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Food & Beverage News

New tech to mitigate production challenges

By: Melissa Zisengwe     16th March 2018 With inefficiency and downtime being significant challenges for the food and beverage industry, the largest provider of reconditioned boilers, Dryden Combustion, a division of Energy Partners, is working on new products to optimise field efficiency for clients. 

Drive units ensure energy savings in food and beverage industry

By: Melissa Zisengwe     16th March 2018 Automation and drive specialist SEW Eurodrive South Africa has sold about 200 of its synchronous MOVIGEAR units to date. This includes a single order of 65 for a major abattoir, which indicates the popularity of the MOVIGEAR unit in the food and beverage industry.  

MOVIGEARS A major benefit of the mechatronics unit is its energy-saving potential
MOVIGEARS A major benefit of the mechatronics unit is its energy-saving potential

Trojan Foods expands into packaging 

15th March 2018 With over 15 years in the food and beverage industry, food manufacturing company Trojan Foods has expanded into packaging services in response to the increased demand for specialised packaging solutions in the industry. Melissa Zisengwe tells us more. 

Trojan Foods expands into packaging
Trojan Foods expands into packaging

South African rights lawyer plans listeria class action against Tiger Brands

By: Reuters     12th March 2018 A human rights lawyer plans to launch a class action lawsuit against South African food producer Tiger Brands on behalf of the families of people who died and those affected by the worst listeria outbreak in history. South Africa's health minister said on Thursday the government would support... 

South African rights lawyer plans listeria class action against Tiger Brands

We will ensure it does not happen again – Tiger Brands 

By: African News Agency      9th March 2018 Tiger Brands, the South African food manufacturer at the centre of one of the worst food-borne disease outbreaks the country has seen, said on Friday that it was doing everything it can to get to the root cause of the listeria bacteria found in its food production plant in Polokwane, Limpopo.... 

Poultry association says concerned about imported chicken paste

By: African News Agency      9th March 2018 South Africa's poultry producers association said on Friday it was concerned that the country was accepting imports of untested mechanically deboned meat (MDM) into the country even as its neighbours blocked its own processed meat products over a listeriosis outbreak. The association said reports... 

Famous Brands flags up to $34m in FY impairment

By: Reuters     8th March 2018 South African fast-food chain owner Famous Brands said on Thursday that annual earnings would be hit by impairment charges amounting up to R400-million ($33.7-million) on its Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) business. As a result, Famous Brands expects earnings per share to decrease by more than 20... 

Clover not too worried about land expropriation proposals, satisfied with H1 results

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th March 2018 Despite concerns about the recent controversial calls for land expropriation without compensation and the possible effect this could have on South Africa’s economy and food security, JSE-listed foods and beverages group Clover believes it is not all doom and gloom. Speaking to Engineering News... 

Tiger Brands CEO says no link between listeria deaths and firm's products

By: Reuters     5th March 2018 The chief executive of Tiger Brands said on Monday there was no direct link between the deaths of more than 180 people who tested positive for listeria and its processed cold meat products. Lawrence McDougall also told a news conference the company had not yet worked out the financial impact of... 

Enterprise Foods to recall affected products, but conducting own listeriosis tests

By: News24Wire      5th March 2018 Tiger Brands, on behalf of its division Enterprise Foods, has committed to recalling products that are identified with listeriosis outbreak, but are conducting its own tests as well. This follows an announcement by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and the National Institute of Communicable... 

RCL Foods eyes greater market share as new pet food facility opens

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st March 2018 Fast-moving consumer goods manufacturer RCL Foods on Thursday launched its new R150-million pet food manufacturing facility, in Randfontein. Through the establishment of the 1 500 m2 facility, which employs around 700 people, the company aims to take a greater share in the R5-billion a year South... 

RCL Foods
Photo by Dylan Slater
RCL Foods

Las Iguanas to open 200-seater restaurant in Centurion in June

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th February 2018 The UK restaurant chain Las Iguanas will open its first restaurant in South Africa's Irene Mall, in Centurion, on June 7, franchisor Gold Brands said on Wednesday. The chain specialises in authentic Mexican, Brazilian and other South American food and cocktails, and the Irene restaurant will seat... 

Las Iguanas to open 200-seater restaurant in Centurion in June

Consumers urged to buy local as poultry industry remains ‘in distress’

By: Simone Liedtke     27th February 2018 Despite being the highest per capita consumer of poultry products on the African continent, and the ninth-highest consumer in the world, South Africa finds its poultry industry in deep crisis, buy local campaign Proudly South Africa (SA) said at its first yearly poultry forum on Tuesday. Faced... 

Chicken business turnaround boosts RCL’s H1 profit

By: Anine Kilian     26th February 2018 A strong turnaround in the chicken business, along with good rainfall and lower prices for commodity inputs benefited JSE-listed RCL Foods in the six months ended December 31, contributing to margin recovery across the group’s business units, CEO Miles Daily said on Monday. The group reported a... 

Bidcorp interim results in line with company expectations

By: Simone Liedtke     21st February 2018 JSE-listed Bidcorp has delivered "pleasing results" with the foodservice group's half-year performance in line with management expectations, CEO Bernard Berson said on Wednesday. Headline earnings a share increased by 8.6% to 640c a share in the six months ended December 31, from 589.3c a share a... 

Slow start to year to impact on Tiger Brands’ FY18 performance

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st February 2018 JSE-listed Tiger Brands’ shares fell by 9% on Wednesday morning after the company announced that its revenue for the four months to January 31 had decreased by 5% year-on-year, driven by price deflation of 1% and volume declines of 4%. In a voluntary trading update to the market, the company... 

GBI takes steps to further expand Chesanyama footprint

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th February 2018 JSE-listed franchising company Gold Brands Investments (GBI) has entered into a development agreement with a master franchisor, who will have the exclusive right of developing the Chesanyama brand in all countries outside Africa. The master franchisor will own the exclusive rights to roll out and... 

Proposed sugar levy unlikely to make sizeable dent in fiscal deficit – PwC economists

By: African News Agency      13th February 2018 Economists on Monday predicted that the proposed levy on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) set to take effect in April this year in South Africa was unlikely to make a sizeable dent in the fiscal deficit. In 2016, National Treasury announced a Sugar Beverage Levy (SBL) on sugar-sweetened beverages... 

Proposed sugar levy unlikely to make sizeable dent in fiscal deficit – PwC economists

RCL Foods reports uptick as chicken processing business improves

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th February 2018 South African food producer RCL Foods expects to report an upswing in its financial results for the six months ended December 31, with its headline earnings a share to be between 46% and 66% higher year-on-year at between 69.5c and 79c. Earnings a share are expected to increase by between 93.5%... 

Taste Holdings appoints new CEO

By: Anine Kilian     12th February 2018 Tyrone Moodley has been appointed Taste Holdings' CEO, effective immediately. He will succeed Carlo Gonzaga, who has resigned. 

South African grape variant to be launched at German fruit trade fair

By: Donna Slater     6th February 2018 South African science institution, the Agricultural Research Council (ARC), in partnership with the South African Table Grape Industry (Sati) and Culdevco, plans to launch a seedless red table grape at the South African National Pavilion during the Fruit Logistica Trade Fair, which takes place in... 

Quantum Foods performing well, despite avian flu outbreak

By: Anine Kilian     5th February 2018 JSE-listed Quantum Foods’ South African-based feeds business performed satisfactorily in the four months to January 31, with stable rand-per-tonne margins and profitability compared with the previous year. In a trading update on Monday, the company reported that the favourable feed raw material... 

Sea Harvest to make big arrival with maiden full year results

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th February 2018 Seafood processing company Sea Harvest on Monday said it expects to report basic earnings per share (EPS) of between 110c and 124c for the year ended December 31, paired with headline earnings per share (HEPS) of between 99c and 113c apiece. This will be the company's maiden full-year results... 

Industry body authorised as verification authority

2nd February 2018 The Department of Labour has authorised industry body the Southern African Gas Association (Saga) to be the verification authority for the natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industrial equipment industry for South Africa.  All industrial equipment needs to conform to the SANS 329 and... 

IBM open-source food-safety blockchain system launched

By: Schalk Burger     2nd February 2018 Computing multinational IBM in December launched an open-source, blockchain system designed to provide transparency on food safety in China. The Blockchain Food Safety Alliance has as its initial signatories US mass retailer Walmart, Chinese e-commerce firm, as well as IBM and the Tsinghua... 

Showcase of SA's manufacturing prowess to debut in 2019

By: Donna Slater     2nd February 2018 To showcase the best South Africa has to offer in terms of local manufacturing and South African-produced capital equipment, capital equipment manufactures lobby group the South African Capital Equipment Exporters Council (Saceec) has partnered with exhibition organisers Specialised Exhibitions... 

Sea Harvest says makes progress in talks to buy Viking Fishing

By: African News Agency      25th January 2018 Seafood company Sea Harvest said on Thursday it had made progress in negotiations to acquire the entire fishing business of Viking Fishing Holdings and a 51% stake in the issued share capital of Viking Aquaculture. "An announcement providing further details will be made as soon as practicably... 

SAB to quench Capetonians' thirst – but with a different drink

By: News24Wire      23rd January 2018 South African Breweries (SAB) will be helping Capetonians struggling through the drought crisis by shipping out 12-million quarts of a drink not usually associated with the company. SAB general manager John Stenslund confirmed that 9-million litres of water – bottled in 12-million quarts – would... 

Wine industry sees positives despite expected R700m shortfall

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd January 2018 The smaller wine grape harvest anticipated by industry body Vinpro for this year is expected to result in a R700-million shortfall at farm gate, at a time when production costs have doubled in the past decade and the minimum wage for farm workers is set to increase by 17% in May. However, despite... 

Wine industry sees positives despite expected R700m shortfall

Sawis warns wine grape crop may be smallest since 2005

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2018 Continuing drought and low water supplies in the Western Cape may lead to South Africa’s smallest wine grape harvest since 2005, when 1.15-million tonnes were harvested owing to drought and diseases in some production areas. Industry body South African Wine Industry Information and Systems... 

Sawis warns wine grape crop may be smallest since 2005

Industry demand sets high targets for company

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 Activated carbon manufacturer Rotocarb aims to become the biggest activated carbon producer in Africa by 2019, owing to increasing demand and dependence on activated carbon in the wastewater treatment, purification and desalination industry. 

The company’s water-intensive processing and wastewater treatment operations use local raw materials, technology and deployment
PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN The company’s water-intensive processing and wastewater treatment operations use local raw materials, technology and deployment

Plant to be completed in March

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 Integrated solutions provider ImproChem will be completing the construction and commissioning of a desalination plant for a large factory on the West Coast, in South Africa, with the plant expected to supply its first water in the second week of March 2018. 

Sea water will be pumped through a Suez Reverse Osmosis plant where the salt and mineral particles will be separated
REVERSE OSMOSIS Sea water will be pumped through a Suez Reverse Osmosis plant where the salt and mineral particles will be separated

South Africa white maize futures scale 11-month peak on hot, dry conditions

By: Reuters     15th January 2018 South African white maize futures prices hit 11-month highs on Monday as a spell of hot, dry weather raised concerns about plantings and yields over a swathe of the maize belt. Maize is South Africa's staple crop and policy makers such as the central bank, which will meet later this week on... 

South Africa white maize futures scale 11-month peak on hot, dry conditions

Aspen Pharmacare to start selling its infant formula milk Alula in China

By: African News Agency      15th January 2018 South African multinational pharmaceutical drug maker, Aspen Pharmacare, said on Monday that it would start distributing its infant formula milk in China. This comes after the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) announced on Friday that it had approved the registration of Aspen's infant... 

Distell to sell cognac business in R800m deal

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th December 2017 JSE-listed Distell today entered into a definitive agreement to sell its cognac business, Bisquit Dubouche et Cie to Italian branded beverage company Campari Group for an enterprise value of 2.5 million, or R800-million. The disposal is expected to close during the first quarter of 2018. 

Drought to hit South Africa's 2018 wine harvest

By: Reuters     19th December 2017 South Africa, the world's seventh biggest wine producer, is expected to see the smallest harvest in more than a decade in 2018 after drought and lower plantings hit yields, industry experts said. The winelands are mostly in the coastal Western Cape province which was declared a disaster area in... 

Drought to hit South Africa's 2018 wine harvest

Sars to collect sugar tax from April

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th December 2017 The South African Revenue Service (Sars) will start collecting the sugary beverages levy (SBL) from April 1. The levy is fixed at 2.1c/g for a sugar content exceeding the levy-free threshold of 4 g per 100 ml. 

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