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Food & Beverage News

Sappi to build xylitol, furfural production demo plant

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th July 2018 Pulp and paper producer Sappi has decided to build a demonstration plant to further scale up its novel Xylex technology for the production of xylitol and furfural. The plant, which will become operational in early 2019, will be located adjacent to the existing sugars and lignin extraction plant... 

Vacuum systems leak detection a first for Southern Africa

By: Halima Frost     13th July 2018 South African pump distributor Integrated Pump Technology has added on-site vacuum leak detection of vacuum systems to complement its existing service offering of design, supply, service and repairs of vacuum pumps and systems. Making use of the recently launched Leybold Phoenix Quadro portable... 

Lucky Star operations in Western Cape get two desalination plants

By: Schalk Burger     11th July 2018 Wednesday marked the official launch of two desalination plants that were designed, installed and commissioned by JSE-listed AECI water and process subsidiary ImproChem at fish products company Lucky Star’s cannery and fishmeal operations on the West Coast. The desalination plants at Lucky Star’s... 

Lucky Star operations in Western Cape get two desalination plants
ImproChem engineered solutions executive director Sepadi Mohlabeng, ImproChem MD Graham Sanders, Oceana chairperson Mustaq Brey and Saldanha Bay acting mayor Elize Steyn

Gold Brands to sell Black Steer franchise business

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th July 2018 JSE-listed Gold Brands will sell its Black Steer franchise business to Laudian Franchise Management One for R3.2-million. The sale is aimed at increasing Gold Brands’ cash flow and reducing its debt. 

Danone's Morocco dairy firm loses 50% of milk market – CEO

By: Reuters     27th June 2018 France's Danone will never quit Morocco despite its local dairy firm Centrale Danone having lost more than 50% of its market share in fresh milk due to a consumer boycott, Danone's chief executive said on Tuesday. Unknown activists launched a consumer boycott campaign on April 20 against major... 

Sundale, Just Milk acquire Cookhouse Creamery from Dairybelle

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th June 2018 Sundale Free Range Dairy, which is located in the East London Industrial Development Zone, has joined forces with Just Milk – the largest organisation of dairy farmers in the country – to acquire the iconic cheese operation Cookhouse Creamery previously owned by Dairybelle.  

South African sugar industry to march over influx of imports

By: African News Agency      26th June 2018 Hundreds of sugar cane farmers from KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga provinces will on Tuesday march to the Department of Trade and Industry in Tshwane demanding that a tariff on sugar be reinstated to protect the domestic industry from cheap imports.  The South African Sugar Association (SASA) said... 

SAGCC, partners aim to digitalise industries

By: Melissa Zisengwe     22nd June 2018 The Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCC) and its partners are looking into automating and digitalising South African supply chain industries. According to the SAGCC, there is a substantial shift towards automation and digitalisation in organisations in Germany and in... 

SAGCC, partners aim  to digitalise industries
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NEW STANDARD There is a shift towards automation and digitalisation of supply chains

Delegation seeks partnerships with food and beverage industry

By: Melissa Zisengwe     22nd June 2018 Last month, the German VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association held a symposium in Johannesburg, South Africa, for a delegation of 13 high-profile and diversified member companies to present their products and services to the South African food processing and packaging industry.... 

Delegation seeks partnerships with food and beverage industry
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MARKET POTENTIAL The German VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association says there is a demand for food technology in South Africa

Manufacturer showcases food & beverage processing technologies

By: Melissa Zisengwe     22nd June 2018 Manufacturing company KHS South Africa, a subsidiary of Germany-based KHS GmbH, presented its technology and solutions to 90 local food and beverage companies at the German Technology Symposium, held in Johannesburg, last month. The symposium, which was the first symposium tailored for the food... 

Manufacturer showcases food & beverage processing technologies
FILLING THE GAP KHS expects its innovative product range to further strengthen local market share

German company looks to enter African markets

By: Melissa Zisengwe     22nd June 2018 Technology developer Hosokawa Alpine Aktiengesellschaft plans to enter the South African market with Sugarplex – a sugar grinding machine for sugar milling companies in the food industry. The company was part of the diversified delegation at the German technology Symposium held in Johannesburg,... 

German company looks  to enter African markets
SUGAR MILLING Hosokawa introduced the Sugarplex sugar grinding machine to the local African market at the German technology Symposium

Industry 4.0 to add benefits across the entire value chain

By: Schalk Burger     14th June 2018 The nascent industrial revolution happening across the world, termed Industry 4.0, is helping to improve the entire value chain through the digitalisation of all processes and the integration and improvement of the interdependent processes, says industrial systems multinational Siemens Digital... 

South Africa’s metrology institute reports successful food safety conference

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th June 2018 The National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA) announced earlier this week that it had held its first Africa Food Safety Workshop during the first week of this month, in Pretoria. The event was attended by delegates form South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world. They represented... 

Food producer Libstar bets on yoghurt to boost market share

By: Reuters     14th June 2018 South Africa's Libstar Holdings is launching a new range of yoghurt in a bid to gain market share from French group Danone and local leader Clover Industries in the country's competitive dairy sector. The new yoghurt ranges and shakes, traded by Libstar unit Lancewood will be launched by July, CE... 

Sea Harvest to acquire fishing business, stake in subsidiaries of Viking Fishing

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th June 2018 A consortium of broad-based black economic empowerment investors, led by fishing and food business Sea Harvest together with its subsidiary Sea Harvest Corporation, has entered into sale agreements with Viking Fishing Holdings to acquire the fishing business and selected shareholdings of Viking... 

Indaba will create intra-Africa trade opportunities

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th June 2018 With the 2018 Manufacturing Indaba’s focus being on the development of intra-Africa trade, event organiser Siyenza Management MD Liz Hart says the event will bring key stakeholders together to create opportunities for engagement and dialogue. She tells Engineering News that Africa has many of... 

Indaba will create intra-Africa trade opportunities
EXPANDING EXHIBITION Siyenza Management aims to expand the Manufacturing Indaba – the larger the event, the more companies to engage with and to explore added business opportunities

Local manufacturing crucial for economic growth

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th June 2018 Providing locally manufactured goods and supporting local manufacturing are massively important for the growth of the South African economy, says plastic conveyor components manufacturer IRP Engineering Plastics MD Kris Kibble. “Supporting international supply over local manufacture and supply... 

Local manufacturing  crucial for economic growth
KRIS KIBBLE IRP Engineering Plastics places a large focus on local manufacture and it is an issue that we as a company constantly reiterate to our market

Africa's largest fishing firm Oceana could lose fishing rights in Namibia

By: Reuters     6th June 2018 Africa's largest fishing company Oceana Group faces a battle to hold onto its fishing rights in Namibia after the southern African country said listed firms would no longer be awarded quotas. Bidvest Namibia, which is listed on Namibia's stock exchange, could also lose its local fishing rights... 

Nestlé launches 'zero water' manufacturing facility in Western Cape

By: Anine Kilian     5th June 2018 Nestlé South Africa on Tuesday launched its R88-million zero-water dairy manufacturing facility in Mossel Bay, in the Western Cape. The facility will allow Nestlé to reduce the factory’s water consumption by more than 50% during the first year of implementation by reusing the water recovered from... 

Nestlé launches 'zero water' manufacturing facility in Western Cape

Distell relists on the JSE

By: Anine Kilian     1st June 2018 Beverage producer Distell relisted on the beverage sector of the JSE on Friday. “Today marks an important journey in our company’s evolution as it simplifies a historically multitiered ownership structure of Distell, through investment holding company Capevin, providing investors with a... 

African Swine Fever outbreak reported in South Africa

By: Reuters     31st May 2018 African Swine Fever (ASF), a severe haemorrhagic disease of pigs, has been reported in South Africa's Northern Cape Province, the department of agriculture said on Thursday. The new blow to South Africa's pork industry comes as prices tumble after a Listeria outbreak that has killed more than 200... 

Albany reopens Virginia bakery after R70m refurbishment

By: Anine Kilian     31st May 2018 Bread producer Albany has reopened its bakery in Virginia, in the Free State, following a R70-million refurbishment. The new bakery will initially operate for 12 hours a day, across two shifts, with plans to eventually increase output to full capacity, baking for 24 hours a day, across three shifts. 

Coca-Cola Co's Africa distributor to invest $100m in Kenya over next 5 years

By: Reuters     30th May 2018 Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA), the continent’s largest soft drinks bottler, said on Wednesday it would invest $100-million in Kenya over the next five years to improve infrastructure and launch new products. The company, which sells and distributes Coca-Cola Co products in Africa, plans to... 

DTI, stakeholders establish sugar value-chain task team to address industry challenges

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th May 2018 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has established a sugar value-chain task team, comprising representatives from the beverage industry, retailers, the South African Sugar Association (Sasa), smallholder farmers, small manufacturers and the Industrial Development Corporation of South... 

DTI, stakeholders establish sugar value-chain task team to address industry challenges

Avian flu still affecting agricultural cycles – Quantum Foods

By: Simone Liedtke     24th May 2018 The first six months of the current financial year proved how quickly agricultural cycles can change, says diversified feeds and poultry business Quantum Foods. This is evidenced through two main factors influencing the macroenvironment during this period, ended March 31. 

Despite somewhat dismal FY18 performance, Famous Brands remains cautiously optimistic

By: Simone Liedtke     24th May 2018 Despite a somewhat dismal performance by some of its operations in the financial year ended February 28, branded food services franchisor Famous Brands remains cautiously optimistic about the South African and African landscape, while feeling reserved about its UK operations. This follows... 

Despite somewhat dismal FY18 performance, Famous Brands remains cautiously optimistic

Tiger Brands H1 earnings hit by South Africa cold meat recall costs

By: Reuters     24th May 2018 South Africa's Tiger Brands reported on Thursday a 16% drop in half-year earnings, weighed down by R365-million ($29.24-million) in costs due to a recall of cold meat products in response to a listeria outbreak. The country's biggest food producer suspended production at its Polokwane, Germiston,... 

Taste expects to widen FY headline loss a share

By: Anine Kilian     23rd May 2018 JSE-listed Taste Holdings expects to widen its headline loss a share to between 40.6c and 43.1c for the year ended February 28. This represents a 62% to 72% widening on the 25c headline loss in the prior year. 

Govt conducting a review of food safety legislation to curb listeriosis

By: African News Agency      18th May 2018 The South African government said on Friday that it was conducting a review of food safety legislation in a bid to prevent another deadly outbreak of listeriosis. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases reported this week that the death toll from what the World Health Organisation deems... 

R11.6bn in fines and merger conditions secured since 2010, Patel reports

By: Terence Creamer     10th May 2018 Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel reports that R11.6-billion has been mobilised as a result of cartel settlements and conditions placed on firms that have pursued mergers and acquisitions in South Africa since 2010, with commitments worth a further R11-bilion have been secured in... 

R11.6bn in fines and merger conditions secured since 2010, Patel reports
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Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel

AB InBev’s South African Q1 sales dip on March sin tax increases

By: Anine Kilian     9th May 2018 JSE-listed Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) saw revenue growth in South Africa of mid-single-digits for the quarter ended March 31, driven by high, single-digit revenue per hectolitre growth. The company said demand was reduced during the Easter peak season owing to higher sin taxes that came into... 

Libstar lists on JSE

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th May 2018 Consumer packaged goods producer and supplier Libstar on Wednesday started trading on the main board of the JSE, in the food products sector.  

Libstar lists on JSE
Libstar FD Robin Smith, JSE capital markets director Donna Nemer and Libstar CEO Andries van Rensburg

South African farmers take AB InBev to competition watchdog

By: Reuters     7th May 2018 Farmers in South Africa have filed a complaint with the country's competition watchdog about Anheuser-Busch InBev's decision to change its pricing formula for buying malt barley, a key ingredient in beer making. The farmers lobby group Grain South Africa believes AB InBev, the world's biggest... 

South African wine-maker Distell sees lower crop amid drought

By: Reuters     2nd May 2018 South African alcohol beverages maker Distell Group's 2018 wine grape harvest was 30 percent down on the previous year due to drought in the Western Cape but grape quality was promising, its head winemaker said on Wednesday. South Africa has declared Western Cape and other regions as disaster... 

Mondi Group signs an agreement to acquire NPP in Egypt

By: African News Agency      1st May 2018 International packaging and paper group Mondi said on Monday it had signed an agreement to acquire 100% of the outstanding shares in Egypt's National Company for Paper Products and Import & Export for EGP510-million on a debt and cash free-basis. NPP is a privately owned industrial bags... 

Mondi Group signs an agreement to acquire NPP in Egypt

Tests confirm deadly listeria strain at South Africa's Tiger Brands' plant

By: Reuters     26th April 2018 Tiger Brands, which faces two class action lawsuits over a listeria outbreak that has killed 180 people, said results from an independent laboratory confirmed the presence of the deadly listeria strain in one of its food factories. The government, which has been criticised for taking too long to... 

South African pork industry could lose R1bn due to listeriosis outbreak – FNB economist

By: African News Agency      23rd April 2018 South Africa's pork industry and its value chain could suffer losses of up to R1-billion as the price of the meat continues to decline in a fallout from the recent outbreak of listeriosis, an FNB economist said on Monday. A variety of ready-to-eat processed meats, mainly made from pork, have been... 

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