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Food & Beverage News

Pumping with flavour for multiproduct lines 

By: Halima Frost     13th November 2020 Industrial equipment supplier Verder Group has recently redesigned the structure of its hygienic brands – this included rebranding and adding sanitary pump supplier JEC JR’s series of pumps to its diverse pumping portfolio under Packo.  The Packo JRZS series of twin-screw pumps are suited to the... 

Manufacturer selected as parts supplier

By: Halima Frost     13th November 2020 Subsequent to being shortlisted as a potential supplier of replacement parts, precision engineering company Vector Engineering has been selected as an official component assembly parts manufacturer for a critical filling line for global brewery Anheuser-Busch InBev SA (Inbev). “The parts were... 

Manufacturer selected as parts supplier
FILLING THE GAP The parts manufactured by Vector Engineering for the filling line were reverse engineered to suit the requirements of the client

Basa welcomes lifting of restrictions on off-consumption trade of alcohol

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th November 2020 Industry organisation the Beer Association of South Africa (Basa) has welcomed the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa on November 11 that the restrictions on the off-consumption trade of alcohol would be lifted with effect from 00:01 on November 12, meaning that outlets will once again be... 

SAB to export one-billion more Bevcan cans to the Americas in 2020, 2021

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd November 2020 Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB-InBev), parent company to the South African Breweries (SAB), has reaffirmed its role as a driver of economic growth as the brewer negotiated a deal with local can manufacturer Bevcan to export an additional one-billion locally manufactured cans across the Atlantic to its... 

Fund managers start ball rolling on large-scale kelp farm off Namibian coast

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd November 2020 Fund management firm Climate Fund Managers’ Climate Investor Two Fund has partnered with Namibia Infrastructure Development and Investment Fund (Nidif), managed by Namibian private equity fund manager Eos Capital, and Kelp Blue for the commercial development of the world’s first large-scale kelp... 

Fund managers start ball rolling on large-scale kelp farm off Namibian coast
Kelp Blue kelp farm

Tetra Pak launches future packaging initiative

By: Donna Slater     2nd November 2020 Food processing and packaging solutions company Tetra Pak South Africa has launched the Go Nature Go Carton campaign to highlight that growing population’s need for access to food packaging that keeps contents safe, nutritious and readily available. In addition, the company also highlights that... 

Tetra Pak launches future packaging initiative

Difficulties heightened during pandemic, company forges ahead

By: Mamaili Mamaila     30th October 2020 South Africa’s subdued economic growth has been well recorded – even prior to the pandemic, says industrial equipment supplier Verder Pumps South Africa MD Darryl Macdougall. 

Difficulties heightened during pandemic, company forges ahead
CHECK THIS OUT Verder Pumps South Africa also launched the new Verder HI-Clean AODD and EODD pumps earlier this month, with more announcements planned heading into 2021

Nestlé launches three-pillar sustainability initiative

By: Donna Slater     29th October 2020 Food and beverage company Nestlé launched its RE sustainability initiative in South Africa on October 29. The initiative is aimed at reinforcing Nestlé's sustainability initiatives, strategies and resources to help mitigate sustainability challenges and strengthen its contribution to a waste-free... 

Tiger Brands says meat processing disposal unconditional

By: Donna Slater     29th October 2020 Consumer brands company Tiger Brands says the disposal of its meat processing businesses in Germiston, Polokwane and Pretoria, to wholly-owned subsidiary of Country Bird, Silver Blade Abattoir, has become unconditional. Accordingly, the effective date of the transaction is November 1.  

Commission grants short-term exemption to SASA and its members

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th October 2020 The Competition Commission has granted the South African Sugar Association (SASA) and its members an exemption until June 31, 2021. The exemption has been granted subject to conditions to ensure that the information SASA and its members share is limited to that which is necessary to give effect... 

Boland Cellar commissions 473 kW crowdfunded solar installation

By: Donna Slater     28th October 2020 Paarl-based wine cellars Boland Cellar and peer-to-peer solar leasing platform Sun Exchange received crowd funding from 1 204 individuals from 85 countries to finance a 473 kW solar project to provide clean electricity for the wine cellar, while also reducing its electricity costs and emissions.... 

Famous Brands incurs interim loss as a result of Covid-19 restrictions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th October 2020 The negative financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and resultant restrictions have been extremely severe, food services franchiser Famous Brands CEO Darren Hele said in an October 26 statement of the group’s results for the six months ended August 31. The group’s vertically integrated... 

The Wine Farmer project launched to combat damaging effects of lockdown on industry

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd October 2020 The Southern African Agri Initiative (Saai) has launched a new wine marketing project, The Wine Farmer, which is an online wine shop aimed at making family farm wines available to consumers across South Africa at cellar door prices. The project is based at the Marianne Wine Estate, in Stellenbosch. 

The Wine Farmer project launched to combat damaging effects of lockdown on industry

Company encourages safer packaging for traditional beer

16th October 2020 Homebrewed and commercial sorghum beer is often sold in unhygienic and unsafe packaging that is not tamper-proof, therefore, any substance can be added to the brew, warns packaging manufacturing company Nampak liquid cartons MD Raymond Dube.  Unscrupulous traders often open the beer and water it... 

Company encourages safer packaging for traditional beer
RAYMOND DUBE Illicit homebrews are mostly packed in open and unhygienic containers, which are easily susceptible to abuse and meddling

Bleak outlook for packaging, reports research company

16th October 2020 According to the 2019/20 Packaging Overview report released by full-service research company BMi Research in August, South Africa’s packaging industry could decline by more than 9% in 2020 as a result of severely impaired disposable income following the national lockdown enforced as a response to... 

Acquisition expands provider’s range of wrapping solutions

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     16th October 2020 Acquiring Finnish stretch-wrapping machine manufacturer Octomeca in 2018 has allowed Switzerland-based packaging supplier FROMM Packaging Systems to expand its product offering to the packaging industry.  Octomeca offers horizontal and vertical film-wrapping solutions, which enable the company to... 

Acquisition expands provider’s range of wrapping solutions
WRAPPING IT UP The OMC-V2000 machine is indicative of FROMM’s innovative approach to ensuring the highest possible level of product protection and load securing

E-commerce spurs single-use packaging

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     16th October 2020 The growth of the e-commerce industry has led to demand for protective and branded packaging, says sustainable packaging solutions provider Mielie Mailer cofounder and MD Trent Pike. Unlike warehouse-to-store fulfilment – usually by road, with consignments usually packaged in bulk format of about... 

E-commerce spurs single-use packaging
RECYCLED WINE BOTTLES Company develops packaging solution that is plastic-free and made from recycled wine bottles

Famous Brands' British burger chain GBK enters administration

By: Reuters     14th October 2020 British-based restaurant chain Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) has entered administration, South African owner Famous Brands said on Wednesday, becoming the latest victim of brutal trading conditions in the face of Covid-19. Administrators have been appointed and have assumed control of GBK and its... 

Rio Tinto, AB InBev sign MoU to deliver sustainable, low carbon aluminium cans

By: Simone Liedtke     6th October 2020 Beer drinkers will soon be able to enjoy their favourite brew out of cans that are both recyclable and responsibly produced as a result of a global partnership between diversified miner Rio Tinto and brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev). The two companies have signed a memorandum of... 

Tiger Brands' Olifantsfontein abattoir disposal finalised

By: Simone Liedtke     30th September 2020 South African packaged goods company Tiger Brands has successfully disposed of its abattoir business at Olifantsfontein to Molare Proprietary Limited for R100-million. The acquisition has become unconditional, Tiger Brands confirmed in a statement on September 30. 

Tongaat's sale of its starch business to Barloworld to proceed

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd September 2020 An independent expert Rothschild & Co has determined that a material adverse change (MAC) has not occurred in the proposed sale of Tongaat Hulett's starch business to Barloworld subsidiary KLL Group. Tongaat in February agreed to sell the starch business to the Barloworld subsidiary for... 

SAPA lauds refocus on poultry master plan

By: Donna Slater     22nd September 2020 Despite the serious impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the local poultry industry, the South African Poultry Association (SAPA) welcomes the renewed focus on the Poultry Industry Master Plan, and praises Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel and Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural... 

PAPE Fund 3 acquires 45% equity in DDS Group of Companies

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th September 2020 Midcap South African private equity fund PAPE Fund 3 has successfully acquired 45% of the equity in the DDS Group of Companies, an African beverage dispensing and refrigeration services provider. The DDS Group of Companies provide beverage dispensing and refrigeration services on behalf of the... 

PE port loads last shipment of bumper 2020 citrus export season

By: Donna Slater     15th September 2020 The last official specialised reefer (refrigerated container) fruit vessel calling to load citrus from the Eastern Cape through the Port of Port Elizabeth's multi-purpose terminal, docked at the port this week. The MV Lady Rosebud docked at berth 10/11 on September 13 to discharge 45 empty... 

PE port loads last shipment of bumper 2020 citrus export season
MV Lady Rosebud loaded with the last South African citrus exports of the 2020 season

Master plan starts to encourage poultry sector expansion

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th September 2020 South African poultry producers have pledged to invest R1.7-billion towards expansion and improvement of productive capacity in the country. Some investment projects have already been completed, including the expansion of a hatchery and processing facility which created 428 jobs.  

Master plan starts to encourage poultry sector expansion

Real-time data essential in FMCG market

By: Cameron Mackay     11th September 2020 With the Covid-19 pandemic having led to a change in buying patterns, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) value chain solutions provider MACmobile MD Andrew Dawson suggests that the FMCG industry will have to use intelligent digital technology data to curb the negative impact this could have on the... 

Real-time data essential in FMCG market
ANDREW DAWSON We still need clarity on disposeable incomes across different consumer brands, it’s unclear if we’re going to see see a shift to more basic staples

Manufacturing continues on downward slump

By: Simone Liedtke     10th September 2020 Manufacturing production decreased by 10.6% year-on-year in July, with the largest decline in furniture and other manufacturing, which declined by 39.1% and contributed -1.4 percentage points to the overall decline. The second highest decline was in motor vehicles, parts, accessories and other... 

Competition Tribunal dismisses case against I&J

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th September 2020 The Competition Tribunal has dismissed a case of alleged cartel conduct against processed frozen foods company Irvin & Johnson (I&J) owing to a lack of evidence. The Competition Commission had accused I&J and beef processing company Karan Beef of allegedly dividing markets in the supply of... 

SPAR Group announces leadership appointments

By: Donna Slater     4th September 2020 JSE-listed household goods distributor SPAR Group, which is a member of SPAR International, with a footprint across 48 countries, has appointed Brett Botten CEO and Graham O’ Connor nonexecutive chairperson, following the retirement of Mike Hankinson. The effective dates for the changes will be... 

SPAR Group announces leadership appointments
SPAR CEO Brett Botten

Libstar grows interim revenue despite supply chain, consumer demand challenges 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd September 2020 JSE-listed fast-moving consumer goods holding company Libstar has delivered robust interim results, with revenue increases reported for household and personal care products, as well as some food categories, despite Covid-19 impacts. Libstar recorded a 1.9% year-on-year growth in group revenue... 

Libstar grows interim revenue despite supply chain, consumer demand challenges
Libstar CEO Andries van Rensburg talks interim performance and outlook for remainder of 2020

Sea Harvest records stable interim results in face of pandemic

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st August 2020 JSE-listed Sea Harvest Group reported a stable set of interim results for the six month ended June 30, with a 7% increase in revenue to R2-billion and headline earnings a share of 61c, in line with the prior interim period. The group says this was achieved despite the worst pandemic in over a... 

Sea Harvest records stable interim results in face of pandemic
Felix Ratheb

RCL Foods leverages diverse portfolio for resilience amid ‘unprecedented hardship’ in South Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     31st August 2020 JSE-listed consumer goods company RCL Foods leveraged the resilience of its diverse portfolio to finish the 12 months to June 30 in a strong cash position, delivering revenue growth of 7.4% in a period of “unprecedented hardship for South African consumers and the local economy”. Underlying... 

RCL Foods leverages diverse portfolio for resilience amid ‘unprecedented hardship’ in South Africa
RCL CEO Miles Dally

Bidcorp revenue declines as a result of Covid-19 measures 

By: Donna Slater     26th August 2020 Food distribution company Bidcorp recorded net revenue of R121.1-billion for the financial year ended June 30, representing a 6.3% decline from the R129.3-billion in revenue reported for the 2019 financial year. Its gross profit margin, however, increased to 24.1%, up from 23.9% in the 2019... 

Bidcorp revenue declines as a result of Covid-19 measures
Bidcorp operations and financial performance impacted by Covid-19-hit consumer markets

DTIC, Wesgro to host virtual wine mission to South Korea

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th August 2020 To enhance bilateral trade and investment ties, the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) will, in collaboration with trade promotion agency Wesgro, host a virtual wine mission to South Korea. The event, to be held on August 27, will showcase ten wineries from the Western Cape region. 

Alcohol industry commits R150m to harm-reduction programmes

By: Simone Liedtke     20th August 2020 The South African alcohol industry has committed R150-million to direct harm-reduction programmes over the coming year. The investment is to focus on upscaling existing programmes and finding new, innovative measures to deal with key areas of concern, including drinking and driving or walking,... 

Fuelled by consumer demand, Tetra Pak takes steps to green processes and products

By: Donna Slater     18th August 2020 Food processing and packaging manufacturer Tetra Pak is taking steps to better align itself with the demand for more sustainable and environment-friendly packaging solutions. Tetra Pak president and CEO Adolfo Orive says the company has, over the course of 2019, witnessed awareness and... 

Libstar's retail, wholesale business achieves revenue growth as food service business struggles amid Covid-19

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th August 2020 JSE-listed fast-moving consumer goods holding company Libstar managed to grow its revenue from its retail and wholesale business segment by 10.7% during the six months ended June 30. The company’s businesses in this segment were able to operate for the entire duration of the national lockdown... 

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