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Food & Beverage News

Tongaat outlines unrest-related cost; reports interim net loss

By: Donna Slater     9th December 2021 JSE-listed sugarcane and maize producer Tongaat Hulett’s operating profit for the six months ended September 30 fell by 23% year-on-year to R1.3-billion. This movement mainly reflects the impact of lower sugar production in the company’s South African operation, increased expenses in Zimbabwe... 

Alcohol industry urges government to provide vaccine policy certainty

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th December 2021 Industry body the South African Liquor Brandowners Association (Salba) has acknowledged the announcement by government of a task team to make recommendations on vaccination mandates for specific activities and locations. The decision on vaccine mandates, like all Covid-19 responses implemented... 

First wine grape crop estimate for 2022 looks good – Vinpro

By: Simone Liedtke     7th December 2021 South African wine grape producers expect a good, but somewhat smaller, 2022 wine grape crop following a favourable and healthy season. This according to the first of four crop estimates to be issued by viticulturists and producer cellars, agricultural association Vinpro said on December 7. 

RMB takes equity stake in South African alcohol-free drinks company

By: Simone Liedtke     7th December 2021 Financial services provider Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) has partnered with AB InBev’s corporate venture capital arm ZX Ventures to take an equity stake in alcohol-free South African drinks company The Duchess – creator of the world’s first alcohol-free gin and tonic. Launched in 2016, The Duchess... 

Tiger Brands celebrates centenary

By: Simone Liedtke     6th December 2021 Independent fast-moving consumer goods producer Tiger Brands is celebrating its centenary this year and joins few of the country’s oldest ongoing businesses, with brands in its repertoire such as Jungle Oats, All Gold, KOO, Fatti’s and Moni’s and Black Cat. “We are humbled that, through our... 

Basa launches PAJA review application for lockdown alcohol bans to be declared invalid

By: Schalk Burger     3rd December 2021 The Beer Association of South Africa (Basa) has launched a review application in the North Gauteng High Court, in Pretoria, in terms of the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act (PAJA) and/or the principle of legality, for the previous alcohol bans imposed by government to be declared... 

Service centre assists in optimisation solutions

By: Nadine Ramdass     3rd December 2021 Engineering solutions provider BMG’s Regional Service Centre (RSC) in Riverhorse Valley, KwaZulu-Natal, plays a critical role in the sugar sector by providing engineering solutions designed to optimise productivity for sugar growers and millers. “Our dedicated service centre, which focuses on... 

An image of BMGKZN field service team assisting with sgar diffuser
OPERATION EFFICIENCY BMG's services assist in enuring sugar processing plants are prepared for high productivity season

Sugar master plan to help ailing industry

By: Nadine Ramdass     3rd December 2021 With the South African sugar industry having experienced various challenges in the past few years, the Sugarcane Value Chain Master Plan 2030 aims to address some challenges and assist with the industry’s growth. Over the past 20 years, local yearly sugar production has declined by nearly 25%,... 

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TRIX TRIKAM Sugarcane Value Chain Master Plan 2030 to set to address industry challenges

Heat transfer tech offers more bang for buck

By: Nadine Ramdass     3rd December 2021 Thermal engineering solutions company Industrial Water Cooling (IWC) has partnered with Canada-based developer, designer and manufacturer Solex Thermal Science to distribute Solex’s technology to Southern Africa to cool, heat or condition bulk solid products, for example sugar. Using fluid bed... 

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COOLING DOWN IWC has partnered with Solex to distribute heat transfer technology

July riots temporarily halt sugar production

By: Nadine Ramdass     3rd December 2021 KwaZulu-Natal is a primary location for South Africa’s sugar production and the riots in July resulted in sugar production coming to a halt. Although sugar producer Tongaat Hulett Sugar South Africa was one of many businesses affected by the riots, Tongaat Hulett Sugar South Africa MD Dave... 

An image of a Storage unit at Tongaat Hulett
TEAM WORK Tongaat Hulett employees came together to protect Tongaat Hulett operations during the riots

Sugar factory expansion earns excellence award

By: Nadine Ramdass     3rd December 2021 Consulting engineering and project management company Bosch Projects was named a joint winner in the 2021 CESA Aon Engineering Excellence Awards, for the UCL 175 TCH Factory Expansion Project, in the category of projects valued between R50-million and R250-million. “This annual awards programme,... 

An image of Strike Recievers installed in the project
EXPANDING CAPACITY The expansion project was necessary for UCL to meet its season requirements

SAB launches initiative to accelerate responsible alcohol consumption

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2021 South African Breweries (SAB) has committed to use its scale, reach and expertise to accelerate responsible alcohol consumption through the launch of a new evidence-based platform. The new platform is called SAB Sharp, a play on words communicating SAB’s leadership in championing responsible... 

Alcohol industry joins call for South Africans to get vaccinated

By: Schalk Burger     29th November 2021 The alcohol industry has welcomed government's decision to keep South Africa at Alert Level 1 lockdown and supports calls for South Africans who have not yet been vaccinated against Covid-19 to urgently get their vaccinations. “Economic recovery of the alcohol, tourism and hospitality sectors is... 

South Africa's Bakers biscuit owner AVI in deal talks with Oreo maker Mondelez

By: Reuters     25th November 2021 South African food producer and fashion retailer AVI Ltd said on Wednesday it is in talks with Oreo cookie maker Mondelez International regarding a potential sale of its snacks and biscuits business. The Choice Assorted biscuits maker had been hinting since September that it had entered into... 

Barloworld’s extensive restructuring pays dividends 

By: Irma Venter     22nd November 2021 Diversified group Barloworld is finally reaping the rewards of an extensive restructuring process. Announcing its financial results for the year ended September 30, the group saw operating profit from continuing operations improve by 119% year-on-year to R4.3-billion. 

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Dominic Sewela

Food price inflation moderates somewhat in October

By: Schalk Burger     19th November 2021 Inflation on food and non-alcoholic beverages (NAB) for October was 6.1%, a slight moderation from September levels. Among food categories that exhibited the most significant inflation, oils and fats increased by 20.9% year-on-year, meat by 9.1% and vegetables by 7.2%, mainly driven by high... 

Tiger Brands delivers improved operational performance

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th November 2021 Packaged goods company Tiger Brands’ results for the financial year ended September 30 reflect steady progress against the company’s strategic priorities with an improved underlying performance from the core business, offset by one-off costs of R732-million (pre-tax) related to a canned vegetable... 

Eastern Cape craft brewing, distilling and wine route launched

By: Yvonne Silaule     18th November 2021 The Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency (ECPTA) has partnered with the Eastern Cape Liquor Board (ECLB) for the launch of the Eastern Cape Craft Brewing, Distilling & Wine route. The route will offer a tourism experience including visits to several Eastern Cape breweries and distillers based in... 

Tongaat's shares fall on equity raise plans

By: Chanel de Bruyn     17th November 2021 JSE-listed Tongaat Hulett's share price fell by nearly 43% on Wednesday after it announced a proposed equity raise to reduce its debt to a more sustainable level. As part of the company's ongoing turnaround plans, it has already reduced its debt by 42% over the past two and a half years. 

Astral’s revenue increases on the back of improved poultry division sales

By: Donna Slater     15th November 2021 Poultry producer Astral Foods reports that, despite challenges, its revenue increased by 13.9% year-on-year to R15.9-billion for the year ended September 30, with its poultry division contributing 81%, its feed division 17% and its other Africa division 2% of overall external revenue. The higher... 

Heineken to buy out Distell, Namibia Breweries for R40bn

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th November 2021 Brewing and beverage company Distell has entered into an implementation agreement with beer brewer Heineken for Distell to be acquired for R40.1-billion. However, as an initial step before the scheme is implemented, Distell will undergo restructuring into a two separate businesses.  

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Famous Brands appoints new group FD

By: Simone Liedtke     12th November 2021 JSE-listed Famous Brands has appointed Deon Fredericks as group FD from December 1. Fredericks succeeds Lebo Ntlha, following her resignation earlier this year. 

Election day alcohol ban worries beer industry

12th November 2021 Last month, after Police Minister Bheki Cele announced that the government would like to ban alcohol sales on November 1 – the date of the municipal elections – the Beer Association of South Africa (Basa) voiced concern over the risk that government would once again enforce arbitrary alcohol... 

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BHEKI CELE The Police Minister has been a strong proponent of alcohol bans whenever possible

Breweries seeking increased flow rates

By: Darren Parker     12th November 2021 Numerous breweries globally are seeking to increase flow rates by upgrading their pumping systems as a way of increasing efficiency and, thereby, improve profit margins, says industrial pumps supplier Verder Pumps hygienic product manager Kenneth Demeulemeester. “Over the past 12 months,... 

A photo of a Verderflex dosing pump
VERDERFLEX The Verderflex range of dosing pumps allow for the precise delivery of additives, yeast solutions and clean-in-place chemicals into a system

Forklifts delivered to liquor logistics company

By: Darren Parker     12th November 2021 Industrial equipment distributor Shumani Industrial Equipment has completed the delivery of 54 forklifts to logistics service provider Liquor Runners for use at a major beer producer in South Africa. This large-scale contract serves to consolidate the company’s position as an equipment supplier... 

A photo of several Doosan B35 X-7 forklift units
DESTINED FOR BREWERIES Adopting an electric forklift fleet significantly reduces harmful fume emissions, improving the air quality and creating a clean workplace

Home brewing rises as industry uncertainty continues

By: Darren Parker     12th November 2021 Home brewing has grown significantly since the beginning of the Covid-19 lockdowns in March 2020, and the Beer Association of South Africa (Basa) welcomes an increasing interest in beer and beer culture. “Sadly, there have been incidences where blanket bans on alcohol have incentivised citizens... 

A photo of a home beer brewing kit in use
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HOME BREWING There have been several local reports of deaths as a result of citizens drinking poisonous home brews during the bans on the sale of alcohol

Tribunal extends PepsiCo’s employee share scheme for second time

By: Simone Liedtke     10th November 2021 The Competition Tribunal has extended, for the second time, the compliance period for the implementation of a landmark broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) employee share ownership plan (Esop), to November 26. The Esop was imposed as a condition in the March 2020 merger whereby PepsiCo... 

Sugar cane growers call for sugar tax to be scrapped

By: Schalk Burger     10th November 2021 Industry association the South African Canegrowers has called on Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana to scrap the Health Promotion Levy (HPL) – also called the sugar tax – to enable the Sugar Industry Value Chain Masterplan to succeed. In June 2021, a study commissioned by the the National Economic... 

Wesgro, partners to strengthen trade and investment between Africa and UAE

By: Yvonne Silaule     9th November 2021 The Western Cape Tourism, Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Wesgro) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Tourism, Trade, Investment, Film and Media Promotion Agency for Cape Town, the Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (Dafza) and the Halal Trade and Marketing Centre (HTMC)... 

Vinpro calls for growth-oriented policies for industry, economy to recover

By: Schalk Burger     5th November 2021 The South African wine industry is calling for conducive policy decisions that will create an enabling environment to achieve sustainable growth for South Africa and the wine industry. “Key for South Africa, and the wine industry, emerging from the precarious position it finds itself in lies in... 

Increased food safety concerns require better sterilisation tech

29th October 2021 Food safety is one of the major concerns of participants in the supply chain of agricultural commodities, says steam and heat technology company Steam Generation Africa MD John Rundle. “Exporters and packers are challenged by the increasingly stringent standards imposed by their customers and... 

A photo of Napasol’s pasteurisation technology
PASTEURISATION SOLUTION This pasteurisation solution for low moisture foods sees dry, saturated steam applied for a short time without adding moisture.

Famous Brands reports strong revenue recovery, return to profitability

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th October 2021 JSE-listed African food services franchisor Famous Brands’ revenue recovered to R3-billion and its operating profit to R222-million for the six months ended August 31. The group’s operating profit margin improved to 7.4% from the comparable period in the prior year. 

Tiger Brands expects up to 15% decrease in HEPS following unrest, product recall

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th October 2021 Food producer Tiger Brands' share price on the JSE fell on Tuesday morning as it warned of an up to 15% year-on-year decrease in headline earning per share (HEPS) for the financial year ended September 30. The JSE-listed company said HEPS from continuing operations would likely be between 5% and... 

Castle Lite beer to be made using renewable electricity 

By: Schalk Burger     22nd October 2021 South African Breweries (SAB) will soon produce its Castle Lite beer using renewable electricity, which will reduce the electricity drawn from the grid and reduce interruptions to production. Further, SAB is committed to fully switching to renewable energy sources by 2025. 

Company offers diverse conveyor chains

22nd October 2021 Engineering solutions provider BMG’s comprehensive range of power transmission components incorporates chain manufacturer ZMC industrial conveyor chains, which offer dependable service in diverse applications, especially for use in food production. BMG product manager Gavin Kirsten explains that... 

Image of a ZMC chain for bakeries
FOOD-GRADE SOLUTIONS BMG’s specialists advise customers at food and beverage plants to only invest in conveyor components manufactured in food-compliant materials - like stainless steel

Basa writes Patel to prevent further alcohol bans

By: Schalk Burger     20th October 2021 Industry body the Beer Association of South Africa (Basa) has written to Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel requesting his urgent intervention, at Cabinet level, to ensure that further "irrational" alcohol bans are not imposed, especially over the coming festive season, which... 

Tiger Brands’ A2X listing approved, trading to commence on October 26

By: Donna Slater     19th October 2021 JSE-listed South African packaged goods company Tiger Brands reports that the A2X has approved its secondary listing, with its ordinary shares to start trading on A2X from October 26. Tiger Brands will retain its primary listing on the JSE and its issued share capital will be unaffected by the... 

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