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Food & Beverage News

Meat importers call for expedited flow of product through Durban port

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th July 2021 The Association of Meat Importers and Exporters (Amie) has called for urgent intervention to fast-track imports through the Durban port. The association says the import food industry has lost 40 000 t of cold storage capacity and that significant volumes of raw material has been lost as a... 

Coca-Cola Beverages makes two key appointments ahead of stock exchange listings

By: Simone Liedtke     19th July 2021 Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) has made two key appointments to the company’s executive committee as it prepares to list as a publicly traded company and accelerates its sustainability strategy. The Coca-Cola Company and CCBA announced in April that Africa’s biggest Coca-Cola bottler would be... 

Food security unlikely to be an issue in South Africa, says Agbiz

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th July 2021 Since the start of unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng earlier this month there has been rising concern about food availability and food access, which is warranted, but fortunately the South African staples are produced in other provinces. Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) chief economist... 

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Various services available to sugar mills

16th July 2021 Engineering components company BMG is working closely with KwaZulu-Natal’s sugar mill engineers in the industry’s off-crop period to refurbish and replace worn components in preparation for high productivity in the upcoming season. Original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Dorstener brand gearboxes... 

BMG has designed, fabricated and installed new carriers, reducing the normal 24-week delivery period to only four weeks
CARRY ON BMG has designed, fabricated and installed new carriers, reducing the normal 24-week delivery period to only four weeks

The coolest, and now greenest, place in KZN

16th July 2021 Food logistics company iDube Cold Storage (iDube), based at Dube Tradeport, King Shaka International Airport in KwaZulu-Natal, handles a large amount of frozen goods, both imported and for export, daily. With a storage capacity of 12 000 t, and with most of the frozen items stored being... 

A photo of SolarSaver's solar panels installed installed on a roof
STAYING ON TOP SolarSaver approached iDube with the intent to educate and inform the company about solar energy

Recovery remains the focus at the end of South Africa’s unrest storm, says SAB

By: Simone Liedtke     15th July 2021 The South African Breweries (SAB) says it is saddened by the violent looting and protests that have spread throughout parts of the country in recent days, which saw violence and the destruction of businesses, homes and the loss of lives. Considering that this has created a dark chapter in the... 

Tiger Brands estimates R150m loss of stock, temporarily shuts KZN operations

By: Donna Slater     15th July 2021 As a result of the ongoing civil unrest, looting and vandalism in Kwa-Zulu Natal and parts of Gauteng, JSE-listed food manufacturer Tiger Brands estimates the costs of the loss of stock to be in excess of R150-million. A number of its sites in KwaZulu-Natal have been affected by acts of looting... 

Liquor industry calls for state of emergency as 200 shops looted

By: Schalk Burger     14th July 2021 The South African Liquor Brandowners Association (Salba) and the National Liquor Traders (NLT) have written to President Cyril Ramaphosa, calling on government to declare a state of emergency after more than 200 liquor stores were looted. Millions of rands worth of stock at warehouses and retail... 

Alcohol industry laments sales ban extension

By: Donna Slater     12th July 2021 The South African Liquor Brandowners Association (Salba) and National Liquor Traders (NLT) note their disappointment in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision to extend the current ban of alcohol sales by another two weeks. In a joint statement, the two organisations suggest that the decision to... 

Wine industry in a dire position, Vinpro study shows

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th July 2021 The South African wine industry is at a tipping point, with many wine businesses, especially smaller companies and those under black ownership, facing potential closure in the next three to twelve months owing to the recurring bans on the sale of alcohol. According to the ‘Impact of Covid-19 on... 

Pilot alcohol evidence centre successfully curbs drunk driving, set for broader roll-out - SAB

By: Donna Slater     8th July 2021 Collective solutions are critical to putting an end to the scourge of drunk driving in South Africa, with public-private partnerships being posited as a solution, South African Breweries (SAB) director of communities Heidi Bartis said this week. She pointed out that such partnerships are already... 

Salba requests excise duties deferment to offset liquor prohibition implications

By: Donna Slater     6th July 2021 The South African Liquor Brandowners Association (Salba) states that the current 14-day ban of alcohol sales declared by government on June 27 has left it with “no choice” but to request that the South African Revenue Service (Sars) provide extended payment terms on the excise duties currently... 

Govt still remiss in its consultation with private sector on Covid-19 lockdowns, says BLSA

By: Donna Slater     5th July 2021 Despite the improvements in government’s approach to tackling the Covid-19 pandemic and associated lockdown regulations, Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso says government has still not embraced consultation with the private sector. She points out this has been a case in point with... 

Brito’s ‘TNT’ successor at ab inbev looks beyond beer for growth

By: Bloomberg     5th July 2021 When Carlos Brito used to stride onto the stage at the gathering of Anheuser-Busch InBev NV’s top 100 leaders each spring, he’d bring the crowd to its feet with AC/DC’s “Back in Black” blaring from the speakers. In a choice fit for disruptive times, Michel Doukeris, who succeeded Brito as chief... 

Basa supports SAB’s court action to overturn alcohol ban

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st July 2021 Industry organisation the Beer Association of South Africa (Basa) says it fully supports beer maker South African Breweries’ (SAB’s) court application to overturn the current 14-day alcohol ban, which is due to remain in effect until July 11.   “While the beer industry is committed to working... 

Covid-19 changes consumer views in latest Tetra Pak survey 

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th June 2021 The latest Tetra Pak yearly Index has revealed a shift in consumers’ attitudes and their view of the biggest challenges facing the world brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. The thirteenth edition of the study also highlights that Covid-19 has dominated the concerns of consumers since its... 

Covid-19 changes consumer views in latest Tetra Pak survey
Tetra Pak marketing executive Phumelele Buthelezi and market insights manager Francesca Francione discuss the outcomes of the latest Tetra Pak Index. Date recorded: 30.06.2021.

McCain says Covid-19 shines spotlight on importance of sustainability practices

By: Simone Liedtke     30th June 2021 The Covid-19 pandemic brought with it fundamental change across the world and shone a spotlight squarely on the challenges posed by a fragile global food ecosystem and the disruptive impact climate change has upon it. As such, McCain Foods South Africa MD Unathi Mhlatyana says it is vital that... 

Vinpro seeks to have alcohol sales ban lifted for the Western Cape 

By: Simone Liedtke     29th June 2021 Agricultural association Vinpro has launched an urgent interim interdict application to lift the ban on the sale of wine in the Western Cape in a bid to seek interim relief for wine businesses. “The latest ban of two weeks that has now been imposed follows on 19 weeks of revenue loss over the... 

Salba requests data that drove latest alcohol sales ban

By: Donna Slater     29th June 2021 The South African Liquor Brandowners Association (Salba) has written to Ministerial Advisory Council (MAC) chairperson Professor Koleka Mlisana, calling for the release of the information that informed the MAC’s recommendation to the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) to reimpose a ban... 

CSIR researchers producing products from indigenous plants

By: Schalk Burger     28th June 2021 Researchers from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have and continue to develop commercial products using indigenous plants, and have helped the holders of indigenous plant products, communities and traditional healers to produce these products at the same scale, safety... 

New restrictions putting many jobs at risk, commentators warn

By: Donna Slater     28th June 2021 Following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement of the move to adjusted Alert Level 4 Covid-19 restrictions and the accompanying ban on alcohol sales, the South African Liquor Brandowners Association (Salba) is requesting government to reassess its measures and to focus on its vaccine rollout... 

Year-on-year food inflation in May the highest since July 2017

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th June 2021 Food and non-alcoholic beverage inflation in South Africa increased in May by 6.7% in year-on-year terms, the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) has reported in its latest “Food Inflation Brief”. The organisation pointed out that there has been a trend of increasing food and... 

Africa presents opportunity for new Tetra Pak, Synercore partnership

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd June 2021 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... 

Orbital pipe cutting machine used in food and beverage, and pharmaceutical, 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... 

Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel
Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel
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