keyboard_arrow_upFSSC 22000 certification for Burchells Foods
keyboard_arrow_downFSSC 22000 certification for Burchells Foods

Burchells Foods has received the prestigious FSSC 22000:2011 food safety and quality certification from ProCert in Switzerland. The company sees it as a massive achievement as only a few South African countries have received this certification to date.

keyboard_arrow_upFamous Brands doubles its African footprint
keyboard_arrow_downFamous Brands doubles its African footprint

Famous Brands, a leading restaurant franchisor in Africa, has reached an agreement with UAC of Nigeria PLC (UAC), a diversified conglomerate with operations in food, paints, logistics and real estate, to acquire a 49 per cent stake in their hitherto wholly-owned company UAC Restaurants Limited (UACR).  UACR manages the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) component of UAC’s business and houses the flagship Mr Bigg’s brand, the single largest food franchise brand in Africa, north of the South African border.

keyboard_arrow_upCoca-Cola helps bring clean water to communities in need
keyboard_arrow_downCoca-Cola helps bring clean water to communities in need

Coca-Cola announces long-term partnership with DEKA R&D to help bring clean water to communities in need

keyboard_arrow_upUpdate on global food security
keyboard_arrow_downUpdate on global food security

Dr Shenggen Fan, director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) presented the second annual IFPRI Global Food Policy Report at a seminar hosted by the Institute for Food, Nutrition and Well-being (IFNuW) at the University of Pretoria. Dr Fan outlined the major food policy developments in 2012 and outlined the key policy messages arrived at from IFPRI’s analysis of the world food security situation:

keyboard_arrow_upAllsome Brands debuts in SA with rice
keyboard_arrow_downAllsome Brands debuts in SA with rice

A joint venture between the Willowton Group, SA’s largest sunflower seed crusher, and Louis Dreyfus Commodities, a global merchandiser of commodities and processor of agricultural goods, has seen the formation of Allsome Brands. The new partnership aims to provide local consumers with high quality food products and rice was selected as the first category of entry following extensive market and consumer research. Allsome Rice is a superior quality, long-grain, parboiled rice, which will be available countrywide.

keyboard_arrow_upDrinktec comes to Africa
keyboard_arrow_downDrinktec comes to Africa

Food & drink technology Africa (fdt Africa) will premiere in March 2014 in Johannesburg. Organised by Messe München International (MMI), the event will be held every second year in the form of a congress with an accompanying exhibition.

keyboard_arrow_upFood Manufacturing Africa – launching August 2013
keyboard_arrow_downFood Manufacturing Africa – launching August 2013

Building on the success of SA Food Review, and in response to the massive interest and growth in Africa amongst advertisers in general, as well as a growing presence of qualified readers across the African continent, Food Manufacturing Africa will be published for the first time in August 2013. This beverage manufacturing and packaging companies, offers you the first opportunity to address the largest and widest range of food and beverage manufacturers across the African continent.

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_upMixed results for Nampak in Africa
keyboard_arrow_downMixed results for Nampak in Africa

Packaging giant Nampak’s interim results for the six months ended 31 March showed the company continues to benefit from its operations in Africa, with revenue increasing by 19 per cent to R1.2 billion, and trading profit up 39 per cent to R197 million, but did not fare as well in South Africa.

keyboard_arrow_upChefs unite to tackle hunger
keyboard_arrow_downChefs unite to tackle hunger

What do six chefs, one famous mountain, 20 gold medals and thousands of hungry children have in common? The ‘Chefs Climb Kilimanjaro Against Hunger’ challenge – with an end goal of raising R500 000 for the World Chefs Tour Against Hunger (WCTAH) fund.

keyboard_arrow_upNew generation rice varieties unveiled for Africa
keyboard_arrow_downNew generation rice varieties unveiled for Africa

  COTONOU, Benin, May 30, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ – A new generation of high-performing rice varieties has been launched by the Africa Rice Breeding Task Force under a new brand called “ARICA” – which stands for “Advanced Rice Varieties for Africa.”

keyboard_arrow_upUnilever sources sunflower oil sustainably
keyboard_arrow_downUnilever sources sunflower oil sustainably

The Welbekend farm in the Limpopo province, where 30 000 hectares of land are dedicated to sunflower crops, is an example of how the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) is on the way to achieving its goals.

keyboard_arrow_upCould e-tolling prove beneficial for the logistics industry?
keyboard_arrow_downCould e-tolling prove beneficial for the logistics industry?

Although e-tolling will affect the logistics industry in a number of ways, the spotlight is almost inevitably on the increased operational costs that will result – even though for logistics companies, e-tolling could prove beneficial. This is according to president of SAPICS, an association for operations management in southern Africa, Cobus Rossouw.

keyboard_arrow_upHelp the hungry on National Soup Day
keyboard_arrow_downHelp the hungry on National Soup Day

South African ready-to-eat soup range Denny, is turning National Soup Day on 31 May into a way to raise awareness and help alleviate hunger in some of South Africa’s poorest communities.

keyboard_arrow_upIFC support for Country Bird’s expansion encourages agribusiness, employment in southern Africa
keyboard_arrow_downIFC support for Country Bird’s expansion encourages agribusiness, employment in southern Africa

  WASHINGTON, May 3, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ – IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, today announced a convertible loan of $25 million to support poultry producer Country Bird’s expansion in Africa. IFC’s investment will allow Country Bird to increase production and operations; encouraging a thriving agribusiness enterprise and creating employment opportunities in Southern Africa and beyond.

keyboard_arrow_upForum aims to support African nations on low-emission path
keyboard_arrow_downForum aims to support African nations on low-emission path

As part of the effort to support African nations along a low-emission path to development, partner United Nations agencies, the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), and the World Bank group are hosting the fifth Africa Carbon Forum in Cote d’Ivoire, from 3 to 5 July 2013.

keyboard_arrow_upMore knowledge needed on food consumption in rural areas, says study
keyboard_arrow_downMore knowledge needed on food consumption in rural areas, says study

Though hunger and nutritional issues are recognised as a major hurdle in the development of South African society, the lack of knowledge around household food intake could hamper intervention efforts.

keyboard_arrow_upDough Nation
keyboard_arrow_downDough Nation

As part of its CSR programme, Debonairs Pizza has rolled out Dough Nation. By following the stipulated method to produce the perfect pizza, a ball of dough is flattened over a template and trimmed. Usually, the off-cuts were discarded, but after some research – particularly into food safety – the company realised that the left-over dough could be turned into healthy, nutritious buns. ‘Pizza dough is quite stodgy, so it’s tummy-filling,’ explains André Piehl, managing executive of Debonairs Pizza. The buns are distributed predominantly by a foundation that works with various communities around South Africa. ‘We do urge our franchisees in areas that are not covered by the foundation to distribute to a charity of their choice, such as an orphanage or old age home. There are a lot of hungry mouths to feed.’

keyboard_arrow_upKFC breakfast celebrates egg-cellent 2012
keyboard_arrow_downKFC breakfast celebrates egg-cellent 2012

The launch of over 100 additional breakfast stores across the KFC network over the last 12 months and significant levels of consumer uptake has seen KFC South Africa roll out the largest KFC breakfast store footprint outside of KFC China in under a year.

keyboard_arrow_upSABMiller launches second cassava beer in Africa
keyboard_arrow_downSABMiller launches second cassava beer in Africa

SABMiller announced the launch of a cassava beer in Ghana on the 14th of March. The beer will be brewed by SABMiller’s local subsidiary, Accra Brewery Limited (ABL), under the brand name ‘Eagle’. The launch builds on the success of the world’s first commercially-made cassava beer, Impala, which SABMiller unveiled in Mozambique 18 months ago.

keyboard_arrow_upBosch strengthens global food security
keyboard_arrow_downBosch strengthens global food security

Bosch Packaging Technology is participating in an initiative launched by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, German industry and civil society to combat global hunger. Friedbert Klefenz, president of Bosch Packaging Technology, joined a meeting with Federal Minister Dirk Niebel, Bill Gates and high-ranking representatives from politics and business in Berlin on 29 January. The outcome of the meeting was the allocation of over 80 million euros, including around 20 million euros from the BMZ, 20 million euros from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and 40 million euros from European industry sources.

keyboard_arrow_upVolume growth for Pioneer Foods
keyboard_arrow_downVolume growth for Pioneer Foods

The share price of food processing group Pioneer Foods reached a new high of R70,50 recently after the company announced that its revenue had increased 12 per cent to R6.82 billion in the four months to January. Volumes increased by between three per cent and five per cent, on average, in the group’s product basket‚ including brands such as Bokomo and Sasko.

keyboard_arrow_upAngola announces it will contribute to African-led food security fund
keyboard_arrow_downAngola announces it will contribute to African-led food security fund

President José Eduardo Dos Santos announced on the 30th of January that the Republic of Angola will contribute to the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund, designed to boost efforts to eradicate hunger in the region.

keyboard_arrow_upEstimating the magnitude of food waste generated in South Africa
keyboard_arrow_downEstimating the magnitude of food waste generated in South Africa

Suzan H.H. Oelofse and Anton Nahman of the CSIR recently released a disturbing report on food wastage in South Africa.

keyboard_arrow_upZambia forecast to drive Nampak’s growth strategy
keyboard_arrow_downZambia forecast to drive Nampak’s growth strategy

By 2017, Zambia is predicted to drive Nampak’s African growth strategy by generating at least 25 per cent of its revenue from the rest of Africa. Angola, Kenya and Nigeria are among the main priority areas, but Nampak chief executive officer, Andrew Marshall, believes that Zambia is key to a number of strategic opportunities.

keyboard_arrow_up‘Berry, berry’ successful CSI project for Corobrik
keyboard_arrow_down‘Berry, berry’ successful CSI project for Corobrik

The strawberry farming initiative at Corobrik’s Rietvlei factory near Pretoria is bearing fruit – and the latest achievements not only include a successful harvest that regularly  makes its way to leading retailers but also the formation of a trust that will give members of the local community who are working on the farm an opportunity to share in the profits.  The project’s origins go back to 2008 when then factory manager Heinrich von Wielligh met with Dominic Cullinan to explore local economic development opportunities in farming on unused Corobrik land that might involve local communities. Robbie Carswell took over as factory manager in 2009 when the essence of the project had been agreed and says what has actually been achieved over the past two years speaks for itself. The project has created 30 permanent jobs for members of the surrounding community where unemployment is high. A further 100 casual jobs are created during the busy harvesting season. In season at least 1000 crates – which comprise four punnets of strawberries – are harvested per day and there are expansion plans for the future.