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Food & Beverage News

New retail development to open in Walvis Bay

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th September 2017 The new R500-million Dunes Mall in Walvis Bay, Namibia, is in the final stages of completion, with its doors set to open next month. The mall is developed by South African property developer and investor Atterbury, in partnership with local developers Tradehold. 

Clover’s FY17 earnings fall after record performance of 2016

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th September 2017 The shine of delivering historic record high earnings in 2016 has faded as consumer goods and beverages group Clover’s latest full-year earnings have been hurt by the prolonged drought, a wetter and cooler summer and rand volatility. The year ended June 30, had been characterised by the negative... 

Clover’s FY17 earnings fall after record performance of 2016
Photo by Duane Daws
Clover CEO Johann Vorster

Edible-oil refinery gives grape seed industry a boost

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th September 2017 Engineering firm First Ocean completed the commissioning of a small-scale edible oil refinery on time and within the budget, adding value to the local grape seed industry in Somerset West, in the Western Cape. 

Edible-oil refinery gives grape seed industry a boost
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ENHANCING LOCAL INDUSTRY The new refinery will contribution to the economic growth of Somerset West by further enhancing the well-established grape industry in the region

Organisation advocates a local recycling culture

By: Nadine James     8th September 2017 Despite numerous recycling initiatives and incentives in communities across the country – including collection points in close proximity to neighbourhoods – metal packaging recycling organisation MetPac-SA believes that an inherent recycling culture still needs to be established in South Africa.... 

Organisation advocates a local recycling culture
ONE MAN'S TRASH Aluminium and metal cans are regarded as high-value items by recyclers

Clover warns of up to 67% drop in FY17 HEPS

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th September 2017 Diary products manufacturer Clover has warned that its headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the financial year ended June 30 are likely to decrease by between 65% and 67% year-on-year as a result of the prolonged drought and rand volatility that resulted in above-inflation input costs. The... 

Pioneer appoints new CEO as Roux retires

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st September 2017 Phil Roux will retire as CEO of Pioneer Foods, effective October 1, but will continue to serve as strategic adviser to the company until November 30, 2019. Tertius Carstens, who is the business executive responsible for Pioneer’s essential foods division, will take over as CEO of the group on... 

Range of radar level transmitters extended

     1st September 2017 Process instrumentation solutions supplier Krohne has added six new 24 GHz and 80 GHz transmitters to its Optiwave series of frequency-modulated continuous-wave (FMCW) radar level transmitters, which are aimed at liquid and solid applications in a range of industries. 

Range of radar level transmitters extended
RADAR LEVEL MEASUREMENT Each device has a particular target area of application

SAB invests R2.8bn in expanding Gauteng breweries 

     31st August 2017 Multinational beverage and brewing company AB-InBev subsidiary South African Breweries will invest R2.8-billion into brewery expansions, including two new packaging lines for returnable glass bottles, at its Alrode and Rosslyn breweries, in Gauteng. 

SAB invests R2.8bn in expanding Gauteng breweries
SAB invests R2.8bn in expanding Gauteng breweries

Poultry industry challenges, drought negatively impact on RCL Foods’ FY17 profit

By: Mia Breytenbach     30th August 2017 The widely reported challenges facing the local poultry industry and the performance of JSE-listed RCL Foods’ chicken business unit decimated the company’s profits in the financial year ended June 30, with the company reporting a 0.8% decrease in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and... 

Poultry industry challenges, drought negatively impact on RCL Foods’ FY17 profit
Bloomberg

Ghost tomato factory showcase for Nigeria's farming problems

By: Reuters     30th August 2017 At a state-of-the-art plant in northern Nigeria, shiny machines stand next to a conveyor belt ready to crush tomatoes to satisfy the country's insatiable demand for tomato paste. But a lonely cleaner mopping the floor is the only sign of activity in Nigeria's biggest tomato factory, equipped with... 

Ghost tomato factory showcase for Nigeria's farming problems
Dangote Group founder and CEO Aliko Dangote

Franchise industry’s contribution to GDP grows to 13%

By: Anine Kilian     29th August 2017 The franchise industry’s contribution to gross domestic product (GDP) grew to an estimated R587-million, or 13.3% of the country’s GDP, in 2017, compared with 11.6% in 2016.  Presenting the Franchise Association of South Africa’s (Fasa’s) annual franchisor and franchisee survey results, in... 

Air filtration solutions ensures that requirements are met

By: Victor Moolman     25th August 2017 Filter technology manufacturer Freudenberg Filtration Technologies says its hygienic air filtration solutions help ensure that clients in the food and beverage sector meet the most stringent regulatory requirements. 

Better business practices required in industry

By: Victor Moolman     25th August 2017 As a response to the increase in recalled products in the food and beverage industry worldwide, global electronics company Omron Industrial Automation (Omron) has started to introduce more sustainable business practices by improving product quality and assistance for food and beverage producers. 

Better business practices required in industry
ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY New technology is making the automation of plants easier

Beverage company appoints new VP

     25th August 2017 Earlier this month, multinational beverage and brewing company Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB-InBev) subsidiary South African Breweries (SAB) appointed Doreen Kosi as its legal and corporate affairs VP. 

Beverage company appoints new VP
Photo by Duane Daws
EXTENSIVE PORTFOLIO SAB has a large number of clients across the African continent

Changes made to keep up with economic uncertainties

By: Victor Moolman     25th August 2017 Despite challenging economic conditions, the local food and beverage industry continues to constantly change its menus and atmosphere to fit the latest spending trends of the middle class, says Cape Town-based restaurant Strolla co-founder Brendon Crew. 

Forklifts delivered to Zimbabwe food producer

     25th August 2017 With Zimbabwe-based food producer Cairns Foods having increased its capacity with the hopes of reaching 80% capacity use by 2018, materials handling equipment supplier Smith Power Equipment (SPE) has supplied four Kipor KDF 25 diesel forklifts to the company. 

Metal Tank Industries

By: Zandile Mavuso     25th August 2017 East Rand-based company Metal Tank Industries – in close proximity to OR Tambo International Airport – can now present its clients with not only the vessel, but also all other components that make up a complete process plant. 

Metal Tank Industries

New food grease slides in

     25th August 2017 Bearing and rotating technology and engineering specialist SKF has announced a new high-load, food-grade grease known as LGFQ 2. 

New hygiene monitoring device launched in S Africa

By: Victor Moolman     25th August 2017 International company 3M launched a new Clean-Trace hygiene monitoring and management device onto the South African market last month. The device –especially suitable for use in the food and beverage industry – uses adenosine triphosphate (ATP) bioluminescence detection and verifies that... 

New hygiene monitoring device launched in S Africa
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CLEAN-TRACE The machine uses bioluminescence to detect how clean a surface is

S African packaging specialists acquired by international company

     25th August 2017 International supplier of plastic packaging ALPLA – which produces packaging for the food and beverage industry – last month bought South Africa-based packaging specialists Boxmore Packaging. 

S African packaging specialists acquired by international company
PLASTIC PACKAGING ALPLA now has more than 13 production facilities in Africa

Two chain elevators to be supplied to plant in KZN

By: Victor Moolman     25th August 2017 Two TAKRAF Redler chain elevators will be supplied later this year to family-owned food and beverage company Willowton Oil and Cake Mills (WO&CM) for its plant in Pietermaritzburg, in KwaZulu-Natal, says equipment supplier Tenova TAKRAF Africa (TAKRAF Africa). 

Unique bevelling, cutting and welding reduces chance of microbial growth 

By: Victor Moolman     25th August 2017 Owing to the existence of pipes and tubes in the food and beverage industry with improper welds – making them more susceptible to the growth of micro bacteria and organisms – industrial product supplier Actum Industrial says the high-quality end results of its Orbitalum orbital cutting, bevelling... 

Unique bevelling, cutting and welding reduces chance of microbial growth
Actum Industrial product manager Werner Smit explains what the E.H. Wachs machines and the Orbitalum machines can do. Video and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Bidfood posts higher profits despite currency impacts

By: Anine Kilian     24th August 2017 JSE-listed food services company Bidfood – formerly Bid Corporation, which was unbundled from international services, trading and distribution firm Bidvest last year – reported on Thursday that its headline earnings a share rose 9.4% to 1 181c for the year ended June 30, 2017, while basic... 

Long4Life to buy beverage packaging business for up to R360m

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd August 2017 Investment holding company Long4Life will acquire Inhle Beverages, a contract packaging business in Gauteng, for up to R360-million in cash and shares. Inhle, which is based in Heidelberg, specialises in the canning and bottling of carbonated soft drinks, mineral water and energy drinks. It is... 

No agreement of sugar tax yet, says BevSA

By: African News Agency      16th August 2017 The Beverage Association of South Africa (BevSA) on Wednesday, dismissed reports that there was an agreement on the Health Promotion Levy at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac). BevSA is opposing the introduction of a 20% tax on sugary beverages, or what has been... 

Low consumer confidence contributes to weaker H1 for Famous Brands

By: Anine Kilian     16th August 2017 JSE-listed Famous Brands expects its results for the six months to August 31 to be weaker than those reported for the six months to August 31, 2016. In a voluntary trading update issued on Wednesday, the company said trading conditions in the South African market had declined further in the five... 

Lovell steps down as Sapa head

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th August 2017 South African Poultry Association CEO Kevin Lovell is stepping down, effective August 17, after 11 years at the helm. Dr Charlotte Nkuna has been appointed acting CEO. 

Suspected avian flu outbreak in Western Cape

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th August 2017 Two ostrich farms in the Heidelberg area of the Western Cape have been placed under quarantine as authorities work to determine the possibility of an outbreak of the now widely-spread H5N8 avian influenza. The Western Cape Department of Agriculture is leading the investigations to confirm if the... 

Sea Harvest invests in new trawler

     11th August 2017 JSE-listed Sea Harvest has acquired a new freezer trawler from Icelandic fishing company HB Grandi for $13.5-million. The MV Therney trawler was built in the Sterkoder yard in Norway. 

Western Cape’s agricultural growth to drive economy

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th August 2017 Supported by the Western Cape government’s strategic initiatives to help farmers grow their crops – and their market share – the province’s official tourism, trade and investment agency Wesgro has successfully committed investments in the Western Cape agricultural sector of R1.56-billion over the... 

Western Cape’s agricultural growth to drive economy
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UNIQUE ENVIRONMENT The Western Cape plays a key role in South Africa’s agricultural sector, with a unique rainfall pattern allowing for a mixture of agricultural activities

AB InBev to merge Russia and Ukraine businesses with Anadolu Efes

By: African News Agency      9th August 2017 The world’s largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) said on Wednesday that it has reached a non-binding agreement with Anadolu Efes, the leading brewer in Turkey, regarding a 50:50 merger of AB InBev’s and Anadolu Efes’ existing Russia and Ukraine businesses. This comes AB InBev’s... 

AB InBev to merge Russia and Ukraine businesses with Anadolu Efes

New iDube Cold Storage facility unveiled at Dube TradePort

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th August 2017 The new, multipurpose R99-million iDube Cold Storage facility has officially opened in the Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone (SEZ), in KwaZulu-Natal. The 4 500 m2 facility, which has the capacity to handle 8 600 mobile pallet positions and store up to 12 000 t of perishable product, will cater... 

Sea Harvest provides maiden interim earnings forecast

     8th August 2017 Sea Harvest, which listed on the JSE in March, on Tuesday said it expects to report earnings a share of 62c to 69c for the six months ended June 30. Headline earnings a share are expected to be 53c to 60c. 

Industrial gas supplier showcases commitment to craft beer market

By: David Oliveira     4th August 2017 Industrial gas supplier Air Products hosted media at Johannesburg-based restaurant and microbrewery Mad Giant in June, where it showcased its support for South Africa’s bourgeoning craft beer industry. As a supplier of gases vital to the brewing process, Air Products plays an important role in... 

Industrial gas supplier showcases commitment to craft beer market
NELISIWE DLAMINI AND NDUMISO MADLALA Air Products food grade Freshline gas products have ensure microbreweries such as Ubuntu Kraal Brewery are able to deliver a quality craft beer

New Springs plant able to recycle used juice and milk cartons

By: Dylan Slater     4th August 2017 An investment worth R46-million in a new liquid packaging recycling plant is enabling paper and plastics packaging company Mpact Recycling to recycle used juice- and milk cartons at its Springs-based paper mill facility on the East Rand.  

Astral farm hit by second avian influenza outbreak

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd August 2017 JSE-listed Astral Foods on Wednesday said a second of its poultry farms has been hit by the H5N8 avian influenza outbreak sweeping across South Africa. In June, the strain had been isolated on one of Astral’s breeding sites in Villiers, costing the company some R25-million. 

Albany launches R350m revamped Bellville bakery

By: African News Agency      2nd August 2017 Albany Bakeries on Wednesday launched a R350-million investment into a new bakery in Bellville in the Western Cape, which includes the building of a brand-new plant and an upgrade of interiors of the existing plant. The new building occupies 6 884 m2, compared to an area of 3 766 m2 in the old... 

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