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Food & Beverage News

Dale completes its first-ever 96 t carton chiller 

24th March 2021 Dale Spiral Systems & Bakery Automation is this month getting its first-ever 96 t carton cooler ready for delivery to a dairy manufacturer, which has been in development for the last four years. Marleny Arnoldi visited the site. 

Coca-Cola, BanQu launch payment platform for informal waste reclaimers, boosting bankability

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th March 2021 In recognition of Global Recycling Day on March 18, beverage company Coca-Cola South Africa and blockchain-based supply chain and economic  passport platform BanQu are rolling out a payment platform to financially empower informal waste reclaimers and buyback centres in a boost to the local... 

Dale completes its first-ever 96 t carton chiller

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th March 2021 Dale Spiral Systems & Bakery Automation is nearing completion of its first-ever carton cooler, which has been in development for four years. Project manager Heinrich Hattingh tells Engineering News the company has been specially engineering the equipment for use in a food manufacturing facility... 

Dale Spiral Systems' 96 t carton chiller
Dale Spiral Systems' 96 t carton chiller

SABS develops poultry standard to improve welfare of chickens

By: Donna Slater     18th March 2021 As part of its efforts to support the South African poultry industry, the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), through its technical committee, has developed a draft South African Standard (DSS) 1758 that focuses on the welfare of chickens. The new standard is in line with President Cyril... 

Libstar shows resilience in 2020 financial performance

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2021 JSE-listed consumer packaged goods group Libstar has declared a final cash dividend of 25c a share for the year ended December 31, 2020. This despite normalised operating profit having decreased by 13.1% year-on-year to R774-million at a margin of 7.5%, impacted on by Covid-19-related... 

Libstar shows resilience in 2020 financial performance

Sugar Master Plan contributing to industry’s growth – Patel

By: Donna Slater     15th March 2021 Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel last week told farmers, millers, retailers, food producers and trade unions that the implementation of the Sugar Master Plan is resulting in signs of growth during a virtual briefing. Detailing the progress in implementing the master plan,... 

Bulk dough manufacturer commissions solar plant to lower costs, drive sustainability

By: Donna Slater     12th March 2021 South African dough manufacturer Goosebumps, in a drive to improve its sustainability, has installed a 250 kW, 618-panel solar photovoltaic power plant at its Cape Town factory. The plant provides almost 25% of the site’s electricity requirement.  

Bulk dough manufacturer commissions solar plant to lower costs, drive sustainability

Five predictions driving transformation in industry

12th March 2021 The unforeseen disruption experienced in 2020 has prompted food and beverage producers to futureproof their businesses as far as is possible, says business cloud software solutions provider Infor Europe, Middle East and Africa solution consulting VP Phil Lewis. 

PHIL LEWIS
New technologies such as the Internet of Things will become crucial in facilitating the granularity required to minimise waste while maximising output
PHIL LEWIS New technologies such as the Internet of Things will become crucial in facilitating the granularity required to minimise waste while maximising output

Chain designed for production environments

12th March 2021 Engineering components provider BMG’s power transmission division offers maintenance-free solutions for increased productivity, minimal machine downtime and reduced maintenance costs in the food and beverage sector. 

ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY
Tsubaki’s Lambda lubrication-free roller chain series is environment-friendly and has been designed with a sintered oil-impregnated bush
ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY Tsubaki’s Lambda lubrication-free roller chain series is environment-friendly and has been designed with a sintered oil-impregnated bush

Stable exports despite bans, owing to great market support

12th March 2021 The 2020 export volumes of wine, at 319.2-million litres, echo those of a challenging 2019, despite a five-week-long ban on exports and huge challenges at the Cape Town Port terminal owing to the global Covid-19 pandemic. 

INTERNATIONAL FOOTPRINT
The overall value of the country’s wine exports increased by 7.7% to R9.1-billion in. 2020
INTERNATIONAL FOOTPRINT The overall value of the country’s wine exports increased by 7.7% to R9.1-billion in. 2020

Proactive maintenance solutions prevent inefficiencies

12th March 2021 Engineering components manufacturer Danfoss has strengthened its Alsense Internet of Things (IoT) services with a holistic store-level software suite – moving store maintenance from reactive to proactive. 

TECH-FORWARD APPROACH
The Internet of Things services enables food retailers to prioritise and reduce their maintenance efforts across stores and critical events
TECH-FORWARD APPROACH The Internet of Things services enables food retailers to prioritise and reduce their maintenance efforts across stores and critical events

Moisture control key in food processing

12th March 2021 Moisture is important in many manufacturing processes, but when it comes to food processing, excess moisture can ruin products and create unnecessary waste, economic losses and decreased productivity, says process control and instrumentation company SECO Process Instrumentation. 

MOIST CONDITIONS
While moisture is the major focus, SECO also supplies analysers for the continuous online measurement of caffeine besides others
MOIST CONDITIONS While moisture is the major focus, SECO also supplies analysers for the continuous online measurement of caffeine besides others

Famous Brands' mainstream sales down 28.6% as a result of Covid-19 restrictions

By: Donna Slater     11th March 2021 JSE-listed branded food services business Famous Brands reports that early 2020 Covid-19 lockdowns in South Africa impacted its franchise, master license and company-owned restaurant business, with its “leading” or mainstream brands’ system-wide sales in South Africa having declined by 28.6% for... 

Nestlé launches platform offering opportunity to collaborate in solving challenges

By: Donna Slater     11th March 2021 Food and beverage company Nestlé has, in partnership with COOi Studios, launched an open-innovation platform – the Nestlé Hatcher, that will offer innovators and start-up businesses opportunities to work with the food manufacturing company. The aim of the platform is to open collaboration in... 

Coca-Cola to contribute R240m to Buy Local campaign, govt looks to slash import bill

By: Yvonne Silaule     9th March 2021 To support the local economy, beverage manufacturer Coca-Cola has committed to make R240-million available over the next three years to drive the Buy Local campaign. This forms part of an agreement concluded with the competition authorities last year. 

Food service firms launch support programme for black-owned hospitality businesses

By: Schalk Burger     9th March 2021 Food service brands Marvello and Meadowland, owned by Siqalo Foods, have partnered with consumer goods company RCL Foods' Your Food Partners and food service firm Bidfood to provide a R2-million a year stimulus package for black-owned hospitality businesses, including restaurants, catering... 

Amie says antidumping duties will cost consumers  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th March 2021 While many organisations have advocated for antidumping duties on chicken imported from certain countries, the Association of Meat Importers and Exporters (Amie) has questioned why the local industry pursues protectionism despite the increases in prices to the consumer. The association explains... 

Amie says antidumping duties will cost consumers

RCL on drive to make plant-based foods more accessible in sub-Saharan Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th March 2021 Consumer goods company RCL Foods and US plant-based food company LIVEKINDLY Collective have established a local plant-based joint venture (JV) called LIVEKINDLY Collective Africa. This comes amid a growing consumer interest in plant-based foods and more sustainable living globally.  

LIVEKINDLY brands
LIVEKINDLY brands

Resilience, natural resources become key as global food security deteriorates slightly

By: Schalk Burger     5th March 2021 The Global Food Security Index (GFSI) showed a deterioration for the second year in a row in 2020, with the affordability, quality and safety, and natural resources and resilience categories deteriorating, with only the availability category showing marginal improvement, says economic research... 

RCL Foods ‘future proofs’ company with diverse portfolio

By: Simone Liedtke     1st March 2021 JSE-listed consumer goods company RCL Foods continued to leverage its diverse portfolio to remain resilient during the six months ended December 31, 2020, especially as the Covid-19 pandemic continued to present hardships and challenges globally. The company recorded a 10.5% year-on-year increase... 

Alcohol, tobacco industries bemoan excise tax increase

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th February 2021 The South African alcohol industry, including the National Liquor Traders Council (NLTC), South African Liquor Brandowners Association (Salba), Vinpro, the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA), retailers and manufacturers, have noted their concern about Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s... 

SA Canegrowers welcomes maintained sugar tax rate

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th February 2021 South African Canegrowers (SA Canegrowers) has welcomed government’s decision to maintain the health promotion levy, or “sugar tax” at its current rate. The industry association says that, although it had called for a reduction in the sugar tax, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s 2021 Budget adds... 

Bidcorp withholds dividend payment, but thanks staff for resilient performance despite market challenges

By: Schalk Burger     23rd February 2021 Food service multinational Bidcorp CEO Bernard Berson has lauded the company's more than 23 000 employees across 35 countries, as well as its diversity of clients and decentralised operations, for producing resilient results for the six months to December 31, 2020. Many of the sectors in which... 

Sapa applies for anti-dumping duty against Brazil, four EU countries  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd February 2021 The South African Poultry Association (Sapa) has applied to the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) for anti-dumping duties on chicken imported from Brazil, Denmark, Ireland, Poland and Spain. Sapa broiler GM Izaak Breitenbach says the association has proof that... 

Sapa applies for anti-dumping duty against Brazil, four EU countries

Bidcorp warns of up to 48% fall in headline earnings, but expects quick rebound

By: Schalk Burger     19th February 2021 JSE-listed food services multinational Bidcorp has warned shareholders that it expects to report a 43% to 48% year-on-year decrease in headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months ended December 31, 2020. HEPS from continuing operations are expected to decrease to between 378.7c and 415.1c. 

Canegrowers appreciate govt's promotion of buying local sugar

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th February 2021 The South African Canegrowers Association (SA Canegrowers) has welcomed the call by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his State of the Nation Address for the country's citizens and businesses to buy local sugar. The association laments that if all South Africans commit to buying local sugar, the... 

Specialist installs humidifier at tobacco plant

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     12th February 2021 Humidification specialist Humidair, in collaboration with air conditioning contractor Fifty-two Engineering, completed a humidification project for a tobacco company in Edenvale, Gauteng at the end of last year. The project entailed the installation of large JetSpray humidifier systems comprising... 

Africa's miners and winemakers toast China's row with Australia

By: Reuters     10th February 2021 For South African winemaker Vergenoegd Löw, the pandemic could have been a disaster but a bitter trade war between China and Australia has thrown the 325-year-old estate a lifeline. Bottles of its reds, whites and roses piled up when South Africa banned alcohol sales under a strict lockdown and... 

Coca-Cola appoints new VP for South Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th February 2021 Beverage giant Coca-Cola Africa has appointed Phillipine Mtikitiki VP for its South African franchise, effective January 1. Mtikitiki has more than 20 years of experience in operations, marketing, planning and commercial strategy.  

Coca-Cola South Africa VP Phillipine Mtikitiki
Coca-Cola South Africa VP Phillipine Mtikitiki

SA Canegrowers pleads for continued sugar masterplan commitment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th February 2021 The South African Canegrowers Association (SA Canegrowers) has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa and relevant Ministers to fast-track the commitments under the Sugar Industry Masterplan. This is owing to sugarcane growers suffering from existing threats to the industry, including cheap sugar... 

Sugar cane plantation near Malelane
Photo by Creamer Media
Sugar cane plantation near Malelane

Coca-Cola's South African bottler to increase black ownership stake to 20%

By: Reuters     8th February 2021 Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) will increase the stake held by employees and black empowerment investors in the company to 20%, it said on Friday, in a bid to meet merger conditions laid out by competition authorities. In 2014, the Coca-Cola Company and SABMiller Plc reached an... 

Nampak's first-quarter revenue, profit up; alcohol ban has limited impact

By: Donna Slater     5th February 2021 Packaging company Nampak reports that trading conditions in South Africa and Nigeria were good in the first quarter of its 2021 financial year, ended December 2020, with group revenue up 1% year-on-year. Cost saving initiatives undertaken by the company during the 2020 financial year had yielded... 

Illicit market booms during alcohol, cigarette sales bans  

By: Donna Slater     3rd February 2021 To overcome the challenge of a seemingly booming illicit market for cigarettes and alcohol, and to stem the tide of such illicit products in the local economy, requires enforcement of existing laws and adaptation of new ones, says South African Liquor Brandowners Association (Salba) CEO Kurt... 

Illicit market booms during alcohol, cigarette sales bans
South African Liquor Brandowners Association CEO Kurt Moore talks about the challenges the legal alcohol industry is facing from the illicit market and several prohibitions

Don't surprise us again, pleads liquor industry as Ramaphosa lifts sale ban

By: News24Wire      1st February 2021 While it is a relief that the liquor sales ban has been lifted, there should be "more structured engagement" from government with the sector so that they are not surprised with sudden restrictions, an industry representative has said.  President Cyril Ramaphosa's announced on Monday night that... 

Don't surprise us again, pleads liquor industry as Ramaphosa lifts sale ban

Libstar achieves 2.8% revenue growth for 2020

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th January 2021 Ahead of its full-year results release on March 17, JSE-listed food and beverage producer Libstar Group has advised that its revenue declined by an average 2.8% for the year ended December 31, 2020. The revenue decline was driven by a 23.8% year-on-year decline in the company’s food service... 

Vinpro approaches High Court to lift alcohol sales ban for the Western Cape  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th January 2021 Industry body Vinpro has approached the Cape High Court in efforts to secure urgent interim relief for the wine industry amid the third ban on alcohol sales in the last ten months. The organisation says that, following a hearing that is set down for February 5, the court could afford permission... 

Vinpro approaches High Court to lift alcohol sales ban for the Western Cape

Salba asks for transparency on alcohol ban

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th January 2021 Industry organisation the South African Liquor Brandowners Association (Salba) has called on government to be “transparent” in the reasons for its continued ban of formal alcohol sales, claiming also that Covid-19 cases are declining. “Government justified the current alcohol ban based on the... 

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