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Bidcorp's Joffe to bow out and list new firm
Bidcorp's Joffe to bow out and list new firm

Bidcorp executive chairman Brian Joffe will step down at the end of June 2017, taking up the role of nonexecutive director of the foodservice company...

By Mark Allix 1 day ago

Competition Commission spreads tentacles in fruit and veg crackdown
Competition Commission spreads tentacles in fruit and veg crackdown

The Competition Commission has extended its search and seizure operation involving fresh produce market agents to premises in Cape Town and Durban...

3 days ago

SA e-courier startup Pargo raises $1.2m
SA e-courier startup Pargo raises $1.2m

South African e-courier startup Pargo has closed a R15 million ($1.2 million) funding round led by SAAD Investment Holdings...

By Gabriella Mulligan 24 Mar 2017

China's Alibaba to set up logistics hub in Malaysia
China's Alibaba to set up logistics hub in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Alibaba and Malaysia announced on Wednesday that they will set up a logistics and e-commerce hub in the Southeast Asian country to boost small and medium-sized companies...

23 Mar 2017

FASA urges franchisees to support local suppliers
FASA urges franchisees to support local suppliers

Franchising contributes almost 12.5% to South Africa's GDP but its potential lies not only in generating increased sales of products and services...

22 Mar 2017

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Urban farming project to deliver Harvest of Hope

UCook will contribute a portion of its gross profits to Abalimi Bezekhaya, its preferred supplier of organic produce, to support the organisations upskilling urban farming project, Harvest of Hope...

20 Mar 2017

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Cocoa industry agrees plan to tackle deforestation

Major chocolate makers, including Ferrero, Nestle, and Mars, agreed on a landmark initiative to tackle deforestation in top cocoa producers Ivory Coast and Ghana...

17 Mar 2017

Adopt an omnichannel retail strategy or risk closure
Adopt an omnichannel retail strategy or risk closure

Italist.com CEO, Diego Abba, was one of the opening keynote speakers at the Seamless Africa conference (future of payments, e-commerce & retail) in Cape Town...

16 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

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

Six tips to select the right e-commerce fulfilment service
Six tips to select the right e-commerce fulfilment service

In e-commerce, order fulfilment involves managing inventory, packaging orders, shipping to customers and handling returns. Many e-commerce businesses are outsourcing...

By Charles Mburugu 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

Cointreau selects finalists in Creative Crew grant scheme
Cointreau selects finalists in Creative Crew grant scheme

The Cointreau Creative Crew (CCC) Grant Scheme, which sought to identify and empower female creativity across South Africa, has selected 15 finalists...

2 Mar 2017

Massive growth predicted for cross-border e-commerce in sub-Saharan Africa
Massive growth predicted for cross-border e-commerce in sub-Saharan Africa

Cross-border online retail volumes are predicted to increase at an annual average rate of 25%...

28 Feb 2017

Air Cargo Africa panel discusses continent's e-commerce potential
Air Cargo Africa panel discusses continent's e-commerce potential

On the first day of the fourth edition of the biennial trade fair, ACA 2017, organised by STAT Media Group at the Emperors Palace last week, Air Cargo Africa 2017...

27 Feb 2017

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Bidcorp open to acquisitive and organic growth opportunities

Food services group Bid Corporation (Bidcorp), which was unbundled from industrial conglomerate Bidvest Group, grew its interim revenue 5% to R67.8bn...

By Pericles Anetos 24 Feb 2017

Challenging times for SA wine industry with excise hikes
Challenging times for SA wine industry with excise hikes

While the South African wine industry understands the government's economic challenges, the above-inflation hikes in wine and brandy excise will be challenging for producers and cellars to absorb...

23 Feb 2017

How big supermarket chains in southern Africa keep out small suppliers
How big supermarket chains in southern Africa keep out small suppliers

Effective competition in the supermarket industry is important because it has far-reaching implications for consumers and suppliers...

By Reena das Nair 22 Feb 2017

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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

Hendler & Hart to distribute Tefal, Krups cookware
Hendler & Hart to distribute Tefal, Krups cookware

The major provider of cookware globally, Groupe SEB, has entered into an agreement with South African cookware manufacturer, Hendler & Hart...

21 Feb 2017

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DHL rolls out On Demand Delivery in sub-Saharan Africa

Developed in response to significant growth in premium cross-border e-commerce volumes, DHL Express has launched its On Demand Delivery service in sub-Saharan Africa...

21 Feb 2017

#DesignMonth: What's in your lunch box?
#DesignMonth: What's in your lunch box?

FOODwelove aims to change how offices eat by offering desk jockeys the option to have a healthy and wholesome lunch delivered in a cleverly designed box, straight to their desk...

By Cari Coetzee 20 Feb 2017

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Suppliers fume over Stuttafords rescue deal

A contentious “rescue plan” to save 159-year-old retailer Stuttafords goes to a vote today in what promises to be a hot-tempered meeting...

By Rob Rose 20 Feb 2017

Product inspection vital to reduce recalls in food manufacturing
Product inspection vital to reduce recalls in food manufacturing

Food safety is a key area of focus for manufacturers, brands and retailers alike. Consumers must trust the products they purchase, therefore if there is a quality issue...

By Neil Giles 15 Feb 2017

New township delivery service pilots in Ekurhuleni
New township delivery service pilots in Ekurhuleni

A new retail home delivery service for townships, funded by the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), has launched in Ekhuruleni...

14 Feb 2017

SA delivery startup Stockup pivots to on-demand model
SA delivery startup Stockup pivots to on-demand model

South African startup Stockup, which facilitates the online purchase and delivery of beverages and groceries, has pivoted to an on-demand model and added new products to its line.

By Tom Jackson 13 Feb 2017

Rhoda Afrika's blooming flower business
Rhoda Afrika's blooming flower business

Rhoda Afrika, who began her flower business in an outside stall, will supply thousands of flowers to around 40 Shoprite and Checkers stores in the Free State...

13 Feb 2017

Samsonite and Uzwelo Luggage Cover
#DesignMonth: Turning excess fabrics destined for landfills into unique luggage covers

Uzwelo Bags has designed and manufactured unique, eye-catching luggage covers that will ensure that you never miss your bag on that overcrowded carousel ever again...

By Cari Coetzee 8 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

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