Uitkyk has one of SA's best Chardonnay, says Decanter

Uitkyk wine estate's Uitkyk Chardonnay 2015 was included in Decanter's panel tasting report on South African Chardonnay. Uitkyk wine estate in located on the southern slope of Simonsberg in the Stellenbosch wine region. Decanter is an international wine magazine which features the field's...

10 Mar 2017

Nuy Winery gives back to cellar workers and shareholders

In August 2010, the Nuy Winery board formed the Keerom Landbou Beperk, an initiative that gives cellar workers one hectare red and one hectare white Muscat grapes, as well as providing profitability through land use to shareholders. Best known for their top Muskat, Nuy Winery won the prestigious...

24 Feb 2017

Charles Back named South Africa's most awarded winemaker

Charles Back has been announced as the 2017 recipient of the annual 1659 Honorary Award – one of the wine industries most prestigious accolades. The year 1659 marks the year when the first grapes were pressed in the country for the making of wine. Chosen by a panel of wine industry stalwarts,...

9 Feb 2017

EuroFresh Exotics amongst AFIF Entrepreneurship Award 2017 nominees

EuroFresh Exotics and five other African-based projects have been included in the 2017 AFIF Entrepreneurship Award nominations. The Kenya-based company is being acknowledged for the innovative techniques it uses in producing and exporting fresh fruit and vegetables. EuroFresh Exotics founder,...

30 Jan 2017

Bruwer Raats, Morné Vrey join Cape Winemakers Guild

Bruwer Raats of Raats Family Wines and Morné Vrey of Delaire Graff Estate in Stellenbosch have joined the Cape Winemakers Guild. The guild extends membership Invitations to winemakers who have been responsible for the production of outstanding wines for a minimum of five years and who continue to do...

11 Jan 2017

Young woman from Tzaneen awarded Lindsey Milne bursary

The South African Subtropical Growers' Association (Subtrop) has awarded the Lindsey Milne bursary to 23-year-old Nasreen Malik of Tzaneen. Malik has just completed her BSc agriculture with honours and intends on obtaining her master's degree in horticulture from the University of Stellenbosch in...

8 Dec 2016

Christo Pienaar named Worcester/Breedekloof Winemaker of the Year

Nuy Winery Cellar Master, Christo Pienaar has been named Worcester/Breedekloof Winemaker of the Year 2016. The award, in its fifth year, is awarded annually to a winemaker in the Worcester/Breedekloof area. The second and third place awards went to C.P Conradie and Conradie Penhill, respectively....

6 Dec 2016

Agri SA's Van Zyl named CEO Global agriculture continental winner

CEO Global named Agri SA executive director, Omri van Zyl the 2016 continental winner for agriculture at a gala dinner held at the Midrand Conference Centre in Johannesburg. The business and professional services company acknowledged Van Zyl for his efforts in leading the African recognition...

6 Dec 2016

Nederburg Wines announced as wine producer of the year

The 2016 International Wine & Spirit Competition held in London, UK saw Nederburg Wines receive the award for South African Wine Producer of the Year. The Paarl winery was awarded this prestigious award in 2012 as well. The award follows Nederburg's 2016 IWSC trophy for the best Cabernet...

18 Nov 2016

Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs awards Hans Schröder

Hans Schröder of Stark-Conde Wines in Stellenbosch has been awarded the Japanese Foreign Minister's Commendation by the Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of South Africa, H.E. Shigeyuki Hiroki. The Foreign Minister's Commendations awards individuals and groups in international fields for their...

2 Nov 2016

Six Platter's five star rating for Elgin Wines

Three Elgin Valley producers have been awarded six Platter's five-star ratings in the 2017 Platter's South African Wine Guide. The winning Elgin producers are Werner Muller (winemaker Iona), James Downes (owner of Shannon Vineyards), and Richard Kershaw (winemaker and owner of Richard Kershaw...

2 Nov 2016

Top cellar worker announced

Senior cellar assistant at Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West, Ivan Xelelo, has been announced as Cellar Worker of the Year 2016 at an information day held at Goudini Spa in Rawsonville. The information day sponsored by Nedbank since 2014 gives recognition to cellar workers who have...

31 Oct 2016

Van Loveren wins at 2016 Veritas Awards

At the recent 2016 Veritas Awards, Van Loveren Family Vineyards were announced as winners in two categories, winning double gold for its Christina MCC Brut and gold for its Red Muscadel 2015. Veritas also paid homage to brothers Nico and Wynand Retief as Living Legends for their contribution to...

17 Oct 2016

Distell Group awarded top honours

The Distell Group has been awarded top honours at the Massmart Supplier Environmental Awards, where judges were impressed by their new wastewater treatment plant in Stellenbosh. Running for its third year, the Massmart honours local suppliers for their commitment and performance in implementing...

17 Oct 2016

Neil Ellis Wines win 2016 Veritas Awards

Cabernet producers, Neil Ellis Wines received acclamation at this years' 2016 Veritas Awards when their terrain specific and regional 2013 Cabernet Sauvignons won awards. The Neil Ellis Jonkerskoek Cabernet received double gold and the Stellenbosch Cabernet was awarded gold.

17 Oct 2016

Win a ticket to PMA Fresh Connections Conference and Expo 2016
Win a ticket to PMA Fresh Connections Conference and Expo 2016

The PMA Fresh Connections Conference and Expo 2016 will be held at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria from 17-18 August. To win a ticket to attend the conference and expo, as well as the Center for Growing Talent by PMA Women's Fresh Perspective Breakfast, answer any ONE of the...

21 Jul 2016

SANBI wins SA's 34th gold medal at Chelsea Flower Show

Designers David Davidson and Ray Hudson and the team of staff and volunteers from the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI-Kirstenbosch and Harold Porter) exhibit won South Africa's 34th gold medal in 41 years at the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower...

25 May 2016

CBC walks away with international Craft Beer Awards

South African craft beer producer Cape Brewing Company (CBC) recently walked away with four medals from the Meiningers International Craft Beer Awards. The awards were announced in Neustadt, Germany in April. CBC was awarded top honors with a platinum medal for their Cape of Good Hope Imperial IPA,...

28 Apr 2016

Strike against Ceres Fruit Growers over

The industrial action against by the Farm Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU) against Ceres Fruit Growers is over. Ceres Fruit Growers (CFG) managing director, Francois Malan says that he is grateful and relieved that an agreement was reached last night which puts an end to the crippling six...

15 Oct 2015

Quantum Foods FY HEPS seen 343% higher

Quantum Foods (QFH) expects headline earnings per share in the year to September to surge by a minimum of 343% from a year-earlier period. The company said on Wednesday that lower maize and soya meal costs due to an improved international stock situation benefited both broiler and egg production...

17 Sep 2015

SA 2015 maize output forecast edges up 0.80% to 9.84-million tons

SA's maize output is expected to be 9.84-million tons in 2015‚ up 0.80% from last month's estimate‚ the crop estimates committee said in its fourth production estimate report for this year. The white maize output estimate rose 1.57% 4.73-million tons and the yellow variety edged up 0.09% to...

27 May 2015

Maize futures end higher ahead of crop report

SA's maize futures ended higher on Monday as traders awaited the monthly report on the status of the country's maize crop. The Crop Estimates Committee will on Tuesday release the fourth production forecast of summer crops for this year. Last month‚ the estimate for maize output was...

26 May 2015

Tongaat FY headline earnings down 14.6% to R945m

Tongaat Hulett (TON) has recorded a 14.6% drop in full-year headline earnings to R945m‚ affected by a reduction in sugar volumes and lower prices. The sugar producer said on Monday that total sugar output in the year to March slipped to 1.314-million tons from 1.424-million tons‚ affected by dry...

25 May 2015

Tru-Cape sponsors The Lions Karoo to Coast MTB

While online entries for The Lions Karoo to Coast MTB Race are now closed, you can still join sponsor Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing in cheering the 4,000 participants on, on Sunday, 20 September. The route, a 100km off-road race from Uniondale to Knysna via the Prince Alfred's Pass, is not for the...

20 May 2015

Maize futures firmer on strong demand

South African maize futures closed the Monday session firmer due to "very good" local demand from traders. "The prices are firmer despite softer Chicago Board of Trade prices. There is very good local demand for white maize‚ pushing prices higher. White maize prices are also at good levels for...

19 May 2015

Astral H1 diluted HEPS jump 159% to R9.99

Astral Foods (ARL) has realised a 159% spike in half-year headline earnings per share to R9.99 as profits in its poultry segment normalised after a difficult few years. The poultry producer said on Monday that increased broiler sales volumes also boosted the results for the six months to...

18 May 2015

Maize futures fall as rand strengthens

South African maize futures moved lower on Wednesday as the rand strengthened against the dollar. Rand strength is not supportive of domestic commodity prices. Maize prices also dropped following a US Department of Agriculture report (USDA). The crop progress report for May 11 2015 showed...

13 May 2015

Maize futures sharply higher as harvest concerns weigh

South African maize futures were sharply higher on Monday as harvest concerns caused worry in the market. SA is expecting the worst maize crop in eight years with the harvest seen falling by 32%. At the close of market‚ the white maize contract due for delivery in July 2015 was limits up to...

11 May 2015

Grain futures mostly higher in low-volume trade

South African grain futures were mostly higher on Wednesday but trading volumes remained thin. "It was a quiet day‚ the volumes were low. The markets are waiting for fresh harvest news to come through. Traders are watching the yields closely to see if they are less or more than the market...

7 May 2015

Rhodes Food Group sees rise in interim earnings

Recently listed food producer Rhodes (RFG) on Tuesday said it expected to see its headline earnings per share (HEPS) increase by between 5% and 60% in the six months to end March 2015‚ from HEPS of 16.9c in the year-earlier period. Rhodes listed on the JSE in October last year. It produces...

5 May 2015

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