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Bühler pursuing sustainable solutions for food security, safety in South Africa, Africa
11th June 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Process solutions provider Bühler Southern Africa is looking to leverage the group’s global experience and innovation expertise, as well as its entrenched position in South Africa, to provide... 

Explosion at Quantum Foods feed mill kills one, injures two
11th June 2024 By: Darren Parker

An explosion at Quantum Food’s Malmesbury feed mill on June 10 resulted in the injury of three individuals, one of whom subsequently succumbed to his or her injuries. The two other injured... 

Premier factory
Food manufacturer Premier reports higher operating profit, cash generation
11th June 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

JSE-listed fast-moving consumer goods manufacturer Premier Group has reported a robust set of results for the year ended March 31, with an 18.6% year-on-year increase in earnings before interest,... 

SAB announces new alcohol-free beer with Vitamin D
5th June 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Beverage maker South African Breweries (SAB) has announced a new addition to its portfolio, the premium beer brand, Corona Cero – an alcohol-free beer with Vitamin D. SAB says this is an option for... 

Sugarcane field
New SA Canegrowers chair calls on govt to fulfil its promise of a sugar tax review
5th June 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

With major sugar mills remaining in business rescue and a possible increase in the Health Promotion Levy (HPL), or sugar tax, still looming, the sustainability of the sugar industry remains under... 

Guascor Energy 56HM stationary gas engine
Decentral completes installation of gas-powered minigrid for manufacturer in Pretoria
4th June 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Distributed energy solutions company Decentral Energy has installed a 1.3 MW stationary gas engine and diesel generator at a fast-moving consumer goods manufacturer’s premises, in Rosslyn,... 

Rainbow frozen chicken pack
RCL proceeding with Rainbow unbundling as a standalone listed business
4th June 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

JSE-listed consumer goods group RCL Foods has received approval from its directors to unbundle and separately list the Rainbow Chicken business on the JSE. RCL first announced its intent to... 

Invest in IE3 motors before MEPS enforced
31st May 2024 By: Tracy Hancock

The time is right for South Africa and Africa, in general, to invest in IE3 motors, especially with minimum energy requirement standards (MEPS) expected to come into effect by the end of the year,... 

Wilmar opens operational phase 1 of large edible oils refinery in Richards Bay IDZ
Wilmar opens operational phase 1 of large edible oils refinery in Richards Bay IDZ
30th May 2024

Multinational agribusiness Wilmar Processing has completed the operational phase 1 of its edible oils refinery in Richards Bay. Schalk Burger has the story. 

Sovereign engineering manager Stephan Oosthuizen
Sovereign reaffirms commitment to CaaS with Energy Partners
28th May 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Building on the successful partnership at its further processing facility in Kariega, in the Eastern Cape, poultry producer Sovereign Foods has again entered into a 15-year Cooling-as-a-Service... 

A chick on a poultry farm
Bird flu vaccines for laying hens prove effective in practice
28th May 2024 By: Reuters

Bird flu vaccines for laying hens are effective in practice, the Dutch government said on Tuesday, while confirming plans to vaccinate poultry against the virus that ravaged flocks around the world... 

South African food inflation continued a downward trend in April
27th May 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

In April, for the second month in a row, year-on-year (y-o-y) South African food and non-alcoholic beverage (NAB) inflation (hereafter to be referred to as food inflation, for short) ran at a rate... 

Tiger Brands’ interim results impacted by trading conditions, leadership transition
27th May 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

JSE-listed Tiger Brands says it results for the six months ended March 31 reflect a tough trading environment, with negative volume growth across retail and wholesale channels, as well as the... 

fresh vegetables and fruit at food market
Bidcorp turns record revenue in first ten months of its 2024 financial year
23rd May 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

JSE-listed foodservice group Bidcorp Group has recorded record group revenues in the ten months ended April 30 across all the regions in which it operates. The group has foodservice businesses in... 

steers burger and chips
Famous Brands reports bump in revenue, while profits decline for 2024 financial year
20th May 2024 By: Darren Parker

Branded food services franchisor Famous Brands has reported an 8% increase in revenue to R8-billion for the financial year ended February 29, although a 6% decrease in profit to R812-million and a... 

Wine bottles
Wine grape supply balances with demand in 2024 harvest season
20th May 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The 2024 wine grape harvest has yielded 1.09-million tonnes from 87 848 ha, which is 7% lower than the prior harvest season, industry body Vinpro reports. Vinpro consultation services manager Dr... 

Astral poultry division makes notable financial recovery in H1
20th May 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

JSE-listed integrated poultry producer Astral Foods has reported improved results for the six months ended March 31, on the back of its “reset, refocus and restart campaign” which was launched in... 

BevCo acquisition expected to drive competition in the local market
17th May 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

New Delhi-based multinational Varun Beverages says its acquisition of South African entity BevCo and its subsidiaries, valued at close to R3-billion, is set to expand its African footprint and... 

Coffee beans in a cup
Absa partnering with development finance agency to help East African coffee farmers
15th May 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

South African banking group Absa and the International Finance Corporation (IFC – part of the World Bank group) will jointly provide a commodity trade finance facility, worth up to $60-million, to... 

instant dry yeast
Itac makes strides in investigation of active yeast dumping from Zim
15th May 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The International Trade Administration Commission (Itac) has asked the South African Reserve Bank to impose provisional duties on imports of active yeast originating in or imported from Zimbabwe... 

fish processing line
Tribunal conditionally approves Sea Harvest’s acquisition of Terrasan businesses
15th May 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The Competition Tribunal has conditionally approved the proposed merger whereby subsidiaries of JSE-listed seafood and aquaculture company Sea Harvest intend to acquire certain subsidiaries of... 

Cans of Score energy drinks
Alterra-led consortium to acquire majority stake in Chill Beverages
15th May 2024 By: Darren Parker

A consortium led by private equity firm Alterra Capital Partners and including broad-based investment holding company the Mineworkers Investment Company (MIC) and independent private equity house... 

Tiger Brands invests R300m in new Black Cat factory
Tiger Brands invests R300m in new Black Cat factory
9th May 2024

Africa’s largest food processing company, Tiger Brands, has unveiled a new peanut butter manufacturing facility for its Black Cat brand in Krugersdorp, which marks the single-largest capital... 

Sugar inside Durban export terminal
High Court dismisses embattled Tongaat’s appeal on levies owed to industry
8th May 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

After not paying levies owed to the South African Sugar Association (Sasa) since October 2022, sugar producer Tongaat Hulett has again been ordered by the Durban High Court to pay the outstanding... 

Cans with food
World Bank suggests actions for lower-emission agricultural land use
7th May 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The World Bank has outlined in a report the actions that every country can take to make the global agrifood system more sustainable and achieve markable reductions in greenhouse-gas (GHG)... 

SAB VP of people Bridget Makhura.
SAB launches talent programme, invites young graduates to apply
3rd May 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Against the backdrop of a high unemployment rate among South Africa’s youth, beermaker South African Breweries (SAB) has launched the first edition of its SAB Talent Challenge. The SAB explains... 

Cases of Coca-Cola bottles being loaded onto a truck
Coca-Cola gears up for IPO of $8bn Billion bottling arm
30th April 2024 By: Bloomberg

Coca-Cola is gearing up for a potential initial public offering (IPO) of its African bottling business as soon as next year after previously putting the plans on hold, people with knowledge of the... 

Astral Foods broiler house
Astral to post 465% rise in earnings as operations normalise
29th April 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Integrated poultry producer Astral Foods has advised that its earnings per share (EPS) for the six months ended March 31 will increase by between 465% and 475% year-on-year. This will result in... 

PepsiCo Bašumi Trust wins awards at employee share ownership conference
24th April 2024 By: Lisete Bigala

Beverage multinational PepsiCo South Africa's employee share ownership programme Bašumi Trust has received the best governance policies and the most innovative funding model awards at the... 

Imameleng Mothebe appointed AMIE CEO
23rd April 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Imameleng Mothebe has been appointed as the new CEO of the Association of Meat Importers and Exporters of Southern Africa (AMIE) as of May 2. She will succeed outgoing CEO Paul Matthew. 

Jars of Black Cat peanut butter
Tiger Brands unveils brand new Black Cat peanut butter factory in Krugersdorp
12th April 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Food processing company Tiger Brands has unveiled a new peanut butter manufacturing facility for its Black Cat brand in Chamdor, Krugersdorp. Having moved from another facility in Randfontein, the... 

Image of Shoprite Group CEO Pieter Engelbrecht
Shoprite, four global retailers form $125m venture fund aimed at innovation
9th April 2024 By: Irma Venter

Five grocery retailers, including South Africa’s Shoprite group, have established a venture fund called W23 Global. W23 Global brings together Ahold Delhaize (US, Europe, Indonesia), Tesco (UK,... 

Tetra Pak Southern Africa MD Klaus Plenge, President Cyril Ramaphosa and KwaZulu-Natal Premier Nomusa Dube-Ncube on a tour of Tetra Pak's revamped Pinetown factory
Tetra Pak reopens Pinetown plant following R500m upgrade
4th April 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Food processing and packaging solutions company Tetra Pak has reopened its newly renovated factory in Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal, following an investment of about R500-million. The investment was... 

Chickens and eggs
Chicken producer owned by the PIC seeks new debt
4th April 2024 By: Bloomberg

Daybreak Farms, a chicken company controlled by Africa’s biggest fund manager, plans to seek loans to stabilize operations and fix its balance sheet following years of mismanagement. The producer... 

African food sustainability needs greener production, less waste, PwC study shows
2nd April 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Greener food production methods and the avoidance of food waste are required to future-proof Africa’s food supply and to meet the expected future demand for nutrition in a sustainable way, says... 

The above image depicts the polyethylene and aluminium, or polyAl, a residue remaining after paper mills have recovered the paper fibres
Investments to help increase recycling in EU
29th March 2024

In February 2024, food processing and packaging solutions company Tetra Pak announced several strategic investments designed to improve the recycling capacity for carton packages in the European... 

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