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Spur acquires Hussar Grill for $33m
Spur acquires Hussar Grill for $33m

Ventures Africa reports that Spur has acquired Hussar Grill, a steakhouse chain based in the Western Cape, for R35 million (US$3.3m). According to the report, the cash deal's effective date is 1 January 2014. For more: Ventures Africa: Spur acquires Hussar Grill for $3.3m......

TBWA\ Angola engineer flashmob
TBWA\ Angola engineer flashmob

Grocery shopping in Angola recently took a turn from the mundane when shoppers were surprised with a flashmob. TBWA\ Angola engineered the guerilla-marketing stunt for Cerveja CUCA, a local beer manufacturer in the Angolan market. Unsuspecting onlookers were treated to an energetic flash dance...

New look for wine range
New look for wine range

click to enlargeSimonsig has revamped the look of its duo of easy drinking red and white wines. Intended to be classy, clean and altogether more striking, the labels of the latest vintages of Simonsig Adelberg 2005 and Simonsig Adelblanc 2006 portray the heritage and prestige of this Stellenbosch...

First women president for shopping centre council

Julie Hillary, MD of small specialist commercial property management company NAI Finlay, was recently appointed the first women president of the South African Council of Shopping Centres. “The foundations for many projects by the SACSC have been laid in the past year, and the realisation of these...

How to remember your favourite wine
How to remember your favourite wine

click to enlargeDurbanville Hills’ peel-off panel on the back of it Hills wine range label is aimed at diners in restaurants and hotels and contains contact information for those who would like to know more about the wine and the cellar. The “remember-me” sticker can be stuck in your diary, kept in...

New label for lifestyle wine brand
New label for lifestyle wine brand

click to enlargeReflecting a year-on-year double-digit volume growth for the 12 months up to January 2007, lifestyle wine brand Two Oceans recently revamped its packaging worldwide on the back of brand and packaging research. The new look features a longer, narrower, self-adhesive, scuff-resistant...

New salad and bean range
New salad and bean range

click to enlargeNot only has South African brand Koo launched Spicy Carrot Salad, Cubed Beetroot Salad in a tangy sauce and Curried Green Beans into the ready-to-eat salad market, it has added Bean Mix, Red Kidney Beans and Butter Beans in a tangy curry sauce to its tinned bean products....

Promoting the joy of good food
Promoting the joy of good food

click to enlargeTen-year old fast food chain Kauai recently launched a new Good Mood Food menu which has specifically been designed to combat ailments such as anxiety, sadness, irritability and insomnia. As part of the national launch, spokesperson Dr Fill Yourself (PhD. Vit A.C.D) has been...

For more healthy snacking
For more healthy snacking

click to enlargeVitasnack have extended its range of snack options with the launch of Vitasnack Rice Crackers, available in Cheese Supreme, BBQ, Sour Cream and Chives, and Wasabi. Baked and not fried, and preservative- and gluten-free and low in cholesterol, the crackers are being positioned as the...

German award for Simonsig bubbly
German award for Simonsig bubbly

click to enlargeSimonsig Kaapse Vonkel, South Africa's first Méthode Cap Classique, has been voted third Best International Sparkling Wine in the world in the 2006 readers' choice list of Weinwirtschaft, one of Germany's leading wine trade magazines. Simonsig Estate is also the only South...

Harnessing the benefits of natural beauty
Harnessing the benefits of natural beauty

click to enlargeFunkeybrands recently launched a new range of luxury bath and body care products called Imbali - meaning flower in Zulu - at selected Pick 'n Pay and Spar stores in the Western Cape. Inspired by the flowers of Africa, the product range contains various South African plant extracts...

What's the 'beef' with the meat industry?

The SA Feedlot Association says newspaper reports that beef in South Africa is in short supply are "inaccurate" and have created confusion among consumers. Spokesperson Dave Ford says that there is in fact an oversupply of beef in the market place. "In addition, the price of beef, which is...

Sipahh launches limited edition Cookies and Cream flavour
Sipahh launches limited edition Cookies and Cream flavour

click to enlargeStraws are the coolest thing that's happened to milk since milkshakes and Sipahh has launched a cookies and cream flavour straw to add to their range of strawberry, chocolate, banana and caramel flavours. Each cookies and cream straw is filled with cookie flavoured beads and cream...

Providing the tools for a better education
Providing the tools for a better education

click to enlargeTo help provide disadvantaged learners with the tools for a better education, MWEB has partnered with Pick 'n Pay, M-Net and S.M.I.L.E. to roll-out the Big Stationery Donation Drive for 2007. This drive, now in its second year, is a national campaign where members of the public are...

Online shopping exceeds expectations

During the peak festive shopping season www.bidorbuy.co.za experienced an average growth in sales of 34% resulting in a monthly increase in sales of R1.49 million. "Although much of this success can be attributed to seasonal shopping peak," says Gillian Meier, business manager at bidorbuy.co.za, "a...

Lurpak launches light butter spread
Lurpak launches light butter spread

click to enlargePatleys have expanded their range of Danish Lurpak butter with the launch of new Lurpak Lighter Spreadable, a blend of butter and vegetable oil with 25% less fat than regular butter. This new Lighter Spreadable variant offers health conscious consumers a lower fat alternative. New...

Price of milk fixed?

The Competition Commission has laid cartel charges against eight dairy companies - Clover Industries, Clover, Parmalat, Nestlé, Ladismith Cheese, Woodlands Dairy, Lancewood and Milkwood Dairy - to the Competition Tribunal, reports Business Day. For more, click here....

Coming up roses
Coming up roses

click to enlargeIn order to attract young confident consumers, Five Roses ran a print campaign in the September 2006 Cosmopolitan Lingerie issue and the November 2006 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition as well as in Future Choice, a student publication which is distributed to twelve key campuses...

New immune boosting bioceutical
New immune boosting bioceutical

click to enlargeBioflu has just launched Bioflu Vital capsules, which uses the essence of the Chinese Star Anise fruit (shikimic acid), as well as Siberian ginseng and elderberry extract. The immune boosting bioceutical capsules are available at R140.00 per bottle of 50 500mg capsules through...

€15 million wine, spirits agreement at stake

Business Report writes that "the wine deal between South Africa and the EU has soured over traditional South African brands such as Nederburg... unless the wine and spirits agreement, signed in 2002, is ratified." The agreement provides for free access to the EU in exchange for de-registering...

Packaging with a twist
Packaging with a twist

click to enlargePremium chocolate gift box Cadbury Dairy Milk and Assorted Mousse Truffles comes in four flavours - Dairy Milk, Bournville, Dream and Cappuccino. The carton, designed by Paul Gibbs, a member of Nampak's Innovations Group, unfolds to become a serving tray on which the truffles are...

New hypo-allergenic lip balm
New hypo-allergenic lip balm

click to enlargeAmerican lip care range Blistex has recently introduced hypo-allergenic Blistex Gentle Sense lip balm, a formula which nourishes and protects lips and is free of any artificial flavours, fragrances, colours or other unnecessary sensitising ingredients that may cause irritation,...

Living la vida e Virgin
Living la vida e Virgin

click to enlargeVirgin Money has teamed up with Vida e Caffé to get coffee lovers to swipe their Virgin Money credit cards during November 2006 and be entered into a draw to win a dream Pod Espresso Machine. The competition runs on the coffee cup sleeves and invites customers to use their...

Cheese and chilli combo for baked snack
Cheese and chilli combo for baked snack

click to enlargeApart from introducing new packaging to give the brand a fresh new look, Vitasnack has added variant Cream Cheese and Sweet Chilli to revitalise and compliment its existing range of bite-sized, oven-baked, triangular crisps. The launch of the new flavour is being supported by a 30"...

Join the celebration tour
Join the celebration tour

click to enlargeThe launch of the Bakers and Pyotts 2006 Festive Season Celebrate! range is being supported by a 'Celebration Tour' - in-store display units designed by Barrows as a funky, colourful tour bus. The Celebrate! theme is centred around music, movement and festivities and these elements...

Sheer chocolate indulgence
Sheer chocolate indulgence

click to enlargeUK luxury chocolate brand, Green & Black's Organic Chocolate, has finally arrived in South Africa - 'Green' representing the brand's organic principles and 'Black' signifying the darker, and hence richer, chocolate. Every ingredient has been grown in a biodiverse, sustainable manner,...

Keeping cool in the heat
Keeping cool in the heat

click to enlargeMade from sturdy cardboard with a pack design that is trendy and 'cool' on the outside, with a special waterproof cardboard liner on the inside, Savanna's Chill Pack can hold up to 12 bottles of Savanna Dry Cider. Available from liquor stores, the recommended retail price ranges...

Celebrating summer in the streets of Sandton
Celebrating summer in the streets of Sandton

click to enlargeRunning until 18 November 2006, the Open Street Sessions is a homegrown feast of contemporary mime, music, clowning and dance. This initiative of the Sandton Central Management District aims to get pedestrians, workers and shoppers to take a break from the rat race and enjoy a touch...

Exotic new juice flavours
Exotic new juice flavours

click to enlargeThe Real Juice Company has introduced two new fruity flavours to its current range of premium 100% pure juice, Ruby Grapefruit and Pomegranate & Blueberry. The launch will be supported by intensive sampling activity in major retail stores. The juices are available in-store at a RSP...

Snack gets new pack size
Snack gets new pack size

click to enlargeBaked pretzel snack Pretzola has introduced a new 150g bag in order to replace the current 175g bag to increase consumers' options and to allow a more competitive price point on the product. The new size will be available from mid-October 2006 at the recommended retail selling price...

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