South Africa’s edible oil imports to decline in 2021/22 resulting from rise in crushing capacity by 3%

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa’s oil seed sector is expected to witness a bumper harvest in Marketing Year (MY) 2021/22, which will result to a drop in edible oil imports to 940,000 tons. Soybean oil imports are forecast to be around 130,000 tons and for sunflower seed oil to be at about 260,000 tons. According to a GAIN report prepared by USDA Foreign Agricultural Services, the decline will follow a 3% rise in edible oil imports in 2020/21 MY to around 950,000 tons. South Africa imported an estimated 150,000 tons…

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South African cheese maker Lancewood expands offering with launch of instant baked cheesecake mix

SOUTH AFRICA – Baking a cheesecake is a task that’s traditionally been intimidating for many, but Lancewood a South African celebrated dairy brand has made it so easy that everyone, including the kids, can whip up a delicious baked cheesecake with minimal effort required. The dairy producer has launched the delectable new ‘Piece o’ Cake cheesecake mix “, an all-in-one product coming already mixed and prepared in a convenient tub. According to the company, one only needs to simply follow the easy on-pack baking instructions and you’re good to go.…

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SAB to launch new B-BBEE scheme with US$371m worth of AB InBev’s shares

SOUTH AFRICA – The South African Breweries (SAB), subsidiary of AB InBev is set to launch its new B-BBEE scheme SAB Zenzele Kabili which will own R5.4 billion (US$371m) worth of the parent compay’s shares, after the maturation of its SAB Zenzele in May 2021. SAB Zenzele is the largest B-BBEE scheme in the history of South Africa in the fast-moving consumer goods sector, with a total maturation value of R9.7 billion. Launched in 2010, the landmark scheme transaction endeavoured to give the company’s retailer partners – taverners, bottle store…

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South Africa restricts off-site alcohol sale over Easter weekend, BaSa slams the decision

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa has announced a partial ban on the sale of alcohol over the long Easter weekend to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Addressing the nation, President Cyril Ramaphosa said alcohol fuels reckless behaviour, and for this reason, the government has banned the sale of alcohol that is taken away from the point of sale to be consumed elsewhere. The ban will be in effect from Friday, 2 April until Monday, 5 April, which is the duration of the Easter holiday. “The sale of alcohol for…

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Third triumph for Woolworths Mature Gouda by Lactalis as South African Dairy Product of the Year

SOUTH AFRICA – Lactalis South Africa’s 10-months Mature Gouda, made especially for Woolworths, was crowned the South African Dairy Product of the Year at the South African Dairy Awards. This is the third time in a row that this particular product from Lactalis has scooped the Dairy Product of the Year accolade, an unrivalled achievement for the SA Dairy Championships, now in its 188th year of existence. The Gouda, an aromatic and full-flavoured cheese, was one of almost 900 dairy products from 68 producers that vied for the attention of…

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Shoprite offers uncompromised indulgence with launch of premium food range endorsed by SA’s top Chef

SOUTH AFRICA – Shoprite owned Checkers, has launches an exclusive new premium food range called Forage & Feast, consisting of only the finest quality ingredients. This unique range includes some of the very best foods which have, until now, typically only been found at speciality delis and food emporiums, consisting of only the finest products to deliver uncompromised indulgence. Standout products include an authentic Sicilia passata sauce made with sun-ripened Datterino tomatoes; vinegar made from Italian Prosecco; rusks made with real butter and filled with wholesome ingredients such as almonds…

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In2food, Gelato Roma collaborate to introduce chocolate ice cream with brownie pieces

SOUTH AFRICA – South African premium food business In2food has launched Choc Brownie Ice Cream in partnership with Froneri Dairymaid’s Gelato Roma Brand. The company notes that the decadent gelato is made with chocolate sauce and brownie pieces to create the perfect balance of soft chewy texture at a frozen temperature. It has revealed that its team of creative scientists are already working around the clock to expand on the variety and range of the product. “If you are a ice cream lover like us this is a must TASTE.…

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Endress+Hauser launches new automation technologies to ensure safety, productivity and flexibility

SOUTH AFRICA – Endress+Hauser, a global leader in measurement and automation technology for process and laboratory applications, has introduced a new modular flow assembly, enabling measurement of up to six parameters in process and drinking water. According to the company, the modular Flowfit CYA27 flow assembly provides a flexible basis for the measurement of disinfection parameters such a chlorine, chlorine dioxide, ozone or bromine and further parameters of liquid analysis that go along such as pH or ORP. The firm notes that systematic disinfection is an essential step in water…

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South Africa’s Premier FMCG promotes its CFO Kobus Gertenbach to be company’s CEO

SOUTH AFRICA – Premier FMCG, one of South Africa’s leading and oldest consumer goods company has announced that its CEO Tjaart Kruger will be leaving the company at the end of March and hand over the reins to Kobus Gertenbach, Premier’s current CFO. Tjaart joined Premier in 2011 and has more than 30 years of executive experience. Prior to joining the manufacturing giant, he was the CEO of Afrox Ltd for 5 years and previously held executive positions with Tiger Brands in the pharmaceuticals and grains divisions as well as…

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South African consumer health businesses Maia Group gets backing from EXEO Capital

SOUTH AFRICA – Maia Group, a South African holding company focused on consumer health businesses has received an undisclosed amount of investment from EXEO Capital, a leading pan-African private equity investment manager, through its Food and Agribusiness fund, Agri-Vie Fund II, The backing is aimed to enable Maia to accelerate its growth strategy. The company established by Simon Alston and Stuart Sinclair, includes Wellness Warehouse and True Health Holdings. Avril Stassen, Senior Partner at EXEO Capital, said that the decision to invest in this firm follows the strong market growth…

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