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Food & Beverage News

Wine industry sees positives despite expected R700m shortfall

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd January 2018 The smaller wine grape harvest anticipated by industry body Vinpro for this year is expected to result in a R700-million shortfall at farm gate, at a time when production costs have doubled in the past decade and the minimum wage for farm workers is set to increase by 17% in May. However, despite... 

Sawis warns wine grape crop may be smallest since 2005

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2018 Continuing drought and low water supplies in the Western Cape may lead to South Africa’s smallest wine grape harvest since 2005, when 1.15-million tonnes were harvested owing to drought and diseases in some production areas. Industry body South African Wine Industry Information and Systems... 

Sawis warns wine grape crop may be smallest since 2005

Industry demand sets high targets for company

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 Activated carbon manufacturer Rotocarb aims to become the biggest activated carbon producer in Africa by 2019, owing to increasing demand and dependence on activated carbon in the wastewater treatment, purification and desalination industry. 

Industry demand sets  high targets for company
PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN The company’s water-intensive processing and wastewater treatment operations use local raw materials, technology and deployment

Plant to be completed in March

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 Integrated solutions provider ImproChem will be completing the construction and commissioning of a desalination plant for a large factory on the West Coast, in South Africa, with the plant expected to supply its first water in the second week of March 2018. 

Plant to be completed in March
REVERSE OSMOSIS Sea water will be pumped through a Suez Reverse Osmosis plant where the salt and mineral particles will be separated

South Africa white maize futures scale 11-month peak on hot, dry conditions

By: Reuters     15th January 2018 South African white maize futures prices hit 11-month highs on Monday as a spell of hot, dry weather raised concerns about plantings and yields over a swathe of the maize belt. Maize is South Africa's staple crop and policy makers such as the central bank, which will meet later this week on... 

South Africa white maize futures scale 11-month peak on hot, dry conditions

Aspen Pharmacare to start selling its infant formula milk Alula in China

By: African News Agency      15th January 2018 South African multinational pharmaceutical drug maker, Aspen Pharmacare, said on Monday that it would start distributing its infant formula milk in China. This comes after the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) announced on Friday that it had approved the registration of Aspen's infant... 

Distell to sell cognac business in R800m deal

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th December 2017 JSE-listed Distell today entered into a definitive agreement to sell its cognac business, Bisquit Dubouche et Cie to Italian branded beverage company Campari Group for an enterprise value of 2.5 million, or R800-million. The disposal is expected to close during the first quarter of 2018. 

Drought to hit South Africa's 2018 wine harvest

By: Reuters     19th December 2017 South Africa, the world's seventh biggest wine producer, is expected to see the smallest harvest in more than a decade in 2018 after drought and lower plantings hit yields, industry experts said. The winelands are mostly in the coastal Western Cape province which was declared a disaster area in... 

Drought to hit South Africa's 2018 wine harvest

Sars to collect sugar tax from April

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th December 2017 The South African Revenue Service (Sars) will start collecting the sugary beverages levy (SBL) from April 1. The levy is fixed at 2.1c/g for a sugar content exceeding the levy-free threshold of 4 g per 100 ml. 

Pioneer Foods eyes acquisition of UK granola brand Lizi’s

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th December 2017 JSE-listed Pioneer Foods plans to acquire, for an undisclosed amount, UK-based The Good Carb Food Company, the owner of granola brand Lizi’s, to add to its breakfast cereals portfolio. Pioneer Foods UK has been manufacturing Lizi’s products under contract for The Good Carb Food Company. 

Brimstone says subsidiary Sea Harvest in acquisition talks

By: African News Agency      11th December 2017 South African investment holding company Brimstone said on Monday its subsidiary Sea Harvest had entered into negotiations to acquire the entire fishing business of Viking Fishing. Brimstone, which has a 54.9% stake in Sea Harvest, said a consortium of broad-based black economic empowerment... 

Heat exchangers made compact

1st December 2017 Wisconsin-based shell and tube heat exchangers company Enerquip has added a new line of compact heat exchangers to meet growing demands from customers with low flow-rate applications. Enerquip is one of the leading providers of heating and cooling equipment for production plants and... 

Heat exchangers  made compact
U-TUBE Heat exchangers are available in U-tube and straight tube designs, and save a significant amount of space due to their size

Local company popularises electrical heat tracing

By: Nica Schreuder     1st December 2017 Amid escalating costs of heating containers using traditional methods, such as steam or gas, a more cost-effective, efficient and controlled method of ensuring the constant heating of containers is electrical heat tracing (EHT), says eltherm South Africa MD Peter Stone. EHT specialist eltherm... 

Local company popularises electrical heat tracing
EFFICIENT HEATING Eltherm’s EHT system makes controlled, efficient and constant heating solutions for tanktainers and road tankers

Makwana appointed chairperson of Illovo Sugar

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th November 2017 Illovo Sugar South Africa on Thursday announced the appointment of Mpho Makwana as chairperson, effective December 1, succeeding Gavin Dalgleish who stepped down to focus on his role as group MD. Makwana previously co-chaired the World Economic Forum on Africa in 2011 and served as Eskom... 

Crookes Brothers profits down on lower sugar cane revenue

By: African News Agency      29th November 2017 Agricultural firm Crookes Brothers said on Wednesday its after-tax profit decreased by 70.5% to R26.4 million in the six months ended September 2017, driven down by a decline in sugar cane revenue in the aftermath of drought. Crookes however said it expected results for the full year to March... 

Rhodes Food's FY17 performance dragged by international operations

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st November 2017 The headline earnings of JSE-listed Rhodes Food declined by 19.1% to R237-million for the financial year ended October 1, as regional gains were offset by a disappointing international performance. Diluted headline earnings a share decreased by 27% to 93.4c for the year under review, with... 

Astral Foods trumps difficult trading period with sterling FY17 results

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th November 2017 JSE-listed Astral Foods on Monday attributed the 96.8% increase in headline earnings a share to R18.99 for the year ended September 30 to the recovery in poultry profits during the second half of the financial year. “Stable prices for poultry products during the winter months, together with... 

Adverse trading conditions slash Pioneer Foods' earnings by half

By: African News Agency      20th November 2017 South African food group Pioneer said on Monday its adjusted headline earnings per share for the year ended 30 September 2017 fell by half, largely due to constrained trading conditions. The company also said maize procurement in the period to May had been hit by severe drought in the northern... 

SAB entrepreneurship for employment initiative welcomed

17th November 2017 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) has welcomed South African Breweries (SAB’s) entrepreneurship campaign aimed at enabling South African entrepreneurs to create 10 000 jobs by 2021. 

SAB entrepreneurship for employment initiative welcomed
SAB PROGRAMME The SAB entrepreneurial programme, which provides a package of support, was launched in September

DCD success in winemaking opens new markets

17th November 2017 Having proven that its Disruptor technology is more than suitable for the winemaking and beer sectors, South African biotechnology company Green Cell Technologies (GCT), states that it has turned its attention to the lucrative fruit sugar concentrates market. 

DCD success in  winemaking opens new markets
LESS SUGAR Consumers are more informed about the effect of foodstuffs they consume and the growing demand for less sugary products

New Summerstrand-based ale house opened

By: Simone Liedtke     17th November 2017 Eastern Cape-based manufacturing micro-brewery Dockside Brewery opened its Dockside Ale House in Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, last month. 

New Summerstrand-based ale house opened
GLOBAL STYLES Globally, there are more than thirty main styles of beer

Value-for-money centrifugal pumps to change process

17th November 2017 The food and beverage industry is continuously looking for solutions to increase production efficiency with extremely high system pressure applications becoming more common, especially in typical reverse osmosis applications for whey, wine and beer filtration. 

Value-for-money centrifugal pumps to change process
UPCOMING AVAILABILITY Higher flow rates are expected to be available very soon

Embraco enters local markets with strong R&D background

By: Schalk Burger     17th November 2017 Brazil-headquartered hermetic compressors and refrigeration solutions multinational Embraco will leverage its research and development (R&D) competitive advantage to gain market share in Africa, says Embraco business and marketing VP Marcio Schissatti. The company invests 3% to 4% of its net... 

Gold Brands to mitigate tough economic conditions with unique concepts

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th November 2017 While South African franchiser Gold Brands’ revenue for the six months ended August 31 fell 72.6% to R27.6-million year-on-year, owing to losses experienced from store closures incurred by lease expiries, the company’s gross profit margin increased from 30.9% to 47.3%, thanks to a more aligned... 

Gold Brands buys 50% stake in Ed’s Diner

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th November 2017 South African franchising company Gold Brands (GBI) will acquire 50% of the rights, trademarks and intellectual property of burger restaurant chain Ed's Diner from owner Vasilis Lazaridis. Gold Brands and Lazaridis will operate the restaurant chain in a joint venture, which will own the exclusive... 

New technologies further construction abilities

By: Victor Moolman     3rd November 2017 Using new technologies enables industrial tank manufacturer Metal Tank Industries to construct storage vessels, steel walkways, platforms and gantries, pumps, pipelines, control panels, electrical cabling, load cells, cooling towers and boilers that are used at food and beverage production plants. 

New technologies further construction abilities
LARGE METAL TANKS The company is using new technologies to decrease the turnaround time for new plants

Firm extols the virtues of carton packaging for food and drink products

By: Dylan Slater     3rd November 2017 Food processing and packaging solutions company Tetra Pak showcased the advantages of carton packaging for food and drink products during a live food preparation event at Sandton-based culinary school Pick n Pay Good Food Studio, last month.  

Firm extols the virtues of carton packaging  for food and drink products
DESIGNED FOR TODAY Cartons are lightweight and convenient, and their comprising fully recyclable materials means they are sustainable and ecofriendly

SAB invests millions in black-owned SMMEs 

By: Anine Kilian     1st November 2017 Multinational beverage and brewing company Anheuser-Busch (AB) InBev subsidiary South African Breweries (SAB) has invested more than R200-million into creating an inclusive supply chain which incorporates black-owned and black women-owned small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) through... 

SAB invests millions in black-owned SMMEs
SAB President Ricardo Tadeu talks to Engineering News online about SAB's entrepreneurship programmes. Video and Video editing: Darlene Creamer 1.11.2017

Rhodes Food expects FY17 decline in earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th October 2017 JSE-listed Rhodes Food expects to report a drop in headline earnings of between 17% and 22% for the year ended October 1, from the restated headline earnings of R293.1-million in 2016. While its regional markets showed good organic growth, the international business significantly dragged the... 

Famous Brands reports double-digit drop in H1 earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th October 2017 JSE-listed Famous Brands on Monday posted a double-digit decline in earnings for the six months ended August 31, as the group faced a local environment that CEO Darren Hele described as one of the toughest in management’s recollection. However, Hele felt that the branded food services franchisor... 

Steady demand for customisable stainless steel products

By: Robyn Wilkinson     27th October 2017 Owing to its strong reputation for customisable turnkey solutions, there is steady and strong demand for stainless steel processing equipment manufacturer Anderson Engineering’s products throughout the African markets that it serves, says Anderson Engineering deputy MD David Nienaber. 

Steady demand for  customisable stainless steel products
CUSTOM DESIGN Anderson Engineering developed several unique processing steps to ensure AR Brands can meet expected demand for its mayonnaise over a five-year period

Work drying up in Western Cape drought

By: News24Wire      26th October 2017 Red flags were raised over possible civil unrest in the Western Cape due to the predicted loss of around 50 000 jobs as the drought hammers the province's vital agricultural sector, a joint parliamentary committee sitting heard on Wednesday. "The impact on the economy is worse for the... 

Pioneer warns of lower FY earnings, revenue

By: Anine Kilian     23rd October 2017 JSE-listed Pioneer Foods on Monday warned shareholders its earnings for the year ended September 30, had likely halved. In a trading update, the company said its headline earnings a share for the full-year would be between R3.98 and R4.70, compared with R9.04 in the prior financial year. “Revenue... 

Over 6 000 visitors expected at packaging event

By: Victor Moolman     20th October 2017 This year, Propak Cape, taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from October 24 to 26, will host more than 200 local and international exhibitors. Based on the previous Propak Cape, held in 2014, this year, the company is expecting more than 6 000 visitors. 

Drainage system helps manufacturer achieve international standards

By: Robyn Wilkinson     13th October 2017 Drainage technology provider ACO Systems South Africa has completed the first phase of the installation of its flagship hygienic solution at food manufacturer Simba Pepsico’s production plant, in Johannesburg. 

Drainage system helps manufacturer achieve international standards
MARCO CASSOL Effective drainage systems are important for protecting building infrastructure and production plants from the destructive effects of water damage

AB InBev focusing on its public interest commitments as it celebrates one year as megabrewer

By: Schalk Burger     11th October 2017 Brewing multinational Anheuser-Busch (AB) InBev has worked hard over the past year to meet its public interest commitments following the business combination with SAB in late 2016, SAB and AB InBev Africa zone president Ricardo Tadeu said in a statement on Wednesday. The public interest... 

Pumps investment solidifies Mozambique sugar industry

By: Nica Schreuder     6th October 2017 South African pumps manufacturer and supplier Brehnor Pumps has commissioned two Ornel Floodlifter 1 200-mm-diameter pumps on the Xinavane sugar estate, in Mozambique, owned by agricultural and agroprocessing business company Tongaat Hulett. 

Pumps investment solidifies Mozambique sugar industry
FLOOD MITIGATION The 1 200 nominal bore (NB) Brehnor Ornel Floodlifter pump on the right, with a smaller 600 NB pump on the left

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