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Food & Beverage News

Tongaat to resume JSE trading next week; interim headline loss narrows

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st January 2020 JSE-listed sugar producer Tongaat Hulett managed to turn an operating profit of R1.2-billion in the six months ended September 30, 2019, compared with an operating profit of R315-million in the six months ended September 30, 2018. This helped the company narrow its headline loss to R314-million... 

Company supplies motor units for German project

31st January 2020 Drive technology company SEW-Eurodrive supplied 64 Movigear servo motors from its Cape Town branch to a major original-equipment manufacturer (OEM). 

Company supplies motor units for German project
IDEAL SOLUTIONS The Movigear solution was ideal for this application owing to its 200:1 speed range

Flowmeter continues to offer control solutions

By: Halima Frost     31st January 2020 Instrumentation, solutions and services supplier Endress + Hauser’s Promag H 100 electromagnetic flow meter has been widely adopted by the South African food and beverage, as well as life sciences industries, since its introduction to the market. Promag H 100 is a multivariable measurement... 

Flowmeter continues to offer control solutions
PRO FLOW The Promag H 100 controls the flow of materials through proven sensor technology and ultra-compact transmitter electronics

Successful installation creates further opportunities

By: Halima Frost     31st January 2020 Subsequent to the successful installation of an automated control solution at a confectionary manufacturer, in KwaZulu-Natal, engineering solutions provider Hybrid Automation has seen an uptick in demand for control systems in the fast-moving consumer goods sector. “The need for the upgrade was... 

Successful installation creates further opportunities
PERFECT PANEL The installation included control panels, which offered a new human-machine interface

Tongaat to report smaller interim loss

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th January 2020 JSE-listed Tongaat Hulett expects to report a headline loss for the six months ended September 30, 2019, of between R300-million and R322-million, which is an improvement on the headline loss of R354-million recorded in the six months ended September 30, 2018. That translates to a headline loss... 

Tongaat to report smaller interim loss

Doyle to succeed MacDougall as CEO of Tiger Brands

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th January 2020 Branded food, home care and personal care product manufacturer Tiger Brands' CFO Noel Doyle will succeed Lawrence MacDougall as CEO, effective February 1. MacDougall, who has been CEO since 2016, has reached the company's mandatory retirement age of 63 and will exit the company on March 31 to... 

Standard Bank helps Coca-Cola Beverages expand in Ethiopia

By: Simone Liedtke     29th January 2020 Financial institution Standard Bank has successfully arranged and structured $50-million in financing facilities for Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) to support its expansion strategy in Ethiopia over the next five years. The Coca-Cola Company holds a majority stake in CCBA, which is the largest... 

South Africa will caution Trump against ‘premature’ trade review

By: Bloomberg     29th January 2020 South Africa’s government will tell President Donald Trump’s administration that its review of a preferential trade agreement that could put as much as $2.4-billion in exports at risk is premature and potentially damaging for both economies. The US Trade Representative will start public hearings... 

South Africa will caution Trump against ‘premature’ trade review

Wine grape conditions improving this year

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th January 2020 Wine producer association Vinpro says things are looking up in most regions for wine grape harvests in South Africa this year. “Sufficient water and a moderate ripening period contributed to expectations of a somewhat larger 2020 South African wine grape harvest compared to 2019; however, still... 

Wine grape conditions improving this year

South African wine industry bullish despite tough environment

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th January 2020 The South African wine industry expects 2020 to be a difficult year, but remains hopeful that it will be able to build on some of the momentum gained in 2019 to overcome major challenges.   

Dubai Airports single-use plastics ban in effect

24th January 2020 In a bid to manage its environmental impact, international airports authority Dubai Airports Company reports that its self-imposed ban on single-use plastics at both of Dubai’s airports has been put into effect from the beginning of this month.   

Dubai Airports single-use plastics ban in effect
TERMINAL PLASTIC USE Dubai Airports will be terminating all single-use plastic from its airport effective January 1, 2020

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... 

Prize-winning edible straws

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... 

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