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Food & Beverage News

Liquor sales ban mounts pressure on agricultural commodities

14th August 2020 Since the initial ban on liquor sales, owing to Covid-19 regulations, there has been an accumulation of supply of raw materials, some of which could not be stored for extended periods and which also did not have any export opportunities, highlights agriculture industry body Grain SA. Alcohol is... 

GBK Restaurant meets July revenue target

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th August 2020 JSE-listed Famous Brands says it is satisfied with the operational performance of the GBK Restaurant stores that are trading. In an update to shareholders on August 13, it said 37 of the 62 GBK stores in the UK were open and offering delivery, collect and dine-in service. 

Nestlé launches initiative to tackle youth unemployment

By: Donna Slater     12th August 2020 Food and beverage company Nestlé is offering 100 young people an opportunity to join its newly established virtual internship programme as part of the organisation’s ongoing interventions aimed at reducing youth unemployment, across the East and Southern Africa region (Esar). The virtual... 

EU liquor trading partner puts pressure on South African govt to lift alcohol ban

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th August 2020 In a statement, the liquor industry of South Africa has acknowledged the concerns raised by SpritsEurope around imbalances in trade between South Africa and the European Union (EU), owing to the continued ban on alcohol sales. The EU is South Africa’s biggest trading partner and the economic... 

Coca-Cola changes Sprite packaging to increase recycling

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th August 2020 The Coca-Cola Company in South Africa has stopped the production of Sprite’s iconic green packaging to produce fresh, new clear polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottle packaging. The transition to clear packaging means that more Sprite bottles can be collected, recycled and reused to make... 

Mobile factories reduce time, costs

By: Cameron Mackay     7th August 2020 Agricultural processing equipment supplier Dryers for Africa supplies containerised processing factories fitted with agricultural dryer units which enable clients without access to a factory to buy a mobile factory with the required components and equipment prefitted, reducing installation costs... 

Small-scale farming can be encouraged to provide produce for the containerised factory, which comes prefitted with dryer units
ACCESS TO INFRASTRUCTURE Small-scale farming can be encouraged to provide produce for the containerised factory, which comes prefitted with dryer units

Agri SA joins call for alcohol ban to be lifted

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th August 2020 Industry organisation Agri SA has noted its concern about the impact of the current alcohol ban on the entire alcohol value chain. It says South African Breweries (SAB) is the only beer producer that procures almost all of its input ingredients locally, and the impact of the ban on the sale of... 

Astral Foods says chair, CEO have recovered from Covid-19

By: Donna Slater     5th August 2020 Poultry producer Astral Foods reports that its chairperson Dr Theuns Eloff and CEO Chris Schutte have both recovered from Covid-19. The company announced on July 16 that Eloff and Schutte had contracted the disease, following which Eloff self-isolated and received medical treatment. 

Alcohol industry welcomes positive response from Treasury on excise tax deferment

By: Simone Liedtke     4th August 2020 The alcohol industry has welcomed the positive response from the National Treasury to its request for a deferment of excise tax on alcoholic beverages. In response to the industry’s request, Treasury has proposed a 90-day deferral for the payment of excise taxes on alcohol to be made in August... 

Consol halts R1.5bn expansion project amid low demand

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th August 2020 Manufacturer Consol Glass has indefinitely suspended construction of a new R1.5-billion glass manufacturing plant in Nigel, Gauteng, owing to the reduction in demand for glass products. The company attributed this reduced demand to the Covid-19 pandemic and government’s actions to slow its... 

SAB reconsidering capex projects worth billions amid alcohol sales ban

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd August 2020 South African Breweries (SAB) has cancelled R2.5-billion of scheduled investments that were earmarked as part of its yearly capital and infrastructure upgrade programme. These funds were previously scheduled as part of its capital allocation programme for this financial year, while an additional... 

SAB reconsidering capex projects worth billions amid alcohol sales ban

Alcohol industry welcomes SAMRC's call to lift alcohol ban

By: Donna Slater     3rd August 2020 Stakeholders in the alcohol industry welcomed a recent call by the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) for government to start preparing for the lifting of the ban on the formal sale of alcohol. According to the alcohol industry, the call made by SAMRC president Dr Glenda Gray and... 

V&A Waterfront to launch food incubator

By: Schalk Burger     31st July 2020 The V&A Waterfront will develop the Makers Landing, a local food incubator for South African flavours and culture, as part of the Cape Town Cruise Terminal. This is expected to be completed by September and open to the public by December. 

At least give a timeframe around alcohol ban, asks Consol

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th July 2020 Glass manufacturer Consol has written to the Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel, requesting that he urgently assist in pursuing a resolution of the alcohol ban. There has been much debate about the impact of the alcohol ban and which way government should go about the decision in recent... 

Burger King South Africa deal re-negotiated on lower enterprise value terms

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th July 2020 Listed empowerment group Grand Parade Investments has had to renegotiate the terms of its agreement to sell its interest in Burger King South Africa and Grand Foods Meat Plant to private equity group Emerging Capital Partners. The decision to renegotiate the deal was owing to Covid-19 and the... 

South African wine industry questions alcohol ban

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd July 2020 Stellenbosch Wine Routes and about 300 wineries in South Africa, together with Visit Stellenbosch, are supporting an official legal application requesting evidence from the Ministry of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs to explain the reintroduction of a blanket ban on the domestic... 

Sundale, Schreiber JV to increase local content for quick-serve industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd July 2020 East London-based Sundale Dairy is set to break ground at the East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ) in August as it launches Sundale Schreiber. Sundale Schreiber is a joint venture (JV) between Sundale and international processed cheese company Schreiber, which is expected to create... 

Sundale, Schreiber JV to increase local content for quick-serve industry

Agri SA calls for contributions to R1bn food drive

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd July 2020 Industry association Agri SA has called on government and the private sector to contribute to a R1-billion food drive initiative. The association says that, with winter putting strain on food systems and with Covid-19 and general economic conditions leaving many households food insecure, a... 

Agri SA calls for contributions to R1bn food drive

TPT facilitates export of higher-than-expected volumes of citrus

By: Donna Slater     22nd July 2020 State-owned port operator Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) is tracking ahead of a planned 13% increase in citrus export volumes across four of its 19 terminals this year. In the face of Covid-19, actual citrus volumes are 29.4% higher across all terminals combined when compared with 2019 volumes.  

A forklift manoeuvres a reefer unit
A forklift manoeuvres a reefer unit

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... 

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

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
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A Tiger Brands-owned Enterprise Foods factory
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