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Food & Beverage News

Partnership aids in reducing beverage industry footprint

20th August 2021 The beverage industry in South Africa still presents significant opportunities for addressing water, energy and waste efficiencies across the entire value chain, according to industry support programme National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC-SA) resources, strategy and innovation manager... 

Mondelēz businesswomen offer advice for young leaders

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th August 2021 Women have a role to play in building the South African and African economy, and much can be gained by leveraging women leaders’ traits for the growth of others and organisations, speakers said during a webinar hosted by multinational food company Mondelēz International on August 17. Mondelēz... 

High level of available food supply in South Africa wasted, CSIR study shows

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th August 2021 The findings of a recently released study from scientific and technology research, development and implementation organisation the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) shows that an estimated 10.3-million tonnes a year of edible food, earmarked for human consumption in South... 

Dangote-owned sugar firm plans $1bn expansion

By: Bloomberg     6th August 2021 Dangote Sugar Refinery, owned by Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote, plans to spend $1-billion on expansion after Nigeria’s central bank made his firm one of the three sole importers of the sweetener into Africa’s largest economy. The company has put more than 100 000 ha of land under cultivation... 

Unique thermowell design on offer

6th August 2021 Measuring instruments supplier Wika Instruments offers its ScrutonWell as an alternative to a standard thermowell. The ScrutonWell, manufactured by Wika, is typically used in applications commonly found in the chemicals and petrochemicals industry, where high flow velocity and aggressive process... 

A large silver screw like instrument used in a thermowell application
WELL WELL WELL The ScrutonWell offered by Wika can handle high flow velocity and aggressive process media

Control tower effectively monitors transport of chemicals

By: Halima Frost     6th August 2021 Specialist transport company Unitrans Supply Chain Solutions has noted a 42% improvement in driver awareness, while distracted driving incidents have decreased by 45%, since the launch of its centralised control tower in January 2017. The control tower manages Unitrans’ chemical, petrochemical,... 

An image of a large Unitrans truck bearing an abnormal loads sign
VANTAGE POINT Unitrans' new control tower uses new tech, trained staff and an aerial view of its yard to successfully dispatch its trucks throughout S. Africa

RCL appoints Paul Cruickshank CEO as Miles Dally retires

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd August 2021 JSE-listed RCL Foods has appointed Paul Cruickshank as CEO with effect from December 1. He will succeed Miles Dally, who is retiring, with effect from the close of business on November 30. 

Meat import associations call for perishables to be moved to inland cold storage facilities

By: Schalk Burger     29th July 2021 The South African Meat Processors Association (Sampa) and the South African Association of Meat Importers and Exporters (AMIE SA) have called for an action plan to ensure imported perishable food containers are re-routed to inland cold storage facilities, as KwaZulu-Natal facilities have been... 

Potatoes South Africa, McCain warn of looming potato dumping threat

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th July 2021 Industry association Potatoes South Africa (PSA) has highlighted the imminent threat looming for the local potatoes industry, considering the recent lapse of antidumping duty protection. South Africa has long been considered a prime destination for dumping below-cost frozen processed potato... 

McCain Foods potatoes
McCain Foods potatoes

Flexible dual-fuel engines to modernise Flour Mills Nigeria plant

By: Schalk Burger     28th July 2021 Energy and marine equipment manufacturer Wärtsilä will supply fuel-flexible dual-fuel engines to extend, improve and modernise power generation for a captive power plant at Nigeria’s oldest and largest food and agroprocessing company Flour Mills Nigeria. Flour Mills Nigeria’s Lagos-based power... 

An image of the Wärtsilä Fuel-flexible 34DF engine generator that will be installed at Flour Mills Nigeria's premises

Tiger Brands recalling some canned vegetable products

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th July 2021 JSE-listed Tiger Brands is instituting an immediate recall of certain canned vegetable products, following the identification of defective cans. A leak in a can presents a risk of secondary microbial contamination after the canned products are dispatched into the marketplace. Where such... 

Busa welcomes easing of restrictions, others caution of damage already done

By: Donna Slater     26th July 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa’s July 25 address to the nation and the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions from adjusted Alert Level 4, to adjusted Alert Level 3, has been welcomed by Business Unity South Africa (Busa), while the South African Liquor Brandowners Association (Salba) has expressed concern... 

Project management firm upgrades sugar factory

23rd July 2021 Consulting engineering and project management solutions company Bosch Projects was appointed by wattle bark miller and sugar producer UCL Company to undertake three major projects for the recent expansion at its sugar factory in Dalton, KwaZulu-Natal. Bosch Projects is a member of the... 

Photo of long tube evaporator installed at sugar factory
LONG TUBE EVAPORATOR Bosch Projects team needed to be innovative and creative in its approach to detailed engineering solutions and the application of expertise

Vinpro awaits verdict on interim interdict application

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd July 2021 After hearing industry body Vinpro’s case for the Western Cape to deviate from the national liquor ban, the High Court has reserved judgment on the matter. Vinpro’s urgent interim interdict application to enable off-and on-site consumption and sale of liquor in the province was heard by Judge... 

Pick n Pay to reopen 58 stores by end of next week, calls for lifting of liquor sales ban

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd July 2021 Supermarket chain store Pick n Pay (PnP) is planning to reopen up to 58 of its PnP and Boxer stores by the end of next week. This follows the recent violent protests in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal that resulted in 136 of PnP’s food, grocery, clothing and building stores being looted or damaged,... 

Alcohol industry asks govt to allow legal liquor trade to resume from July 26

By: Schalk Burger     22nd July 2021 Five industry associations in the alcohol industry is calling on government to release the scientific data it uses to justify the repeated bans on the sale of alcohol. They also request that legal liquor trade be allowed to resume from July 26. 

Basa requests urgent meeting with Patel to save industry on the brink of collapse

By: Donna Slater     21st July 2021 In the wake of the recent civil unrest, which resulted in 161 liquor outlets and distribution centres being looted and damaged in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, the beer industry is urgently calling for the alcohol ban to be lifted so that legal businesses can operate. Enabling liquor business to... 

Shoprite, Pick n Pay strongly recovering after hundreds of stores damaged

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th July 2021 Following the civil unrest that South Africa experienced last week, JSE-listed supermarket groups Shoprite and Pick n Pay have stated their losses and recovery plans. Supermarkets and their associated clothing and liquor stores were prime targets of mass groups of looters that wreaked havoc on... 

Vinpro confirms hearing date for interim interdict application after issues

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th July 2021 Industry body Vinpro confirms that a court date has been set for July 21, in the Western Cape High Court, to hear its urgent interim interdict application. This follows various postponements and, most recently, Vinpro being notified that the court would not hear this application, owing to two... 

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... 

Food market

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... 

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