Distell to start producing sanitizers in efforts to fight spread of coronavirus

SOUTH AFRICA – Distell, South Africa’s producer and marketer of wines, ciders, spirit and ready-to-drinks (RTDs) has announced that it will begin producing hand sanitizers and other hygienic products at its production facilities as part of […]

South African government offers buffer to the agriculture industry with US$68.4m financing

SOUTH AFRICA – The department of agriculture of South Africa has set aside a package of R1.2bn (US$68.4m) to address effects of the coronavirus and ensure sustainable food production after the pandemic. Speaking during a […]

Restaurants and food deliver services in South Africa to cease operations during the national lockdown

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africans who had hoped to be able to order meals from their favourite restaurants and fast food eateries, will not be able to for the next 21 days. This follows the […]

Rhodes Food reports single digit growth in turnover amid challenging environment

SOUTH AFRICA – Rhodes Food Group (RFG), South Africa-based producer of fresh, frozen and long-life convenience meal solutions has reported a 7.6% increase in turnover for the five months to end February, boosted by the […]

Grand Parade Investments reports revenue growth despite divesting from food business

SOUTH AFRICA – Grand Parade Investments, which recently announced the sale of its SA Burger King licence has attributed the exit from its restaurant interests to reducing its debt and improving profits in its half […]

Kaap Agri invests US$8.62m in plastics subsidiary to bolster its manufacturing capabilities

SOUTH AFRICA – Kaap Agri, a group trading in agricultural, fuel and related retail markets, has made its first major investment of more than R150million (US$8.62m) to further bolster its manufacturing capabilities. The investment entails […]

Walmart’s Massmart to close non-performing stores in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA– South African retailer Massmart has decided to close all of its non-performing stores, as cash-strapped consumers battle with high unemployment, modest wage increases and higher average fuel and utility prices. Massmart, majority-owned by […]

South Africa raises import duties on poultry to protect local sector

SOUTH AFRICA – The South African Revenue Service has announced the increase of the most favoured nation duties (MFN) on imports of bone-in chicken from 37 percent to 62 percent, and for boneless portions from […]

Tomra sorting group opens new regional headquarters in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA – Tomra, a Norwegian multinational corporation and provider of reverse vending machine and sensor-based sorting solution has opened new regional headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa. According to the company, the move strengthens its […]

Famous Brands reports 6.4% increase in sales boosted by signature brands

SOUTH AFRICA – Famous Brands, South African restaurant franchisor has reported a 6.4% rise in systemwide sales across all restaurants in SA in its year ended February 2020, while like-for-like sales grew by 2.9%. The […]