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Spar Group advancing sustainability initiatives to reduce plastic waste
28th February 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

JSE-listed retailer Spar Group is undertaking several initiatives to curb the environmental impact of plastic packaging materials. This commitment aligns with the group’s dedication to phasing out... 


Heineken's returnable star bottle
Heineken invests R2.3bn in returnable glass programme in South Africa
27th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Multinational beer producer Heineken has invested R2.3-billion in its returnable bottle programme in South Africa, more than doubling its share of returnable glass beer bottles, as part of its goal... 


Avos and other fruit in crates
South African food inflation continued to decelerate in January
27th February 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

In January, for the second month in a row, South African food and non-alcoholic beverage (NAB) inflation (hereafter to be referred to as food inflation, for short) declined, in year-on-year terms,... 


Consumers shopping
Consumer commission calls for all peanut product manufacturers to test aflatoxin levels
27th February 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The National Consumer Commission (NCC) has issued a notice in terms of Section 60 of the Consumer Protection Act, calling on manufacturers of peanut butter, peanut butter-based products and... 


Mushrooms and canned products produced by Libstar
Libstar reports improvement in its performance for the second half of 2023
26th February 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Consumer packaged goods producer and supplier Libstar says its trading performance, operating margins and cash generation improved significantly in the second half of the 2023 financial year,... 


Tiger Brands pursues efficiency after sales volumes shrink
22nd February 2024 By: Reuters

Tiger Brands, South Africa's biggest food producer, is reviewing spending and the number of brands it sells, it said on Thursday, after inflation drove consumers to buy less, knocking its revenues... 


Tiger Brands Bakeries MD Quinton Swart
Tiger Brands appoints MDs for new business units
22nd February 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Food and beverage company Tiger Brands has appointed new MDs to head up the company’s six newly organised business units. The company has simplified its organisational structure into six business... 


Bidcorp grows revenue, operating profit and continues investments
21st February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

JSE-listed food services multinational Bidcorp grew its revenue by 24% year-on-year to R113.8-billion for the six months to December 31, 2023. Its revenue increased by 10.8% in constant currency... 


Coleus Packaging MD Ian Victor; Nokusa Packaging MD Phillip Sathekge and Astir Vitogiannis MD Stelios Vitogiannis in front of Coleus' new PMC500 machine
Coleus Packaging notes production volume, cost benefits of new machine
21st February 2024 By: Trent Roebeck

Metal crown closures manufacturer Coleus Packaging has acquired a new machine, the PMC500, for its factory in Alrode, Alberton, in order to increase its production of closures for the beer and... 


SA Canegrowers maintains sugar tax increase will destroy jobs
20th February 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Ahead of Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana’s Budget Speech on February 21, industry body the South African Cane Growers’ Association (SA Canegrowers) has called on National Treasury to prioritise... 


Eskort's expanded Heidelberg facility
Eskort increases Heidelberg factory's capacity by 50%
16th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Pork products producer Eskort has expanded its Heidelberg production capacity by 50%, with the factory extension officially launched in mid-February. The 10 000 m² development in Heidelberg, which... 


Chickens
Competition Commission invites comments on poultry industry market inquiry draft terms
9th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

The Competition Commission will conduct a market inquiry into the poultry industry value chain, saying it has reason to believe there are features in the poultry market that may impede, distort or... 


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Waning perceptions of drinking water quality underline need for urgent intervention
9th February 2024 By: Natasha Odendaal

While the majority of South Africans perceive their water to be safe to drink, their confidence in water services and quality has been deteriorating over the last decade, a water services barometer... 


Manufacturing production increased by 0.7% y/y in December
8th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Manufacturing production increased by 0.7% year-on-year in December, Statistics South Africa reports. The largest positive contributions were made by petroleum, chemical products, rubber and... 


National food loss, waste reduction strategy on the cards
6th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment’s (DFFE's) Draft Strategy for Reducing Food Losses and Waste, published for comment in September 2023, will likely result in a newly... 


Wine industry calls for balanced taxes, improved law enforcement
6th February 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Ahead of the forthcoming State of the Nation Address (SoNA), nonprofit advocacy organisation South Africa Wine highlights issues that it says require immediate attention for the betterment of the... 


South African food inflation decelerated in December
1st February 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

After three consecutive months of moving up, South African food and non-alcoholic beverage (NAB) inflation (henceforth to be referred to simply as food inflation) decelerated again in December.... 


A sugarcane field
Sugar industry meets R1bn transformation funds disbursement goal
31st January 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Industry organisation the South African Cane Growers Association (SA Canegrowers) says that, following the disbursement of transformation funding this month, the sugar industry has met its... 


Live chickens
Astral returns to profit, questions poultry import tariff rebate in market without chicken shortages
31st January 2024 By: Schalk Burger

JSE-listed poultry producer Astral Foods CEO Chris Schutte, in a voluntary trading statement, said the company had returned to profitability during the first quarter of the current financial year,... 


Wine rack
Wine industry upholds high export revenue despite lower volumes
25th January 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Last year marked a challenging one for the wine industry as volumes declined by 17%, resulting in total export volumes of 306-million litres. However, the value of exports increased to... 


Limes produced by the Moletele community and Komati Fruit
SAB’s R19m investment in lime production proves fruitful for community, industry
25th January 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Since beverage manufacturing group South African Breweries (SAB) invested R19-million in 2020 to develop a lime supply source near Hoedspruit, in Limpopo, the farm has grown to 60 ha of orchards... 


CFO Aitken appointed interim CEO of Tongaat
18th January 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Embattled sugar producer Tongaat Hulett has announced that its CFO Rob Aitken will take over as interim CEO from March 1. This follows CEO Dan Marokane being appointed as CEO of State-owned power... 


Sugarcane
SA Canegrowers hopes new Tongaat owner will honour industry levy dues
12th January 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Following shareholder approval of embattled sugar manufacturer Tongaat Hulett’s business rescue proposal, which involves the Vision Group acquiring Tongaat’s debt in exchange for equity, industry... 


An image of a sugarcane field and mill
Fund seeks to bolster regional sugar industry
8th December 2023

The Fund for Sustainable Sugar Industry Development in Africa (FSID), a private fund established by US-based private equity firm Lusitania Investment Capital (Lusitania) and its financial partners,... 


An aerial photograph of one of the sugar cane mills under the umbrella of the South African Sugar Association
Diversification said to be key to industry’s survival
8th December 2023 By: Trent Roebeck

Despite Phase 1 of the “all-important” Sugarcane Value Chain Master Plan to 2030 (Sugarcane Master Plan) having expired on March 31, 2023, government has allowed for two additional years so that... 


A side profile image of sugarcane growing in a field
Financial support aids industry
8th December 2023 By: Trent Roebeck

To address the ongoing negative impacts and challenges posed by the Health Promotion Levy (HPL), or sugar tax, industry association SA Canegrowers, in partnership with millers from the South... 


An image of one of the dimple tubes on offer from Bosch
Tech enhances mill productivity
8th December 2023

Several sugar mills in KwaZulu-Natal have received productivity-enhancing benefits following installations of manufacturer of engineering consumables and components Bosch Projects’ new dimple tube... 


Inside a Tiger Brands factory
Tiger Brands increases revenue, exports volume growth offset by domestic volume decline
1st December 2023 By: Schalk Burger

JSE-listed food and packaged goods company Tiger Brands increased revenue by 10% to R37.4-billion, driven by price inflation of 11%, favourable foreign exchange gains of 1% and marginal overall... 


Quantum Foods swings to loss on bird flu, power cuts
1st December 2023 By: Reuters

South African poultry producer Quantum Foods on Friday reported a R35-million rand loss in the year to end-September, after the country's worst bird flu outbreak decimated its chicken flock and... 


The Asher machine installed at a client which incinerates waste in a more environment friendly manner
New waste management system has multiple environmental benefits
1st December 2023 By: Halima Frost

Sustainable waste management solutions provider Asher Africa’s latest waste management system effectively decreases a client's waste output and offers an “almost emissions-free process”,... 


DP World urges change to cold chain temperature to -15 °C to reduce emissions
30th November 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Logistics company DP World has set up an industry-wide coalition to explore the feasibility of changing the temperature that frozen food is transported and stored at from -18 °C to -15 °C, named... 


Affirma exits pure play beverage can GZI investment after ten years
30th November 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Private equity firm Affirma Capital has exited its investment in the GZI Group (GZI) to global investment business Oppenheimer Partners, following its ten-year investment in Africa’s largest... 


Packaged meat on sale in a supermarket
South African food inflation is accelerating again
29th November 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

South African food and non-alcoholic beverage (NAB) inflation – hereafter to be referred to as food inflation, for short – continued its renewed acceleration in October, the Bureau for Food and... 


SAB has completed promised R5.8bn plant upgrades
23rd November 2023 By: News24Wire

South African Breweries (SAB) has confirmed that its R5.8 billion investment commitment has been utilised to increase capacity at two of its plants, the Department of Trade, Industry and... 


Astral posts R621m loss on the back of bird flu, loadshedding crises
20th November 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

JSE-listed integrated poultry producer Astral Foods has posted a loss of R621-million for the financial year ended September 30, owing to detrimental impacts from loadshedding and avian influenza.... 


An image of the Innofill Glass DRS ECO filling system
Tech tackles filling challenges
17th November 2023

For modern-day brewers of trend and light beers, it is a common challenge trying to instil a tolerance to oxygen (O2) pickup, as this phenomenon has substantial negative impacts on the quality of a... 


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