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Global food prices drop amid coronavirus outbreak

The Food and Agriculture Organisation's latest food price index has reflected a decline in global food prices in February for the first time in four months - averaging at 180.5 points, down by 1.0% from January but still 8.1% higher than a year earlier...

10 Mar 2020

Windhoek-based Caterserve goes off-grid
Windhoek-based Caterserve goes off-grid

Namibian food manufacturer Caterserve, which produces over 1,000 bottles of tomato sauce and mayonnaise daily, has installed a 200kW battery-solar off-grid system...

2 Mar 2020

'Bee-washing' hurts bees and misleads consumers
'Bee-washing' hurts bees and misleads consumers

'Bee-washing,' marketing claims that purport to help bees, can diminish the important distinction between a honey bee and native bee...

By Lila Westreich 24 Feb 2020

First West African Lesaffre Baking Center opened in Abidjan
First West African Lesaffre Baking Center opened in Abidjan

Lesaffre has inaugurated the Baking Center of its subsidiary Lesaffre Ivoire in Abidjan. The first of its kind in West Africa, the innovation centre was launched to meet growing demand in the region...

31 Jan 2020

$50m Standard Bank funding to boost CCBA Ethiopia expansion
$50m Standard Bank funding to boost CCBA Ethiopia expansion

Standard Bank has arranged and structured $50m in financing facilities for Coca-Cola Beverages Africa to support its expansion strategy in Ethiopia over the next five years...

29 Jan 2020

Nestlé to cut virgin plastic use and invest in sustainable packaging innovation
Nestlé to cut virgin plastic use and invest in sustainable packaging innovation

Swiss food giant Nestlé plans to invest $2.1 billion to cut its use of virgin plastics in favour of food-grade recycled plastics, and accelerate the development of innovative sustainable packaging solutions...

20 Jan 2020

NOSA Group acquires QPRO and SAIGAS
NOSA Group acquires QPRO and SAIGAS

NOSA Group has closed a transaction to acquire QPRO and SAIGAS, the Assurance South African businesses of SAI Global, a provider of integrated risk management solutions and assurance services...

16 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: The new normal, 5 plant-based food trends for 2020
#BizTrends2020: The new normal, 5 plant-based food trends for 2020

2019 was, by far, the biggest year the meat-alternative industry had ever seen. This is not surprising given the rapid growth of plant-based living and veganism...

By Tammy Fry 7 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: Africa's double-edged consumer demand
#BizTrends2020: Africa's double-edged consumer demand

Africa's consumer landscape is fragmented and polarised, characterised by the double-edged demand of a diverse base of consumers...

By Ailsa Wingfield 6 Jan 2020

Technology trends impacting global manufacturing in 2020
Technology trends impacting global manufacturing in 2020

It is no secret that the manufacturing sector is critically important for both developed and emerging economies. From producing necessities like food for a nation to creating much-needed jobs...

By Kevin Dherman 13 Dec 2019

Pick n Pay mentorship app launched to empower small suppliers
Pick n Pay mentorship app launched to empower small suppliers

Pick n Pay has launched a mentorship app to connect its small suppliers with experts across its business. The initiative seeks to empower entrepreneurs with easy access to business development support...

13 Dec 2019

Unilever unveils €85m food innovation centre in the Netherlands
Unilever unveils €85m food innovation centre in the Netherlands

Unilever has invested €85 million in a new food innovation centre in the Netherlands, as the consumer goods giant looks to address "major global food system challenges".

9 Dec 2019

From left to right: Beverly Farmer from Women in Wine, Malmsey Rangaka from M’Hudi Wines, Denise Stubbs from Thokozani, Sheila Hlanjwa from Lathitha Wines, and Carmen Stevens from Carmen Stevens Wines at the recent ProWine China.
Black-owned wine brands make history at ProWine China

Eleven black-owned wine brand made history as the biggest delegation to attend the annual ProWine China trade show in Shanghai, China held from 12 to 14 November 2019...

6 Dec 2019

Pick n Pay trials 'pick and weigh' packaging-free zone in Cape Town
Pick n Pay trials 'pick and weigh' packaging-free zone in Cape Town

Pick n Pay is piloting a new 'pick and weigh' packaging-free zone that allows customers to purchase a wide range of products without any packaging...

4 Dec 2019

SA handcrafted gin Inverroche looks stateside with Charlize Theron
SA handcrafted gin Inverroche looks stateside with Charlize Theron

As part of its efforts to further expand its presence in the United States of America, South African handcrafted gin brand, Inverroche, has been hosting a series of exclusive events in New York City...

29 Nov 2019

Blockchain, driven by IoT, can save food industry $31bn by 2024
Blockchain, driven by IoT, can save food industry $31bn by 2024

According to a new study by Juniper Research, blockchain will enable $31 billion in food fraud savings globally by 2024 by immutably tracking food across the supply chain...

28 Nov 2019

Call for SA's major supermarkets to drop exclusive leases with malls
Call for SA's major supermarkets to drop exclusive leases with malls

The Competition Commission has found that there's no compelling justification for major supermarkets to have exclusive lease agreements with shopping malls...

27 Nov 2019

What SA's FMCG space can learn from Kenya
What SA's FMCG space can learn from Kenya

The simplest way of optimising route to market is through pre-sales, which then creates a predictable order and allows for the best delivery routes to be calculated...

By Andrew Dawson 25 Nov 2019

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South African retailers reveal deals for Black Friday 2019

Black Friday has gained significant momentum in South Africa since the North American shopping event was piloted locally by Takealot in 2012...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 22 Nov 2019

Best in SA packaging shine at Gold Pack Awards 2019
Best in SA packaging shine at Gold Pack Awards 2019

The winners of this year's IPSA Gold Pack Awards, the premier showcase for the South African packaging industry, was announced at Inanda Club in Sandton on 30 October...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 22 Nov 2019

These are Shoprite's standout suppliers for 2019
These are Shoprite's standout suppliers for 2019

The Shoprite Group honoured its most innovative and reliable suppliers at its annual Supplier Awards this past weekend...

19 Nov 2019

Coty buys controlling stake in Kylie Cosmetics for $600m
Coty buys controlling stake in Kylie Cosmetics for $600m

Kylie Jenner is selling a 51% stake in her beauty business Kylie Cosmetics to multinational fragrance and cosmetics company Coty for $600 million...

18 Nov 2019

6 pharmacy retail trends to watch in 2020
6 pharmacy retail trends to watch in 2020

Global pharmaceutical sales are predicted to reach $1567.80 billion by 2023...

By Eben Esterhuizen 18 Nov 2019

Drink gin, help the pangolins
Drink gin, help the pangolins

Conservation non-profit Pangolin.Africa has partnered with New Harbour Distillery in Cape Town to launch Pangolin Gin, a limited-edition craft gin sold in support of the organisation's pangolin awareness...

8 Nov 2019

P&G SA invests in local Always manufacturing plant
P&G SA invests in local Always manufacturing plant

Procter & Gamble is investing R300 million in South Africa's manufacturing sector...

5 Nov 2019

Nestlé launches Regional Alliance for Youth in sub-Saharan Africa
Nestlé launches Regional Alliance for Youth in sub-Saharan Africa

Nestlé and its regional partners have joined forces to launch the Regional Alliance for Youth in sub-Saharan Africa to promote employability for young people...

4 Nov 2019

Agreement ensures Khoi, San earn share of Rooibos trade
Agreement ensures Khoi, San earn share of Rooibos trade

The Khoi-Khoi and San communities are set to benefit from the commercialisation of Rooibos, following the signing of a historic Access and Benefit-sharing agreement...

4 Nov 2019

Kenya's Twiga Foods raises $30m in Series B round
Kenya's Twiga Foods raises $30m in Series B round

Kenyan B2B food distribution company, Twiga Foods, has raised $23.75 million in a Series B equity round led by Goldman Sachs...

28 Oct 2019

Data technology driving agility in retail
Data technology driving agility in retail

Competition amongst suppliers and retailers are at an all-time high, and today's consumer is much less predictable than in the past...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 15 Oct 2019

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