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Food & Beverage News

Business is booming for supplier

By: Darren Parker     10th April 2020 Stainless steel vessels and tanks supplier Metal Tank Industries has noted a definite market upswing in the past eight months, particularly in the food and beverage sector, as well as in the industrial sector, in terms of mineral oils, petroleum oils, chemicals and agrochemicals production.... 

Covid-19 lockdowns, rand depreciation, set to drive up food, including staples, inflation

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th April 2020 The Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) has, in its latest brief report Food price outlook for Quarter 2 2020 and beyond, warned that food prices in South Africa were set to rise during this, second, quarter of the year. The country’s staple foods – maize, wheat and rice – would not be... 

Tiger Brands outlines impacts of Covid-19 on its operations

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th April 2020 Although most of JSE-listed Tiger Brands’ manufacturing and distribution sites have been identified as essential services and have continued to operate through the national lockdown period, certain facilities and offices have been closed based on the current regulatory requirements or demand... 

Independent research body highlights complexity of South Africa’s food chain

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th April 2020 Independent research agency the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) has highlighted that South Africa’s food supply chains are complex. “These supply chains are a web of formal and informal interactions between agricultural inputs, logistics, farmers, spazas [informal convenience... 

Wine industry in bittersweet situation with harvesting allowed, but exports denied

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd April 2020 South Africa’s 2020 wine grape crop will still yield exceptional wines despite uncertainty at first considering South Africa’s lockdown practices, says industry body Vinpro. The industry is harvesting the last few thousand tonnes of crops across ten wine regions in the country, owing to a... 

Wine industry in bittersweet situation with harvesting allowed, but exports denied

Agri-fintech company moves to provide digital support for small-scale farmers

By: Schalk Burger     3rd April 2020 Agri-fintech company eSus Africa is supporting small-scale and emerging farmers by gathering and using data. Its onsite system enables farmers to gather machine and sensor data, monitor inputs and feeds from weather and agriculture agencies for planning and decisions, as well as record yields,... 

Astral denies that it has shut down facility owing to Covid-19 infections

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st March 2020 Poultry producer Astral Foods has refuted fake news that has been doing the rounds on social media, claiming that some of its employees have tested positive for the coronavirus and that the Health Minister has ordered a shutdown of an Astral's production facility. The company on March 31 said... 

Astral denies that it has shut down facility owing to Covid-19 infections

Massmart warns of supply chain disruption outside of S Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st March 2020 While JSE-listed Massmart’s consumer goods stores Makro, Cash & Carry, Game, Shield Buying Group and Cambridge Food will continue to operate during South Africa’s lockdown, the company did warn of disruption to its supply chain to stores outside of South Africa. “The closure of South Africa’s... 

Massmart warns of supply chain disruption outside of S Africa

Tribunal orders SAB to include former employees in BEE top-up scheme, pending investigation

By: Donna Slater     31st March 2020 The Competition Tribunal has issued an order, instructing South African Breweries (SAB) to set aside a portion of its black economic empowerment (BEE) scheme’s top-up benefits for former employees, pending the outcome of the final determination of a Competition Commission investigation.
 
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Fruit SA appoints acting CEO

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st March 2020 Nonprofit umbrella body Fruit South Africa (SA) has appointed Fhumulani Ratshitanga acting CEO with effect from April 1. This following the resignation of Dr Konanani Liphadzi, after a six-year tenure as the first CEO of Fruit SA. 

South African production of key foods largely reassuring in face of crisis

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th March 2020 An independent research centre, the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP), has published an overview of five key foods produced in South Africa, as part of its analysis of food and agricultural aspects of the Covid-19 pandemic crisis. The foods are chicken (meat), maize (grains), soybean... 

Agri movement during lockdown is a privilege, should be treated as such - organisations

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th March 2020 Industry organisation Agri South Africa (Agri SA), as part of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries’ Covid-19 task force, has been working closely with government to determine appropriate movement of essential goods related to the agriculture industry, which is a privilege the... 

Agri movement during lockdown is a privilege, should be treated as such - organisations

Nampak expects Covid-19 to further hinder already burdened economies

By: Simone Liedtke     30th March 2020 As economies shift their focus towards containing the spread of and the eradication of the Covid-19 virus, packaging products manufacturer Nampak on March 30 lamented that the pandemic was expected to further hinder an already burdened economy, and that it would put further pressure on consumers’... 

No impact of Covid-19 on Illovo, other ethanol alcohol producers

By: Donna Slater     30th March 2020 While sugar and related products manufacturer Illovo Sugar South Africa (Illovo SA) reports no impact on production as a result of measures implemented to contain the spread of Covid-19, it also reaffirms its commitment to refocus the business towards meeting the growing demand for alcohol used... 

Distell mitigating effects of Covid-19, will produce hand sanitiser

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th March 2020 JSE-listed Distell is collaborating with government, retailers, suppliers, customers and staff to address the potential long- and short-term effects Covid-19 on its business. Distell is following the guidelines of the World Health Organisation (WHO), the National Institute of Communicable... 

Distell mitigating effects of Covid-19, will produce hand sanitiser
Distell hand sanitiser

Call for polymer, plastics industries to be declared essential as lockdown looms

By: Donna Slater     25th March 2020 South African plastics industry representative organisation Plastics SA has called on government to reclassify some sectors within the broader plastics industry as essential service providers owing to its contribution to packaging essential items during the upcoming 21-day national lockdown.... 

Mpact postpones dividend payment amid Covid-19 national lockdown uncertainties

By: Donna Slater     24th March 2020 Plastics, paper and packaging manufacturer Mpact is postponing its payment of its cash dividends for the 2019 financial year by five months, in light of uncertainties brought about by the national 21-day lockdown. This is expected to help preserve the company’s financial liquidity.  

DTI effects regulations for healthcare sector, retailers in light of Covid-19

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th March 2020 Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel, after consultation with the Competition Commission, and in terms of the Competition Act, has published regulations for Covid-19 exemption for the healthcare sector. The regulations will come into effect on the date of publication in the Government Gazette. 

Coca Cola Beverages South Africa applies to tribunal for urgent interim relief

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th March 2020 The Competition Tribunal on Friday heard an urgent interim relief application by beverage manufacturer Coca Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA), which claims that conditions of the merger, whereby the Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) bought brewing and beverage company SABMiller shares held in Coca Cola... 

Gin makers bottle hand sanitiser for vulnerable as coronavirus spreads

By: Reuters     20th March 2020 Small gin distilleries across Britain have started producing hand sanitiser to help vulnerable people protect themselves from coronavirus amid a national shortage in a trend mirrored across the globe from Australia to the United States. Australian cricketer Shane Warne announced on Thursday that... 

Cluster emphasises importance of local manufacturing

By: Halima Frost     20th March 2020 It is of utmost importance to be able to draw a definitive line between locally manufactured and imported products in the South African pumps sector, as locally manufactured products need to take precedence over imports in projects, says industry association South African Pump Cluster chairperson... 

Cluster emphasises importance of local manufacturing
HOWARD JONES There is a need for a definitive line between locally manufactured and imported products in the South African pumps sector

Coca-Cola starts up solar-powered boreholes in Limpopo community

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th March 2020 Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) has launched the first of its off-grid, solar-powered groundwater harvesting and treatment projects to commemorate National Water Week. The first project, called Coke Ville, is based in the Tshikota village community, just west of Louis Trichardt, in... 

Coca-Cola starts up solar-powered boreholes in Limpopo community
Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa's first off-grid, solar-powered water harvesting and treatment project, in the Tshikota village

Libstar delivers solid results despite challenging market conditions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th March 2020 Food and beverage producer Libstar Group’s business model and strategy continued to be robust, allowing it to deliver resilient results for the year ended December 31, 2019, when markets remained under pressure. For the period, normalised earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and... 

Stakeholder communication, planning needed to limit Covid-19 impact on supply chains

By: Schalk Burger     18th March 2020 The impact on supply chains owing to the Covid-19 outbreak and from the closure of ports of entry can be mitigated through identification of potential impacts and early communications among affected stakeholders, advisory firm Deloitte Africa restructuring services leader Jo Mitchell-Marais tells... 

Port closures won't impact goods movement – so stop panic buying

By: News24Wire      17th March 2020 The recently announced port closures are only meant to limit the movement of people and will not affect the flow of goods to the country, Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel has said. Patel stressed that the two ports will only be closed for passengers. Passengers from ships that dock at... 

Port closures won't impact goods movement – so stop panic buying
Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel

Every effort must be made to ensure economy ‘does not grind to a halt’ 

By: Terence Creamer     16th March 2020 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni stressed on Monday that, before contemplating any possible stimulus package to address the negative economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, all efforts should be geared towards ensuring that the already weak domestic economy “does not grind to a halt”. A failure... 

Every effort must be made to ensure economy ‘does not grind to a halt’
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni

Ebiesa says higher chicken import tariffs will impair consumers, small business

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2020 The Emerging Black Importers and Exporters Association of South Africa (Ebiesa) has bemoaned government’s increase in the poultry import tariff, saying it will have a negative impact on consumers and emerging black importers. The import tariff increases were published in the Government Gazette... 

Ebiesa says higher chicken import tariffs will impair consumers, small business

Taste Holdings to liquidate food businesses, retains luxury businesses

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2020 JSE-listed food and jewellery management group Taste Holdings has started proceedings to liquidate its three food businesses, which only have global pizza brand Domino’s Pizza remaining after it sold its other franchising rights and/or closed stores. This liquidation exercise would include... 

FairPlay, Sapa welcome higher chicken import tariff 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th March 2020 Nonprofit trade movement FairPlay and the South African Poultry Association (Sapa) have welcomed the new, higher chicken import tariffs that was published in the Government Gazette on Friday. However, FairPlay said it remained to be seen whether or not the tariffs would stem the tide of... 

FairPlay, Sapa welcome higher chicken import tariff

Bank funds beverages company expansion strategy into Africa

13th March 2020 Financial services group Standard Bank has successfully arranged and structured $50-million in financing facilities for beverages company Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) to support its expansion strategy in Ethiopia over the next five years. The Coca-Cola Company holds a majority stake in CCBA,... 

Company upgrades its ERP for companies in food and bev industry

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     13th March 2020 Software company SYSPRO is working on upgrades to its SYSPRO Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) version 8 including some additional functionalities suitable for two large consumer products companies in South Africa and is also implementing the solution at two other food companies. “The SYSPRO ERP... 

Spray drying cost effective, reduces allergens

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     13th March 2020 Food manufacturer Sunspray Food Ingredients has expanded spray drying in its operation as a technology that can ensure cost savings and minimise allergens in food and non-food segments, says food manufacturer Sunspray MD Rene Cross. Spray drying is a technology that is used to convert any liquid... 

Spray drying cost effective, reduces allergens
WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY New technology in spray drying will create opportunities in food and non-food segments such as pet food

Pneumatic components assist in disposing waste

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     13th March 2020 Industrial equipment supplier Berntel SA, part of the Hudaco Group, supplies pneumatic components that assist in mitigating the water and oil waste that is produced in airlines in the food and beverage industry. These components include the company’s JORC Condensate drain, notes Berntel SA... 

Pneumatic components assist in disposing waste
SOLUTION DRIVEN Berntel SA focuses on a wide range of pneumatic, industrial and automation components

Manufacturer offers hoists for industry

13th March 2020 New to equipment and products manufacturer Becker Mining South Africa’s range of Kito hoists are food grade electric chain hoists, designed for safe lifting applications in contaminant controlled and corrosive processing environments – particularly the food and beverage sector, where cleanliness... 

Manufacturer offers hoists for industry
TWICE AS NICE These hoists are available as single speed units or with adjustable two-speed and dual speed selection

Data, AI to increase FMCG profits and save costs

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     13th March 2020 In order for fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies to increase profits and remain cost efficient, value chain software company MACmobile believes that such companies need to consider merging artificial intelligence (AI) with the data generated in their supply chain.  Owing to the amount of... 

Data, AI to increase FMCG profits and save costs
ANDREW DAWSON Using technology will enable distributors to acquire feedback on all their products through the amount of data that is collected

Supplier offers complete solution to university

By: Cameron Mackay     13th March 2020 Local cleaning chemicals supplier Industroclean’s ability to provide holistic cleaning solutions enables it to offer the University of Cape Town (UCT) a one-stop-shop cleaning chemicals solution. Industroclean MD Emma Corder confirms that the company began supplying its solutions to UCT... 

Supplier offers complete solution to university
CLEANING VARIATION While above the floor cleaning tasks remain similar, variations in floor types require different products and methodologies for maintenance or restoration

Premium instant coffee launched

13th March 2020 Last month, food and beverage company Nestlé announced the global launch of coffee company Starbucks premium instant (soluble) coffee. The new range consists of medium roast and dark roast coffees, and a variety of coffee beverages and tea lattes. 

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