keyboard_arrow_upA legacy of efficient supply chain management
keyboard_arrow_downA legacy of efficient supply chain management

In a tight and competitive economy what is the one thing that can set your organisation aside and give you a competitive advantage? Efficient and effective supply chains of course.

keyboard_arrow_upCalories are cultural
keyboard_arrow_downCalories are cultural

Professor Yanga Zembe, socio-anthropologist and researcher at the University of the Western Cape, recently presented her findings as part of an on-going study on how a strong socio-political context currently frames the food landscape in South Africa, at the first Yoghurt Summit in Johannesburg. Our multicultural population, issues of food security, and the major socio-political shifts that took place in South Africa have played a pivotal role in shaping and moulding our current food landscape.

keyboard_arrow_upPhelokazi Mpondo joins SCM inside sales team
keyboard_arrow_downPhelokazi Mpondo joins SCM inside sales team

Having worked in both internal and external sales in the industry previously and carrying a B-Tech mechanical engineering degree, Phelokazi joins SMC as part of the inside sales team based in Johannesburg.

keyboard_arrow_upFighting the drought one step at a time
keyboard_arrow_downFighting the drought one step at a time

South Africa is fighting its worst drought in decades, and the impact on local farmers, producers and consumers has been immense. The drought has had a significant impact on agricultural product yield, quality and price, forcing companies like McCain South Africa to adjust key aspects of their business model to mitigate the impact.

keyboard_arrow_upWhat satisfies SA consumers?
keyboard_arrow_downWhat satisfies SA consumers?

The National South African Customer Satisfaction Index (SAcsi) for 2016 compiled byConsulta, reports that South Africans’ fondness for fast food continued unabated in 2016, despite strained economic conditions.

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_upTips on surviving the ratings agency downgrade
keyboard_arrow_downTips on surviving the ratings agency downgrade

The international credit rating agencies’ downgrade of South Africa’s government bonds to below investment grade, will not necessarily have a catastrophic effect on the country’s poultry industry. This is the view of Chris Coombes, chief executive officer of Sovereign Foods

keyboard_arrow_upHow machine learning is changing the face of retail
keyboard_arrow_downHow machine learning is changing the face of retail

According to dunnhumby, global leaders in customer science, machine learning will bring about changes of a similar scale or greater to that seen in the industrial revolution of the nineteenth century. But what effect will this have on our shopping experience?

keyboard_arrow_upID Logistics commits to South Africa
keyboard_arrow_downID Logistics commits to South Africa

Eric Hémar, CEO and chairman of ID Logistics comments, ‘Our activities in South Africa have experienced solid growth in 2016. We opened our network in 2014 with one customer, Danone. Now we have become the second largest provider in the chilled / perishables market, with a multi-client approach and the confidence of big branded names in South Africa. Our team has strengthened its infrastructure, consolidated and expanded its client portfolio and offering. We are excited to continue to welcome some more world renowned multi-national brands and some more South African brands into the fold during 2011.’

keyboard_arrow_upPanasonic acquires Zetes
keyboard_arrow_downPanasonic acquires Zetes

Panasonic has acquired 57.01 per cent of outstanding shares in Zetes. The shares were acquired by Panasonic pursuant to the agreements that the company entered on 22 December 2016 with additional shareholders. Panasonic also acquired an additional 5.26 per cent of outstanding shares of Zetes through several off-market transactions.  

keyboard_arrow_upNew product launches at VitaFoods Europe
keyboard_arrow_downNew product launches at VitaFoods Europe

A clear majority of nutrition and nutraceutical companies are planning to launch new products this year, research has shown.

keyboard_arrow_upLas Iguanas coming to South Africa
keyboard_arrow_downLas Iguanas coming to South Africa

Gold Brands, the only listed fast-food retail company on the JSE AltX in South Africa, is bringing Las Iguanas, a UK mid-market restaurant brand that specialises in authentic Mexican, Brazilian and South American food and cocktails, to the South African market.

keyboard_arrow_uptna Appoints Carel Pfaff
keyboard_arrow_downtna Appoints Carel Pfaff

Processing and packaging solutions provider tna is excited to announce that it’s made an additional key appointment to its growing team of food processing experts. This further cements the company’s position as a provider of start-to-finish solutions. Carel Pfaff joins the team as group product manager – processing to head up tna’s processing portfolio, including the company’s FOODesign and Florigo range of innovative pre-processing and high-performance frying equipment. Based in tna’s Woerden facility in the Netherlands, Pfaff will work closely with tna’s engineers and global sales team to further develop the company’s processing portfolio, capabilities and services.

keyboard_arrow_upManage metrics that drive reputation
keyboard_arrow_downManage metrics that drive reputation

Reputational drivers and attributes vary markedly across key industries in South Africa. This highlights the need for executives to harness effective reputation management strategies to improve their understanding of consumer behaviour.

keyboard_arrow_upValue not price driving South Africans’ purchase behaviour
keyboard_arrow_downValue not price driving South Africans’ purchase behaviour

Economic times may be tough, but South African consumers look beyond just price when actively seeking value for money while grocery shopping. In fact, consumer perceptions of the physical characteristics and quality of a product supersede price in making astute purchase decisions that truly delivery value.

keyboard_arrow_upSKF announces equity transaction with Golelo Trust
keyboard_arrow_downSKF announces equity transaction with Golelo Trust

The management of SKF South Africa have announced the signing of a black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) ownership agreement with black women owned Golelo Trust.

keyboard_arrow_upSimulation on a grand scale
keyboard_arrow_downSimulation on a grand scale

As a manufacturer in process automation, there are many options to test new products. However, these tests are seldom performed early in the development phase under real conditions at the company’s own plant. Rockwell Automation, an expert for automation solutions in industrial production, and Endress+Hauser, a specialist for instrumentation, have now inaugurated their first joint […]

keyboard_arrow_upAfrox unveils R60m investment
keyboard_arrow_downAfrox unveils R60m investment

Leading gases company Afrox today unveiled its flagship facility in Riverhorse Valley, Durban North. The filling and engineering services hub represents an investment of more than R60 million and is a sign of confidence in the KwaZulu-Natal economy, says Afrox general manager of operations Jan Ntuli.

keyboard_arrow_upHouse brands attract R38 billion in spend
keyboard_arrow_downHouse brands attract R38 billion in spend

The days of in-house retail brands being treated with a fair amount of disdain by South African consumers have come to an end. Nielsen’s State of Private Label in South Africa report reveals that it now accounts for R38.4 billion of consumer spend at hypermarket/supermarket tills or R10 out of every R50 spent. In addition, 63 per cent of South Africans now feel that private label* quality is “as good as that of established name brands”.

keyboard_arrow_upNew mandarin variety woos consumers
keyboard_arrow_downNew mandarin variety woos consumers

Following deregulation of the South African Citrus Industry in 1997, the previously, rather pedestrian pace of citrus farming has changed for growers and has become fast paced with more direct risks and opportunities. Growers are now compelled to better acquaint themselves with the ‘marketplace’ and its numerous requirements. Factors such as fruit quality and taste, shape and size, colour and ripening periods can have a big impact on income and profit. This has led to the introduction of many new cultivars.

keyboard_arrow_upA laser-sharp vision for the future
keyboard_arrow_downA laser-sharp vision for the future

First Cut, manufacturers and distributors of capital equipment, cutting consumables and precision measuring tools, is celebrating 60 years in the South African manufacturing industry.

keyboard_arrow_upSouth Africa’s Mondi to buy Russian packaging firm Beepack
keyboard_arrow_downSouth Africa’s Mondi to buy Russian packaging firm Beepack

Mondi has signed an agreement to acquire Beepack from a private investor for US$46 million as part of plans to expand its packaging business.

keyboard_arrow_upThe fast dining sector: Surviving tough economic times
keyboard_arrow_downThe fast dining sector: Surviving tough economic times

There is no doubt that food prices – as a result of the recent drought and the market volatility – are drastically affecting all industries that rely on food as a source of income or as a main driver for their business, and this is no different in the fast-casual dining sector.

keyboard_arrow_upProperly protect your wireless network
keyboard_arrow_downProperly protect your wireless network

Follow these standards-based security best practices to implement a secure and reliable wireless network for mission-critical applications.

keyboard_arrow_upPioneer Foods acquires Streamfoods Holdings
keyboard_arrow_downPioneer Foods acquires Streamfoods Holdings

Pioneer Foods has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the entire issued share capital of Streamfoods for a purchase consideration of UK£7.5 million.

keyboard_arrow_upAtlas Copco acquires Leybold Vacuum
keyboard_arrow_downAtlas Copco acquires Leybold Vacuum

Atlas Copco now owns former Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum, renamed Leybold GmbH. Leybold becomes part of the vacuum solutions division, which belongs to the compressor technique business area, with approximately 6 500 employees represented in over 35 countries.

keyboard_arrow_upCheckers receives stamp of approval from Top SA Chefs
keyboard_arrow_downCheckers receives stamp of approval from Top SA Chefs

The South African Chefs Association (SACA) has put its stamp of approval on Checkers’ new range of Ready-To-Cook convenience meals as well as its butcher’s premium pork and matured beef ranges, making it the only supermarket to enjoy this coveted badge of honour.

keyboard_arrow_upPushing the environmental agenda forward
keyboard_arrow_downPushing the environmental agenda forward

Innovative partnerships are proving a key in tapping into the power of recycling. This is true of ABI’s Schools Recycling Programme (SRP). The programme is creating a cycle of environmental responsibility in needy communities thanks to the commitment of its young ARRs: ABI Recycling Representatives.

keyboard_arrow_upServing up hope
keyboard_arrow_downServing up hope

Small independent farmers in Khayelitsha, Nyanga and Philippi in the Western Cape are harvesting the benefits of a partnership with online dinner kit delivery service UCOOK. At the same time, UCOOK is bridging the gap between farm and fork, by bringing organic produce from these farmers to its clientele.

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.