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#AfricaMonth: Beware - Africa's brand growth comes with counterfeiting challenges
#AfricaMonth: Beware - Africa's brand growth comes with counterfeiting challenges

Africa is an ideal market for brand holders and counterfeiters as growth in brand investment creates demand...

By Vanessa Ferguson 1 day ago

SA gets taste for Sharon fruit
SA gets taste for Sharon fruit

After a series of successful market promotions, the South African Sharon fruit is gaining traction in the domestic market...

2 days ago

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Insights into the global strawberry market

The healthy food trend is becoming increasingly popular on the developed markets, thereby encouraging the consumption of natural products, including fruit and berries. This trend is expected to continue in the coming years...

2 days ago

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Premier Fishing and Brands Limited set on growth path

JSE-listed Premier Fishing and Brands Limited, one of the largest black-owned and managed fishing companies in South Africa, announced sterling results for the interim period to 28 February 2018...

22 May 2018

Indaba Wines caters to rising demand for 'bag in box' wine options
Indaba Wines caters to rising demand for 'bag in box' wine options

Cape Classics is preparing to release its Indaba Wines brand in a 3-litre 'bag in box' format as changing consumer habits fuel the demand for higher quality BiB wine options...

22 May 2018

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Insights into the global coconut oil market

The current demand for various different oils designed to be used for health and beauty purposes constitutes the main driving force behind the market. However, the coconut oil market will continue to decline as a result of the steadily decreasing output in the major producing countries...

18 May 2018

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Insights into the global grains market

It is expected that global cereal grains consumption will grow to 3.0 million tonnes by 2025. In the medium term, consumption of cereal grains will grow at a slow rate, mainly due to increased demand for cereal grains in Asian and African countries.

17 May 2018

Nations in new push to boost intra-Africa trade
Nations in new push to boost intra-Africa trade

The AfCFTA's potential as a tool for driving industrialisation, economic diversification and development was highlighted at the start of the UN Economic Commission for Africa's Conference of Ministers...

By Benjamin Ouma 15 May 2018

Can meat exports be made humane? Here are three key strategies
Can meat exports be made humane? Here are three key strategies

What do we need to do to humanely sell meat to the world? Three experts: an agricultural specialist, a veterinarian and a religious scholar, answer...

By Andrew Butt, Andrew Fisher & Shakira Hussein 11 May 2018

Insights into the global vanilla market
Insights into the global vanilla market

Due to harvest cuts in Madagascar and Indonesia, the vanilla market dropped to 7.1K tonnes while demand for vanilla continues to grow. The supply shortage has led to a record level price increase...

10 May 2018

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Going beyond farm-to-fork to encourage healthier food systems

The world's trade and regulation rulebook needs a reboot in order to bolster trade in food that is healthy and nutritious rather than simply cheap. "To assure that future food systems will provide healthy food for all people we'll need a big change."

9 May 2018

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Wine consumers can expect to pay more due to impending wine shortage

Vinpro's annual Wine Harvest Report 2018 shows that wine grape production is down nearly 15% compared to 2017 - this translates into 170 million litres less wine produced in 2018...

9 May 2018

Importing that dream car is easier said than done - but possible
Importing that dream car is easier said than done - but possible

One can import just about anything to South Africa, including cars, but that doesn't mean it's going to be easy...

By Jeff Osborne 9 May 2018

Africa's new free trade area - streamlining trade and infrastructure development
Africa's new free trade area - streamlining trade and infrastructure development

Increasing intra-African trade is essential for the growth and development of the continent and so the recent signing of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), set to be the first continent-wide African trade agreement, is good news...

By Kieran Whyte and Jen Stolp 8 May 2018

Key insights into Asian meat and poultry market
Key insights into Asian meat and poultry market

The rise in living standards and the rapid pace of urbanisation have led to a significant increase in production and consumption of meat in Asia in the last decade...

4 May 2018

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Food prices steady, output in cereals expected to decline

April saw the FAO Food Price Index remain steady. Sugar prices continued to decline while prices for cereals and dairy products continued to rise...

4 May 2018

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Local links across Africa provide key clues to fighting the illegal ivory trade

The population of African elephants is estimated to have declined by 111,000 over the past ten years...

By Kristof Titeca 4 May 2018

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Key insights into global pineapple market

Global production of pineapples reached 26.9 million tonnes in 2016, with an upward dynamics over the last nine years...

3 May 2018

Deteriorating fuel prices to hit consumers, farmers' profit margins
Deteriorating fuel prices to hit consumers, farmers' profit margins

The cost of distributing produce across the country is still highly depended on road transport - for example, about 80% of grain is transported by road...

By Paul Makube 2 May 2018

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GI labelling promotes inclusive food systems, sustainable development

"Geographical indications are an approach to food production and marketing systems that place social, cultural and environmental considerations at the heart of the value chain."

2 May 2018

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EAC trailing in exportation of bananas

Tanzania and Uganda consume 50% of bananas grown in Africa, but realise only nine percent of the potential yield due to poor productivity due to pests and diseases...

By Zephania Ubwani 2 May 2018

SA soya bean imports set to decline
SA soya bean imports set to decline

South Africa's soya bean and oilcake (meal) imports could decline by 27% and 17% year-on-year in the 2018/2019 marketing year, to 20,000 tons and 458,992 tons, respectively...

30 Apr 2018

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South Africa's agricultural trade keeps momentum

In February 2018, South Africa's cumulative agricultural exports were valued at R20.89bn leading to a positive net trade of R3.736bn. Agricultural exports were dominated by table grapes, stonefruit, wine, cuttlefish and tilapia...

By Sifiso Ntombela 25 Apr 2018

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Key insights into the global garlic market

In 2016, global garlic consumption stood at $18.1bn, +8% more than the year before. It is anticipated that the next nine year period will see an upward trend in garlic cultivation due to a number of factors...

25 Apr 2018

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Dangerous hitchhikers: New measures to help stop the spread of plant pests across borders

The CPM has adopted new phytosanitary standards aimed at preventing destructive agricultural and environmental pests from jumping borders and spreading internationally...

24 Apr 2018

Wool outlook for 2018
Wool outlook for 2018

Increased affluence in traditional markets such as China and a growing demand for natural fibres in athleisure wear coupled with an abundant supply have created a "perfect storm" for wool...

By Nico Groenewald 24 Apr 2018

VAT hike should encourage importers to rethink traditional ways of doing business
VAT hike should encourage importers to rethink traditional ways of doing business

Given the challenging economic environment, many have dreaded the recent one percentage point increase of VAT in South Africa...

24 Apr 2018

Global bread and bakery consumption continues to experience modest growth
Global bread and bakery consumption continues to experience modest growth

The global bread and bakery product market displayed modest, but sustainable growth throughout the period under review, increasing from 122,000 tonnes in 2007 to 129,000 tonnes in 2016...

23 Apr 2018

US poultry producers visit SA
US poultry producers visit SA

Members of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council met local business and new importers during a visit to South Africa last month...

Issued by ITP Communications 17 Apr 2018

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