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Food & Beverage News

Sars losing out on R5bn in excise duties, says alcohol industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th July 2020 The renewed prohibition of alcohol sales has resulted in the South African alcohol industry having no choice but to apply for a deferment of payment of excise duties to the South African Revenue Service (Sars) valued at R5-billion for July and August. In a statement issued on behalf of the... 

BLSA's Mavuso bemoans lack of transparency, engagement on alcohol ban

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th July 2020 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso says President Cyril Ramaphosa should learn to trust the citizens of the country, following the imposition of a new ban on alcohol sales. “Being secretive – denying the public access both to the discussions on how major decisions are made... 

Alcohol industry requests research data informing renewed ban

By: Donna Slater     17th July 2020 Stakeholders in the South African alcohol industry are requesting a report of the findings submitted by the South African Medical Research Council’s (SAMRC's) alcohol, tobacco and other drug research unit to the Portfolio Committee on Health on the impact of alcohol on South Africa’s health... 

Astral chair, CEO test positive for Covid-19

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th July 2020 Poultry producer Astral has informed stakeholders that both its chairperson Dr Theuns Eloff and CEO Chris Schutte have tested positive for Covid-19. Eloff is self-isolating at home and is receiving medical treatment for his symptoms, while Schutte is under strict supervision by physicians while... 

Tiger Brands appoints new CFO

By: Schalk Burger     15th July 2020 Packaged foods and goods company Tiger Brands has announced the appointment of Deepa Sita as CFO and executive director from October 1. She will take over from acting CFO Pamela Padayachee, who will assume a senior finance role in the company from October 1. 

Dlamini-Zuma elaborates on alcohol ban, family gatherings    

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th July 2020 Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says government is taking every possible measure that it can to help curb the spread of Covid-19, which has called for some controversial regulation changes and restrictions since the start of the lockdown in South... 

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
Dlamini-Zuma discusses some of the issues around the new alcohol ban and family gatherings

Alcohol industry laments renewed ban

By: Donna Slater     13th July 2020 Stakeholders in the alcohol industry are lamenting the prohibition on alcohol sales that was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on July 12 and which came into effect immediately. The South African government instated an initial ban on alcohol sales when the country went into Alert Level 5... 

Poultry industry requires threefold structural reforms

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th July 2020 The poultry industry in the country requires three structural changes to grow and contribute further to the country’s economy and overcome internal challenges, as well as the external challenge of cheap imports. This was indicated by National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC) chief economic... 

New monitoring system introduced into market

10th July 2020 Engineering components provider BMG’s Light Materials Handling division has introduced a new condition monitoring system, the Plast iCOF, which has been developed to automatically monitor the coefficient of friction in bottling or canning lines, ensuring consistently high productivity levels. The... 

The Plast iCOF has been developed to automatically monitor the coefficient of friction in bottling or canning lines
HALL MONITOR The Plast iCOF has been developed to automatically monitor the coefficient of friction in bottling or canning lines

Monitor for food and beverage industry launched

10th July 2020 Process automation company Endress + Hauser launched its innovative Liquitrend QMW43 device that helps ensure food safety and increases food quality in March. “This compact multivariable device can be used to detect the continuous build-up of liquids and can also be used to measure conductivity,”... 

South Africa's manufacturing output down 49.4% on Covid-19 impact 

By: Simone Liedtke     9th July 2020 South Africa's manufacturing production decreased by 49.4% year-on-year in April. Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) reports that the largest contributors to this decline was the motor vehicles, parts and accessories and other transport equipment sector, where output decreased by 98%... 

Tongaat, Barloworld appoint third party to check for material adverse change

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th July 2020 JSE-listed companies Tongaat Hulett and Barloworld have appointed Rothschild and Co South Africa as the independent third party to evaluate whether a material adverse change (MAC) had occurred in the sale and purchase agreement terms between the companies. The sale and purchase agreement... 

Chicken producer lends support to food drive in Pretoria

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2020 A collaboration between the chicken industry and nonprofit organisations (NGOs) WeCan and Atterbury Trust has delivered hope to 222 vulnerable families in Pretoria in the form of food parcels. According to principal Erich Cloete, several of the families whose children attend Westerlig Primary... 

Chicken producer lends support to food drive in Pretoria

Coca-Cola Company appoints new Africa, Middle East leaders to tap opportunities

By: Schalk Burger     2nd July 2020 Beverage multinational The Coca-Cola Company on July 2 announced the appointment of Matrona Filippou as its business unit president for the Southern and East Africa region, while former Southern and East Africa region president Bruno Pietracci has taken up the position as Africa & Middle East... 

Tongaat concludes sale of Namibian assets

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd July 2020 JSE-listed sugar manufacturer Tongaat Hulett has announced that all conditions precedent related to the sale of its entire sugar packaging and distribution business in Namibia have been fulfilled. The company sold these assets, effective July 1, to breakfast cereal company Bokomo Namibia for... 

Famous Brands renews caution on GBK Restaurants funding

By: Donna Slater     1st July 2020 Branded franchised and food services business Famous Brands has renewed its cautionary statement in respect of GBK Restaurants and its ceasing of providing any further financial assistance to GBK. On May 20, the board of directors of Famous Brands took the decision to stop providing financial... 

JSE fines Tongaat R7.5m for prior incorrect financial statements

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st July 2020 The JSE has imposed a public censure on sugar company Tongaat Hulett and imposed the maximum permissible fine of R7.5-million following the company’s breach of listing requirements. The breach relates to incorrect and misleading financial statements that Tongaat published between 2011 and 2018.  

Court orders parties against Tiger Brands in listeriosis lawsuit to provide testing info

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th June 2020 JSE-listed packaged goods manufacturer Tiger Brands has received a ruling in its favour by the Gauteng Division of the High Court, in Johannesburg, compelling third parties to provide information on testing of listeria-causing bacteria. The company has been fighting a class action lawsuit over... 

A Tiger Brands-owned Enterprise Foods factory
Photo by Reuters
A Tiger Brands-owned Enterprise Foods factory

Patel sets regulation in place for implementation of sugar industry master plan   

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th June 2020 Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel has gazetted amendments to the Sugar Industry Agreement and South African Sugar Association Constitution. He also further designated the industry in terms of the Competition Act for an exemption, which will allow industry stakeholders to begin working... 

Patel sets regulation in place for implementation of sugar industry master plan

Food industry specialist expands to ventilator production 

By: Irma Venter     22nd June 2020 Dale Automation has developed a prototype emergency ventilator, as a joint effort between its engineering department and medical professionals, to assist with the treatment of Covid-19 and other respiratory diseases.  Dale Automation, based in Johannesburg and established in 1999, is active in... 

The Respirare ventilator
The Respirare ventilator

Massmart warns of at least 50% decrease in earnings a share

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th June 2020 JSE-listed Massmart was unable to trade in the majority of general merchandise categories, home improvement and liquor products for most of the month of April, which had a significant impact on its sales during that month; however, from the beginning of May it was able to gradually start trading... 

SAB increases its localisation efforts

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th June 2020 South African Breweries (SAB) has secured a local foothold in glass manufacturing, as a result of its 35%-owned Isanti Glass subsidiary finalising the acquisition of Nampak Glass. Isanti Glass in September last year announced that it would acquire Nampak Glass for R1.5-billion. Nampak Glass has... 

SAB increases its localisation efforts

Bidcorp says sales starting to recover 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th June 2020 JSE-listed Bid Corporation's (Bidcorp's) group sales for the week ended April 5 reached a low of 37% versus the corresponding week year-on-year, but has recovered to 65% of the sales of the corresponding week in 2019 for the week ended May 31. The company on June 15 provided an update on the... 

Bidcorp says sales starting to recover
Bidcorp CE Bernard Berson provides an update on the trading environment across its operations for the fourth quarter of 2020, with particular emphasis on the impacts of the Covid-19 crisis

Adoption of automation, robotics expected to accelerate

By: Schalk Burger     9th June 2020 Increasingly automated processes and the use of robotics are expected to support greater production and the provision of services safely in a contactless society, says robotics multinational Yaskawa Southern Africa chairperson Terry Rosenberg. He notes that many businesses are rapidly adopting... 

Fair Cape launches yellow lid to mark renewable energy investment

By: Donna Slater     9th June 2020 Dairy products producer Fair Cape Dairies has launched a limited edition yellow-lidded EcoFresh milk bottle to commemorate the 254 155 kWh-worth of renewable energy produced at its facilities and used since October 2018. Since the Fair Cape solar switchover took place on October 24, 2018, all... 

Fair Cape launches yellow lid to mark renewable energy investment

Brait sells stake in British supermarket chain

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th June 2020 JSE-listed investment holding company Brait has announced the sale of its 63.1% interest in British supermarket chain Iceland Foods for £115-million. The disposal is in line with the company’s revised strategy to maximise value realisation from its assets over the next five years.  

RCL warns of at least 30% slump in headline earnings owing to pandemic

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th June 2020 JSE-listed RCL Foods expects its headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the financial year ending June 30 to be at least 30% lower than the HEPS of 37.9c reported for the prior financial year. The Covid-19 pandemic and the nationwide lockdown implemented by the South African government has had a... 

Oceana records solid interim results

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th June 2020 Fishing company Oceana Group delivered a resilient operating performance for the six months ended March 31. Group revenue was up 2% to R3.63-billion, primarily owing to a 3% increase in revenue by its African operations, an increase in cold storage occupancy levels and the favourable impact of... 

Imraan Soomra
Imraan Soomra

Barloworld, Tongaat contractual dispute to take longer to resolve

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th June 2020 JSE-listed industrial group Barloworld has advised that it has not reached consensus with fellow-listed Tongaat Hulett about an independent accountant that is supposed evaluate the terms of a sale and purchase agreement between the companies. Barloworld in May raised a concern about Tongaat’s... 

Standard Bank, Sefa partner to help spaza shops

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd June 2020 Standard Bank has partnered with the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (Sefa) to help spaza shops operating under the constraints of the Covid-19 pandemic. The agency helps spaza shops secure government funding, which can then be used to buy stock from Sefa-approved wholesalers at discounted... 

CCBSA installs new ceramic water filtration system at its Polokwane plant

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd June 2020 Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) has successfully installed a new ceramic water filtration system at its Polokwane bottling plant. It expects the system to deliver almost R2.6-million in water savings a year. 

Covid-19 pall hangs over Nampak’s recovery prospects  

By: Terence Creamer     29th May 2020 Packaging group Nampak announced on Friday that impairments of R3-billion, which related to its Nigerian and Angolan operations, had contributed materially to a slump in its interim results for the period to March 31. The outlook for the business was also uncertain, with the Covid-19 pandemic... 

Nampak CEO Erik Smuts
Nampak CEO Erik Smuts in conversation with Engineering News editor Terence Creamer on the group's interim results and its future strategy and prospects. Editing: Nicholas Boyd

Manufacturers can use lockdown to fine-tune ERP

By: Darren Parker     29th May 2020 The priority for many manufacturers amid the Covid-19 lockdown involves “getting back to basics” in terms of enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain management, says ERP systems provider Syspro professional services head Doug Hunter. “This includes ensuring visibility of what is... 

The lockdown has provided a good opportunity for companies to check their ERP systems and ensure that they are being used properly and to their full potential
TAKING STOCK OF THE SITUATION The lockdown has provided a good opportunity for companies to check their ERP systems and ensure that they are being used properly and to their full potential

Company invests in geared motors, employee training

By: Simone Liedtke     29th May 2020 A range of geared motors from Brazilian motor and controls manufacturer WEG will be available from the third quarter of 2020 to clients in South Africa and the rest of Africa from subsidiary Zest WEG. Dubbed the WG20 range, the geared motors – with benefits such as efficiency and reliability –... 

WEG K geared units can also be equipped with a hollow shaft, output shaft, shrink disc, torque arm and mounting flange
INTERCHANGEABLE SETTINGS WEG K geared units can also be equipped with a hollow shaft, output shaft, shrink disc, torque arm and mounting flange

South African wine industry on its knees as lockdown set to ease

By: Reuters     28th May 2020 Two years ago, South Africa's first black female winemaker Ntsiki Biyela watched anxiously as the worst drought in a century scorched vineyards across Western Cape. After surviving that, Biyela's small business Aslina Wines recovered and was poised for growth this year - until the new coronavirus... 

Distell welcomes opening up of sector, but calls for clarity on key concerns

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th May 2020 South African drinks company Distell Holdings has welcomed the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa that the country’s move to Level 3 of lockdown would include the sale of alcohol for home consumption under strict conditions. Ramaphosa confirmed that these conditions had not been finalised... 

Famous Brands grows full-year cash and profits

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th May 2020 Food services franchisor Famous Brands managed to increase its cash generation, earnings a share and operating profit in the financial year ended February 29. CEO Darren Hele attributed the strong performance to the company continuing to commit resources to ensuring its offering has a strong... 

Famous Brands CEO Darren Hele
Famous Brands CEO Darren Hele
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