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Relying on imports to feed the nation
Relying on imports to feed the nation

The World Meteorological Organisation has referred to the ongoing El Niño as the strongest experienced in 15 years. Responsible for heavy rains in South America and forest fires in Indonesia, it has resulted in far below-average rainfall, and very high temperatures in Southern Africa adversely affecting agriculture in the region...

By Sindy Peters 4 Feb 2016 07:21

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Simba roars and 'copycat' comes up with crumbs

A small local potato crisp manufacturer has to change its logo and packaging after Simba Chips accused it of being a copycat...

3 Feb 2016 16:00

Neil Henderson and Dr Sujen Padayatchi
Acquisition to broaden Barloworld Transport's specialised offerings

In a strategic business move, Barloworld Transport recently acquired 51% of leading refrigerated transport company Aspen Logistic Services.

3 Feb 2016 10:39

Game, set, Brand Match!
Game, set, Brand Match!

Adrian Naude, Pick n Pay's marketing director, explains why John Robbie was selected as a specific ambassador to investigate the efficacy of the 'Brand Match' promise...

By Leigh Andrews 2 Feb 2016 06:00

All is fair in coffee, chocolate and wine
All is fair in coffee, chocolate and wine

Globally, without a doubt, consumers are moving towards a much greater ethical awareness of their purchasing power. South Africans are now putting their money where their values are...

By Arianna Baldo 27 Jan 2016 07:00

Tops at Spar rebrands
Tops at Spar rebrands

The liquor outlet of Spar, Tops at Spar, has rebranded its logo to align with other brands in the Spar group mother brands, Superspar, Spar and Kwikspar...

26 Jan 2016 10:09

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Fairtrade sweetens SA sugar industry

South Africa's first Fairtrade certified crop of cane sugar became available in December 2015. Fairtrade is not a charity or an aid system, but rather an innovative business model...

25 Jan 2016 09:44

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Soft drinks industry faces headwinds of increasing, shifting health concerns

CHICAGO - According to Euromonitor International's hot and soft drinks industry research, released yesterday, the global hot drinks industry performed well, achieving slight improvement over growth in 2014...

21 Jan 2016 09:15

Vital Health Foods adds two new flavours to Mini Rice Cakes range
Vital Health Foods adds two new flavours to Mini Rice Cakes range

Nutritional supplements manufacturer Vital Health Foods has added two new flavours to its range of snacks, namely Beef and Salt & Black Pepper...

21 Jan 2016 08:30

Coca-Cola Company president and chief operating officer James Quincey at the presentation of a new advertising campaign in Paris, France, on Tuesday.
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Patel sets tough terms for bottling merger to keep Appletiser SA-made

Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel's determination to keep Appletiser produced in SA has prompted onerous conditions for a merger that would create the continent's largest bottler of soft drinks...

By Hilary Joffe 20 Jan 2016 13:00

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Food shortages are looming

Rapidly rising prices for the essentials of life are weighing heavily on the poor and could represent a security risk, experts have warned...

20 Jan 2016 07:36

Kellogg's Breakfast for Better Days impacts childrens' learning ability
Kellogg's Breakfast for Better Days impacts childrens' learning ability

Last week, millions of children around South Africa were heading off to school, either for the first time, or to experience another year of study. Sadly, a large percentage of the millions of students will be arriving at school hungry...

20 Jan 2016 08:30

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Food giant Unilever posts 5% drop in 2015 profits

THE HAGUE - Dutch food and cosmetics giant Unilever Tuesday posted a 5.0 percent fall in 2015 profits from the previous 12 months, saying it had been a "challenging year" amid the economic slowdown...

20 Jan 2016 06:00

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Producers may forgo profit for market share

SA's worst drought on record, a plunging currency, and debt-burdened consumers are weighing on the country's biggest food producers, who may sacrifice profits to keep prices affordable and preserve market share.

By Andre Janse van Vuuren 19 Jan 2016 08:00

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Hello Africa! Tell me how you're doin'!

Many multinational brands approach Africa with a near-desperate bright-eyed eagerness, trying to get to grips with her intricate market dynamics...

By Marthinus Van Loggerenberg 18 Jan 2016 14:00

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Growth brand theory - the 2 million users gained club

Here is a list of brands that gained more than two million users between 2010 and 2014 (Source AMPS). This is enough people to fill Ellis Park more than 33 times...

By Erik du Plessis and Neil Higgs 18 Jan 2016 06:00

In2Food.co.za
Old Mutual buys stake in food producer

Old Mutual's private equity unit has bought a stake in In2Food, a South African maker of ready-made meals and snacks, as the investor bets on an increasing appetite for convenience products among SA's growing middle class...

By Colin McClelland 14 Jan 2016 10:20

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DTI 'working' to get US poultry on SA shelves

The suspension of South Africa's agriculture benefits from AGOA on March 15 will be lifted as soon as the first shipment of poultry enters the SA market...

14 Jan 2016 10:24

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Heineken uses Google Cardboard for Next Level Bar

Heineken has pushed its Next Level Bar beyond the streets of Braamfontein and into the cyber world...

11 Jan 2016 10:45

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Slow, sweet road to brilliant brandy

Van Ryn's 12-year-old Distillers Reserve competed with more than 7,000 entries and won the Worldwide Brandy trophy at the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) in London last year. It was the 12th time a local brandy had scooped the top prize in the past 15 years...

By Eugene Yiga 11 Jan 2016 08:00

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Marks and Spencer boss to depart: company

LONDON - British retailer Marks and Spencer said Thursday that chief executive Marc Bolland would retire, as the group announced a slump in clothing sales during the key Christmas trading period...

7 Jan 2016 12:00

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How eco-friendly are homemade cleaning products, really?

While many believe that do-it-yourself cleaning products are safer for their users and the environment, because they do not contain chemicals, recent research has indicated that this may not be the case...

By Clinton Smith 6 Jan 2016 10:30

TigerBrands.co.za
Tiger Brands expects new CEO appointment in March

Tiger Brands says it has made "good progress" in its search for a new CEO after former head Peter Matlare gave notice late last year amid fallout from the group's failed multibillion-rand Nigerian investment...

By Mark Allix 5 Jan 2016 10:20

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Davies prepares SA for Agoa trade suspension

The possible suspension of South Africa from the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) will hugely affect the agricultural sector first...

By Karabo Ngoepe 5 Jan 2016 12:20

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US set to reimpose tariffs on SA goods

President Barack Obama is set to announce that he is suspending duty-free treatment of South African agricultural products under the African Growth and Opportunity Act...

4 Jan 2016 12:58

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Retailers focus on educational wins

Over and above the expected 'back to school' specials, Shoprite and Checkers are giving back through their educationally-minded initiatives of 'Class of 2016' and 'Feed a Child, Nourish a Mind'. Here's how...

30 Dec 2015 13:13

Pioneer Foods to continue to invest in profitable bakery division, says CEO
Pioneer Foods to continue to invest in profitable bakery division, says CEO

Consumer brands giant Pioneer Foods believes new investment in its bakery division could unlock value in the 2016 financial year...

23 Dec 2015 14:10

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SAPA supports poultry import sector transformation

It has been confirmed by The Association for Meat Importers and Exporters (AMIE) that the main imported product - chicken bone-in portions...

22 Dec 2015 08:00

SA's family restaurant survey results released
SA's family restaurant survey results released

The highest ranked full service family restaurant, according to a survey conducted by the South African Customer Satisfaction Index (SAcsi), is Wimpy SA...

21 Dec 2015 10:20

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