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Food & Beverage News

Clover opens R40m visitors centre  

By: Anine Kilian     15th November 2016 Dairy products and juice manufacturer Clover on Tuesday launched its R40-million visitors centre at its factory in Clayville, Midrand – the first such centre in the South African dairy industry. The facility, which took three years to complete, will be open to the public from February 2017. 

Rhodes Food expects uptick in FY earnings

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th November 2016 JSE-listed Rhodes Food expects its earnings per share (EPS) and headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the year ended September 25 to be between 67% and 72% higher than the comparative period of 2015. The company expects to report EPS of between 128.8c and 132.6c, up from 77.1c in the prior year. 

Beverage industry trade fairs join forces

11th November 2016 German drinktec trade fair organiser Messe München announced at this year’s Food and Drink Technology Africa trade fair that Italian wine technology exhibition SIMEI will, for the first time, feature as an integrated part of drinktec 2017, which will be held in Munich, in Germany, from September... 

Beverage industry trade fairs join forces
INCREASING WINE’S EXPOSURE drinktec’s integration with SIMEI will see 20 000 m2 of space dedicated to technology for the wine industry at next year’s trade fair

Locally developed management system to be launched next year

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th November 2016 Eastern Cape-based manufacturing micro-brewery Dockside Brewery is beta testing an in-house developed supervisory control and data acquisition system that will be launched in South Africa next year. 

Locally developed management system to be launched next year
STREAMLINING OPERATIONS Brewers can log information about each batch of beer on to Dockside’s system, which can then be accessed later for analysis or administrative purposes

Adaptable decentralised drive ideal for brewery bottling systems

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th November 2016 Distributor of engineering components Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) VLT decentral drive FCD 302, manufactured by Denmark-based engineering technology supplier Danfoss, is experiencing great success in the South African brewery industry, owing to its adaptability to client specifications. 

Adaptable decentralised drive ideal for brewery bottling systems
BANKING BOTTLES The drive system has been implemented at breweries around the country to lower costs and improve the efficiency of bottling conveyor systems

New technology launched at FDT Africa 2016

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th November 2016 Beverage industry solutions supplier Eureka Scientific launched Netherlands-based food and beverage process solutions manufacturer Pentair Haffmans’ carbon dioxide (CO2) selector to the African market at the Food and Drink Technology Africa 2016 trade fair. 

New technology launched at FDT Africa 2016
LOWERING COSTS With the elimination of maintenance, the total cost of ownership of Pentair Haffmans’ CO2 selector is very low

Craft-Star system debuts in Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th November 2016 Food processing technology provider GEA Africa commissioned Africa’s first Craft-Star system at a craft beer brewery in South Africa, last month. 

Craft-Star system  debuts in Africa
Photo by Duane Daws
CATERING TO CRAFT BEER GEA offers solutions to craft beer breweries that meet the demand for higher production capacities with lower capital expenditure

Crowner tester ensures effective bottle sealing

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th November 2016 As product loss can be a challenge with significant cost implications in the brewery industry, electronic industrial systems specialist Interpast has introduced an in-house-developed PT800-1 Crowner Seal Element Tester to ensure the effective sealing of bottles. 

Tiger Brands expects y/y increase in headline earnings

By: Anine Kilian     28th October 2016 JSE-listed packaged goods company Tiger Brands on Friday announced that earnings per share (EPS) from total operations are expected to be between 2 007c and 2 061c for the year ended September 30. Headline earnings per share (HEPS) from total operations are expected to be between 2 105c and 2... 

Packaging group sees lifestyle choices driving health-juice growth

By: Schalk Burger     28th October 2016 About 20.2-billion litres of fully natural ingredient fruit and vegetable juices are consumed globally a year, and new mixed fruit, vegetable and health juices are increasingly being demanded by customers willing to pay a premium for them, says food and beverage processing and packaging... 

Investing in climate resilience will be key to improving prospects for drought-prone farming sector

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th October 2016 With several weather institutions expressing cautious optimism that South Africa could receive normal, or even above-normal, rainfall towards mid-summer – that is between December and January – there is a degree of optimism that the embattled local agriculture sector could rebound in 2017. In... 

Investing in climate resilience will be key to improving prospects for drought-prone farming sector

Famous Brands weathers lower consumer appetite in H1

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th October 2016 Despite challenging trading conditions, food services franchisor Famous Brands posted a 17% increase in gross profit to R404-million for the six months ended August 31. CEO Darren Hele said in a statement that the group’s unwavering focus on consistent improvement and investment in the business... 

Famous Brands weathers lower consumer appetite in H1

Cooler reduces nitrogen oxide emissions from marine engines

21st October 2016 Exhaust gas recirculation coolers manufactured from durable stainless steel are resistant to the effects of temperature and corrosion, according to heat exchangers solution provider Kelvion. There are two stainless steel cooler solutions available for four-stroke engines.  High-temperature... 

Ongoing drought prompts concerns about food security, govt’s land reform programme 

20th October 2016 Creamer Media’s Samantha Herbst talks to senior journalist Megan van Wyngaardt about issues discussed at the 2016 Agri SA Congress. 

Ongoing drought prompts concerns about food security, govt’s land reform programme
Ongoing drought prompts concerns about food security, govt’s land reform programme

Vasari concludes R1.15bn buyout of KWV

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th October 2016 Consumer-focused investment group Vasari has concluded the acquisition of local wine and spirits producer KWV Group for R1.15-billion following Competition Commission approval. “KWV is a strategic asset that will enable us to capitalise on the growth opportunities in wine and brandy and... 

Innovation to provide solutions for African businesses

By: Simone Liedtke     14th October 2016 Businesses in Africa are facing a variety of challenges, which has led professional services firms like KPMG to constantly invest in innovative products to provide solutions for businesses. 

Innovation to provide solutions for African  businesses
BENSON MWESIGWA To date, KPMG has delivered 85 000 l of water as part of Operation Hydrate

Wireless infrastructure prominent growth enabler for African continent

By: Simone Liedtke     14th October 2016 With noticeable developments regarding unified policies in the African Union, wireless vendor Ruckus Wireless believes that the key goal of an Africa-wide standardised telecommunications policy should be to stimulate growth by springboarding Africa into a position that would allow for much easier... 

Fishing companies and NGOs call for moratorium on bulk sediment seabed mining

By: Kim Cloete     13th October 2016 The Responsible Fisheries Alliance (RFA), which comprises five major fishing companies and two nongovernmental organisations, is calling for a moratorium on all new and existing prospecting and mining applications related to bulk sediment seabed mining. This follows the release of a new report... 

Famous Brands sees earnings boost of up to 74%

By: African News Agency      11th October 2016 Famous Brands said on Tuesday that it expected an increase of between 67% and 74% in headline earnings per share for the six months to the end of August. The company said headline earnings per share were expected to come in at 403c to 419c a share, up from 241c a share in the corresponding period... 

AB InBev-SABMiller deal completes

By: African News Agency      11th October 2016 Anheuser-Busch InBev on Tuesday announced the successful completion of its multi-billion dollar merger with SABMiller. AB Inbev said the combined company would have operations in “virtually every major beer market” and an expanded portfolio that included global, multi-country and local brands,... 

Rhodes Food to buy Pakco for R200m

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th October 2016 Rhodes Food Group will acquire food product supplier Pakco for R200-million. The JSE-listed company noted in a statement that the acquisition of Pakco aligned with its strategy of expanding its business operations through value-accretive acquisitions and that it would enhance its position in... 

Famous Brands makes its fourth buy of the year

By: News24Wire      3rd October 2016 Famous Brands on Monday announced the acquisition of its fourth business in a year, as the successful food company embarks on an acquisition drive headed by its former chief executive. The latest acquisition is a 49.9% stake in catering and events company By Word of Mouth. It did not divulge how... 

MICROmega buys CSIR Food and Beverage Laboratories

By: African News Agency      21st September 2016 IT and financial services firm, MICROmega Holdings on Wednesday announced the acquisition of CSIR Food and Beverage laboratories, formerly a division of Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The CSIR Food and Beverage laboratories provide chemical analytical services that focus... 

Astral expects lower FY earnings

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th September 2016 Owing to tough trading conditions, JSE-listed Astral Foods expects its headline earnings and earnings a share for the year ended September 30 to be 50% to 70% lower year-on-year. This implies that headline earnings a share will be between R6.05 and R10.08 apiece, compared with R20.16 the year... 

Taste in no hurry to open more Starbucks stores in South Africa

By: News24Wire      6th September 2016 Starbucks South Africa subsidiary owner, Taste Holdings, is focusing on delivering a “quality” Starbucks experience and is in not going to add any “pressure” on itself to churn out more Starbucks stores for the time being. This is according to Taste Holdings CEO Carlo Gonzaga, who was speaking at... 

Taste in no hurry to open more Starbucks stores in South Africa

Famous Brands buys UK gourmet burger chain in R2.1bn deal

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st September 2016 South Africans will in future be able to dine at UK restaurant chain Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK), following Famous Brands’ R2.1-billion buyout of GBK Restaurants. The deal will see Famous Brands introduce the burger chain to strategic locations in South Africa, while it will also set out to add... 

Famous Brands buys UK gourmet burger chain in R2.1bn deal

Trade fair to provide industry networking platform

1st September 2016 Trade fair food & drink technology Africa (fdt Africa) – taking place on September 14 and 15 at Gallagher Convention Centre, in Midrand – is set to provide a platform for networking in the food and beverage industry. 

Trade fair to provide industry networking platform

Agriculture entrepreneurs innovate to take awards

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st September 2016 Innovation in the local agriculture sector was highlighted at this year’s Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, with pelleting solutions provider Agricon owner Johan Eksteen named the overall winner. Pelletising is used globally by manufacturers of animal feed or at recycling facilities that... 

Agriculture entrepreneurs innovate to take awards
Agricon owner Johan Eksteen

BevSA calls on Health Minister to address sugar-sweetened beverages tax

By: African News Agency      31st August 2016 The Beverage Association of South Africa (BevSA) on Tuesday called on Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi to address outstanding issues regarding sugar-sweetened beverages tax. This comes as Motsoaledi was due to make a speech on Tuesday night to open the World Public Health Nutrition... 

BevSA calls on Health Minister to address sugar-sweetened beverages tax
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi

Packaging manufacturer joins renewable-energy campaign

19th August 2016 Food processing and packaging solutions provider Tetra Pak has joined the RE100 renewable-energy campaign, committing to increase its use of renewable electricity from 20% today, to 100% across all global operations by 2030. The announcement was made at the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) forum​... 

Packaging manufacturer joins renewable-energy campaign
ASEPTIC PACKAGE IN BANGLADESH The award follows recent upgrades, including new oxygen barrier properties, which make the company’s Evero aseptic package suitable for a wider range of products

Industry validates demand for ProFood Tech

19th August 2016 With nine months until its debut, international food and beverage corporations are lining up to support the inaugural ProFood Tech event taking place from April 4 to 6, 2017, at McCormick Place in Chicago, in the US.  

Industry validates demand for ProFood Tech
INNOVATION SHOWCASE Over 10 500 m2 of exhibit space is accounted for by over 270 exhibiting companies offering innovations in the food and beverage processing industry

Food and beverage companies aim to minimise project risk

19th August 2016 In line with ELB Engineering Services’ (ELB’s) diversification strategy the Industrial Projects business line has expanded from its traditional pneumatic and fine handling capability into the food, beverage and fast moving consumer goods sector, as well as the power sector associated with... 

Food and beverage  companies aim to  minimise project risk
JOHN TUCKER “A big part of minimising risk in terms of project execution is securing a one-stop service provider”

Contract manufacturing set to grow in food and beverage industry

19th August 2016 Contract manufacturing is a common practice in the food and beverage industry, representing between 10% and 20% of total food production. According to a May 2016 report by multinational banking and financial services company Rabobank’s, this sector is growing more rapidly than food manufacturing... 

Contract manufacturing set to grow in food and  beverage industry
CONTRACT MANUFACTURING Food manufacturing is frequently outsourced to companies that are different from the brand names consumers will recognise

Company implements new logistics system

By: Sascha Solomons     12th August 2016 Amid the challenges of cost transparency and inefficient vehicle use, food and beverages producer and distributor Pioneer Foods implemented solutions provider Resolve Solution Partners’ in-house transport management system PLATO at its plant. The PLATO system helps generate an optimised... 

SABMiller, AB InBev merger to cross final hurdles, conclude by Oct 

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd August 2016 JSE-listed SABMiller and multilisted Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) continue to steadily tick off preconditions and jurisdictional approvals in a landmark deal that will see the two companies merge to form a global beer conglomerate by October. In a joint statement on Tuesday, the duo announced... 

SABMiller, AB InBev merger to cross final hurdles, conclude by Oct

Pioneer to shell out £7.5m for Streamfoods

By: Tracy Hancock     1st August 2016 JSE-listed Pioneer Foods has entered into an agreement to acquire the entire issued share capital of UK-based Streamfoods, wholly owned by the Wellness Group of companies, for £7.5-million. The acquisition was in line with the stated strategic intent of acquiring and bolstering Pioneer Foods’... 

AB InBev gets China blessings for SABMiller takeover

By: African News Agency      29th July 2016 Anheuser-Busch InBev’s (AB InBev) bid to take over SABMiller Plc and create a monolith brewer moved one step closer on Friday when China’s Ministry of Commerce gave the proposed merger a clearance. AB InBev has since welcomed the conditional approval of China’s Ministry of Commerce of the... 

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