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Food & Beverage News

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... 

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

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

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. 

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... 

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... 

Bidcorp continues to achieve earnings growth in H1

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd February 2017 JSE-listed Bid Corporation (Bidcorp), the food services unit that was unbundled from international services, trading and distribution firm Bidvest last year, delivered a distribution of 250c a share for the six months to December 31. The reported financials show “very pleasing” results for the... 

Government to proceed with the introduction of a sugar tax 

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd February 2017 South African consumers of sugar-sweetened drinks are set to feel the impact of the proposed sugar tax later this year as the relevant legislation is finalised for Parliamentary approval. The National Treasury on Wednesday confirmed a proposed tax rate of 2.1c/g of sugar content in excess of 4... 

Government to proceed with the introduction of a sugar tax

Pockets of resilience, but SA’s manufacturing outlook remains fragile

By: David Oliveira     17th February 2017 South Africa’s manufacturing sector is expected to grow by 0.5% this year and by 1.2% in 2018, according to data from economic analysis and forecast provider FocusEconomics. Financial institution Barclays’ latest purchasing managers’ index (PMI) released earlier this month indicates that the... 

Pockets of resilience, but SA’s manufacturing outlook remains fragile

Premier Foods and Fishing to start trading on JSE in March

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th February 2017 Integrated food and fisheries business Premier Foods and Fishing (PFF) has been given the go-ahead to trade its shares on the JSE’s main board from March 2. In conjunction with the listing, PFF will undertake a private placement of up to 117-million shares to invited investors at R4.50 apiece.... 

Pioneer Foods feels headwinds from drought, soft economy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th February 2017 While the local economy was hit by the long-standing drought and softer trading conditions, increasing inflation has seen JSE-listed Pioneer Foods increase its group turnover by 5.1% for the four months to January 31, with a 7.6% increase in South African turnover. However, contracting volumes... 

Sea Harvest eyes JSE listing to ensure further growth

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th February 2017 To boost its organic and acquisitive growth, while advancing its ambitions of becoming a global business, seafood producer Sea Harvest Group plans to list on the JSE by the end of March. Listing would provide the black-owned company, which has operations in South Africa and Australia, ongoing... 

Sea Harvest eyes JSE listing to ensure further growth

Astral's interim earnings hit by headwinds

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th February 2017 The continuing unfavourable trading environment is expected to push the earnings of JSE-listed Astral Foods down by up to 75% for the six months to March 31. Emerging from a muted first quarter, the negative impacts of weakened consumer spending, high levels of imported poultry, high maize and... 

BevSA calls for regulation of sugar reduction, not sugar tax

By: African News Agency      2nd February 2017 The Beverage Association of South Africa (BevSA) said on Thursday that it remained convinced that the reduction of obesity rates in South Africa could be done without the negative impacts of taxation in the economy. This comes after BevSA on Tuesday outlined its opposition to a proposed 20... 

DTI steps in with task team amid poultry industry crisis

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd February 2017 The Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) action-focused government task team is in the process of identifying several interventions to resolve the current crisis surrounding poultry product dumping in South Africa’s market. The department is seeking out measures to boost trade,... 

DTI steps in with task team amid poultry industry crisis

Chicken industry challenges weigh on RCL’s interim results 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     31st January 2017 Owing to the significant challenges facing the South African chicken industry, including imports and high feed input costs, food manufacturer RCL Foods expects its headline earnings a share for the six months ended December 31 to be between 40c and 55c, around 30% to 50% lower than the 87.2c it... 

Chicken industry challenges weigh on RCL’s interim results

Sugar taxes likely to cost formal beverages sector R1.4bn – Treasury

By: African News Agency      31st January 2017 South African formal businesses selling carbonated sugar drinks is estimated to suffer a R1.4-billion loss in revenue, should a “sugar tax” be implemented, the National Treasury said on Tuesday. Treasury officials participated in public hearings on the proposed tax on sugar beverages before the... 

Sugar taxes likely to cost formal beverages sector R1.4bn – Treasury

ANC wants government to bail out poultry industry

By: African News Agency      31st January 2017 The African National Congress (ANC) on Monday, said it had resolved that government should buy struggling but productive poultry farms in a bid to save jobs and increase food security and production. South African chicken producers, including Rainbow Chicken, are set to retrench more than 3,500... 

ANC wants government to bail out poultry industry

Wine industry under pressure amid subdued economy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th January 2017 While the local wine market has grown more than 14%, or by 50-million litres, over the past two years, to more than 400-million litres at the end of December, continued pressure on the local economy could hamper the industry’s future growth. The wine industry is currently in a slump, with only... 

Wine industry under pressure amid subdued economy

Clover expands product offering through acquisition of olive oil manufacturer 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th January 2017 JSE-listed Clover has acquired the Olive Pride business from Southern Canned Products (SCP), which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of explosives and specialty chemicals company AECI. SCP will dispose of Olive Pride to the newly formed Clover Pride, in which Clover South Africa holds 51% and AECI the... 

Clover expands product offering through acquisition of olive oil manufacturer

DTI responds to Malema's poultry tariff hike demand 

By: News24Wire      13th January 2017 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has established a national committee that will consider the challenges local poultry producers currently face, according to Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies. “The national committee, which includes the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and... 

Astral says Eskom cutting municipal electricity supply would be ‘catastrophic’ for Standerton operations 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th January 2017 Eskom’s plan to cut power to the Lekwa local municipality, in Mpumalanga, will interrupt poultry producer Astral’s feed and poultry operations in Standerton with “catastrophic” results, the company has warned. Astral has received notification that Eskom plans to start interruptions of its bulk... 

Astral says Eskom cutting municipal electricity supply would be ‘catastrophic’ for Standerton operations

Department of Trade and Industry commits to helping local poultry industry

By: African News Agency      10th January 2017 The Department of Trade and Industry (the DTI) on Monday said the South African government had been working with the local poultry producers to address the challenges in the industry as a result of chickens imported from European Union (EU) countries. The DTI was responding to the plea made by... 

Department of Trade and Industry commits to helping local poultry industry

Fawu vows to fight job losses in poultry industry 

By: African News Agency      9th January 2017 The Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) on Monday made an impassioned plea to government to tighten regulations of importing chickens from the European Union (EU) in a bid to save jobs in the South African poultry industry. This comes after South Africa’s biggest chicken producer, Rainbow... 

Fawu vows to fight job losses in poultry industry

AB InBev, Coca-Cola reach $3.15bn deal

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st December 2016 Beverages giant The Coca-Cola Company and triple-listed brewery Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) have reached an agreement regarding the transition of AB InBev’s 54.5% equity stake in Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) for $3.15-billion. CCBA includes South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania,... 

Fast-dissolving sugar to help reduce sugar in chocolate by 40%

By: Schalk Burger     16th December 2016 A new fast-dissolving sugar developed by Swiss food multinational Nestlé will help it to reduce the amount of sugar used in its chocolates by 40% by 2018 without reducing the sweetness of the chocolates, says Nestlé chief technology officer Stefan Catsicas. “Using only natural ingredients,... 

Fast-dissolving sugar to help  reduce sugar in chocolate by 40%
Photo by Duane Daws
SWEET CHOCOLATE Even while much less sugar is used in the chocolate, the tongue perceives an almost identical sweetness to before

NWK reports H1 profit contraction, optimistic of H2 recovery

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th December 2016 Agriculture products and services provider NWK’s half-year profit has declined; however, the second half of the 2017 financial year is forecast to be much improved as the group sheds certain lossmaking operations, assisted by a normal production season after four seasons of drought. For the six... 

Innovation earns company biofuels award

     9th December 2016 Market research company and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan has awarded its 2016 Company of the Year Award to South African renewable-energy company Biogreen for its innovative performance and customer impact in the production of biodiesel from used cooking oil. Biogreen offers its suppliers and... 

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