keyboard_arrow_upWillowton Group to absorb VAT increase
keyboard_arrow_downWillowton Group to absorb VAT increase

Leading southern African fast-moving consumer goods company processor and distributor, Willowton Group announced that they will absorb the one percentage point increase in the value added tax rate for three months (April, May and June 2018) effectively shielding their valued consumers from the VAT increases announced recently in the national budget.

keyboard_arrow_upDevelopment programme launched to boost Eastern Cape exports
keyboard_arrow_downDevelopment programme launched to boost Eastern Cape exports

The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber in partnership with the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) has launched a new one-year Exporter Development Programme as part of an enterprise development strategy to empower business owners and companies.

keyboard_arrow_upMigiva Group and OZblu to provide global market with superior blueberry varieties
keyboard_arrow_downMigiva Group and OZblu to provide global market with superior blueberry varieties

Migiva Group and OZblu announced that they signed a joint venture agreement combining their skills and strengths to form OZblu America, which will bring to market a superior blueberry consumer experience, through production and delivery of exclusively patented varieties that offer nuanced flavours of sweeter, juicier, and crunchier blueberries.

keyboard_arrow_upJörg Pieper appointed new CEO of Romaco
keyboard_arrow_downJörg Pieper appointed new CEO of Romaco

Jörg Pieper has just been appointed new CEO of Romaco with immediate effect by the Advisory Board of Romaco Holding. Truking Investment Co, based in Changsha (China), acquired a majority interest in Romaco at the beginning of July 2017.

keyboard_arrow_upMamongae Mahlare becomes Illovo Sugar’s second female country MD
keyboard_arrow_downMamongae Mahlare becomes Illovo Sugar’s second female country MD

Illovo Sugar South Africa (Illovo SA) announced the appointment of Mamongae Mahlare as managing director (MD) with effect from 1 March 2018.   She succeeds Dave Howells who, after nine years as local MD, has chosen to take up the opportunity of a new role within the broader Illovo Sugar Africa Group as corporate and external […]

keyboard_arrow_upThe high cost of supply chain glitches
keyboard_arrow_downThe high cost of supply chain glitches

Supply chain disruptions are widely regarded as one of the greatest risks facing manufacturers, and have become a top concern of global insurance providers.

keyboard_arrow_upPioneer Foods to buy leading UK granola brand Lizi’s
keyboard_arrow_downPioneer Foods to buy leading UK granola brand Lizi’s

The South African stalwart has announced that it is adding the UK-based granola brand, Lizi’s to its stable of well-known breakfast cereals. Pioneer Foods is the local market leading breakfast cereal manufacturer with household brands such as Weet-Bix, ProNutro, and Bokomo corn flakes among others.

keyboard_arrow_upFirmenich acquires Flavourome to expand its presence in Africa
keyboard_arrow_downFirmenich acquires Flavourome to expand its presence in Africa

Firmenich is acquiring Flavourome, an established privately-held flavours company in South Africa that has been successfully serving the local market since 1998. With this acquisition, Firmenich will accelerate business growth in this strategic region by gaining direct access to new customers, while operating its own high performing manufacturing facility in South Africa.

keyboard_arrow_upGEA extend portfolio with extrusion and milling technology
keyboard_arrow_downGEA extend portfolio with extrusion and milling technology

With the concluded acquisition of the Italian Pavan Group end of November 2017 the Düsseldorf engineering group GEA purchased a leading supplier of extrusion and milling technology for processing all kinds of fresh and dried pasta, pelleted snack products and breakfast cereals. The acquisition is an important milestone in the declared growth strategy for further […]

keyboard_arrow_uptna strengthens leadership with appointment of Jonathan Rankin as chief sales officer
keyboard_arrow_downtna strengthens leadership with appointment of Jonathan Rankin as chief sales officer

tna announced the appointment of Jonathan Rankin as chief sales officer (CSO). A tna and industry veteran, Jonathan returns to the company to head up tna’s global sales division and support customers as the company branches out into new applications and industry sectors. Based out of tna’s Sydney office, he will be responsible for providing […]

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.