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Food & Beverage News

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

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. 

Ethiopia probes possible theft of funds for sugar expansion

By: Bloomberg     23rd October 2019 Ethiopia is investigating possible misappropriation of funds meant for the expansion of ten State-owned sugar factories that are part of the industry now slated for privatization. The planned sale of factories now run by Ethiopian Sugar Corp. is part of a drive by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s... 

Bidding war breaks out for food delivery service Just Eat

By: Bloomberg     22nd October 2019 Just Eat has gotten a bid from investment firm Prosus, challenging its £5-billion ($6.5 billion) deal with Prosus has offered 710p a share in cash for the UK food delivery company, valuing Just Eat at about £4.9-billion, the company said in a statement on Tuesday. 

Pioneer Foods, partner launch first combismile carton pack in MEA region

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st October 2019 Systems and solutions provider for aseptic packaging and filling machines for food and beverages, SIG Combibloc Obeikan (SIG CBOB), and South African producer and distributor of branded food and beverage products, Pioneer Foods, on Monday announced the launch of the first combismile carton pack... 

Pioneer Foods, partner launch first combismile carton pack in MEA region

Role of equipment suppliers in food safety under spotlight 

By: Schalk Burger     18th October 2019 Component and equipment multinational BMG hosted clients at its inaugural industry-specific engagement days with a showcase of its food and beverage industry solutions and components at its factory in Jeppestown, Johannesburg in September. The showcase provided advice from industry experts about... 

Role of equipment suppliers in food safety under spotlight
BMG Group product and sales manager Mark Barbour details the company’s approach to quality and safety in the food and beverage industry in Africa. Camera work: Kultwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

BMG industry days highlight portions of its components range to clients 

17th October 2019 Equipment and components manufacturer BMG hosted its food and beverage industry day last month, which was the first of its showcase days that it intends to use to deepen its relations with clients and to highlight the products and solutions suitable for each industry. Schalk Burger has the story. 

BMG industry days highlight portions of its components range to clients
BMG industry days highlight portions of its components range to clients.

Long4Life records reasonable interim performance in tough environment

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th October 2019 JSE-listed Long4Life delivered a reasonable performance for the six months ended August 31, given the difficult trading environment. Revenue increased by 20% year-on-year to R1.84-billion, while gross profit increased to R718.9-million, compared with the R627.5-million gross profit reported for... 

Listeriosis class action case could be delayed 'for years'

By: News24Wire      9th October 2019 The class action brought against Tiger Brands following a listeriosis outbreak caused by some of its products could take years before it finally gets to court. In April, Tiger Brands received the summons for a class action linked to the listeriosis outbreak from the Gauteng High Court in... 

Tribunal approves Milco, Clover merger with conditions

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th September 2019 The Competition Tribunal on Wednesday approved the merger between Milco South Africa (SA) and Clover Industries, subject to a range of employment, local procurement of bulk juice concentrate, and information sharing conditions. Clover in February announced that it had received a buyout offer of... 

Pick n Pay rolls out low-cost reusable shopping bag

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th September 2019 Pick n Pay is rolling out its new budget green People n Planet reusable bag nationally after a successful trial earlier this year. The bag is expected to be available in all stores by mid-October. 

Versatile drives ideal for HVAC industry

By: Cameron Mackay     20th September 2019 Many features of the variable-speed drive (VSD) solutions provided by drive technology provider SEW-Eurodrive can be applied to projects in the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) industries, says SEW-Eurodrive mechatronic sales engineer Paul Strzalkowski. He states that here VSDs... 

Versatile drives ideal  for HVAC industry
MIXING CONVEYORS The conveyor system consists of a central conveyor that is fed by eight smaller conveyors, each of which contain various frozen-food products to be mixed

Poultry producers positive about engagement with Patel

By: Simone Liedtke     19th September 2019 Following a recent meeting with the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition and other stakeholders, the South African Poultry Association on Wednesday said it was feeling “positive” about the progress made in addressing the crisis threatening the industry. Trade and Industry Minister... 

Poultry producers positive about engagement with Patel

No more 'eating' paper? Maties student, 19, wins prize for edible straws

By: News24Wire      18th September 2019 There is nothing more "sucky" than when a paper straw collapses while you're trying to sip your drink. So a Stellenbosch University student decided to create an edible straw that would allow people to enjoy their drinks and still be environmentally-conscious. Leila Siljeur, 19, a second-year... 

Tongaat Hulett announces its project with Zimbabwe is on track

By: African News Agency      18th September 2019 KwaZulu-Natal based agroprocessing business Tongaat Hulett on Tuesday announced that Project Kilimanjaro, which will result in the development of a significant portion of land to sugarcane, is on track.  The project, which is supported by the government of Zimbabwe and a consortium of banks led... 

Nigeria’s biggest tomato facility idle again as farmers dump crop

By: Bloomberg     16th September 2019 Nigeria’s biggest tomato plant is counting on the government’s restriction of food imports to sustain operations after going idle again six months after it resumed operations from an almost three-year shut down. When Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, decided to set up the plant, it was with... 

Nigeria’s biggest tomato facility idle again as farmers dump crop

Castle Lite world-first secondary packaging keeps beer colder for longer

By: Tracy Hancock     13th September 2019 Africa’s biggest premium beer brand, Castle Lite, has launched lab-tested secondary packaging that will keep consumers’ beer extra cold for three hours without the use of ice after refrigeration. Castle Lite, launched in 1994, is the only beer lagered at 2.5 °C and the lager’s clean crisp taste... 

Castle Lite world-first secondary packaging keeps beer colder for longer

Land Bank posts healthy results for agriculture sector, despite difficult times

By: Schalk Burger     13th September 2019 State-owned development finance institution the Land and Agricultural Development Bank of South Africa (Land Bank) grew its transformational loans to R7.9-billion and maintained a strong balance sheet in the 2018/19 financial year, despite challenging conditions in the agricultural sector, Land... 

Tribunal to investigate complaint against AB InBev

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th September 2019 The Competition Tribunal will, on September 12 and 13, hear a matter in which local alcoholic beverage company Distell accused global beer brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) and local brewer South African Breweries (SAB) of breaching their merger conditions. The tribunal in June 2016... 

Tribunal to investigate complaint against AB InBev

Strong performances by core businesses bolster Libstar’s interim results

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th September 2019 JSE-listed consumer packaged goods producer and supplier Libstar recorded a 12.4% increase in headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months ended June 30. Normalised earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) increased by 5.9% and normalised earnings per share... 

Save the world, one bottle of wine at a time

By: Bloomberg     3rd September 2019 Whatever you’re concerned about – oceans, rhinos, cardiovascular research, hunger, oysters, injured dogs, salmon, veganism, art projects, politics, climate action – there’s a wine out there for you. (And no, not just to forget your woes.) So-called “activist wines,” those that inspire drinkers to... 

Grindrod sells NWK stake for R204m

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd September 2019 JSE-listed freight and logistics company Grindrod on Monday signed an agreement to sell its 20.3% stake in grain services provider NWK Limited to NWK Holdings Limited for R204-million. The transaction is expected to be finalised by the end of this month. 

Sugar tax, chicken oversupply dent RCL’s profitability

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd September 2019 JSE-listed consumer goods company RCL Foods’ headline earnings for the financial year ended June 30, decreased by 60.7% to R329.5-million, mainly as a result of a R761.9-million impairment in the company’s sugar business and an adverse performance by the chicken business. A declining local market... 

Tereos Commodities to shut sugar operations in Kenya, South Africa

By: Reuters     30th August 2019 French sugar maker Tereos said on Thursday Tereos Commodities would close its offices and halt sugar trading in Kenya and South Africa by the end of March 2020 as part of a global review of its strategy. Tereos, which has reported a sharp drop in profits in the last fiscal year due mainly to a... 

Post-harvest tech expands to fire sector

By: Cameron Mackay     30th August 2019 While on-site industrial gas generation solutions provider Gas at Site has traditionally focused on the post-harvest sector using technology – referred to as controlled atmosphere – that controls the concentration of atmospheric gases to store fruit at low oxygen levels, this technology can also... 

Post-harvest tech  expands to fire sector
FIRE SUPPRESSION ACCEPTANCE The challenge lies in presenting this solution, which cannot be seen, compared to solutions which can be physically seen such as foam or sprinkler systems

Heineken set to increase Sedibeng facility’s capacity by 2020 

29th August 2019 Despite an economic downturn, international beer brewer Heineken South Africa will be expanding its Sedibeng brewery’s production from 5.3-million hectoliters to 7.5-million hectoliters a year by 2020. Simone Liedtke visited the facility ahead of International Beer Day earlier this month. 

Heineken set to increase Sedibeng facility’s capacity by 2020
Heineken set to increase Sedibeng facility’s capacity by 2020

Bidcorp ‘well positioned’ for the year ahead 

By: Simone Liedtke     28th August 2019 International food, service and technology group Bidcorp increased its headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the year ended June 30 by 12.5% to R14.44, while basic earnings a share increased by 14.8% to R14.51. These increases were achieved despite the volatile economic conditions in many of the... 

Distell FY profit drops as local markets face crisis

By: Reuters     28th August 2019 Distell Group posted on Wednesday a 1.8% drop in its full-year profit after the South African alcoholic beverages company was hit by currency swings in Angola and an economic crisis in Zimbabwe. The company, which makes Amarula liqueur and Hunter's and Savanna cider, said earlier in August its... 

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