keyboard_arrow_upConstantia Flexibles acquires Afripack
keyboard_arrow_downConstantia Flexibles acquires Afripack

Constantia Flexibles has successfully completed the acquisition of the South African flexibles packaging group Afripack, after receiving approval from the relevant anti-trust authorities.

keyboard_arrow_upAcquisition to strengthen nut supply in South Africa
keyboard_arrow_downAcquisition to strengthen nut supply in South Africa

Golden Peanut and Tree Nuts (Golden), a subsidiary of Archer Daniels Midland Company, has announced that it has acquired an 80 percent ownership stake in a peanut shelling and storage facility in Jan Kempdorp, South Africa. Golden had been operating the facility under lease since May.

keyboard_arrow_upMoving forward into Africa
keyboard_arrow_downMoving forward into Africa

Unique Flavors is set to double the size of its business in the next five years. It aims to do so by forging an aggressive strategy in Africa through supplying turnkey solutions to the F&B industry. Food Review spoke to managing director and owner Johan Smith about his plans for the future on the eve of the company’s 15th anniversary.

keyboard_arrow_upEmerging middle class wants convenient drinks packages
keyboard_arrow_downEmerging middle class wants convenient drinks packages

This article has been contributed by Penny Ntuli, communications director at Tetra Pak South Africa Africa is a global emerging market and formed by the same forces that shape these markets elsewhere. Juice, nectars, still drinks and dairy are enormously popular as our continent’s population increasingly urbanises and the middle class swells in numbers.

keyboard_arrow_upConstantia Flexibles acquires Afripack
keyboard_arrow_downConstantia Flexibles acquires Afripack

Constantia Flexibles Group is strengthening its position in the sub-Saharan African growth market by acquiring Afripack.

keyboard_arrow_upInsights into packaging for Africa
keyboard_arrow_downInsights into packaging for Africa

The Food Tech conference, held at Africa’s Big Seven (AB7) food and beverage trade show, played host to Tetra Pak’s Gisele Gurgel on 22 June 2015.

keyboard_arrow_upDriving food security improvements
keyboard_arrow_downDriving food security improvements

Favourable policies and investments in agricultural infrastructure have emerged as the major drivers of food-security improvements in sub-Saharan Africa. This is according to results released by The Economist Intelligence Unit’s (The EIU’s) 2015 Global Food Security Index (GFSI) annual update.

keyboard_arrow_upADM Cocoa impacts on education and rural development
keyboard_arrow_downADM Cocoa impacts on education and rural development

ADM Cocoa continues to strengthen its commitment to cocoa-growing communities through its Specific Age-Group Education and Empowerment System (SAGE²S) programme. The initiative provides vocational training to young people and trainers and has resulted in the launch of the Rural Family Training and Education Centre (RUFATEC) concept.

keyboard_arrow_upNampak delivers on its strategic objectives
keyboard_arrow_downNampak delivers on its strategic objectives

On 25 March 2015 Nampak announced a series of transactions to deliver on its strategic objective to unlock further value from its base business, as well as progress on its objective to accelerate growth in the rest of Africa.

keyboard_arrow_upPioneer expands into Africa
keyboard_arrow_downPioneer expands into Africa

A majority holding in Nigeria’s Food Concepts was acquiesced to Pioneer Foods, which has at least five more African countries as targets in the pipeline. The US$7 million (approximately R86 million) purchase of a 50.1 per cent stake enables the company to expand beyond South Africa.

keyboard_arrow_upFour myths about genetically modified crops
keyboard_arrow_downFour myths about genetically modified crops

Owen Paterson, former Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the UK, was the guest speaker at the annual media conference of the South African agricultural biotechnology industry and International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA). The conference was held in Pretoria on 24 February 2015.

keyboard_arrow_upSecond edition of packaging expo a success
keyboard_arrow_downSecond edition of packaging expo a success

The most recent Food Processing & Packaging Exposyum (FPPE) held at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) in Nairobi, Kenya from 18 to 20 November 2014 received extremely positive feedback. On the periphery of the event president Uhuru Kenyatta congratulated the people responsible in a personal conversation and explicitly rated the special concept of FPPE realised by StarlingExpo in cooperation with Messe Düsseldorf as very suitable for bringing urgently required technologies to the country. Over 1 000 participants from Kenya and the neighbouring east African states visited the exhibition cum symposium.

keyboard_arrow_upEbola could threaten food security in West Africa
keyboard_arrow_downEbola could threaten food security in West Africa

An appeal by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is requesting $30 million to support food supply resilience and recovery in the three African countries most affected by Ebola. The potential for long term food security is a major concern to the organisation.

keyboard_arrow_upPromising results for Famous Brands’ stakeholders
keyboard_arrow_downPromising results for Famous Brands’ stakeholders

Famous Brands reported positive growth in its interim results for the six months ended 31 August 2014. According to group CEO Kevin Hedderwick, while the front end franchised operation reflected reduced consumer spend across certain mainstream brands, the back-end logistics and manufacturing businesses recorded robust results. Overall, enhanced efficiencies and cost containment were achieved across the entire business.

keyboard_arrow_upBarentz International establishes presence in South Africa
keyboard_arrow_downBarentz International establishes presence in South Africa

International leader in sales, marketing and distribution of food ingredients recently opened an office in South Africa. This is the first dedicated Barentz office on the African continent and a part of the company philosophy of wanting to be close to its customers. It is also signifies the group’s international expansion strategy, which has grown substantially over the past two years.

keyboard_arrow_upAVI awarded exclusive distribution rights for Lavazza
keyboard_arrow_downAVI awarded exclusive distribution rights for Lavazza

AVI Limited, through its retail division Entyce Beverages and its service division Ciro, recently secured the exclusive distribution rights to Lavazza in southern Africa. The development forms part of AVI’s coffee growth strategy across key African markets.

keyboard_arrow_upFirst ribbon manufacturing plant for South Africa opens
keyboard_arrow_downFirst ribbon manufacturing plant for South Africa opens

Armor Africa, subsidiary of the worldwide leader in thermal transfer technology, is the first ribbon manufacturer to invest in a splitting facility in South Africa. The company also debuted its product range at the recent Propak Cape 2014.

keyboard_arrow_upSymrise opens production site in Madagascar
keyboard_arrow_downSymrise opens production site in Madagascar

On 13 October, Symrise opened an extraction facility for vanilla, taking another important step in sustainable vanilla production in Madagascar. The investment at the Benavony site amounted to approximately €3million. With the plant, every step in the processing of vanilla can now be performed locally on the East African island for the first time.

keyboard_arrow_upSymrise incorporates subsidiary in Nigeria
keyboard_arrow_downSymrise incorporates subsidiary in Nigeria

Symrise recently launched a subsidiary in Lagos, Nigeria, a move that indicates the company is strengthening its presence in Africa. This new location will include sales and marketing offices as well as application laboratories. Symrise will use the market insights from its presence in the area to serve both local and multinational customers with products specifically tailored for the West African market.

keyboard_arrow_upSouth Africa’s food sector stuck in a low growth cycle – Africa beckons
keyboard_arrow_downSouth Africa’s food sector stuck in a low growth cycle – Africa beckons

While the South African market for food products remains in a low growth environment, the same applies to many of South Africa’s traditional export markets in Europe, where recovery is still at a very early, fragile stage. However, the economies of many sub-Saharan countries north of South Africa are growing consistently at 6-7 per cent annually, which is being fuelled by rapid urbanisation and a rising middle class. This creates opportunity for food value chains originating in South Africa to enter new, high growth markets either through exporting or through setting up operations in-country. Agri-Vie, with its long standing operations in several countries of the region, work with its investee companies to do just that.

keyboard_arrow_upCentre of Excellence in Food Security launched
keyboard_arrow_downCentre of Excellence in Food Security launched

South Africa’s drive to create a competitive and food secure state was boosted on Tuesday, 15 April, with the launch of the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Food Security at the University of the Western Cape (UWC).

keyboard_arrow_upTsetse fly genome breakthrough brings hope for African farmers
keyboard_arrow_downTsetse fly genome breakthrough brings hope for African farmers

Scientists have cracked the genetic code of the bloodsucking tsetse fly; it was announced in April this year. This achievement has prompted hope that the breakthrough will help future efforts to control one of the most devastating livestock diseases in sub-Saharan Africa spread by the insect.

keyboard_arrow_upPassing on the gift
keyboard_arrow_downPassing on the gift

South African snack company Simba (a wholly owned subsidiary of PepsiCo), has initiated various sustainable community farming projects over the past few years in order to uplift and invest in the communities in which the company operates.

keyboard_arrow_upKnowing the shopper
keyboard_arrow_downKnowing the shopper

From product developer to retailer, anyone involved in the consumer goods industry needs to understand the consumer fully. On the retail front, for example, Shoprite – Africa’s largest supermarket retailer – has entered into a multi-year contract with Dunnhumby, an international customer science company. Having been selected to apply its customer centricity solutions across Shoprite’s grocery business, Dunnhumby will work closely with the retailer to segment and engage with customers of its grocery retail outlets across Africa – of which there are in excess of 1 000 stores. This will include using Shoprite’s own data to better understand customers and improve the in store experience.

keyboard_arrow_upAfrica’s governments urged to direct resources to manufacturing
keyboard_arrow_downAfrica’s governments urged to direct resources to manufacturing

African countries need to channel their resources to activities in industry, manufacturing and modern services in order to create more employment and improve the welfare of vulnerable groups, deputy executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Abdalla Hamdok, said in Abuja, Nigeria.

keyboard_arrow_upDPI Trading ‘mussels’ in on sustainable aqua farming
keyboard_arrow_downDPI Trading ‘mussels’ in on sustainable aqua farming

The Cape Agency for Sustainable Integrated Development in Rural Areas (CASIDRA), which is a project implementation agent for the Department of Agriculture, contracted DPI Trading to supply R1,2-million worth of 800 mm HDPE pipes to the black empowered Imbaza mussel farm project.

keyboard_arrow_upIntertek promotes food safety in South Africa
keyboard_arrow_downIntertek promotes food safety in South Africa

  Intertek, the global testing, auditing and certification organisation, have launched a series of training sessions in South Africa to promote food safety within the country.

keyboard_arrow_upScramble for belt maintenance services forecast for December
keyboard_arrow_downScramble for belt maintenance services forecast for December

Local conveyor belt manufacturer, Vision Conveying, is more than doubling its stock holding capacity in order to cope with the annual demand, peaking during the December shutdown period, for belting and conveyor components.

keyboard_arrow_upBig Nigerian beverage can operation for Nampak
keyboard_arrow_downBig Nigerian beverage can operation for Nampak

Nampak announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Alucan Packaging Limited, a beverage can manufacturer, based in Nigeria. The acquisition will significantly increase Nampak’s presence in Nigeria.

keyboard_arrow_upTongaat Hullet’s land conversion and starch operations perform
keyboard_arrow_downTongaat Hullet’s land conversion and starch operations perform

Tongaat Hullet has felt the pressure of lower sugar prices, with interim results for the six months ended 30 September 2013 showing revenue of R7 854 billion or a 6.2 per cent growth.