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Food & Beverage News

SAB permitted to move stock between facilities

By: Donna Slater     12th May 2020 As of May 11, the South African Breweries (SAB) is permitted to move its stock of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks between its manufacturing plants and its depots, after reaching an agreement with government. Prior to this agreement, no alcohol was permitted to be moved, either by individuals... 

Barloworld, Tongaat to evaluate starch sale terms amid Covid-19 impacts

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th May 2020 JSE-listed industrial group Barloworld believes Covid-19-related impacts on the earnings of JSE-listed sugar manufacturer Tongaat Hulett’s starch business has resulted in a material adverse change (MAC) to the terms of a sale and purchase agreement between the companies. Barloworld in February... 

Barloworld, Tongaat to evaluate starch sale terms amid Covid-19 impacts

South Africa records stellar wine season – report

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th May 2020 South Africa’s 2020 wine grape crop will bring “exceptional” wines to consumers, following favourable conditions throughout the season, the South African wine industry’s yearly 'Wine Harvest Report 2020' shows. “Although it’s always important to take our diversity over ten wine grape growing... 

Famous Brands opens domestic delivery-only food services as lockdown restrictions ease

By: Donna Slater     4th May 2020 Branded food services franchisor Famous Brands has reopened a limited number of restaurants for delivery-only services across a broad geographical spectrum in South Africa in a phased programme, with effect from May 1. In terms of the Famous Brands international jurisdiction and in compliance... 

South African agriculture is dependent on imports for key inputs

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st May 2020 While South Africa was a net exporter of agricultural products, the country had to import a large proportion of the inputs required to produce this surplus, independent research body the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) has warned. In its latest brief report, The Use of Agricultural... 

Agricultural inputs supply chain likely to be tested by Covid-19

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st May 2020 Measures adopted by countries around the world to counter the Covid-19 pandemic had sent shockwaves across the global economy, triggering turmoil and volatility, noted independent South Africa research group the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) in its latest brief report, ‘The Use... 

KwaZulu-Natal vital for bearing distributor growth

By: Mamaili Mamaila     1st May 2020 Power transmission products distributor Bearings International (BI) has earmarked KwaZulu-Natal as a key growth area for its business going forward. 

KwaZulu-Natal vital for bearing distributor growth
POWERING ON Bearings International’s Durban branch stocks a range of bearings, electric motors, gearboxes, lubricants, seals, tools and power transmission products for several industries

Covid-19 lockdowns, rand depreciation set to accelerate food inflation

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th 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 are set to rise during this, second, quarter of the year. The country’s staple foods – maize, wheat and rice – would not be... 

Solidarity Fund raises R2.6bn  

By: Sane Dhlamini     23rd April 2020 Government’s pro bono organisation, the Solidarity Fund on Thursday expressed gratitude to all those who have so far donated to the fund, which has received R2.6-billion in pledges to respond to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The mandate of fund is to mobilise and coordinate financial and... 

Solidarity Fund raises R2.6bn

PepsiCo launches feeding schemes to ease access to food burden

By: Donna Slater     22nd April 2020 Food company PepsiCo South Africa has launched a R12-million initiative, led locally by PepsiCo companies Pioneer Foods and Simba, to provide more than 11-million meals to communities most impacted by the socioeconomic crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The #GiveMealsGiveHope initiative... 

Solidarity Fund starts delivering food parcels to distressed families

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th April 2020 The Solidarity Fund on April 17 confirmed it had started the roll out of food parcels to more than 250 000 families across South Africa. The fund, which receives donations from corporates, citizens and foundations, has made R120-million available for food relief for distressed families. 

Massmart management contributes to feeding the vulnerable

By: Donna Slater     17th April 2020 Wholesale and retail group Massmart's management board and executive committee have resolved to personally fund, through a waiver of a portion of their salaries, 230 t of food for distribution to vulnerable communities. The contribution will be made to FoodForward South Africa (SA) through the... 

Spar introduces new 2 ℓ fully-recyclable milk carton

By: Donna Slater     17th April 2020 Household goods retailer Spar has launched a new 100% recyclable 2 ℓ milk carton, which is made from 87% renewable resources. The entire carton closure, including the cap, is made from plant-based material, and the board used to make the cartons, comes from responsibly-managed forests that are... 

Long4Life board, executives take pay cut in support of Covid-19 relief efforts

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th April 2020 JSE-listed  Long4Life's board of directors and executives will take pay cuts of 30% of their salaries and fees for three months in support of South Africa’s Solidarity Fund, the company says. In President Cyril Ramaphosa’s speech on April 9, announcing an extension of the national lockdown, he... 

FoodForward reiterates plea for donations to limit civil unrest, theft

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th April 2020 Food redistribution organisation FoodForward South Africa says the race to feed South Africa must turn from a marathon to a sprint. This is owing to the emerging risks of civil unrest and increase in crime related to food scarcity as a result of the lockdown.  

FoodForward reiterates plea for donations to limit civil unrest, theft

Tiger Brands assures of minimal risk to consumers after positive Covid-19 cases at Durban Bakery

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th April 2020 JSE-listed Tiger Brands has confirmed that some of its employees at the Durban Bakery have tested positive for Covid-19, and the operation has since been temporarily closed. It, however, assures consumers that the employees did not work on the production line and that there is, therefore,... 

Tiger Brands assures of minimal risk to consumers after positive Covid-19 cases at Durban Bakery

Bidcorp says Covid-19 impact only evident from April onwards

By: Simone Liedtke     14th April 2020 JSE-listed Bid Corporation (Bidcorp) successfully exited its UK logistics activities – Bestfood Contract Distribution and PCL – at the beginning of March, as expected. In a market update on April 14, Bidcorp said trading for the nine months to March 31, on a like-for-like basis, had held up... 

Sacci suggests phased, controlled return to work for some industries

By: Simone Liedtke     14th April 2020 With South Africa's national lockdown having been extended by a further two weeks, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) has suggested “a staggered return to business", starting with industries that can demonstrate high levels of physical distancing and health control, like... 

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.... 

Business is booming for supplier
MAKING IT WORK Metal Tank Industries’ streamlined production processes has helped it become more competitive in terms of costing

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.
 
This... 

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... 

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