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South African reefer market soars due to high fruit demand
South African reefer market soars due to high fruit demand

Even though 2016 saw the South African reefer (refrigerated cargo solutions) market contract by about 3%, refrigerated container trade still makes up about 19% of total South African container exports...

1 day ago

Sea Harvest casts its net back onto JSE after 17 years
Sea Harvest casts its net back onto JSE after 17 years

About 17 years after delisting from the JSE, fishing group Sea Harvest - now with Australian operations complementing its core frozen hake offering - trawled quietly back onto the bourse...

By Marc Hasenfuss 24 Mar 2017

SA suspends imports amid Brazilian meat scandal
SA suspends imports amid Brazilian meat scandal

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has suspended imports of meat from establishments suspected...

24 Mar 2017

Dumping is causing poultry crisis, Sapa says
Dumping is causing poultry crisis, Sapa says

SA's crisis-stricken poultry industry - and whether the crisis has been caused by "dumping" of EU bone-in chicken portions - was the subject of heated debate in parliament...

By Linda Ensor 23 Mar 2017

Swiss watch exports tumble ahead of Basel trade fair
Swiss watch exports tumble ahead of Basel trade fair

The world's biggest watch fair will open in Switzerland this week, even as slumping exports of luxury Swiss timepieces appear to dash hopes...

22 Mar 2017

Who is profiting from chicken dumping?
Who is profiting from chicken dumping?

A faceless group is lining its pockets with the profits made from tons of European Union (EU) chicken that is dumped in South Africa...

20 Mar 2017

Sanitising the industrial salt trade in Nigeria
Sanitising the industrial salt trade in Nigeria

Nascon Allied Industries, a salt refining establishment and Dangote Salt are collaborating with NAFDAC in Nigeria to rid the food market of unwholesome practices...

15 Mar 2017

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Planting restrictions cause timber shortage

The government's stringent restrictions on the issuing of forestry and planting permits have led to a timber shortage...

By Colleen Goko 13 Mar 2017

Juicy market for SA citrus
Juicy market for SA citrus

Despite the uncertainty that Donald Trump's presidency in the US has introduced into the global economy, America remains an important market for South African citrus growers...

By Shaun Gillham 13 Mar 2017

SARS unravels SA clothing industry: Tax leakages, job losses blamed on illegal imports
SARS unravels SA clothing industry: Tax leakages, job losses blamed on illegal imports

On Friday the South African Clothing and Textile Workers Union (SACTWU) will march on SARS headquarters in Pretoria...

By Marianne Thamm 10 Mar 2017

Africa World Expo debuts in Johannesburg in July
Africa World Expo debuts in Johannesburg in July

The inaugural Africa World Expo (AWE) will take place at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand from 30 July to 1 August 2017...

8 Mar 2017

Misinvoicing practices loses Africa billions of dollars
Misinvoicing practices loses Africa billions of dollars

A study published by UNCTAD last year revealed huge discrepancies in trade accounting in South Africa, Zambia, Nigeria and Côte d'Ivoire...

8 Mar 2017

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Chicken wars: SA industry feels the heat from EU imports

South Africa's chicken industry is being destroyed by a flood of cut-price exports from the European Union, claim local chicken farmers. Except it's not quite as simple as that.

By Simon Allison 6 Mar 2017

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Poultry association seeks import protection to save industry

The poultry industry could create up to 50,000 direct and indirect jobs, including grain jobs, if SA did not import chickens...

By Bekezela Phakati 6 Mar 2017

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SABMiller, AB InBev to increase South African hops production and export

“We are bringing the brewing world to South Africa because of the huge potential of South African grown hops."

3 Mar 2017

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Is your honey the real deal?

A quick and user-friendly method for producers and distributors of honey to detect whether the products they are selling are the real thing or not has been developed by food scientists and analysts from...

2 Mar 2017

New accord to boost trade between Kenya and Egypt
New accord to boost trade between Kenya and Egypt

Kenya and Egypt have agreed to remove double taxation on imports in a bid to improve trade between the two countries...

By Aggrey Mutambo 22 Feb 2017

elizadean via
Phenomenal growth in South African blueberry industry

The South African blueberry industry is in a period of robust growth, due to high demand from the UK and the EU for blueberries, in particular, as well as nascent domestic interest...

21 Feb 2017

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Woolworths confirms more local sourcing

Woolworths is looking to source more goods from SA and SADC and, despite ‘tough' retail scene, expects to grow market share...

By Colleen Goko 17 Feb 2017

Anerma via
Local plum exports affected by smaller fruit

The plum season in South Africa is two-thirds underway, with varieties such as African Delight, Flavour King, Laetitia, Songold, Southern Belle and Angeleno currently being picked...

15 Feb 2017

SONA 2017 failed to address job losses, says Fair Play
SONA 2017 failed to address job losses, says Fair Play

In his 2017 State of the Nation address, President Jacob Zuma made frequent references to the need to create jobs and government's job creation initiatives...

14 Feb 2017

Lobster crash erodes West Coast way of life
Lobster crash erodes West Coast way of life

Minister Senzeni Zokwana accused of reneging on recovery plan...

By Craig Dodds 14 Feb 2017

Poultry industry is efficient - experts
Poultry industry is efficient - experts

Astral Foods has presented research to dispute suggestions that SA's poultry industry operates inefficiently...

By Marc Hasenfuss 10 Feb 2017

Fair Play Movement takes EU to task over chicken dumping
Fair Play Movement takes EU to task over chicken dumping

The Fair Play Movement is bringing international experts to help stop the proliferation of the predatory trade practice of dumping worldwide...

9 Feb 2017

Rwanda to export fortified foods
Rwanda to export fortified foods

Rwanda will start exporting fortified foods, next month, thanks to a new modern factory launched last week Thursday...

By Peterson Tumwebaze 7 Feb 2017

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Astral Foods H1 profits to drop as high feed costs and imports bite

Astral Foods expects its first-half profit to come under tremendous pressure as high input costs and a steady stream of poultry imports take their toll...

By Andries Mahlangu 7 Feb 2017

Question marks over the future of AGOA
Question marks over the future of AGOA

One of the questions posed by Trump's team particularly probed AGOA, which gives some products made in Africa duty-free access to the US...

By Hamlet Hlomendlini 7 Feb 2017

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Update on agricultural commodity markets

Wandile Sihlobo, head of economic and agribusiness intelligence at Agbiz, shares highlights in his update on agricultural commodity markets...

6 Feb 2017

DESPIERRES via
FAO Food Price Index approaching two-year highs

Led by sugar and cereals, while global markets remain well supplied, the FAO Food Price Index rose significantly in January - averaging 173.8, its highest value in almost two years...

3 Feb 2017

Zimbabwe slaps VAT on basic foodstuffs
Zimbabwe slaps VAT on basic foodstuffs

Zimbabwe started levying a 15 percent value-added tax on basic foodstuffs Wednesday, the government said, dealing a further blow to cash-strapped consumers...

3 Feb 2017

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