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Sustainable packaging solutions needed to reduce food waste, scale up trade in Africa
Sustainable packaging solutions needed to reduce food waste, scale up trade in Africa

Food losses and waste are an enormous drain on natural resources. Roughly one-third of the annual food produced globally for human consumption is lost or wasted...

13 Sep 2018

Nielsen Smartstore: Keeping up with shoppers today and tomorrow
Nielsen Smartstore: Keeping up with shoppers today and tomorrow

Shoppers are changing at such a rapid pace, and while there are many methodologies to understand shoppers, a tool to help us move with the rapidly changing shoppers is needed...

By Danette Breitenbach 29 Aug 2018

#Apex2018: How to build a global brand with a local insight
#Apex2018: How to build a global brand with a local insight

Veteran marketer Sharon Keith shared four basic principles in explaining how to build global brands at the local level and examples to demonstrate these at the ACA SA's Apex 'Next Level of Thinking Masterclass'...

By Jessica Tennant 26 Jul 2018

#MobileCommerce: Embrace international markets
#MobileCommerce: Embrace international markets

Cross border e-commerce continues to provide significant growth opportunities for retailers and manufacturers with an international online product offering...

By Megan Roper 26 Jul 2018

#MFGIndaba: Africa's opportunity to unlock industrial growth potential
#MFGIndaba: Africa's opportunity to unlock industrial growth potential

Manufacturing Indaba 2018 promises to be bigger and more innovative than ever before, providing the broader manufacturing industry with a roadmap and the connections to unlock their growth potential and deliver accelerated GDP growth...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 28 May 2018

#AfricaMonth: Beware - Africa's brand growth comes with counterfeiting challenges
#AfricaMonth: Beware - Africa's brand growth comes with counterfeiting challenges

Africa is an ideal market for brand holders and counterfeiters as growth in brand investment creates demand...

By Vanessa Ferguson 25 May 2018

Nine decades of Coca-Cola in Africa
Nine decades of Coca-Cola in Africa

Ninety years ago, in 1928, the first Coca-Cola was sold on the continent in Cape Town, South Africa...

11 May 2018

AB InBev plans to build $100m brewery in Tanzania
AB InBev plans to build $100m brewery in Tanzania

Global brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) is looking to build a $100 million brewery in Dodoma, Tanzania...

9 Apr 2018

African Union flag.
Why Africa's Free Trade Area offers so much promise

Africa's free trade area aims to create a single market for goods and services in Africa. By 2030 the market size is expected to include 1.7 billion people with over USD$ 6.7 trillion of cumulative consumer and business spending...

By Landry Signé 27 Mar 2018

Sharpening African manufacturers' competitive edge with technology
Sharpening African manufacturers' competitive edge with technology

African countries from South Africa to Ethiopia to Nigeria are pinning some of their hope for economic growth and job creation on industrialisation...

By Matthew Kibby 20 Mar 2018

Cross-border e-commerce offers boundless growth opportunity for African business
Cross-border e-commerce offers boundless growth opportunity for African business

Cross border e-commerce continues to provide significant growth opportunities for retailers and manufacturers with an international online product offering...

15 Mar 2018

How plastics made from plants could be the answer to the world's waste problem
How plastics made from plants could be the answer to the world's waste problem

Plastics are incredibly useful materials with extremely diverse properties, allowing a multitude of different applications that benefit our lives...

By James William Comerford 26 Feb 2018

Game-changing trends for the manufacturing industry in 2018
Game-changing trends for the manufacturing industry in 2018

When you think 'IoT', is your first thought newly affordable, available sensors being added to products after they've been manufactured? If it is, well I believe 2018 will change that...

By Antony Bourne 5 Feb 2018

How Africa can negotiate an effective continental free trade area agreement
How Africa can negotiate an effective continental free trade area agreement

African countries are forging ahead to complete negotiations for a continental free trade area between 55 countries by early next year...

By Calestous Juma 2 Jan 2018

Ethiopia: Institute says textile, garment market expanding
Ethiopia: Institute says textile, garment market expanding

The Ethiopian Textile Industry Development Institute said the foreign currency generated from the textile sector has been steadily growing...

By Abebe Wolde Giogis 13 Dec 2017

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Made-in-Rwanda Expo ends with calls to buy local

The fourth edition of the annual Made-in-Rwanda Expo concluded yesterday with a call from leaders to embrace locally produced products...

By Julius Bizimungu 6 Dec 2017

Heineken begins construction on $100m brewery in Mozambique
Heineken begins construction on $100m brewery in Mozambique

Heineken has laid the foundation stone of its first brewery in Mozambique, which will brew beers for the domestic market...

4 Dec 2017

Nestle to close its DR Congo factory
Nestle to close its DR Congo factory

Swiss food giant Nestle announced Sunday that it would close its factory in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo...

4 Dec 2017

Strengthening of trade, investment ties at Africa ASEAN Business Expo
Strengthening of trade, investment ties at Africa ASEAN Business Expo

A delegation from South Africa's Black Business Council recently held talks in Johannesburg with business leaders from Singapore and Malaysia on potential investment...

16 Nov 2017

#EntrepreneurMonth: A premium African surf brand with global appeal
#EntrepreneurMonth: A premium African surf brand with global appeal

Little over a year ago, three friends with thriving creative careers embarked on a mission to combine their love of Africa with their passion for surfing...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 17 Oct 2017

Morris and Mtongana.
#BODCT: Redesigning the world one business at a time, to surprise and delight customers

Big brands shared the role of design in their business at Business of Design, with Adrian Morris, partner and MD at Design Partnership speaking of current the physical reboot trend responding to a changing landscape, while Brian Mtongana, head of design at Woolworths, honed in on the role of packaging in sales...

By Leigh Andrews 16 Oct 2017

Nigerians spent $3bn annually on foreign goods - MAN
Nigerians spent $3bn annually on foreign goods - MAN

Local manufacturers lost an average of $3 billion annually due to the preference of Nigerian government and consumers for foreign goods...

By Olajide Fabamise 4 Oct 2017

Automation, smart technology ushers in new era of manufacturing
Automation, smart technology ushers in new era of manufacturing

In today's on-demand retail landscape, manufacturers are undergoing massive changes to meet customers ever-increasing expectations...

8 Sep 2017

Sweet end of packaging
Sweet end of packaging

With the global bakery and confectionery market predicted to reach €436 billion and €203 respectively by 2020, the specialist packaging industry is gearing up...

1 Aug 2017

Digitalisation pushing boundaries of manufacturing
Digitalisation pushing boundaries of manufacturing

Digital transformation, as we've come to realise, means something different in every industry. In manufacturing, the term can be broad-reaching...

By Dereshin Pillay 27 Jul 2017

Will additive manufacturing inspire the next industrial revolution?
Will additive manufacturing inspire the next industrial revolution?

Some suggest that by taking the industrial revolution of 1760-1840 as the first one, we are currently in the fourth industrial revolution...

By Nicholas Kitonyi 3 May 2017

4th Addis Agrofood Exhibition in Ethiopia
4th Addis Agrofood Exhibition in Ethiopia

The fourth International Addis Agrofood Agriculture, Agricultural Machinery, Food, Food Technologies and Packaging Exhibition is one of the fastest growing agro-food events...

27 Sep 2016

Unemployment, inflation worries hit consumer confidence
Unemployment, inflation worries hit consumer confidence

NEW YORK, US: Consumer confidence fell in 25 out of 52 countries in Q4 2010 as hope for a global economic recovery evaporated at the end of last year, according to the latest edition of the Nielsen Global Consumer Confidence Index, which tracks consumer confidence, major concerns and spending intentions among online consumers.

27 Jan 2011