Subscribe to industry newsletters

Bizcommunity has over 400 industry contributors and we always welcome further contributions and contributors.
Poisoning risk from expired food
Poisoning risk from expired food

A food expert has warned consumers of the dangers of eating expired foods that appear on shop shelves...

By Devon Koen 6 hours ago

Developing countries urged to set international food standards
Developing countries urged to set international food standards

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) have issued a joint statement calling on countries to develop international food standards...

1 day ago

TFG now joins the club
TFG now joins the club

In an industry battling to hold onto customers as the economy stalls, club fees have been something of a consolation prize for the country's retailers...

3 days ago

Commission needs more time to understand opaque retail sector
Commission needs more time to understand opaque retail sector

The deadline for completion of the Competition Commission's market inquiry into the grocery retail sector has been pushed out from May 2017 to March 2018, which will be 28 months after the inquiry was launched back in November 2015...

By Ann Crotty 14 Jul 2017

Image credit: Sunday Times
Inquiry seeks data on informal retail

The four big national supermarket chains will be fighting hard to ensure the Competition Commission inquiry into the grocery retail sector includes detailed figures...

By Ann Crotty 14 Jul 2017

Food economies at risk of distortion by formal sector grocery retail
Food economies at risk of distortion by formal sector grocery retail

The Grocery Retail Sector Market Inquiry, initiated by the Competition Commission, has received input from the Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation...

6 Jul 2017

Image credit: Sunday Times
TFG to fight back over club charges

Clothing retailer The Foschini Group (TFG) is the latest of a number of retailers to come under the spotlight of the National Credit Regulator for allegedly charging a club fee...

6 Jul 2017

Credit watchdog refers Foschini to consumer tribunal over club fees
Credit watchdog refers Foschini to consumer tribunal over club fees

The National Credit Regulator has referred clothing retailer Foschini to the National Consumer Tribunal for charging consumers a club fee on credit agreements...

By Linda Ensor 4 Jul 2017

Left to Right: Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya Chairman Apollo Owuor welcomes newly-appointed Chief Executive Officer, Hosea Machuki to the association
Kenya's horticulture sector to undergo major changes as new standard comes into play

According to FPEAK Chairman, Apollo Owuor, Kenya's horticulture sector is set to undergo major changes as the country fights to consolidate its international markets...

28 Jun 2017

China, Hong Kong top hubs for fake goods: Europol
China, Hong Kong top hubs for fake goods: Europol

China and Hong Kong are overwhelmingly the largest shipment centres for fake goods sold around the world, in a growing, complex battle against sophisticated counterfeiters...

23 Jun 2017

National Consumer Tribunal members appointed
National Consumer Tribunal members appointed

President Jacob Zuma has appointed members to the National Consumer Tribunal, whose term of office will become effective from 1 July 2017...

22 Jun 2017

Treasury rejects claims of calamitous job losses from sugar tax
Treasury rejects claims of calamitous job losses from sugar tax

Treasury has rejected claims of calamitous job losses resulting from the imposition of a health promotion levy...

By Linda Ensor 22 Jun 2017

Storm may brew in rooibos probe
Storm may brew in rooibos probe

Rooibos Limited, which controls 70% of the global rooibos tea market, could face class action by other local processors if it is found guilty of abusing its market dominance, says Nick Altini, a competition lawyer with Baker McKenzie.

21 Jun 2017

Rooibos charged with abuse of dominance
Rooibos charged with abuse of dominance

Rooibos Limited, which describes itself as the "preferred supplier" of rooibos tea, has been charged with abuse of dominance by the Competition Commission and faces an administrative penalty equal to 10% of its annual turnover...

21 Jun 2017

Opening up international markets for clothing and textile manufacturers
Opening up international markets for clothing and textile manufacturers

I am often asked what it is that prevents clothing and textile manufacturers from breaking into the international market. There are several answers to that question...

By Christian Gerling 20 Jun 2017

Competition Commission has beef with meat suppliers
Competition Commission has beef with meat suppliers

Seven beef suppliers were raided by the Competition Commission on Wednesday morning in an investigation into price fixing...

By Robert Laing 14 Jun 2017

Sugar tax under fire from producers, unions and business
Sugar tax under fire from producers, unions and business

Cosatu, Busa and Sasasay introducing a sugar tax should be delayed as it will have a negative effect on employment in the industry...

8 Jun 2017

Vgrigas via
Township shops 'bear brunt of unfair practices'

SA's top retailers were accused of anticompetitive behaviour in townships at the Competition Commission's first public hearings on the retail market in Pretoria...

7 Jun 2017

Bread trade goes stale
Bread trade goes stale

When Pretoria businessman Noah Msibi, 33, opened his bakery in 2010, business was booming...

6 Jun 2017

Lewis shares rally as tribunal rules in its favour on club fees
Lewis shares rally as tribunal rules in its favour on club fees

Lewis said on Monday that the National Consumer Tribunal had ruled in its favour in the matter involving the furniture retailer and National Credit Regulator...

6 Jun 2017

Mr Price Group accused of breaching National Credit Act
Mr Price Group accused of breaching National Credit Act

The National Credit Regulator has referred Mr Price Group to the National Consumer Tribunal for breach of the National Credit Act...

2 Jun 2017

Reviewing freedom of choice, as plain packaging tobacco rules considered
Reviewing freedom of choice, as plain packaging tobacco rules considered

Freedom of choice flies out the window when so-called ‘bad' choices can summarily be overruled or interfered with by government...

By Martin van Staden 31 May 2017

Image Source:
Agri-cleaning trends: Keeping it clean from farm to factory

Improper sanitation can destroy crop and herd and can cost certification, contracts, reputation and a brand. Therefore, cleaning, from farm to factory, matters more than ever in agriculture...

30 May 2017

Astral Foods still concerned about EU's unfair practices
Astral Foods still concerned about EU's unfair practices

"We are not concerned about imports from the EU... We are concerned about the dumping of chicken product at a lower price than we can produce at."

By Colleen Goko and Andries Mahlangu 17 May 2017

BlackRiv via
New pork import clauses added

The Directorate Animal Health will no longer allow any products that are not subject to further processing to be imported in the same container as restricted pork import products...

16 May 2017

Select franchises that are FASA-accredited
Select franchises that are FASA-accredited

There are over 750 business systems in South Africa claiming to be franchises, of which a large number are not accredited members of FASA...

11 May 2017

Gugulethu Square. Image credit:
Small retailers say malls killing their business

Small and family-owned retailers told public hearings on Tuesday of their struggle to conduct business in townships and rural areas...

By Colleen Goko 11 May 2017

Jeff Attaway via
Commission launches enquiry into SA's 'big four' retailers

The Competition Commission has launched a large investigation into South Africa's four largest retailers: Shoprite, Pick n Pay, Spar and Woolworths...

10 May 2017

Future of Consumer Goods and Services Ombudsman at risk
Future of Consumer Goods and Services Ombudsman at risk

The future of the Consumer Goods and Services Ombudsman is at risk because thousands of businesses are refusing to register and fund it...

By Wendy Knowler 10 May 2017

Show more