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Food & Beverage News

Tongaat's shares fall on equity raise plans

By: Chanel de Bruyn     17th November 2021 JSE-listed Tongaat Hulett's share price fell by nearly 43% on Wednesday after it announced a proposed equity raise to reduce its debt to a more sustainable level. As part of the company's ongoing turnaround plans, it has already reduced its debt by 42% over the past two and a half years. 

Astral’s revenue increases on the back of improved poultry division sales

By: Donna Slater     15th November 2021 Poultry producer Astral Foods reports that, despite challenges, its revenue increased by 13.9% year-on-year to R15.9-billion for the year ended September 30, with its poultry division contributing 81%, its feed division 17% and its other Africa division 2% of overall external revenue. The higher... 

Heineken to buy out Distell, Namibia Breweries for R40bn

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th November 2021 Brewing and beverage company Distell has entered into an implementation agreement with beer brewer Heineken for Distell to be acquired for R40.1-billion. However, as an initial step before the scheme is implemented, Distell will undergo restructuring into a two separate businesses.  

White wine

Famous Brands appoints new group FD

By: Simone Liedtke     12th November 2021 JSE-listed Famous Brands has appointed Deon Fredericks as group FD from December 1. Fredericks succeeds Lebo Ntlha, following her resignation earlier this year. 

Election day alcohol ban worries beer industry

12th November 2021 Last month, after Police Minister Bheki Cele announced that the government would like to ban alcohol sales on November 1 – the date of the municipal elections – the Beer Association of South Africa (Basa) voiced concern over the risk that government would once again enforce arbitrary alcohol... 

A photo of Police Minister Bheki Cele
Photo by Creamer Media
BHEKI CELE The Police Minister has been a strong proponent of alcohol bans whenever possible

Breweries seeking increased flow rates

By: Darren Parker     12th November 2021 Numerous breweries globally are seeking to increase flow rates by upgrading their pumping systems as a way of increasing efficiency and, thereby, improve profit margins, says industrial pumps supplier Verder Pumps hygienic product manager Kenneth Demeulemeester. “Over the past 12 months,... 

A photo of a Verderflex dosing pump
VERDERFLEX The Verderflex range of dosing pumps allow for the precise delivery of additives, yeast solutions and clean-in-place chemicals into a system

Forklifts delivered to liquor logistics company

By: Darren Parker     12th November 2021 Industrial equipment distributor Shumani Industrial Equipment has completed the delivery of 54 forklifts to logistics service provider Liquor Runners for use at a major beer producer in South Africa. This large-scale contract serves to consolidate the company’s position as an equipment supplier... 

A photo of several Doosan B35 X-7 forklift units
DESTINED FOR BREWERIES Adopting an electric forklift fleet significantly reduces harmful fume emissions, improving the air quality and creating a clean workplace

Home brewing rises as industry uncertainty continues

By: Darren Parker     12th November 2021 Home brewing has grown significantly since the beginning of the Covid-19 lockdowns in March 2020, and the Beer Association of South Africa (Basa) welcomes an increasing interest in beer and beer culture. “Sadly, there have been incidences where blanket bans on alcohol have incentivised citizens... 

A photo of a home beer brewing kit in use
Photo by Adobe
HOME BREWING There have been several local reports of deaths as a result of citizens drinking poisonous home brews during the bans on the sale of alcohol

Tribunal extends PepsiCo’s employee share scheme for second time

By: Simone Liedtke     10th November 2021 The Competition Tribunal has extended, for the second time, the compliance period for the implementation of a landmark broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) employee share ownership plan (Esop), to November 26. The Esop was imposed as a condition in the March 2020 merger whereby PepsiCo... 

Sugar cane growers call for sugar tax to be scrapped

By: Schalk Burger     10th November 2021 Industry association the South African Canegrowers has called on Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana to scrap the Health Promotion Levy (HPL) – also called the sugar tax – to enable the Sugar Industry Value Chain Masterplan to succeed. In June 2021, a study commissioned by the the National Economic... 

Wesgro, partners to strengthen trade and investment between Africa and UAE

By: Yvonne Silaule     9th November 2021 The Western Cape Tourism, Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Wesgro) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Tourism, Trade, Investment, Film and Media Promotion Agency for Cape Town, the Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (Dafza) and the Halal Trade and Marketing Centre (HTMC)... 

Vinpro calls for growth-oriented policies for industry, economy to recover

By: Schalk Burger     5th November 2021 The South African wine industry is calling for conducive policy decisions that will create an enabling environment to achieve sustainable growth for South Africa and the wine industry. “Key for South Africa, and the wine industry, emerging from the precarious position it finds itself in lies in... 

Increased food safety concerns require better sterilisation tech

29th October 2021 Food safety is one of the major concerns of participants in the supply chain of agricultural commodities, says steam and heat technology company Steam Generation Africa MD John Rundle. “Exporters and packers are challenged by the increasingly stringent standards imposed by their customers and... 

A photo of Napasol’s pasteurisation technology
PASTEURISATION SOLUTION This pasteurisation solution for low moisture foods sees dry, saturated steam applied for a short time without adding moisture.

Famous Brands reports strong revenue recovery, return to profitability

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th October 2021 JSE-listed African food services franchisor Famous Brands’ revenue recovered to R3-billion and its operating profit to R222-million for the six months ended August 31. The group’s operating profit margin improved to 7.4% from the comparable period in the prior year. 

Tiger Brands expects up to 15% decrease in HEPS following unrest, product recall

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th October 2021 Food producer Tiger Brands' share price on the JSE fell on Tuesday morning as it warned of an up to 15% year-on-year decrease in headline earning per share (HEPS) for the financial year ended September 30. The JSE-listed company said HEPS from continuing operations would likely be between 5% and... 

Castle Lite beer to be made using renewable electricity 

By: Schalk Burger     22nd October 2021 South African Breweries (SAB) will soon produce its Castle Lite beer using renewable electricity, which will reduce the electricity drawn from the grid and reduce interruptions to production. Further, SAB is committed to fully switching to renewable energy sources by 2025. 

Company offers diverse conveyor chains

22nd October 2021 Engineering solutions provider BMG’s comprehensive range of power transmission components incorporates chain manufacturer ZMC industrial conveyor chains, which offer dependable service in diverse applications, especially for use in food production. BMG product manager Gavin Kirsten explains that... 

Image of a ZMC chain for bakeries
FOOD-GRADE SOLUTIONS BMG’s specialists advise customers at food and beverage plants to only invest in conveyor components manufactured in food-compliant materials - like stainless steel

Basa writes Patel to prevent further alcohol bans

By: Schalk Burger     20th October 2021 Industry body the Beer Association of South Africa (Basa) has written to Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel requesting his urgent intervention, at Cabinet level, to ensure that further "irrational" alcohol bans are not imposed, especially over the coming festive season, which... 

Tiger Brands’ A2X listing approved, trading to commence on October 26

By: Donna Slater     19th October 2021 JSE-listed South African packaged goods company Tiger Brands reports that the A2X has approved its secondary listing, with its ordinary shares to start trading on A2X from October 26. Tiger Brands will retain its primary listing on the JSE and its issued share capital will be unaffected by the... 

Coca-Cola seeks $8bn value in Africa bottler IPO

By: Bloomberg     15th October 2021 Coca-Cola is seeking a value of €7-billion ($8.1-billion) for Coca-Cola Beverages Africa when it lists the bottler next year, according to people familiar with the matter. The soft drinks giant is poised to appoint Bank of America Corp., Morgan Stanley and Standard Bank Group to run the initial... 

Company aims to create sustainable packaging

By: Anna Moross     15th October 2021 Food packaging and processing company Tetra Pak aims to ensure sustainable packaging for its products by using ecofriendly material throughout the design and manufacture of the packaging. 

Dry running conveyors help food and beverage sector

15th October 2021 Engineering solutions provider BMG’s light materials handling division supplies and supports a range of dry running conveyor components for the food and beverage sector, offering high productivity, low energy and reduced water consumption, as well as a safe and hygienic work environment.  

An image of BMG’s dry running conveyors
DRY RUNNING CONVEYORS BMG’s Light Materials Handling division’s range of dry running conveyor components for the food and beverage sector, offers high productivity, low energy and reduced water consumption, as well as a safe and hygienic work environment

Liquor industry to start paying deferred excise tax - Salba

By: Schalk Burger     6th October 2021 Industry organisation the South African Liquor Brandowners Association (Salba) says its member companies have started paying their deferred excise tax obligations to the South African Revenue Service (Sars). After the implementation of the fourth total ban on alcohol sales in June, Salba had... 

Macadamia factory success is testament to what collaboration can achieve   

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th October 2021 Macadamia farming is a sunrise industry, holding much promise for farmers, the economy and consumers alike, particularly as the market is experiencing exponential growth in demand, says Marquis Macadamias director Roelof van Rooyen. Discussing the inner workings of macadamia farming and... 

Marquis Macadamias Africa nut processing
Marquis Macadamias shares insight on the industry and company

Alcohol industry expresses relief at lifting of trading restrictions

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st October 2021 The South African Liquor Brandowners Association (Salba) has welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement of the lifting of alcohol trade restrictions and urges government to work with business to define a clear and detailed path to economic recovery. “The government has finally shown its... 

Research body highlights surge in food inflation last month

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th September 2021 Last month saw higher food inflation than expected, the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) has reported. South African food inflation came to 6.9% in August (in year-on-year terms), continuing a rising trend that started in February. Last month’s food inflation was 0.2% higher than... 

PepsiCo puts sustainability at the heart of its 23 brands

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th September 2021 Nasdaq-listed fast-moving consumer goods company PepsiCo has introduced an initiative called Pep+, which will inform the company’s end-to-end transformation strategy that has sustainability at the heart. The transformation will involve all aspects of the supply chain from how the company... 

PepsiCo truck

Association releases new training manual

By: Halima Frost     17th September 2021 Last month, South African Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association (Saracca) released its updated training manual, which will be implemented, from this month onwards, by heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC-R) training providers throughout South Africa.... 

Metal pipes of a correctly installed pipe system for the HVACR system
HOW TO... The association has released a new installation manual which will be used by training providers form this month

Refrigeration system to cut energy costs available

By: Halima Frost     17th September 2021 With South African retailers looking for ways of recovering from the latest lockdown, as well as the looting and vandalism, an opportunity to decrease costs on the system that comprises the bulk of their energy spend, which is refrigeration, has arisen. “All food retailers rely on refrigeration... 

A large solar installation on a clients roof installed by EP Refrigeration, which is grid-tied and decreases the clients reliance on grid power
LIGHT WORK Adding a solar installation to a company's refrigeration unit deceases the cost of running the unit off grid power alone

Global citrus demand increases refrigeration demand

By: Halima Frost     17th September 2021 A global increase in demand for South African-grown citrus, as well as more export regulations, has resulted in a substantial increase in demand for refrigeration capacity, says local refrigeration manufacturer EP Refrigeration business development head Dawie Kriel. “We not only need to add... 

A roof top refrigeration system installed by EP Refrigeration at a produce packing house
FRUITFUL SERVICES An increased need for refrigerated storage and transport capacity in the citrus sector is being addressed by EP Refrigeration

Associations say eased liquor trading restrictions still a challenge

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th September 2021 The Beer Association of South Africa (Basa) and the South African Liquor Brandowners Association (Salba) have cautiously welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that, from September 13, South Africa is moving to adjusted Level 2 lockdown. Under the adjusted regulations, the curfew is... 

Associations say eased liquor trading restrictions still a challenge

Famous Brands experiences mixed impacts in markets in H1

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th September 2021 JSE-listed Famous Brands expects its results for the six months ended August 31 to show a marked recovery on the comparative period in 2020, despite continued Covid-19 impacts on its trading markets. The company represents quick-service restaurant (QSR) and signature food brands in South... 

Famous Brands' office building
Famous Brands' office building

July manufacturing output decreases 4.1% y/y, 8% m/m

By: Simone Liedtke     9th September 2021 Data released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) shows that South Africa’s manufacturing production decreased by 4.1% year-on-year and by 8% month-on-month in July. This, the Steel and Engineering Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) says, largely reflects the negative impact of civil unrest... 

Tribunal finds Coca-Cola Beverages Africa ‘did not breach’ merger conditions

By: Simone Liedtke     8th September 2021 The Competition Tribunal has set aside a finding by the Competition Commission in October 2019 against Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA), effectively clearing the company of claims that it had breached merger conditions relating to retrenchments. The matter relates to two mergers involving CCBA... 

Pic/Image of Coca-Cola Buddy Bottle

Astral Foods appoints new COO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th September 2021 Integrated poultry producer Astral Foods has appointed Gary Arnold COO with effect from October 1. This position has been introduced with a specific mandate to optimise expansion opportunities and continuous improvement initiatives, while effectively allocating capital and human resources across... 

Latest Competition Commission report unpacks Covid’s impact on food markets

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th September 2021 The Competition Commission has released its latest ‘Essential Food Pricing Monitoring’ report, which focused on tracking the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the corresponding economic crisis on food markets. The report reveals a clear drop in farmer numbers and an increase in concentration... 

RCL declares 80% higher total dividend as sugar, baking units deliver

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th September 2021 “Exceptional performances” in its sugar and baking business units helped drive JSE-listed RCL Foods’ earnings growth for the financial year ended June 30. However, the company’s strong topline growth was offset by input pricing pressure in certain business units, owing to a significant rally in... 

RCL Foods' meat-free and vegan foods
RCL Foods' meat-free and vegan foods
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