Retail Trends 2018

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Oserian Technical Director, Hamish Ker, explains how the company utilises geothermal power in its greenhouses
Green business is good business: A sustainable approach to growing flowers in Kenya

Oserian Development Corporation has come up with a raft of measures aimed at maintaining production over a long period of time without compromising on natural systems or its responsibility to workers, suppliers and the local communities...

14 Feb 2018

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SodaStream joins petition calling for Coca-Cola to reveal Cape water sources

Drinks company SodaStream South Africa has joined the call to action urging Coca-Cola to develop a plan to ensure Cape Town residents have access to water...

14 Feb 2018

How retail is responding to the Cape Town water crisis
How retail is responding to the Cape Town water crisis

Consumers are not the only ones who have to tighten taps in Cape Town. As South Africa's Mother City approaches the dreaded Day Zero, retailers and shopping centres have to rethink their strategies...

13 Feb 2018

Abalone poaching: 'Hong Kong sucking up mountain of poached SA seafood'
Abalone poaching: 'Hong Kong sucking up mountain of poached SA seafood'

A special investigation concludes that nearly two-thirds of dried abalone shipments to Hong Kong are harvested illegally in South Africa...

By Tony Carnie 12 Feb 2018

Water-saving WaterLoo greywater bank launched in Stellenbosch
Water-saving WaterLoo greywater bank launched in Stellenbosch

Yesterday saw the official launch of the WaterLoo, a South African-designed greywater bank...

8 Feb 2018

Online searches for bottled water skyrocket as consumers stock up on Day Zero supplies
Online searches for bottled water skyrocket as consumers stock up on Day Zero supplies

In preparation for Day Zero, now predicted for mid-May, many Capetonians are scrambling to get their hands on bottled water and JoJo Tanks...

7 Feb 2018

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Sustainable blueberry farming key to growth and continuity

Although the planned upsurge in blueberry supply predicted for the year ahead is immense, a sustainable approach to growing should still be strictly adhered to by farmers...

6 Feb 2018

Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages looks to aid in provision of relief water in Cape Town
Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages looks to aid in provision of relief water in Cape Town

In an effort to help mitigate the impact of Day Zero, Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages in partnership with the Coca-Cola Foundation and participating suppliers are in the process of finalising the details to provide millions of litres of relief water...

2 Feb 2018

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Zimbabwe tobacco under threat

Zimbabwe's largest foreign currency earner is under threat after main international buyers resolved not to accept tobacco cured using coal, citing environmental concerns.

By Livingstone Marufu 25 Jan 2018

Mondelez International cocoa MoU to help protect Ghana's forests
Mondelez International cocoa MoU to help protect Ghana's forests

Mondelez International is contributing $5m over five years to the GCFRP, which aims to significantly reduce the high rate of deforestation and forest degradation, as well as their associated greenhouse carbon emissions, from cocoa farming...

24 Jan 2018

Pernod Ricard halts use of plastic straws and stirrers
Pernod Ricard halts use of plastic straws and stirrers

Alcoholic drinks giant, Pernod Ricard, has joined the war on plastic by declaring that it will no longer use non-biodegradable plastic straws and stirrers...

22 Jan 2018

Let's aim for sustainable, GDP-boosting luxury in 2018
Let's aim for sustainable, GDP-boosting luxury in 2018

In a world where disposable, mass-produced goods of dubious quality are wreaking havoc on the environment, there is a growing place for luxury goods...

By Grace Mumo 22 Jan 2018

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SAB's Cape Town brewery to bottle spring water as Day Zero looms

After 200 years of making beer, Newlands Brewery in Cape Town is going into the water business...

By Dave Chambers 22 Jan 2018

Coca-Cola Company pledges to cut plastic packaging waste
Coca-Cola Company pledges to cut plastic packaging waste

The Coca-Cola Company has announced a commitment to become more environmentally friendly by reshaping its approach to packaging...

22 Jan 2018

Microwave ovens are cooking the environment: study
Microwave ovens are cooking the environment: study

Small electrical appliances such as microwave ovens, kettles and hair dryers harm the environment in a dozen different ways...

19 Jan 2018

Sustainable supply chains: Chains, levers or webs?
Sustainable supply chains: Chains, levers or webs?

Customers have tremendous power in the business-to-business (B2B) sustainability world. Just by asking questions of their suppliers, customers send powerful signals about what matters...

By Scott Nadler and Jeremy Soboil 18 Jan 2018

Untrustworthy memories make it hard to shop ethically
Untrustworthy memories make it hard to shop ethically

Imagine a shopper, Sarah, who is concerned about child labour and knows about groups like the Fair Wear Foundation that certify which brands sell ethically produced clothing...

By Rebecca Walker Reczek, Daniel Zane and Julie Irwin 16 Jan 2018

Five major trends in South Africa's agro-food system
Five major trends in South Africa's agro-food system

Agro-food systems often differ considerably from country to country, depending on the level of development, resource availability, business sophistication and agro-food policies and legislation adopted...

By John Purchase 12 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: What is shaping grocery retail in South Africa - Part 1
#BizTrends2018: What is shaping grocery retail in South Africa - Part 1

In this two-part report, Trade Intelligence reveals the drivers and trends shaping grocery retail in South Africa in the short to medium term...

By Maryla Masojada 11 Jan 2018

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Obtala Limited announces MOU with FundInvest SA

Obtala Limited, the Africa-focused agriculture and forestry group, announces a non-binding MOU with FundInvest SA to combat illegal logging by facilitating the processing and export of sustainable, legal timber...

11 Jan 2018

Stanford team lauds Woolworths Farming for the Future programme
Stanford team lauds Woolworths Farming for the Future programme

Woolworths' Farming for the Future programme is succeeding in encouraging farmers to use more environmentally friendly management practices than their counterparts that do not supply the grocery chain...

By Dave Chambers 11 Jan 2018

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Is this goodbye? Chocolate producing plants will go extinct by 2050

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have said that a temperature rise of just 2.1 degrees centigrade might put an end to the chocolate industry...

By Njideka Agbo 9 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Conscious consumption
#BizTrends2018: Conscious consumption

I'm not that big on food trends, to be honest. I find gimmicks and 'flavour of the month' offerings a very slippery slope. That said, I do think established chefs, producers and industry thought-leaders who have the ability to change with the times are critical for the industry.

By Andy Fenner 9 Jan 2018

Water-wise washing with Green Planet Laundry
Water-wise washing with Green Planet Laundry

As the drought tightens its grip on Cape Town, with level 6 water restrictions now in effect, consumers have implemented various water-saving techniques...

4 Jan 2018

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Chinese firm turns panda poop into toilet paper

When life gave one Chinese company giant panda poop, it decided to make paper - and profits...

21 Dec 2017

Bottled water and the drought
Bottled water and the drought

Cape Town's municipal water quality is excellent. In normal times there is no good reason to buy bottled water, but these are not normal times...

By Mary-Anne Gontsana and GroundUp staff 20 Dec 2017

#BestofBiz 2017: Retail
#BestofBiz 2017: Retail

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2017 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views...

15 Dec 2017

Polyester could slip on banana peel of green fashion
Polyester could slip on banana peel of green fashion

For decades after polyester's invention in the 1940s, there wasn't much exciting innovation in the fibres used in the world's textiles. Until now...

By Jackie May 14 Dec 2017

New local craft beer brewing to combat food waste and alleviate hunger
New local craft beer brewing to combat food waste and alleviate hunger

Toast Ale South Africa has plans to produce a craft beer that utilises surplus bread from local companies, which would otherwise be discarded...

6 Dec 2017

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