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Competition body accuses fresh-produce agents of cartel behaviour

The commission said it suspected the larger players of colluding to hold prices low until their smaller competitors ran out of fresh fruit and vegetables to sell, after which they sharply increased prices...

By Robert Laing 23 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

Deceptive food labelling damages consumer trust
Deceptive food labelling damages consumer trust

The increase in questionable labelling claims to differentiate products has become an issue of concern for academics, regulators and consumers around the world...

By Andre Westerveld 15 Mar 2017

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The Sugar Tax: implications for the cane industry, obesity and consumer behaviour

The biggest concern is that the implementation of tax on sugary beverages will have serious implications for the sugarcane industry in the medium to long term as it will cascade down the value chain...

By Hamlet Hlomendlini 8 Mar 2017

Alibaba's Jack Ma blames 'outdated' law for fakes
Alibaba's Jack Ma blames 'outdated' law for fakes

Alibaba's founder Jack Ma urged stronger penalties for selling counterfeits on Tuesday in an open letter arguing that "outdated and unrealistic" laws and regulations...

8 Mar 2017

Unilever faces fine over cartel conduct
Unilever faces fine over cartel conduct

The Competition Commission has charged Unilever SA for cartel conduct, referring a cartel case against the group and Malaysian firm Sime Darby Hudson Knight...

2 Mar 2017

Budget speech announces further consultations on sugar tax, welcomed by industry
Budget speech announces further consultations on sugar tax, welcomed by industry

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's announced in his Budget speech on 22 February 2017 that there would be further consultations on the tax on sugar-sweetened beverages...

23 Feb 2017

Sugar tax must come with an education programme
Sugar tax must come with an education programme

The new tax on SSBs can't stand alone in addressing obesity and related lifestyle diseases, and must form part of an integrated education plan...

21 Feb 2017

Woolworths CE Ian Moir.
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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

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

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

Why new entrants struggle to break into South Africa's retail space
Why new entrants struggle to break into South Africa's retail space

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

By Reena das Nair 7 Feb 2017

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Soft-drinks industry offers 'better' alternatives to sugar tax

The soft-drinks industry has proposed a raft of measures to reduce the daily number of calories consumed as an alternative...

By Linda Ensor 1 Feb 2017

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Glass half full for workers at AB InBev and Coca-Cola

AB InBev is allowed to offer certain employees severance packages, though the two firms may not now retrench staff...

By Ann Crotty 30 Jan 2017

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Lewis' third-quarter revenue declines in tough conditions

The Lewis Group, of which Lewis Stores is a subsidiary, reported a drop in revenue for the third quarter, and nine months ended 2016...

By Matthew Stevens 26 Jan 2017

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Costco to pay $11.75m over medical prescriptions

LOS ANGELES - Warehouse retail giant Costco has agreed to pay $11.75 million to settle allegations that some of its pharmacies improperly filled prescriptions for controlled substances, federal officials announced Thursday...

20 Jan 2017

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ASA sinks teeth into Aquafresh

It has been exposed in a battle of toothpastes that when it comes to protecting your pearly whites Aquafresh Complete Care is not necessarily better than other brands, as suggested in an advert...

By Roxanne Henderson 17 Jan 2017

Trade mark registration: Truworths no longer has "the look"
Trade mark registration: Truworths no longer has "the look"

Ackermans has recently been successful in a precedent setting trade mark dispute against Truworths which was heard by the Supreme Court of Appeal. The trade mark at the centre of the dispute was “THE LOOK”...

By Janine Hollesen 16 Jan 2017

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Coca-Cola heads for tricky AB InBev deal

Competition analysts believe it will involve another year of detailed engagements with competition regulators in many African countries...

9 Jan 2017

Sugar wars: Coke faces first salvo in US false advertising lawsuit
Sugar wars: Coke faces first salvo in US false advertising lawsuit

Coca-Cola's claims that their SSBs are not linked to obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease will be tested in a lawsuit...

By Sharon Snell 9 Jan 2017

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Competition watchdog probes R10-billion school uniform monopoly

The Competition Commission is poised to get tough on South Africa's school uniform monopolies, which force parents to cough up thousands of rands for new school kit even though similar items can usually be bought elsewhere at a fraction of the cost...

By Bongani Mthethwa, Taschica Pillay and Matthew Savi 19 Dec 2016

#BestofBiz 2016: Retail
#BestofBiz 2016: Retail

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2016 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views. Discover the most read content on Bizcommunity's Retail portal over the past year below.

12 Dec 2016

FASA reminds industry of need to protect businesses contributing 11.6% to GDP
FASA reminds industry of need to protect businesses contributing 11.6% to GDP

Following an article in the Business Times on a franchise group that allegedly failed to provide franchisees with disclosure documents as prescribed by the Consumer Protection Act (CPA), the Franchise Association reminds franchisors of the related provisions in the CPA...

9 Dec 2016

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Drinks makers release study to challenge planned sugar tax

Econex says demand sugar-sweetened beverage consumption will not fall as sharply as the policy paper predicts..

By Tamar Kahn 7 Dec 2016

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Sovereign 'not a financial burden'

The acquisition of Sovereign Foods would not be a financial burden for Country Bird Holdings (CBH), CEO Marthinus Stander said in response to charges by Sovereign that his company was using the acquisition to get out of financial difficulty...

6 Dec 2016

How will the Draft Liquor Amendment Bill of 2016 affect the hospitality industry?
How will the Draft Liquor Amendment Bill of 2016 affect the hospitality industry?

The proposed Draft Liquor Amendment Bill of 2016 is set to complicate South Africa's liquor regulatory environment even more...

5 Dec 2016

Arlette Ricci, 75, was handed a one-year prison term and a million-euro fine in April 2015 for allegedly hiding 18.7 million euros ($19.8 million) from the taxman for more than two decades ()
Heiress to Nina Ricci fortune launches tax fraud appeal

PARIS - The heiress to the fortune of French couturier Nina Ricci on Thursday launched an appeal to avoid jail time for tax fraud, in one of the toughest sentences of its kind in French fiscal history...

5 Dec 2016

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Gilt wears thin for Gold Brands franchise holders

When Gold Brands Investments, owner of the Chesa Nyama fast-food franchise, listed on AltX 11 months ago, the share price plummeted 45% to end the first day of trading at R1.12 a share. It has barely recovered since...

By Palesa Vuyolwethu Tshandu 5 Dec 2016

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Woolworths' shareholders rebel

Woolworths' shareholders voiced their opposition on using the same auditors and also executive pay increases at the retailer's AGM...

By Ann Crotty 5 Dec 2016

SAPPO establishes Pork 360 Quality Assurance certification programme
SAPPO establishes Pork 360 Quality Assurance certification programme

South African Pork Producers Association (SAPPO) has established Pork 360 Quality Assurance certification programme, which extensively focuses on meat safety, meat quality, traceability and animal welfare. Pork 360 products are available exclusively to Food Lover's Market and Winelands Pork in the Western Cape...

29 Nov 2016

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