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EU opens probe into Rexam beverage can takeover

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: The EU's competition regulator opened an in-depth probe on Monday into the proposed takeover of Rexam, the British maker of beverage cans, by US peer Ball Corporation in an offer worth £4.3 billion ($6.6 billion; €5.8 billion)...

22 Jul 2015 10:00

School red-flags hellfire Doritos

A new variety of extra-spicy Doritos crisp is so hot that it has been outlawed in the US and a school in the UK has banned its consumption, The Daily Telegraph has reported on its website...

17 Jul 2015 11:05



Big grocers in cross hairs of broad market inquiry

SA's grocery heavyweights face a fresh Competition Commission inquiry. Established by Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel, this one has a wider ambit than the previous probe that cleared the big supermarkets of anticompetitive activities and price-fixing...

By Zeenat Moorad 14 Jul 2015 09:55

Competition Commission initiates market inquiry into retail grocery sector

On 12 May 2015, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel announced that the Competition Commission would conduct a market inquiry into the retail grocery sector in terms of s43B of the Competition Act, No 89 of 1998 (Act).

13 Jul 2015 06:55

NRC refers Lewis Stores and Monarch Insurance to National Consumer Tribunal

The National Credit Regulator (NCR) has referred Lewis Stores and Monarch Insurance to the National Consumer Tribunal for alleged breaches of the National Credit Act by misselling employment and disability cover...

By Linda Ensor 9 Jul 2015 15:15

Cereal 'health' claims go against the grain

It can't be much fun being in the cereal business these days. If it isn't health advocates bemoaning sky-high sugar levels and foodies decrying the lack of taste, there's the low-carb Banting brigade denouncing grains as little better than the devil...

6 Jul 2015 08:45

New rule for wine sales in grocery stores

Grocery shops in the Eastern Cape will no longer be allowed to sell wine and food in the same store, but can apply for a licence to sell all kinds of liquor from separate premises...

2 Jul 2015 09:15

Cigarettes' troubled future as alternatives steam ahead

Like a snail with the baggage of its history/legacy of legislation on its back, the world cigarettes market slowly toiled downhill in 2014, recording a barely there volume decline of -0.4% and continuing its downward trajectory in every region of the world bar Asia-Pacific...

By Zora Milenkovic 29 Jun 2015 11:30

Walmart pulls Confederate flag items after US church attack

WASHINGTON: Walmart said it will remove Confederate flag merchandise from its stores as a debate rages around the banner seen by many as a symbol of racial violence in the wake of a deadly attack on a black church...

24 Jun 2015 08:20

US bans 'unsafe' trans fats in food

WASHINGTON: Artificial trans fats found in everything are not safe to eat and must be removed from food in the next three years...

18 Jun 2015 12:35

Retail sector probe welcome, says Massmart

Massmart has welcomed the Competition Commission's market inquiry into the retail sector but says it will continue pursuing its own legal proceedings against anti-competitive exclusive lease agreements held by large grocers...

17 Jun 2015 08:15

Nestle challenges noodles ban in Indian court

MUMBAI: Nestle said on Thursday it is challenging a ban imposed by India on its hugely popular Maggi instant noodles brand after tests showed they contained excessive levels of lead...

12 Jun 2015 09:30

EU opens anti-trust probe into Amazon e-book business

BRUSSELS: The EU's anti-trust regulator opened a formal investigation on Thursday into Amazon's e-book distribution, in the latest Brussels inquiry to target the US-based Internet retailer...

12 Jun 2015 09:10

[Source Africa 2015] Africa en vogue

Africa is certainly the next big thing when it comes to trading partners for the US, and the recent reauthorisation of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) for another 10 years has just made it even hotter...

By Nicci Botha 11 Jun 2015 08:15

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