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Food & Beverage News

Prize-winning edible straws

By: Debbie French     22nd January 2020 A passion for environmental sustainability recently bagged a second-year Chemical Engineering student at Stellenbosch University (SU) a massive cash prize. Moved by a Facebook post of a sea turtle with a plastic fork stuck in its nose, 19-year old Leila Siljeur felt she had to do something to... 

Company expands into boiler manufacturing

By: Cameron Mackay     17th January 2020 Boiler management, consulting, engineering and quality-assurance services provider GM Boiler and Steam Consulting Engineering (GMB) will continue to expand its business this year to include the manufacturing of boilers and boiler components for plant and production industries. Last year, the... 

Company expands into boiler manufacturing
BOILER UPKEEP The company’s knowledge and expertise in refurbishment services has become vital for the maintenance of second- and third-hand boilers

SAB, AB InBev ahead of renewable energy target for 2020 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th January 2020 Beer maker South African Breweries (SAB) and its parent company AB InBev Africa have announced that its breweries across South Africa will have on site solar facilities by the end of this month. This forms part of a multibillion-rand investment to ensure 100% of electricity requirements at AB... 

SAB, AB InBev ahead of renewable energy target for 2020

Global food prices jump to five-year high

By: Bloomberg     10th January 2020 Global food prices ended the year at the highest in half a decade, propelled by swine shortages and rising vegetable-oil demand across the world. The 13% annual gain in the United Nations’ food index marks a turnaround from recent years, when grocery bills were kept in check by surpluses of... 

AB InBev CFO may be stepping down after 15 years

By: Bloomberg     8th January 2020 Anheuser Busch InBev’s Felipe Dutra may step down after about 15 years as CFO of the world’s largest brewer, a person familiar with the matter said. Succession planning is routine for officials at his level, according to the person, who asked to remain anonymous as the information isn’t public.... 

Pick n Pay aims to cut its food waste by 50% by 2025

By: Simone Liedtke     18th December 2019 Twenty of supermarket Pick n Pay’s biggest suppliers has joined the chain store in a new global project to combat food waste. Backed by ten of the world’s largest food retailers and manufacturers, the initiative will focus on in-store and supply chain food loss and waste. 

Pick n Pay aims to cut its food waste by 50% by 2025

Tongaat to ask JSE for resumed trade only late in January

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th December 2019 JSE-listed sugar producer Tongaat Hulett has decided to only ask the JSE to lift the suspension in the trading of its shares after it publishes its trading statement for the six months ended September 30. The company in its results for the year ended March 31, published on Tuesday, indicated... 

FairPlay again asks for Brazilian chicken import ban

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th December 2019 Nonprofit trade movement FairPlay has welcomed the food-safety-related prosecutions of 11 former employees of Brazilian poultry processor BRF SA. BRF was under criminal investigation by Brazilian federal prosecutors for allegedly evading food safety checks, leading to the employees, including... 

FairPlay again asks for Brazilian chicken import ban

Tongaat starts seeing green shoots as business restructuring progresses

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th December 2019 Sugar producer Tongaat Hulett managed to contain headline losses at R923-million for the financial year ended March 31. This is slightly lower than the headline loss of R947-million reported for the year ended March 31, 2018.  

Tongaat starts seeing green shoots as business restructuring progresses

Industry 4.0 advancing in local sugar milling

By: Tracy Hancock     6th December 2019 All South Africa’s sugar mills are now using the near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) analytical technology developed by centralised scientific organisation Sugar Milling Research Institute NPC (SMRI), says SMRI research and development manager Steve Davis. The SMRI-NIRS technology – which SMRI... 

Industry 4.0 advancing in local sugar milling
SUGAR 4.0 The potential value derived from Sugar Milling Research Institute NPC’s near-infrared spectroscopy analytical technology is only just beginning to be explored

Sugar giant transforming business amid turmoil

By: Tracy Hancock     6th December 2019 In addition to its plans to exit sugar farming in South Africa, embattled agroprocessing business Tongaat Hulett expects to conclude a transaction to establish a transformative milling, refining and sugar marketing business by the end of this year. The developments are part of a strategic review... 

Sugar giant transforming business amid turmoil
FELIXTON MILL The initial assets of Tongaat Hulett’s transformative milling, refining and sugar marketing business have an installed capacity to produce more than one-million tons of sugar a year

Court rules Eskom may not cut off supply to Randwest municipality

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th December 2019 Leading poultry producer Astral on Wednesday secured an order against power utility Eskom in the Johannesburg High Court. Acting judge Gerrie Nel ordered that Eskom be interdicted and restrained from interrupting the bulk supply of electricity to the Randwest local municipality, pending the... 

Court rules Eskom may not cut off supply to Randwest municipality

Taste Holdings loses second CEO this year as focus shifts to luxury

By: Reuters     4th December 2019 South African retail and quick service restaurants company Taste Holdings said on Tuesday its group chief executive Dylan Pienaar would step down with immediate effect, sending its shares lower. The current head of Taste’s luxury food division, Duncan Crosson, has been appointed as the new group... 

Food and bev packaging industry can contribute to circular economy

By: Schalk Burger     29th November 2019 Food and beverage packaging and processing businesses can design waste out of their businesses and supply chains, improve reuse and recycling, and regenerate natural systems, says food processing and packaging company Tetra Pak Eastern and Southern Africa communications manager Stella Ondimu. The... 

Citrus industry rakes in R20bn in exports, despite challenging events

By: Simone Liedtke     25th November 2019 South Africa, which has packed 126-million cartons of citrus fruit for export globally, remains the second-largest global exporter of citrus fruit and, despite events such as drought and container terminal delays, the industry continues to rake export revenue of R20-billion a year into the... 

Internal, external factors weigh on Tiger Brands’ full-year results

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd November 2019 JSE-listed Tiger Brands' results for the year ended September 30 were impacted on by the unbundling of its interest in Oceana, the challenging operating environment and a slower-than-anticipated recovery in the Value Added Meat Products (VAMP) business. Despite the challenging backdrop, total... 

Tongaat Hulett progresses financial aid talks; to sell Namibia business

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th November 2019 Embattled sugar producer Tongaat Hulett has finalised a detailed term sheet with new lenders, whereby they have agreed, in principle, to make new senior term loan facilities, revolving credit facilities and overdraft facilities available to the company. The new loan facilities will be used to... 

Taste Holdings finds buyer for Maxi's, Fish & Chips Co

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th November 2019 JSE-listed Taste Holdings has entered into an agreement to sell its Maxi's and The Fish & Chips Co businesses to an undisclosed buyer. This is in line with its strategy to sells its food businesses and focus on its luxury goods businesses, which include NWJ, Arthur Kaplan and World's Finest Watches. 

Pioneer Foods delivers ‘acceptable growth’ amid difficult trading environment

By: Simone Liedtke     18th November 2019 Food company Pioneer Foods delivered “acceptable revenue and volume growth” for the financial year ended September 30, despite a difficult trading environment characterised by weak demand. The company, which recorded a 6% year-on-year decrease adjusted headline earnings a share to 522c for the... 

Bidcorp continues positive performance in first months of financial year

By: Simone Liedtke     18th November 2019 International food, service and technology group Bidcorp CEO Bernard Benson on Monday said trading conditions in the four months to October 31 had continued to be positive and was broadly in line with the performances achieved in the 2019 financial year. During a webcast presentation on Monday,... 

Water supply interruptions, higher costs dent Astral’s earnings

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th November 2019 JSE-listed poultry producer Astral Foods’ earnings for the financial year ended September 30 were considerably lower than the record profit of R1.43-billion achieved in the 2018 financial year, CEO Chris Schutte pointed out on Monday. He noted in a presentation of the company’s results that... 

Authentic storytelling will attract new tourists

15th November 2019 A powerful message emerged during a presentation on trends by more than 15 high-level expert speakers at the recent Wine & Food Tourism Conference. Held at Spier near Stellenbosch on September 18, consultant Flux Trends analyst Dion Chang led a discussion about the trends that are shaping tourism... 

Companies should understand laws around product offering

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     15th November 2019 New companies in the brewery and winery industry need to understand the importance of the laws and regulations, such as copyright and trade marks, associated with the products and services that breweries may want to offer, says Spoor & Fisher partner Eben van Wyk. He advises that a trade mark... 

Competition growing in the winery and brewery industry

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     15th November 2019 Over the past few years, the number of micro, craft and artisanal companies entering the winery and brewery industries has increased, making these industries more competitive and leading to more producers adopting multi-product lines in the manufacturing process. “This has placed pressure on... 

Russia has growing appetite for South African wines

15th November 2019 South Africa should take advantage of the growing appetite for South African wines in Russia and strengthen their marketing efforts to create more awareness and increase market penetration, says wine company La Ric Mal Wines marketing manager Malcom Green. The Stellenbosch-based winemaker is one... 

Wine academy celebrates 40 years in the industry

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     15th November 2019 The Cape Wine Academy (CWA) is celebrating 40 years in the industry this year and notes that this is as a result of various individuals who have contributed positively to the academy’s strong focus on educating the industry. Making reference to the evolution of the industry over the years, CWA... 

More opportunities brewing for women

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     15th November 2019 Opportunities for women in the brewery industry are increasing, despite there being a relative shortage of qualified women in the industry, says first black female majority-owned brewing company Brewsters Craft founder Apiwe Nxusani-Mawela. To combat this challenge, Brewsters Craft offers various... 

Bottling company helps brewery work towards a sustainable future

15th November 2019 Reliability, environment-friendliness and viability for the future are values held by filling and packaging systems supplier KHS that Portugal-based brewery Sociedade Central de Cervejas E Bebidas S.A. (SCC) greatly appreciates – and has done for decades. The commissioning of the new glass line... 

Tiger Brands to sell value-added meats business

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th November 2019 JSE-listed Tiger Brands has started a formal due diligence process towards selling its value-added meat products (VAMP) business. The company started an evaluation of the role of the VAMP business within the group’s portfolio in 2017, given the business’ unique value chain and the perishable... 

Tiger Brands to sell value-added meats business

Blockchain entering third phase of its evolution

By: Schalk Burger     8th November 2019 New blockchain solutions, including the IBM Blockchain platforms  on which users can build their own blockchain applications (apps), are allowing for quick development and ease of use to provide traceability and consensus systems for a range of industries, says information technology... 

Blockchain entering third phase of its evolution
GERHARD DINHOF New solutions are stimulating innovation by allowing organisations to craft their own blockchain-based systems

Poultry master plan broadly accepted by industry

By: Simone Liedtke     7th November 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa this week announced a new master plan for the poultry industry, which aims to put the industry back on a growth path. The plan, which has been broadly accepted by the poultry industry, was compiled by the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) and brokered... 

Poultry master plan broadly accepted by industry

Coca-Cola chooses plastic bottle collection over aluminium cans to cut carbon footprint

By: Reuters     7th November 2019 Coca-Cola is committed to collecting and recycling plastic bottles rather than switching to aluminium cans as the world's largest soft drinks maker seeks to reduce its carbon footprint, its chief executive officer told Reuters. Along with multinational rivals including PepsiCo and Nestle,... 

Next-generation protein could come from air, methane, volcanic springs

By: Reuters     6th November 2019 It may sound like science fiction, but in a few short years the family dinner table may be laden with steak from a printer and other proteins produced from air, methane or volcanic microbes. With the explosive success of vegan beef and burger substitutes developed by Beyond Meat and Impossible... 

Rhodes expects up to 40% increase in full-year headline earnings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th November 2019 JSE-listed Rhodes Food Group expects its headline earnings for the financial year ended September 29 to be between 35% and 40% higher than the R159.1-million reported for the 2018 financial year. The company on Monday said good revenue growth, together with the expansion of gross profit and... 

Taste Holdings exits food business, sells Starbucks business for R7m

By: Simone Liedtke     1st November 2019 JSE-listed Taste Holdings will be exiting the food business, with all of its Taste food brands –Starbucks, Domino’s Pizza, Maxi’s and The Fish & Chips Co –  to be sold. This will allow the company to become a focused luxury retail group, comprising the NWJ, Arthur Kaplan and World’s Finest... 

Famous Brands posts solid interim results

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th October 2019 Food services franchisor Famous Brands delivered solid results in a challenging environment, CEO Darren Hele indicated in a statement announcing the group’s interim results for the six months ended August 31, on Monday.  He highlighted, in particular, the good performance of the Brands division;... 

Famous Brands posts solid interim results
FOOD & BEVERAGE

Astral Foods to report lower full-year earnings

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th October 2019 JSE-listed Astral Foods expects its earnings per share (EPS) and headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the year ended September 30 to decrease by between 50% and 60% year-on-year EPS are expected to be between R14.77 and R18.46, compared with the EPS of R36.91 reported for the 2018 financial year. 

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