keyboard_arrow_upAssessing the state of South Africa’s agriculture sector
keyboard_arrow_downAssessing the state of South Africa’s agriculture sector

South Africa has a well-developed agricultural sector, which will stand the country in good stead in the face of continuing uncertainty both economically and in terms of the weather. There are several factors impacting on the industry – including the recent ratings downgrade, land reform concerns, volatile exchange rates and ongoing weather worries.

keyboard_arrow_upOne billion rand boost for the agriculture production sector to be revealed during South Africa’s premier food expo
keyboard_arrow_downOne billion rand boost for the agriculture production sector to be revealed during South Africa’s premier food expo

The Department of Trade & Industry (dti) has chosen Africa’s premier food and beverage event to announce its one billion boost for South African agriculture.

keyboard_arrow_upImpact of possible interest rate hike on agriculture and SMEs
keyboard_arrow_downImpact of possible interest rate hike on agriculture and SMEs

A further hike in interest rates, whether it takes effect now or later during the year, would put more pressure on consumers, leaving businesses with no choice, but to absorb costs in the short-term as profit margins continue to shrink. Farmers that are still recovering from the impact of the drought would be hardest hit by a hike in interest rates given that the electricity tariff increase and tyre levy are coming into effect in April and October respectively.

keyboard_arrow_upSKF Yelag Bearing – the maintenance free solution for agriculture
keyboard_arrow_downSKF Yelag Bearing – the maintenance free solution for agriculture

SKF’s Yelag maintenance-free insert bearings fitted to a peanut harvester provided the customer with a cost effective solution through increased farm productivity.

keyboard_arrow_upKraft Foods South Africa commits to sustainable agriculture
keyboard_arrow_downKraft Foods South Africa commits to sustainable agriculture

Kraft Foods South Africa, a member of the Mondelēz International group of companies, recently contributed a further R1 million to NGO Humana People to People in South Africa, as part of its flagship ‘Sustainable Agriculture Project’.

keyboard_arrow_up36 die from listeria infection in South Africa
keyboard_arrow_down36 die from listeria infection in South Africa

SA Health minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi announced the outbreak of the food-borne disease listeria with the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NCID).

keyboard_arrow_upIllovo Sugar South Africa announces Mpho Makwana as new board chairman
keyboard_arrow_downIllovo Sugar South Africa announces Mpho Makwana as new board chairman

Illovo Sugar South Africa (Illovo SA) announced the appointment of Mpho Makwana as chairman of the Board with effect from 1 December 2017.   He succeeds Gavin Dalgleish who, after four successful years as Chairman, has chosen to step down from the demands of the South Africa Board to further focus on his role as group […]

keyboard_arrow_upPackaging conference and free-to-attend seminars at Propak Cape
keyboard_arrow_downPackaging conference and free-to-attend seminars at Propak Cape

Business decision-makers, purchasing influencers and other industry professionals will be heading to Propak Cape this month. As the Western Cape’s premier packaging, food processing, plastics, printing and labelling trade exhibition, visitors will be looking for the latest products, technologies and services as well as to network, develop supplier relationships and engage with industry organisations.

keyboard_arrow_upBird flu hits South Africa’s chicken flock
keyboard_arrow_downBird flu hits South Africa’s chicken flock

The outbreak of bird flu has already wiped out more than 15 per cent of South Africa’s layer hens with the prospect of hefty price increases due to the resultant shortage in table eggs.

keyboard_arrow_upFood security summit for 100 global young leaders in Brussels
keyboard_arrow_downFood security summit for 100 global young leaders in Brussels

The third edition of the Youth Ag-Summit kicked off on 9 October, with 100 bright young talents from around the world arriving in Brussels, Belgium, to tackle one of humanity’s biggest challenges: how to feed a growing population in a more sustainable manner. Organised by Bayer, together with the two Belgian young farmers associations Groene […]

keyboard_arrow_upFully booked exhibition halls at Anuga 2017
keyboard_arrow_downFully booked exhibition halls at Anuga 2017

Anuga is the largest and most important food fair in the world. Over 7,400 exhibitors from 107 countries Partner country India: Culinary diversity and a high-performance food industry Ticket Shop open: anuga.com

keyboard_arrow_upThe ins and outs of fresh produce marking
keyboard_arrow_downThe ins and outs of fresh produce marking

The amount of preparation that goes into the packaging, labelling, and distribution of food products is hard to ignore. If your business is active in food production, manufacture, food wholesale, distribution or supply, your mandate is to ensure you are complying with the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (DAFF) regulations. You also […]

keyboard_arrow_upSew-Eurodrive builds on its East African presence
keyboard_arrow_downSew-Eurodrive builds on its East African presence

The company is building on its presence in Tanzania, its main hub in Eastern Africa, by opening a new office in Kenya, and commencing with a recruitment drive for Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

keyboard_arrow_upTransforming agricultural education through technology
keyboard_arrow_downTransforming agricultural education through technology

For decades, African governments have used varying policy instruments to improve farming productivity. Most subsistence and small-scale farmers continue to use traditional tools and processes, resulting in poor yield improvements.

keyboard_arrow_upThe upcoming Propak Cape event 2017
keyboard_arrow_downThe upcoming Propak Cape event 2017

The importance of the Western Cape agri-processing sector will be highlighted at this year’s Propak Cape exhibition. The event will take place from 24 to 26 October at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town.

keyboard_arrow_upSAP launches rural sourcing management solution
keyboard_arrow_downSAP launches rural sourcing management solution

SAP has announced the launch of its SAP Rural Sourcing Management solution solution. The system will connect smallholder farmers and suppliers in rural areas with the supply chain of global agribusinesses and consumer products companies. SAP Rural Sourcing Management is an integrated, cloud-based solution running on a SAP Cloud Platform. This solution enables agribusinesses and consumer products companies to track their produce from the farm to the factory through a combination of mobile and desktop access. It also supports the digitisation and simplification of both producer and farmer operations.

keyboard_arrow_upCelebrate excellence in SA dairy
keyboard_arrow_downCelebrate excellence in SA dairy

The oldest dairy competition in South Africa took place on 23 February 2017 at Grand West in Cape Town. Agri-Expo has been presenting the South African Dairy Championships since 1834 and this year it is supported again by DuPont as a Platinum sponsor.

keyboard_arrow_upNew citrus pack house unveiled
keyboard_arrow_downNew citrus pack house unveiled

The Gogo Group, one of South Africa top producers and exporters of citrus, has opened a new state-of-the-art packing facility in Groblersdal, Mpumalanga, at an investment of over R100 million.  The quality control systems and procedures implemented at the pack house enable the Gogo Group to export their fruit to international markets that have some of the most stringent standards in the world.

keyboard_arrow_upEat your packaging
keyboard_arrow_downEat your packaging

To address issues of non-recyclable, non-biodegradable waste, scientists are now developing a packaging film made of milk proteins — and it is even edible. The researchers presented their work at the 252nd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

keyboard_arrow_upOne man’s waste is another man’s fertiliser
keyboard_arrow_downOne man’s waste is another man’s fertiliser

For every product produced by the South African food and beverage (F&B) manufacturing industry, an element of waste has to be managed. As in all industries, waste management is a costly problem, which hurts the bottom line, and if unchecked, damages the environment. Food wastage in South Africa and across sub-Saharan Africa presents both a massive problem and an opportunity, for industry and farmers alike.

keyboard_arrow_upWorld food output under threat
keyboard_arrow_downWorld food output under threat

By 2050, you’ll have 9.7 billion neighbours. Adding nearly three billion more people to the global population in the next three decades presents a serious challenge: how can we produce more and enough food to feed the world’s population without using more resources?

keyboard_arrow_upMilk for Change collects nearly 60 000ll for South Africa’s undernourished children
keyboard_arrow_downMilk for Change collects nearly 60 000ll for South Africa’s undernourished children

Milk for Change, the campaign that is a partnership of Tetra Pak South Africa and FEED SA to fight undernourishment among South Africa’s larger communities, has successfully collected nearly 60 000l of long life milk.

keyboard_arrow_upTaking nanomaterials from blue skies to industry-enabler
keyboard_arrow_downTaking nanomaterials from blue skies to industry-enabler

Nanomaterials, incorporated into disposable paper-based sensors, plastics and other composite materials, represent an enabling technology for industries in South Africa and the world. This is according to Professor Suprakas Sinha Ray, director of the DST-CSIR National Centre for Nanostructured Materials. The centre has garnered international acclaim for its work on naturally-occurring nanoclay minerals that are mined in the country.

keyboard_arrow_upFood safety in Africa
keyboard_arrow_downFood safety in Africa

An estimated 2 000 people in Africa die from food safety-related illnesses every day, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). This concerning trend was highlighted in April this year when – at a meeting hosted by the African Union in Accra, Ghana – former Ghanaian President John Agyekum Kufuor called on African leaders to champion policies that will help overcome food safety risks. Kufuor said children are particularly at risk, as one third of all deaths from food-borne diseases are in children under the age of five years.

keyboard_arrow_upALL4PACK Paris 2016 shows excellent progress and positive feedback
keyboard_arrow_downALL4PACK Paris 2016 shows excellent progress and positive feedback

The trade shows Emballage and Manutention, which joined together this year under the name All4Pack Paris, are pleased to report positive interim results. A total of 800 exhibitors already registered for the exhibition, of which 40 per cent is outside France.

keyboard_arrow_upFive SA sectors that should be using Big Data
keyboard_arrow_downFive SA sectors that should be using Big Data

As corporates increasingly harness the power of Big Data analytics to improve productivity, gain market share and a competitive edge, there are sectors that are lagging behind by not fully capitalising on data to produce actionable insights.

keyboard_arrow_upCoffee prices to remain stable
keyboard_arrow_downCoffee prices to remain stable

Despite fears that local coffee prices will drastically increase due to a shortage of beans from Brazil, coupled with the entrance of Starbucks into the local market, prices will remain stable and steadily increase at realistic levels.

keyboard_arrow_upDifferential excise tariff for brandy announced
keyboard_arrow_downDifferential excise tariff for brandy announced

The South African brandy industry has welcomed government's decision to introduce a differential excise tariff for potstill and vintage brandy. To be phased in over two years, the excise rate will be lowered by a 10 per cent differential to the spirits excise tariff.

keyboard_arrow_upFlexible solution to bulk packaging from LC Packaging
keyboard_arrow_downFlexible solution to bulk packaging from LC Packaging

Throughout the continent, and especially southern Africa, an evolution is taking place in transport and the use of bulk bags is steadily on the increase. This form of flexible packaging can greatly benefit food industries. Used as a container to transport dry food and raw ingredients to manufacturers, bulk bags reduce transport cost, limit the amount of space needed in the warehouse and better protect its contents.