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Food & Beverage News

Local company popularises electrical heat tracing

By: Nica Schreuder     1st December 2017 Amid escalating costs of heating containers using traditional methods, such as steam or gas, a more cost-effective, efficient and controlled method of ensuring the constant heating of containers is electrical heat tracing (EHT), says eltherm South Africa MD Peter Stone. EHT specialist eltherm... 

Makwana appointed chairperson of Illovo Sugar

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th November 2017 Illovo Sugar South Africa on Thursday announced the appointment of Mpho Makwana as chairperson, effective December 1, succeeding Gavin Dalgleish who stepped down to focus on his role as group MD. Makwana previously co-chaired the World Economic Forum on Africa in 2011 and served as Eskom... 

Crookes Brothers profits down on lower sugar cane revenue

By: African News Agency      29th November 2017 Agricultural firm Crookes Brothers said on Wednesday its after-tax profit decreased by 70.5% to R26.4 million in the six months ended September 2017, driven down by a decline in sugar cane revenue in the aftermath of drought. Crookes however said it expected results for the full year to March... 

Rhodes Food's FY17 performance dragged by international operations

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st November 2017 The headline earnings of JSE-listed Rhodes Food declined by 19.1% to R237-million for the financial year ended October 1, as regional gains were offset by a disappointing international performance. Diluted headline earnings a share decreased by 27% to 93.4c for the year under review, with... 

Astral Foods trumps difficult trading period with sterling FY17 results

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th November 2017 JSE-listed Astral Foods on Monday attributed the 96.8% increase in headline earnings a share to R18.99 for the year ended September 30 to the recovery in poultry profits during the second half of the financial year. “Stable prices for poultry products during the winter months, together with... 

Adverse trading conditions slash Pioneer Foods' earnings by half

By: African News Agency      20th November 2017 South African food group Pioneer said on Monday its adjusted headline earnings per share for the year ended 30 September 2017 fell by half, largely due to constrained trading conditions. The company also said maize procurement in the period to May had been hit by severe drought in the northern... 

SAB entrepreneurship for employment initiative welcomed

17th November 2017 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) has welcomed South African Breweries (SAB’s) entrepreneurship campaign aimed at enabling South African entrepreneurs to create 10 000 jobs by 2021. 

SAB PROGRAMME
The SAB entrepreneurial programme, which provides a package of support, was launched in September
SAB PROGRAMME The SAB entrepreneurial programme, which provides a package of support, was launched in September

DCD success in winemaking opens new markets

17th November 2017 Having proven that its Disruptor technology is more than suitable for the winemaking and beer sectors, South African biotechnology company Green Cell Technologies (GCT), states that it has turned its attention to the lucrative fruit sugar concentrates market. 

LESS SUGAR
Consumers are more informed about the effect of foodstuffs they consume and the growing demand for less sugary products
LESS SUGAR Consumers are more informed about the effect of foodstuffs they consume and the growing demand for less sugary products

New Summerstrand-based ale house opened

By: Simone Liedtke     17th November 2017 Eastern Cape-based manufacturing micro-brewery Dockside Brewery opened its Dockside Ale House in Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, last month. 

GLOBAL STYLES
Globally, there are more than thirty main styles of beer
GLOBAL STYLES Globally, there are more than thirty main styles of beer

Value-for-money centrifugal pumps to change process

17th November 2017 The food and beverage industry is continuously looking for solutions to increase production efficiency with extremely high system pressure applications becoming more common, especially in typical reverse osmosis applications for whey, wine and beer filtration. 

UPCOMING AVAILABILITY
Higher flow rates are expected to be available very soon
UPCOMING AVAILABILITY Higher flow rates are expected to be available very soon

Embraco enters local markets with strong R&D background

By: Schalk Burger     17th November 2017 Brazil-headquartered hermetic compressors and refrigeration solutions multinational Embraco will leverage its research and development (R&D) competitive advantage to gain market share in Africa, says Embraco business and marketing VP Marcio Schissatti. The company invests 3% to 4% of its net... 

Gold Brands to mitigate tough economic conditions with unique concepts

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th November 2017 While South African franchiser Gold Brands’ revenue for the six months ended August 31 fell 72.6% to R27.6-million year-on-year, owing to losses experienced from store closures incurred by lease expiries, the company’s gross profit margin increased from 30.9% to 47.3%, thanks to a more aligned... 

Gold Brands buys 50% stake in Ed’s Diner

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th November 2017 South African franchising company Gold Brands (GBI) will acquire 50% of the rights, trademarks and intellectual property of burger restaurant chain Ed's Diner from owner Vasilis Lazaridis. Gold Brands and Lazaridis will operate the restaurant chain in a joint venture, which will own the exclusive... 

New technologies further construction abilities

By: Victor Moolman     3rd November 2017 Using new technologies enables industrial tank manufacturer Metal Tank Industries to construct storage vessels, steel walkways, platforms and gantries, pumps, pipelines, control panels, electrical cabling, load cells, cooling towers and boilers that are used at food and beverage production plants. 

LARGE METAL TANKS The company is using new technologies to decrease the turnaround time for new plants
LARGE METAL TANKS The company is using new technologies to decrease the turnaround time for new plants

Firm extols the virtues of carton packaging for food and drink products

By: Donna Slater     3rd November 2017 Food processing and packaging solutions company Tetra Pak showcased the advantages of carton packaging for food and drink products during a live food preparation event at Sandton-based culinary school Pick n Pay Good Food Studio, last month.  

DESIGNED FOR TODAY
Cartons are lightweight and convenient, and their comprising fully recyclable materials means they are sustainable and ecofriendly
DESIGNED FOR TODAY Cartons are lightweight and convenient, and their comprising fully recyclable materials means they are sustainable and ecofriendly

SAB invests millions in black-owned SMMEs 

By: Anine Kilian     1st November 2017 Multinational beverage and brewing company Anheuser-Busch (AB) InBev subsidiary South African Breweries (SAB) has invested more than R200-million into creating an inclusive supply chain which incorporates black-owned and black women-owned small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) through... 

SAB and AB InBev Africa president Ricardo Tadeu
SAB President Ricardo Tadeu talks to Engineering News online about SAB's entrepreneurship programmes. Video and Video editing: Darlene Creamer 1.11.2017

Rhodes Food expects FY17 decline in earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th October 2017 JSE-listed Rhodes Food expects to report a drop in headline earnings of between 17% and 22% for the year ended October 1, from the restated headline earnings of R293.1-million in 2016. While its regional markets showed good organic growth, the international business significantly dragged the... 

Famous Brands reports double-digit drop in H1 earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th October 2017 JSE-listed Famous Brands on Monday posted a double-digit decline in earnings for the six months ended August 31, as the group faced a local environment that CEO Darren Hele described as one of the toughest in management’s recollection. However, Hele felt that the branded food services franchisor... 

Steady demand for customisable stainless steel products

By: Robyn Wilkinson     27th October 2017 Owing to its strong reputation for customisable turnkey solutions, there is steady and strong demand for stainless steel processing equipment manufacturer Anderson Engineering’s products throughout the African markets that it serves, says Anderson Engineering deputy MD David Nienaber. 

CUSTOM DESIGN
Anderson Engineering developed several unique processing steps to ensure AR Brands can meet expected demand for its mayonnaise over a five-year period
CUSTOM DESIGN Anderson Engineering developed several unique processing steps to ensure AR Brands can meet expected demand for its mayonnaise over a five-year period

Work drying up in Western Cape drought

By: News24Wire      26th October 2017 Red flags were raised over possible civil unrest in the Western Cape due to the predicted loss of around 50 000 jobs as the drought hammers the province's vital agricultural sector, a joint parliamentary committee sitting heard on Wednesday. "The impact on the economy is worse for the... 

Pioneer warns of lower FY earnings, revenue

By: Anine Kilian     23rd October 2017 JSE-listed Pioneer Foods on Monday warned shareholders its earnings for the year ended September 30, had likely halved. In a trading update, the company said its headline earnings a share for the full-year would be between R3.98 and R4.70, compared with R9.04 in the prior financial year. “Revenue... 

Over 6 000 visitors expected at packaging event

By: Victor Moolman     20th October 2017 This year, Propak Cape, taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from October 24 to 26, will host more than 200 local and international exhibitors. Based on the previous Propak Cape, held in 2014, this year, the company is expecting more than 6 000 visitors. 

Drainage system helps manufacturer achieve international standards

By: Robyn Wilkinson     13th October 2017 Drainage technology provider ACO Systems South Africa has completed the first phase of the installation of its flagship hygienic solution at food manufacturer Simba Pepsico’s production plant, in Johannesburg. 

MARCO CASSOL
Effective drainage systems are important for protecting building infrastructure and production plants from the destructive effects of water damage
MARCO CASSOL Effective drainage systems are important for protecting building infrastructure and production plants from the destructive effects of water damage

AB InBev focusing on its public interest commitments as it celebrates one year as megabrewer

By: Schalk Burger     11th October 2017 Brewing multinational Anheuser-Busch (AB) InBev has worked hard over the past year to meet its public interest commitments following the business combination with SAB in late 2016, SAB and AB InBev Africa zone president Ricardo Tadeu said in a statement on Wednesday. The public interest... 

Pumps investment solidifies Mozambique sugar industry

By: Nica Schreuder     6th October 2017 South African pumps manufacturer and supplier Brehnor Pumps has commissioned two Ornel Floodlifter 1 200-mm-diameter pumps on the Xinavane sugar estate, in Mozambique, owned by agricultural and agroprocessing business company Tongaat Hulett. 

FLOOD MITIGATION
The 1 200 nominal bore (NB) Brehnor Ornel Floodlifter pump on the right, with a smaller 600 NB pump on the left
FLOOD MITIGATION The 1 200 nominal bore (NB) Brehnor Ornel Floodlifter pump on the right, with a smaller 600 NB pump on the left

AB InBev completes $3.15bn Coca-Cola Beverages Africa transition

By: African News Agency      5th October 2017 The world’s largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) on Thursday announced that it has completed the transition of its 54.5% equity stake in Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) for $3.15-billion after customary adjustments. This comes after AB InBev last year acquired SABMiller for... 

Manufacturing sector bore brunt of industrial cyberattacks in first half of 2017

By: Schalk Burger     4th October 2017 The manufacturing sector emerged as the hardest hit by cyberattacks during the first half of 2017 as the target of one in every three attacks on industrial control system (ICS) computers, global cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab said on Wednesday. The Threat Landscape for Industrial Automation... 

Production losses as result of bird flu estimated to be in region of R800m in Western Cape

By: African News Agency      2nd October 2017 Early estimates suggest an outbreak of avian influenza has led to production losses of around R800-million in the Western Cape, Economic Opportunities MEC Alan Winde said on Monday. In a statement, Winde said there were at least 36 confirmed cases of avian flu. Seventy ostrich farms were under... 

Bird flu causes more harm for Quantum Foods

By: African News Agency      2nd October 2017 Egg producer Quantum Foods on Monday temporarily closed down the remaining two sites of the Lemoenkloof commercial layer farm as the outbreak of highly pathogenic Avian Influenza (AI) continued to plague its eggs farms in the Western Cape. The recent outbreaks of the highly pathogenic avian... 

Recovery rate growth lies in metals from landfills

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th September 2017 With South Africa already boasting a recovery rate of about 72% for used beverage cans, metals packaging industry body MetPac-SA believes that further potential lies in diverting other metal packaging such as aluminium foil, containers and empty tin cans from landfills. “With regards to aluminium... 

CAN-DO ATTITUDE 
Many households in South Africa already undertake excellent work in recycling components such as beer and soft drink beverage cans
CAN-DO ATTITUDE Many households in South Africa already undertake excellent work in recycling components such as beer and soft drink beverage cans

Small businesses remain optimistic, despite volatility and uncertainties

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th September 2017 Despite economic volatility, South African small business owners remain optimistic and are actively pursuing growth, according to research from cloud based accounting software company Xero.   The research report, titled ‘State of South African Small Businesses’ surveys the challenges facing the... 

HELPING HAND
Some small business owners want the government to provide more funding and some believe government should grant tax breaks for their business
Photo by Bloomberg
HELPING HAND Some small business owners want the government to provide more funding and some believe government should grant tax breaks for their business

BMG invests R400m in Joburg distribution centre 

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th September 2017 Technical solutions provider BMG, which is part of Invicta Holdings, has officially launched its BMG World site, in Johannesburg, which is the culmination of a consolidation and supply chain re-engineering strategy that began nearly ten years ago. “The company’s R400-million investment to upgrade... 

WORLD-CLASS FACILITY
BMG’s R400-million investment to upgrade its existing Droste Park facilities into a leading-edge distribution centre, centralises functional and support operations
BMG MD Gavin Pelser discusses the upgraded BMG World site facility in Johannesburg. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Tribunal approves The Coca-Cola Company’s acquisition of SABMiller’s CCBA shares

By: Anine Kilian     28th September 2017 The Competition Tribunal on Wednesday approved, with conditions, a merger whereby the Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) plans to buy SABMiller’s shares in Coca Cola Beverage Africa (CCBA).   The tribunal in 2016 approved a merger which saw independent bottlers of Coca-Cola products combine their existing... 

New retail development to open in Walvis Bay

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th September 2017 The new R500-million Dunes Mall in Walvis Bay, Namibia, is in the final stages of completion, with its doors set to open next month. The mall is developed by South African property developer and investor Atterbury, in partnership with local developers Tradehold. 

SIZING UP
The new 27 500 m2 Dunes Mall in Walvis Bay, will be the largest in the area and the second largest in Namibia
SIZING UP The new 27 500 m2 Dunes Mall in Walvis Bay, will be the largest in the area and the second largest in Namibia

Clover’s FY17 earnings fall after record performance of 2016

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th September 2017 The shine of delivering historic record high earnings in 2016 has faded as consumer goods and beverages group Clover’s latest full-year earnings have been hurt by the prolonged drought, a wetter and cooler summer and rand volatility. The year ended June 30, had been characterised by the negative... 

Clover CEO Johann Vorster
Photo by Duane Daws
Clover CEO Johann Vorster

Organisation advocates a local recycling culture

By: Nadine James     8th September 2017 Despite numerous recycling initiatives and incentives in communities across the country – including collection points in close proximity to neighbourhoods – metal packaging recycling organisation MetPac-SA believes that an inherent recycling culture still needs to be established in South Africa.... 

ONE MAN'S TRASH Aluminium and metal cans are regarded as high-value items by recyclers
ONE MAN'S TRASH Aluminium and metal cans are regarded as high-value items by recyclers

Clover warns of up to 67% drop in FY17 HEPS

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th September 2017 Diary products manufacturer Clover has warned that its headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the financial year ended June 30 are likely to decrease by between 65% and 67% year-on-year as a result of the prolonged drought and rand volatility that resulted in above-inflation input costs. The... 

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