Ivan Meyer has welcomed the R170-million investment by Flemish biscuit company Lotus, which has started building a factory, in Wolseley, in the Western Cape. Lotus' best-known product is Speculoos, a spiced shortcrust biscuit marketed abroad as Biscoff.... 

Salba questions overarching powers granted to Health Minister to handle pandemic

By: Donna Slater     13th April 2022 The South African Liquor Brandowners Association (Salba) is concerned that the government’s lifting of its state of disaster, and alternative proposal to handle the pandemic through the regulations under the National Health Act of 2003, will introduce extraordinary measures taken under the state... 

Heineken showcases its water reclamation plant 

13th April 2022 Beermaker Heineken has built a water reclamation plant at its Sedibeng Brewery, in the Midvaal, investing in technology to reclaim and recycle the water used in its production processes and reduce the amount of water it sources from the municipality. Natasha Odendaal has the story. 

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Heineken showcases its water reclamation plant

Drop tariffs, VAT to ensure low-income earners are able to access poultry, AMIE urges govt

By: Donna Slater     11th April 2022 Without interventions, financially-constrained South African poultry consumers will increasingly not be able to afford chicken products, according to the South African Association of Meat Importers and Exporters (AMIE). To address multiple factors that will soon drive up the cost of chicken,... 

PepsiCo sub-Saharan Africa launches employee share ownership plan

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th April 2022 Snack and beverage group PepsiCo Sub-Saharan Africa (PepsiCo SSA) has launched a R1.6-billion broad-based black economic empowerment employee share ownership plan (Esop), The Bašumi Trust. The trust is the culmination of months of planning, financial modelling and engagement with many... 

The $120bn global grain trade is being redrawn by Russia's war in Ukraine

By: Bloomberg     5th April 2022 Across Ukraine’s farm belt, silos are bursting with 15-million tons of corn from the autumn harvest, most of which should have been hitting world markets. The stockpiles — about half the corn Ukraine had been expected to export for the season — have become increasingly difficult to get to buyers,... 

A grain silo in Ukraine

Lubricants ensure food safety

By: Nadine Ramdass     1st April 2022 Lubricants company FUCHS Lubricants South Africa offers food-grade Renolin SJL Heavy and Renolin SJL Winter lubricants for the sugar processing industry, with a range of benefits to ensure equipment longevity and food safety. KwaZulu-Natal technical sales representative Allan Fabian explains that... 

An image of FUCHS Lubricants' Renolin SJL Heavy lubricant
RENOLIN SJL HEAVY FUCHS' Renolin range offers a food-grade, bitumen-free lubricant to the food processing industry

Sugar producer prioritises long-term growth

1st April 2022 The challenges facing the South African sugar industry have received significant coverage over the past few years, with over one-million South Africans reliant on the sugar industry and its value chain. Sugar manufacturer Tongaat Hulett is committed to helping secure the local sugar industry’s... 

High-performance additives protect gears

1st April 2022 Engineering solutions provider BMG’s team works closely with key players in the sugar sector to enhance production efficiencies, minimise downtime and extend the service life of critical systems in the field and during harvesting, transport, milling and refining. “To ensure the local market has... 

An image of Liqui Moly's Cera Tec which is available through BMG
CERA TEC HIGH PERFORMANCE ADDITIVES Cera Tec reduces friction and protects gears

African sugar industry needs investment boost

By: Nadine Ramdass     1st April 2022 While the sugar industry has the potential for major growth, the continued lack of investment limits the socioeconomic impact the industry can make, says independent engineering consultancy Sugartech principal consultant Wayne Jayes. “Access to capital funding for sugar projects to establish new... 

An image of a steam boiler plant in a sugar factory in East Africa
FULL STEAM AHEAD The sugar industry requires capital funding to unlock its full potential

Food inflation accelerates again, and could get much worse, warns research group

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st March 2022 Food inflation in South Africa continues to accelerate, the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) has reported. In its 'Food Inflation Brief' for February, released on Wednesday, it notes that, last month, South African food prices rose 0.9% in month-on-month terms and by 6.4% in... 

Famous Brands takes a bite of plant-based eatery Lexi's

By: Reuters     30th March 2022 Famous Brands has bought a 51% stake in the mostly vegan Lexi's Healthy Eatery, it said on Wednesday, as the restaurant-owner forays into the fast-growing plant protein sector. Demand for plant-based meal replacements has risen, with much of the demand led by millennial and young adult consumers... 

Ekurhuleni approves connection of PepsiCo’s large solar-powered microgrid 

By: Darren Parker     30th March 2022 The Ekurhuleni Municipality has approved the connection of a large solar photovoltaic (PV) plant and battery system at food and beverage company PepsiCo Sub-Saharan Africa’s (SSA’s) large distribution centre, near Kempton Park. The new PV and lithium-ion battery system will form one of South... 

A photo of SOLA's solar modules on top of PepsiCo’s facility
The solution that SOLA devised uses the roof space at PepsiCo’s facility to house solar modules

Wine grape harvest smaller than 2021, but above five-year average

By: Schalk Burger     29th March 2022 After a slow start, harvest time is well under way as more than half of South Africa's 2022 wine grape crop has already been taken in at cellars and, although estimated to be smaller than in 2021, the crop is larger than the five-year average, says wine industry organisation Vinpro. “The grape... 

A bunch of grapes

Tiger Brands' VC company invests in plant-based food company Herbivore Earthfoods

By: Schalk Burger     28th March 2022 JSE-listed food producer Tiger Brands' Venture Capital (VC) Fund has made its first investment in a plant-based and vegan products manufacturer – Herbivore Earthfoods. The fund is now a minority stakeholder alongside co-investor and early-stage impact investment private equity firm Secha Capital. 

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