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Food & Beverage News

Clover sees earnings dip owing to drought, rand volatility

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th May 2017 The prolonged drought and rand volatility, which resulted in above inflation input costs that could not be recovered through revenue increases, owing to subdued consumer sentiment and aggressive competitive pricing in the first half of the financial year, will be largely disruptive to branded... 

Tongaat delivers double-digit earnings growth for FY17

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th May 2017 JSE-listed Tongaat Hulett on Monday reported double-digit earnings growth for the year ended March 31. The group achieved a 44.6% hike in headline earnings, from R679-million in 2016, to R982-million in the 12 months under review. 

Famous Brands reins in acquisition pipeline, focuses on growth path

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th May 2017 After wrapping up the 2017 financial year with seven successfully integrated acquisitions and a strong financial performance, JSE-listed Famous Brands plans to remain strongly focused on growth in a difficult operating climate. However, while the group remained acquisitive by nature and was... 

Tiger Brands interim profits up as prices increase

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th May 2017 JSE-listed fast-moving consumer goods manufacturer Tiger Brands on Thursday reported a 10% increase in its operating income from continuing operations to R2.2-billion for the six months ended March 31, driven by higher pricing. Operating income in the domestic business grew by 15% to R2-billion,... 

Rhodes Food attributes strong interim results to organic growth

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd May 2017 JSE-listed Rhodes Food on Tuesday posted a 14.6% year-on-year increase in net profit to R125-million for the six months ended April 2, while headline earnings rose 15.9% to R126-million. The food producer attributed the growth to sustained strong organic growth in the regional segment, with fresh... 

Aveng Grinaker-LTA nets Heineken brewery expansion contract

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd May 2017 Heineken South Africa has awarded Aveng Grinaker-LTA’s building division a two-phase contract for Project Harvest at the Sedibeng Brewery, in Midvaal, Gauteng. The project includes the expansion of the cider production facilities through the addition of new cider base tanks (CBTs) and the... 

Pioneer Foods posts lower earnings as external factors weigh in

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd May 2017 JSE-listed Pioneer Foods on Monday posted a 56% decrease in headline earnings, to R454-million for the six months ended March 31, owing to a “confluence of various inhibitors”, which contributed to a material decline in its profitability. The company noted that maize had been the most significant... 

City of Cape Town a hub for food and beverage manufacturing sector – deputy mayor

By: African News Agency      15th May 2017 The City of Cape Town has set itself the goal of establishing Cape Town as a forward-looking, globally competitive business city, deputy mayor Ian Neilson said on Sunday. Cape Town already boasted some of South Africa’s largest food and beverage manufacturing companies, making the city a... 

Pioneer updates H1 trading expectations

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th May 2017 JSE-listed Pioneer Foods expects to report double-digit decreases in earnings for the six months ended March 31. The group’s headline earnings per share (HEPS) are expected to be between 53% and 58% lower year-on-year at 233c to 261.5c for the six months under review, compared with the 556.4c... 

Temperature transmitter ideal for numerous industries

By: Nadine James     21st April 2017 The DT722 relative humidity and temperature transmitter is ideal for the chemicals, food and beverage, as well as heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industries because it offers accurate, stable measurement and control of humidity and temperature, says instrumentation and... 

Temperature transmitter ideal for numerous industries
VERSATILITY PERSONIFIED DT722 is suitable for measuring temperature and humidity in any controlled environment

Innovative projects making strides in laser industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th April 2017 The Laser Research Institute (LRI), part of the Physics Department at Stellenbosch University, has achieved notable research outputs during the past three years, which has resulted in several innovative projects such as ultrafast laser spectroscopy, as well as infrared spectroscopy and laser... 

Innovative projects making strides in laser industry
SIZEABLE DEVELOPMENT A robust miniature carbon dioxide laser test system for commercialisation and a large, high-pressure carbon dioxide laser to provide infrared light with Terawatt peak power are being developed

Kenyan fabricator enters partnership with welding institute

     14th April 2017 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) facilitated a visit for Kenya-based stainless steel fabricator Desbro Engineering to several South African counterparts, resulting in a training partnership between Desbro and the South African Institute of Welding (SAIW).... 

Kenyan fabricator  enters partnership  with welding institute
LESLEY SQUIRES South Africa needs to look at partnership opportunities which encourage investment in manufacturing and infrastructure

Laser-coding guide dispels misconceptions, enhances technology

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th April 2017 Global coding and marking specialist solutions provider Markem-Imaje, represented in Southern Africa by product identification solutions provider Pyrotec, has produced a guide focusing on laser-coding technology that aims to help manufacturers meet the technical challenges commonly encountered on... 

Laser-coding guide dispels misconceptions, enhances technology
CODING SOLUTION SmartLase is a laser-coding technology engineered by Markem-Imaje, designed to specifically meet the challenge faced on the fastest production lines

South American flavour coming to South Africa through Las Iguanas

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th April 2017 A new restaurant chain specialising in authentic Mexican, Brazilian and South American food and cocktails, is coming to Johannesburg in June, with Gold Brands bringing the UK midmarket restaurant brand Las Iguanas to the local market. “South Africans are always hungry for new places to dine, and... 

South American flavour coming to South Africa through Las Iguanas

FairPlay appoints Richard Goldstone as patron, sets its sights on ending chicken dumping

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th April 2017 Former Constitutional Court judge Justice Richard Goldstone has joined antidumping organisation FairPlay, which was formed to oppose the illegal and job-destroying practice of selling goods below the cost of production, as its patron. FairPlay’s first project will be to focus on stopping the... 

FairPlay appoints Richard Goldstone as patron, sets its sights on ending chicken dumping

Demand grows as centrifugal screen proves its worth

By: Robyn Wilkinson     31st March 2017 Market demand is growing for Johnson Screens’ all welded, one-piece wedge wire centrifuge screens after the completion of a three-year trial at sugar producer Illovo Sugar subsidiary Ubombo Sugar’s mill, in Swaziland, which started in 2014, says filtration specialist Filteg Solutions. 

Success abounds in paper recycling and recovery

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st March 2017 Despite South Africa having less easily accessible recycling initiatives in place than in developed countries, such as recycling bins in every park or street, or systematic waste recovery at household level, the Paper Recycling Association of South Africa (Prasa) says the country’s paper... 

Coca-Cola SA supplier development event a ‘lot more than box ticking’

By: African News Agency      30th March 2017 Holding a supplier development conference was a condition linked to its parent company’s establishment last year, but executives from Coca Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) were at pains on Thursday to convince attendees that its inaugural event would achieve a lot more than ticking that box.... 

South Africa asks World Bank to review ease-of-doing-business position in light of InvestSA initiative 

By: Terence Creamer     17th March 2017 The South African government has officially launched a new investment facilitation service, dubbed InvestSA, which it claims will dramatically reduce red tape for foreign and domestic businesses seeking to pursue greenfield or brownfield projects in the country. The service, which has both... 

 South Africa asks World Bank to review ease-of-doing-business position in light of InvestSA initiative
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies (centre), with Lionel October (left) and Yunus Hoosen at the launch of the InvestSA one-stop shop in Pretoria

Automation company focuses on energy efficiency

By: Johane Turkstra     17th March 2017 Drive and automation technology company SEW-Eurodrive has standardised all its equipment to be more energy efficient as of the first of this month to cater for various industries’ demand for energy efficient equipment. The helical-bevel K19 and K29 series gearboxes are the first of such... 

Automation company focuses on  energy efficiency
THE HELICAL-BEVEL K 9-series – K19 The K19 is used for smaller-scale applications which demand torque and efficiency

Chain ideal for food and beverage industry

     17th March 2017 Engineering solutions company BMG has designed a lubricant-free chain intended for environments with stringent hygiene standards such as the food and beverage industry. BMG GM Carlo Beukes says the environmental-friendly Lambda chain is designed with a sintered oil impregnated bush where the... 

Chain ideal for food  and beverage industry
SIXTH GENERATION LUBRICATING CHAIN The chain features microscopic pores in the seamless sintered bush, which are filled with NSF-H1 rated food grade lubricant

Excessive grain safely storable in low-cost plastic bags

     17th March 2017 While the anticipated size of the harvest could have a stabilising effect on food price inflation, an increasingly competitive global market continues to pressure South African producers to find new ways of cutting costs on grain and silage storage. One such method is the use of massive Hitec... 

Excessive grain safely storable in low-cost plastic bags
HITEC GRAIN STORAGE BAGS The seven-layered Hitec grain bag is one of many agricultural products supplied by Rhino Plastics

Filtration solutions can prevent explosions in food and beverage sector

By: Johane Turkstra     17th March 2017 Food processing, involving baking flour, soup powders, milk powder, spices, flavourings and sugar for instance, can cause highly explosive organic dust, and industrial equipment company Envirox sales manager Anton Hertenberger says its Nederman filtration systems are designed to mitigate... 

Filtration solutions can prevent explosions in food and beverage sector
ANTON HERTENBERGER Manufacturers are often not aware that their environments are extremely explosive

Inflation, competition and rand volatility challenges for industry

By: Johane Turkstra     17th March 2017 Unstable inflation and rand volatility, coupled with global competition, have been the biggest challenges for the food and beverage industry in South Africa in recent times, says derivatives brokerage Intrepid Capital derivative dealer head Tarryn Wright. 

LED lights beneficial to beer industry

By: Johane Turkstra     17th March 2017 Luminaire manufacturing company Beka Schréder advocates that using light-emitting diode (LED) lights is more effective for beer brewing and bottling facilities because the type of light source used could negatively affect the beer brewing process. Using artificial lighting within the beverage... 

LED lights beneficial to beer industry
SCHRÉDER LEDBAY UNIT The unit also has a lifespan of about approximately ten years with very little maintenance needs

Pneumatics a cleaner solution for packaging, sealing and sorting

By: Johane Turkstra     17th March 2017 Pneumatic valve manifolds have the potential to be the safest means of mechanical driving for the food and beverage industry, as they use clean air to elicit movement in the manufacturing process, thereby eliminating food contamination risks. There are many unique features of pneumatics as a... 

Pneumatics a cleaner  solution for packaging, sealing and sorting
ERNST SMITH The regulated compressed-air in pneumatics is clean and therefore perfect for the food and beverage industry

PPI lower than expected this year

     17th March 2017 Growth in agricultural and manufactured food prices continues to lose momentum, which is reflected in South African headline producer price inflation (PPI) slowing to 5.9% year-on-year in January from an upwardly revised 7.1% in December, says multinational bank BNP Paribas. The January figure... 

Robots use motion control technology for safe food packaging

By: Johane Turkstra     17th March 2017 With there being a need for the correct packaging of foods that contain allergens, electronics company Omron says its Delta robot series provides a very accurate means of high-speed, pick-and-place solutions to these type of applications, drastically reducing packaging errors. Section 2 of the... 

Robots use motion control technology for safe food packaging
EVERT JANSE VAN VUUREN People in assembly lines can make mistakes and this can have dangerous consequences, robots reduces mistakes

Industrial effluent recovery a sustainable water solution

By: Robyn Wilkinson     3rd March 2017 With the Department of Water Affairs’ National Water Week Awareness campaign – taking place from March 17 to 23 – celebrating twenty years of water delivery for social and economic development, water treatment specialist Proxa is looking to the future of water in South Africa by developing... 

Premier Food and Fishing lists on JSE

By: Anine Kilian     2nd March 2017 Food and fisheries company Premier Food and Fishing on Thursday listed in the Farming, Fishing and Plantations sector of the JSE.     “Being listed on the JSE will allow us to give our employees, as well as the members of the communities in which we operate, an opportunity to acquire equity in... 

Commission refers Unilever, Sime Darby to tribunal for alleged cartel conduct 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st March 2017 The Competition Commission has referred a cartel case against Unilever South Africa and Sime Darby Hudson Knight to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution, for the alleged division of markets in the bakery and cooking products sector in South Africa. The commission said the two companies had,... 

Difficult trading conditions dull Clover’s H1 financial performance 

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st March 2017 As branded consumer goods and beverages group Clover Industries works its way through muted trading and economic conditions, the JSE-listed group is progressing a number of strategies to set it back on a growth path. Unpacking the lacklustre financial results for the half-year ended December 31,... 

Difficult trading conditions dull Clover’s H1 financial performance
Clover CEO Johann Vorster talks to Engineering News Online about the company's first half performance, recovery plans and the implementation of its restructure. Date recorded: 01.03.2017. Camerawork and videoediting: Nicholas Boyd

Famous Brands to launch PAUL café in South Africa in March

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th February 2017 JSE-listed franchisor Famous Brands is launching the 128-year-old global bakery-café brand, PAUL, to the local market on March 2, with the opening of its flagship PAUL restaurant, in Melrose Arch, in Johannesburg. There are only three other PAUL stores on the continent in Morocco, Côte d'Ivoire... 

Brimstone pays out 15th consecutive dividend

By: News24Wire      28th February 2017 Brimstone recorded a 22% increase in revenue and a 147% increase in operating profit for the financial year ended 31 December 2016, the company announced on Monday. A dividend of 42c a share was declared. 

Chicken imports contribute to 21.9% decrease in RCL Foods’ interim Ebitda

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th February 2017 The widely reported issues facing the domestic poultry industry have significantly decimated JSE-listed RCL Foods’ profits, with the company reporting a 21.9% decrease in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) to R900.4-million for the six months ended December... 

Bidcorp expects upward momentum in the second half of FY17

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd February 2017 After maintaining a strong upward trajectory across all geographies during the six months ended December 31, JSE-listed Bidcorp is optimistic about its future prospects With a global rebranding effort to ‘Bidfood’ under way to reinforce its image as “value-add food people”, Bidcorp’s foodservice... 

Sasa calls for greater public input in sugar tax deliberations

By: Anine Kilian     23rd February 2017 The South African Sugar Association (Sasa) believes there has been insufficient public involvement in discussions on the implementation of the proposed tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Wednesday confirmed that the proposed tax, which will be levied at a rate of... 

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