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Wines and their labels: Crafting narratives that speak to us

Marketing professionals often consider packaging to be a product's primary means of communication. It communicates explicit and implicit messages to the consumer, particularly through its visual aspect.

By Franck Celhay 3 days ago

Sweet n Dried founder Mercy Mwende at the processing factory with dried mangoes. (Image Supplied)
Ultra-modern fruit drying machine opens export markets for hundreds of Kenyan smallholder farmers

Thanks to an automated air drier operated by a local company, Sweet 'N Dried Enterprise, more than 500 smallholder farmers in Eastern Kenya have found a ready market for their horticultural produce. The drier also shield them from market glut and post-harvest losses which accounts for up to 40% of all fresh produce losses. The company has also rubberstamped the benefits accrued from value addition, with the produce enjoying extended shelf life, allowing the farmers to earn more while creating over 50 jobs that have gone to the local community.

3 days ago

Creating a new generation of entrepreneurs
Creating a new generation of entrepreneurs

Black empowerment has not worked as well as it should. With the perfect vision of hindsight, it is clear that too many empowerment schemes have yielded less than had been hoped, and that the main beneficiaries have been a relatively small group of well-connected individuals, who have become very rich indeed, and those who have gained jobs in existing companies or in an enormously expanded public service.

By Sinethemba Mafanya 3 days ago

SA Competition Tribunal approves acquisition of maize milling companies
SA Competition Tribunal approves acquisition of maize milling companies

The acquisitions of two maize milling companies by a consortium comprising DH Brothers Industries (Pty) Limited trading as Willowton Group (Willowton) and Louis Dreyfus Company Africa (Pty) Ltd (LDC Africa), has been approved by the South African Competition Tribunal on 30 November 2017, overruling an earlier recommendation not to allow the merger to proceed.

3 days ago

Sipho Pilime, Associate Programme Officer at E²
E² Elevator: Accelerating entrepreneurial success for small businesses

Four small businesses in the agricultural, hair care, automotive and food sectors are taking part in E²'s latest Accelerator Programme, the E² Elevator - a high-intensity four-month programme with targeted interventions to address four key strategic areas in each business.

13 Dec 2017

Own space on the biggest multi-industry B2B news site in Africa?
Own space on the biggest multi-industry B2B news site in Africa?

Location, location, location - a real estate term used to describe the benefits of a property investment is as relevant in the online media space.

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 13 Dec 2017

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Listeriosis outbreak: What you need to know

Although the food-borne disease, Listeriosis is a serious and sometimes deadly disease, as the 37 fatalities (and over 550 lab-confirmed cases) across the country attest, there are some simple hygiene precautions you can take to help you avoid infection.

13 Dec 2017

Minister Rob Davies gazettes amended AgriBEE Sector Code
Minister Rob Davies gazettes amended AgriBEE Sector Code

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, has gazetted the Amended AgriBEE Sector Code for implementation by entities in both public and private sector. Davies says that the sector code will serve as guidelines for the transformation of the agricultural sector. It replaces the old AgriBEE Sector Code which was gazetted in December 2012.

12 Dec 2017

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Smallest wine grape harvest in a decade

The South African wine industry is bracing itself for what might be the smallest wine grape harvest in more than a decade. According to a survey by the industry body SAWIS (SA Wine Industry Information and Systems) in the last week of November, wineries and viticulturists are predicting a much smaller 2018 crop compared to 2017 - and possibly the smallest since 2005.

12 Dec 2017

FairPlay urges enquiry into unsafe labelling of chicken imports
FairPlay urges enquiry into unsafe labelling of chicken imports

The FairPlay anti-dumping movement says it was dismayed to discover bulk packs of chicken for sale at a Makro store with a label claiming nine possible countries of origin. The discovery led FairPlay founder Francois Baird to email the Commissioner of the National Consumer Commission, Ebrahim Mohamed, appealing to him to launch an investigation into the labelling practices of frozen imported chicken that is being dumped in South Africa.

11 Dec 2017

East Africa region urged to adopt GMOs to boost food security
East Africa region urged to adopt GMOs to boost food security

Governments in East Africa have been urged to adopt genetic modification (GM) technology if they are to boost agricultural productivity and resolve the perennial food and nutrition crisis. The concerns were raised by experts who addressed parliamentarians from the region during a recent forum on food and nutrition security in Kigali. They said countries that have not legalised the use of GMOs need to do so because their hesitation is largely based on misinformation and politicking around the subject.

By Johnson Kanamugire 11 Dec 2017

Top 12 major issues in agriculture
Top 12 major issues in agriculture

On 1 December the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) hosted the CEO Forum Meeting, to discuss each sector's challenges and opportunities. John Purchase, CEO of Agbiz, gave an overview of the major issues that are currently affecting agriculture in South Africa.

By Ursula Human 11 Dec 2017

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Pomegranate PhDs: Research into the super fruit's quality, packaging and shelf life

Both Ebrahiema Arendse from Surrey Estates in Athlone and chemical engineer and food scientist Zinash Assefa Belay hails from Addis Ababa received their PhD in Food Science from Stellenbosch University's Faculty of AgriSciences. Both did their research on pomegranates.

11 Dec 2017