keyboard_arrow_upThe empowering impact of macadamia trading on the SA economy
keyboard_arrow_downThe empowering impact of macadamia trading on the SA economy

From humble beginnings to an export powerhouse, the South African macadamia industry is the largest producer of macadamia nuts worldwide. Despite the setback of the recent drought, reports from the 2018 World Nut and Dried Fruit Conference signal a strong growth trajectory for this flourishing local industry, which has an estimated yield of 53 500 […]

keyboard_arrow_upBuilding Security
keyboard_arrow_downBuilding Security

Security, access control, building managements systems (BMS) and Workforce Convenience. These are not really words you would ordinarily combine in a concept, but they are getting closer together where facility owners are thinking ahead. With a little creativity, human-centred design thinking and great use of available technologies, the capabilities of security technology are being stretched […]

keyboard_arrow_upThe rise of the platform economy
keyboard_arrow_downThe rise of the platform economy

A thought-provoking new whitepaper co-authored by Accenture South Africa and the Gordon Institute of Business Science, focuses on a fundamental economic shift – the rise of the platform economy. This growing composite of many-sided, demand-driven businesses is coming to dominate linear strategies of old. Companies can now create ecosystems with their businesses at the centre, […]

keyboard_arrow_upBureau Veritas South Africa introduces Ithemba Trust
keyboard_arrow_downBureau Veritas South Africa introduces Ithemba Trust

The global leader in testing, inspection and certification, has launched The Ithemba Trust, an independent body, as part of its transformation journey. Aligned to the BVSA strong social awareness ethos, the trust focuses on empowering females from previously disadvantaged backgrounds with a focus on education of young black women in the STEM disciplines of science, […]

keyboard_arrow_upLycored appoints new SVP
keyboard_arrow_downLycored appoints new SVP

Lycored has appointed Dr Etgar Levy-Nissenbaum as its new senior vice president of Global Research and Development.

keyboard_arrow_upNew data to understand consumption
keyboard_arrow_downNew data to understand consumption

Nielsen has announced it will release Consumer Panel data fused with 2017 PAMS data in August this year, this is an enhanced survey that will provide the industry with rich information on 200 consumer goods categories and more than 5 000 brands.

keyboard_arrow_upNielsen sets the scene for major shifts in SA consumer market
keyboard_arrow_downNielsen sets the scene for major shifts in SA consumer market

The South African consumer landscape is set for a multitude of shifts in the next ten years, not least of which is the maturing of the local market with growth in the Generation X (35-49 year old) market segment set to outpace that in the Generation Y Millennial age group.

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.