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Food and Beverages

Fifteen defence aircon systems for Middle East

21st February 2003 Specialist air-conditioning manufacturer Booyco Engineering has been awarded the contract to supply fifteen roof mounted systems for armoured personnel carriers destined for the Middle East. 

Food-grade lubricants minimise contamination risk

14th February 2003 The cost of implementing good hygiene practices and quality systems – including correct lubrication – is small compared with the value of food and beverage brands and the risk of damage in the event of a food safety disaster. 

Maize prices set to decline

4th February 2003 A ripening harvest and growing maize surplus in South Africa are forcing prices of the cereal down, with a further decline likely, operators said last week. 

R166m capex push by fishing group

31st January 2003 This year, fishing, food and allied services group Oceana is planning capital expenditure of R166,5-million. 

R19,5m upgrade for W coast fish-meal plants

17th January 2003 Food and allied services company the Oceana group is using the lull in the fishing season to upgrade its three fish meal plants at a total cost of R19,5-million. 

Plan to produce homegrown abalone pearls

13th December 2002 IF all you want in your Christmas stocking this year is a string of glittering pearls, don’t book that flight to the Far East just yet. Plans are afoot to grow abalone mab 

Supermarket group expands strongly into Africa

By: Joanne Delaurentis     13th December 2002 Exports to the rest of Africa by South African supermarket chain Shoprite will soon reach the R1-billion mark, creating a wealth of new export opportunities for other local suppliers and food producers, reports Shoprite CEO Whitey Basson. 

SA to set up food price watchdog

28th November 2002 South Africa will set up a watchdog committee to monitor food prices, following a probe into spiralling costs that have particularly affected poor families, the Department of Agriculture said this week. 

Beekeeping to reduce rural poverty

28th November 2002 Thirty-five communities have become involved in an innovative rural poverty-alleviation project to introduce beekeeping. 

Farmers need to comply with global standards

22nd November 2002 THE imperatives of globalisation and access to foreign markets mean that South African farmers are being forced to comply with international standards, the most important being EurepGAP. 

Nigeria refiner to miss fortified sugar deadlines

21st November 2002 Nigeria's sole sugar refinery will not be able to meet an December 2 official deadline to start producing edible sugar fortified with vitamin A, it said this week. 

US says Zambia’s GM maize decision is regrettable

1st November 2002 The US said on Wednesday it deeply regretted Zambia's decision not to accept US genetically modified maize to feed millions of Zambians hit by the drought in southern Africa. 

Good sales reported for new valve series

25th October 2002 Within a month of introducing its HF03, HF02 and MC valve block series version two, Tectra has sold an unprecedented compilation of 60 valves to one customer. 

Subsidised food to flow by month-end

17th October 2002 South Africa's plans to screen the poor from spiralling food prices should take effect by the end of October, when subsidised maize meal will start reaching the shelves, the organisers said on Tuesday. 

Parliament to review law on GM foods

17th October 2002 South Africa's parliament plans an urgent discussion on whether the country has been rushed into accepting genetically modified (GM) foods and needs to amend its laws, a senior legislator said on Tuesday. 

South Africa moves ahead with biotech plans

16th October 2002 An emotive regional debate on the safety of genetically modified food aid has thrown a spotlight on South Africa's stance on biotechnology, exposing a lonely but unwavering policy. 

Funds set aside for ‘backyard’ farming

14th October 2002 The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs has made available R1-million for a Backyard Farming Campaign and challenges the private sector and donor agencies to match it. 

Less downtime with sanitary pump

11th October 2002 East Rand-based Letaba Industrial Pumps markets the US-manufactured Wilden range of pumps. 

Indigenous fruit farms could boost food security

By: Martin Czernowalow     8th October 2002 The ARC-Institute for Tropical and Subtropical Crops (ITSC) is currently conducting a study into the farming of indigenous fruit trees, as a way of creating food security in South Africa. 

SA offers to mill GM food for stricken region

7th October 2002 South Africa offered last week to mill 600 000t of genetically modified grains sitting at its ports, while hunger-stricken countries in the region decide whether or not to accept the gene-altered foods. 

State backs N Cape paprika expansion

By: Deborah Spicer     4th October 2002 Paprika spice and oleoresin (paprika oil) manufacturer Nocal is due to have its upgraded and improved oleoresin-processing plant erected in Springbok in the Northern Cape this week. 

Plans to rehabilitate Nacala rail line on the cards

By: Marcel Chimwala     4th October 2002 Malawi – The World Food Programme (WFP) is seeking funds for a special operation to repair the Nacala rail line to facilitate the speedy transportation of imported food items from the Mozambique port of Nacala to Malawi, which is experiencing an acute food shortage. 

Millers ask government for zero maize duty

4th October 2002 South African millers called on the government yesterday to cut import duty on maize to zero, saying that this would help curb recent sharp rises in domestic food prices. 

KZN plans to offer farm start-up packs

4th October 2002 The KwaZulu-Natal Government plans to issue start-up packs to needy communities, so they can begin growing their own food in response to rocketing prices. 

State to seek clarity on rising maize prices

3rd October 2002 Government says it will seek clarification from millers if the price of maize meal goes up by 20% more, as predicted, before the end of the year. 

GM food fight delaying aid shipment

1st October 2002 Divergent views on gene-altered foods are delaying the shipment of food aid to millions of starving southern Africans, a senior official said on Sunday. 

SA mulls indigenous fruit-tree farming plan

27th September 2002 Researchers are investigating the commercial farming of indigenous fruit trees to help improve food security, create jobs and also save South Africa’s natural bio-diversity. 

Karoo builds new ostrich abattoir

27th September 2002 The Klein Karoo Cooperative has started construction of its third export-class ostrich abattoir in Swellendam, in the Western Cape. 

EU parliament backs right to reject GM products

26th September 2002 Countries must have the right to reject genetically modified (GM) organisms, members of the European Parliament said on Tuesday. 

Southern Africa seeks GMO advisory body

23rd September 2002 Southern Africa's agriculture ministers want to set up an advisory committee to help them determine the potential effects of genetically modified foods on their populations, an official said last week. 

The right to say 'no' to GM food aid

By: Seeraj Mohamed     20th September 2002 I am offended by people who say that Zambia should accept genetically modified food aid or starve. 

SA mulls indigenous fruit-tree farming plan

20th September 2002 Researchers are investigating the commercial farming of indigenous fruit trees to help improve food security, create jobs and also save South Africa’s natural bio-diversity. 

State to act on food inflation

19th September 2002 South Africa's cabinet said yesterday it had decided that urgent steps were needed to curb the impact of soaring food prices on the country's poor, but it would not resort to food subsidies or price controls. 

SADC needs to take urgent steps to boost next harvest

18th September 2002 Prospects for next year's harvest are bleak unless small-scale farmers receive adequate supplies of seed and fertilizer in time for the planting season, which is just one-month away. 

African scientists slam anti-GM food lobby

4th September 2002 African scientists, attending the World Summit for Sustainable Development (WSSD), from over a dozen countries said on Monday it was immoral, unethical and inhuman for some southern African countries to reject genetically modified foods under the pretext that it was unsafe. 

Zambian health minister defends ban on GM food aid

3rd September 2002 Zambia defended its ban on genetically altered food aid on Saturday and said it would take several weeks for a final decision on whether the food was safe for 2,4-million Zambians facing starvation. 

Maize-products firm conquers export market

By: Joanne Delaurentis     30th August 2002 African Products was declared the winner of the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce (JCCI)/Standard Bank 2002 Gauteng Exporter of the Year Award, as well as the winner in the large manufacturing category, at a function held in Johannesburg this month. 

Zambia to buy GM-free maize from Kenya, Tanzania

23rd August 2002 Zambia will buy maize from Kenya and Tanzania to help feed millions of people, after rejecting offers of genetically modified (GM) maize aid, Zambian Finance Minister Emmanuel Kasonde said on Wednesday. 

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