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Food & Beverage News

Polymer offering diversified into US beet sugar industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th March 2018 Thermoplastic producer Vesconite Bearings is expanding its polymer offering to the US beet sugar market, building on its experiences and success in the local and US sugar cane industries. Vesconite Bearings began supplying its locally-produced polymers to the South African sugar industry in 2009... 

Listeria class action filed against South Africa's Tiger Brands

By: Reuters     29th March 2018 A class action lawsuit was filed on Thursday against South Africa's Tiger Brands, after one of its food factories was linked to a listeria outbreak that has killed 180 people since early 2017, the lawyer running the case said. Richard Spoor, a human rights advocate who previously masterminded a... 

RCL Foods opens new pet food factory  

29th March 2018 Fast-moving consumer goods manufacturer RCL Foods launched a new pet food manufacturing facility, in Randfontein, earlier this month. Megan van Wyngaardt has the story. 

RCL Foods opens new pet food factory
RCL Foods opens new pet food factory

Water treatment, desalination plant to meet Sea Harvest’s Saldanha water needs 

By: Schalk Burger     22nd March 2018 A water treatment plant built at JSE-listed sea food company Sea Harvest’s internationally accredited Saldanha Bay operations, in the Western Cape, treats effluent and sea water and provides all the water the operations require, said Sea Harvest operations director Terence Brown on Thursday at... 

Water treatment, desalination plant to meet Sea Harvest’s Saldanha water needs
SEA HARVEST SALDANHA WTP

Tanzania says AB InBev to build $100m plant

By: Reuters     20th March 2018 AB InBev, which owns a majority stake in Tanzania Breweries Limited, the country's biggest brewer, will invest $100-million in a new beer plant in the administrative capital Dodoma, the president's office announced. President John Magufuli on Monday chaired a day-long meeting with major foreign... 

Tiger Brands flags loss at meat unit after listeria outbreak

By: Reuters     19th March 2018 South Africa's Tiger Brands said on Monday it expected its meat products unit to record a monthly loss of up to R33-million ($3-million) after it suspended operations at four sites over a listeria outbreak that has killed 180 people in 14 months. Health authorities ordered a recall of processed... 

Deadly listeria could herald tighter food safety rules in South Africa

By: Reuters     16th March 2018 A huge and deadly outbreak of listeria in South Africa could alter the country's approach to food-borne disease and prompt improvements in food safety standards, a leading health official said on Friday. The World Health Organization's (WHO's)top specialist on global food safety likened the South... 

Deadly listeria could herald tighter food safety rules in South Africa

RCL Foods says Free State polony plant clear from ST6 listeria strain

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2018 Independent laboratory tests have found that JSE-listed consumer goods company RCL Foods’ Wolwehoek polony plant, in the Free-State, is clear of the ST6 listeria strain, which Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has identified as being responsible for the country’s major listeriosis outbreak.  

Food manufacturer expands into packaging

By: Melissa Zisengwe     16th March 2018 With over 15 years in the food and beverage industry, food manufacturing company Trojan Foods has expanded into packaging services in response to the increased demand for specialised packaging solutions in the industry. 

New tech to mitigate production challenges

By: Melissa Zisengwe     16th March 2018 With inefficiency and downtime being significant challenges for the food and beverage industry, the largest provider of reconditioned boilers, Dryden Combustion, a division of Energy Partners, is working on new products to optimise field efficiency for clients. 

New tech to mitigate production challenges
ADVANCED FUNCTIONALITY Optiflame manipulates all the relevant parameters in the control system and monitors the result

Drive units ensure energy savings in food and beverage industry

By: Melissa Zisengwe     16th March 2018 Automation and drive specialist SEW Eurodrive South Africa has sold about 200 of its synchronous MOVIGEAR units to date. This includes a single order of 65 for a major abattoir, which indicates the popularity of the MOVIGEAR unit in the food and beverage industry.  

Drive units ensure  energy savings in food  and beverage industry
MOVIGEARS A major benefit of the mechatronics unit is its energy-saving potential

Trojan Foods expands into packaging 

15th March 2018 With over 15 years in the food and beverage industry, food manufacturing company Trojan Foods has expanded into packaging services in response to the increased demand for specialised packaging solutions in the industry. Melissa Zisengwe tells us more. 

Trojan Foods expands into packaging
Trojan Foods expands into packaging

South African rights lawyer plans listeria class action against Tiger Brands

By: Reuters     12th March 2018 A human rights lawyer plans to launch a class action lawsuit against South African food producer Tiger Brands on behalf of the families of people who died and those affected by the worst listeria outbreak in history. South Africa's health minister said on Thursday the government would support... 

South African rights lawyer plans listeria class action against Tiger Brands

We will ensure it does not happen again – Tiger Brands 

By: African News Agency      9th March 2018 Tiger Brands, the South African food manufacturer at the centre of one of the worst food-borne disease outbreaks the country has seen, said on Friday that it was doing everything it can to get to the root cause of the listeria bacteria found in its food production plant in Polokwane, Limpopo.... 

Poultry association says concerned about imported chicken paste

By: African News Agency      9th March 2018 South Africa's poultry producers association said on Friday it was concerned that the country was accepting imports of untested mechanically deboned meat (MDM) into the country even as its neighbours blocked its own processed meat products over a listeriosis outbreak. The association said reports... 

Famous Brands flags up to $34m in FY impairment

By: Reuters     8th March 2018 South African fast-food chain owner Famous Brands said on Thursday that annual earnings would be hit by impairment charges amounting up to R400-million ($33.7-million) on its Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) business. As a result, Famous Brands expects earnings per share to decrease by more than 20... 

Clover not too worried about land expropriation proposals, satisfied with H1 results

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th March 2018 Despite concerns about the recent controversial calls for land expropriation without compensation and the possible effect this could have on South Africa’s economy and food security, JSE-listed foods and beverages group Clover believes it is not all doom and gloom. Speaking to Engineering News... 

Tiger Brands CEO says no link between listeria deaths and firm's products

By: Reuters     5th March 2018 The chief executive of Tiger Brands said on Monday there was no direct link between the deaths of more than 180 people who tested positive for listeria and its processed cold meat products. Lawrence McDougall also told a news conference the company had not yet worked out the financial impact of... 

Enterprise Foods to recall affected products, but conducting own listeriosis tests

By: News24Wire      5th March 2018 Tiger Brands, on behalf of its division Enterprise Foods, has committed to recalling products that are identified with listeriosis outbreak, but are conducting its own tests as well. This follows an announcement by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and the National Institute of Communicable... 

RCL Foods eyes greater market share as new pet food facility opens

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st March 2018 Fast-moving consumer goods manufacturer RCL Foods on Thursday launched its new R150-million pet food manufacturing facility, in Randfontein. Through the establishment of the 1 500 m2 facility, which employs around 700 people, the company aims to take a greater share in the R5-billion a year South... 

RCL Foods eyes greater market share as new pet food facility opens
Photo by Dylan Slater
RCL Foods

Las Iguanas to open 200-seater restaurant in Centurion in June

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th February 2018 The UK restaurant chain Las Iguanas will open its first restaurant in South Africa's Irene Mall, in Centurion, on June 7, franchisor Gold Brands said on Wednesday. The chain specialises in authentic Mexican, Brazilian and other South American food and cocktails, and the Irene restaurant will seat... 

Las Iguanas to open 200-seater restaurant in Centurion in June

Consumers urged to buy local as poultry industry remains ‘in distress’

By: Simone Liedtke     27th February 2018 Despite being the highest per capita consumer of poultry products on the African continent, and the ninth-highest consumer in the world, South Africa finds its poultry industry in deep crisis, buy local campaign Proudly South Africa (SA) said at its first yearly poultry forum on Tuesday. Faced... 

Chicken business turnaround boosts RCL’s H1 profit

By: Anine Kilian     26th February 2018 A strong turnaround in the chicken business, along with good rainfall and lower prices for commodity inputs benefited JSE-listed RCL Foods in the six months ended December 31, contributing to margin recovery across the group’s business units, CEO Miles Daily said on Monday. The group reported a... 

Bidcorp interim results in line with company expectations

By: Simone Liedtke     21st February 2018 JSE-listed Bidcorp has delivered "pleasing results" with the foodservice group's half-year performance in line with management expectations, CEO Bernard Berson said on Wednesday. Headline earnings a share increased by 8.6% to 640c a share in the six months ended December 31, from 589.3c a share a... 

Slow start to year to impact on Tiger Brands’ FY18 performance

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st February 2018 JSE-listed Tiger Brands’ shares fell by 9% on Wednesday morning after the company announced that its revenue for the four months to January 31 had decreased by 5% year-on-year, driven by price deflation of 1% and volume declines of 4%. In a voluntary trading update to the market, the company... 

GBI takes steps to further expand Chesanyama footprint

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th February 2018 JSE-listed franchising company Gold Brands Investments (GBI) has entered into a development agreement with a master franchisor, who will have the exclusive right of developing the Chesanyama brand in all countries outside Africa. The master franchisor will own the exclusive rights to roll out and... 

Proposed sugar levy unlikely to make sizeable dent in fiscal deficit – PwC economists

By: African News Agency      13th February 2018 Economists on Monday predicted that the proposed levy on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) set to take effect in April this year in South Africa was unlikely to make a sizeable dent in the fiscal deficit. In 2016, National Treasury announced a Sugar Beverage Levy (SBL) on sugar-sweetened beverages... 

Proposed sugar levy unlikely to make sizeable dent in fiscal deficit – PwC economists

RCL Foods reports uptick as chicken processing business improves

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th February 2018 South African food producer RCL Foods expects to report an upswing in its financial results for the six months ended December 31, with its headline earnings a share to be between 46% and 66% higher year-on-year at between 69.5c and 79c. Earnings a share are expected to increase by between 93.5%... 

Taste Holdings appoints new CEO

By: Anine Kilian     12th February 2018 Tyrone Moodley has been appointed Taste Holdings' CEO, effective immediately. He will succeed Carlo Gonzaga, who has resigned. 

South African grape variant to be launched at German fruit trade fair

By: Dylan Slater     6th February 2018 South African science institution, the Agricultural Research Council (ARC), in partnership with the South African Table Grape Industry (Sati) and Culdevco, plans to launch a seedless red table grape at the South African National Pavilion during the Fruit Logistica Trade Fair, which takes place in... 

Quantum Foods performing well, despite avian flu outbreak

By: Anine Kilian     5th February 2018 JSE-listed Quantum Foods’ South African-based feeds business performed satisfactorily in the four months to January 31, with stable rand-per-tonne margins and profitability compared with the previous year. In a trading update on Monday, the company reported that the favourable feed raw material... 

Sea Harvest to make big arrival with maiden full year results

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th February 2018 Seafood processing company Sea Harvest on Monday said it expects to report basic earnings per share (EPS) of between 110c and 124c for the year ended December 31, paired with headline earnings per share (HEPS) of between 99c and 113c apiece. This will be the company's maiden full-year results... 

Industry body authorised as verification authority

2nd February 2018 The Department of Labour has authorised industry body the Southern African Gas Association (Saga) to be the verification authority for the natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industrial equipment industry for South Africa.  All industrial equipment needs to conform to the SANS 329 and... 

IBM open-source food-safety blockchain system launched

By: Schalk Burger     2nd February 2018 Computing multinational IBM in December launched an open-source, blockchain system designed to provide transparency on food safety in China. The Blockchain Food Safety Alliance has as its initial signatories US mass retailer Walmart, Chinese e-commerce firm JD.com, as well as IBM and the Tsinghua... 

Showcase of SA's manufacturing prowess to debut in 2019

By: Dylan Slater     2nd February 2018 To showcase the best South Africa has to offer in terms of local manufacturing and South African-produced capital equipment, capital equipment manufactures lobby group the South African Capital Equipment Exporters Council (Saceec) has partnered with exhibition organisers Specialised Exhibitions... 

Sea Harvest says makes progress in talks to buy Viking Fishing

By: African News Agency      25th January 2018 Seafood company Sea Harvest said on Thursday it had made progress in negotiations to acquire the entire fishing business of Viking Fishing Holdings and a 51% stake in the issued share capital of Viking Aquaculture. "An announcement providing further details will be made as soon as practicably... 

SAB to quench Capetonians' thirst – but with a different drink

By: News24Wire      23rd January 2018 South African Breweries (SAB) will be helping Capetonians struggling through the drought crisis by shipping out 12-million quarts of a drink not usually associated with the company. SAB general manager John Stenslund confirmed that 9-million litres of water – bottled in 12-million quarts – would... 

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