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On its 100th birthday, Jungle Oats opens R208m mill in Cape Town
On its 100th birthday, Jungle Oats opens R208m mill in Cape Town

Jungle Oats celebrates its 100th birthday this year, and the iconic brand has just revealed a new mill in Cape Town and a refreshed communication strategy...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 25 Feb 2020

#BizTrends2020: Sustainability to drive coffee growth in 2020
#BizTrends2020: Sustainability to drive coffee growth in 2020

Coffee has fuelled people's mornings for hundreds of years, and like other fuels, it comes with its own unique environmental issues...

By Jonathan Robinson 9 Jan 2020

Women in agriculture: Unsung heroes around the globe
Women in agriculture: Unsung heroes around the globe

Let's move away from treating gender issues as "something at the end-of-the-day" business...

By Konanani Liphadzi 24 Oct 2019

#FoodNextAfrica: How to whet the appetite of food investors
#FoodNextAfrica: How to whet the appetite of food investors

The global food and beverage business is brimming with innovation. Competition is stiff between FMCG giants and startups racing to get their latest product onto retail shelves and into the hands of consumers...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 30 Sep 2019

#FoodNextAfrica: The SA food startup championing traditional African flavours
#FoodNextAfrica: The SA food startup championing traditional African flavours

Young entrepreneur Sipamandla Manqele is using food to inspire pride in indigenous African ingredients, while uplifting the small-scale farmers and communities involved in their cultivation...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 17 Sep 2019

East Coast Fever, a threat on South Africa's doorstep
East Coast Fever, a threat on South Africa's doorstep

A fatal cattle disease that was eradicated in South Africa in 1954 is back on our doorstep and poses a serious threat to the health of the national herd, food security, and the economic wellbeing of especially small farmers...

By Peter Oberem 29 Aug 2019

Inaugural awards crown South Africa's best craft gins
Inaugural awards crown South Africa's best craft gins

South Africa's vibrant craft gin industry was on show at the first South African Craft Gin Awards, held at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel on Wednesday evening...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 22 Aug 2019

#Newsmaker: Nqabisa Gabriel on driving sales of plant-based protein products
#Newsmaker: Nqabisa Gabriel on driving sales of plant-based protein products

Infinite Foods, a distributor, licensor and manufacturer of plant-based protein products, has appointed Nqabisa Gabriel as its area sales manager...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 2 Aug 2019

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Should South Africa explore the cannabis market?

The growing emphasis that agriculture should be amongst the key sectors driving the South African economy and job creation has mainly leaned on potential expansion in hectares of labour-intensive, and globally sought-after horticulture products...

By Wandile Sihlobo 28 May 2019

How over-regulation, lack of understanding cause poverty and lack of transformation
How over-regulation, lack of understanding cause poverty and lack of transformation

The DAFF recently published amended regulations for Act 36 of 1947 for comment. Should these amendments be enacted, the impact on food security and the sustainability of the entire livestock value chain, especially small-scale stockholders, will be severely impacted...

By Peter Oberem 23 May 2019

Chocolate puts Ivory Coast on top in Africa's agriculture trade
Chocolate puts Ivory Coast on top in Africa's agriculture trade

Chocolate can certainly get one some brownie points, and no way is this truer than in Ivory Coast which in 2018 reported the largest agricultural trade balance in value terms in Africa, an amount of $5.1bn...

By Wandile Sihlobo 10 May 2019

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Fruit industry transformation, all hands on deck

We need to get past the futile debate as to whether transformation is a key performance area for government, the industry or both. It's a collective responsibility...

By Konanani Liphadzi 7 May 2019

SA's lower food price inflation story could soon be over
SA's lower food price inflation story could soon be over

South Africa's food price inflation numbers continue to surprise us. The figures recently released by Statistics South Africa show that food price inflation remained unchanged in March 2019 at 2.3% for the third consecutive month...

By Wandile Sihlobo 18 Apr 2019

SA's fruit industry - Doing more with less
SA's fruit industry - Doing more with less

Doing more with less is a theme that's found its way into the narratives of all our economic sectors, in one way or another. The agricultural sector - and the fruit industry - has certainly not been spared, especially when it comes to the dwindling natural resource of water...

By Konanani Liphadzi 12 Apr 2019

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Nigeria surpasses South Africa as sub-Saharan Africa's leading maize producer

Agbiz head of agribusiness research, Wandile Sihlobo compares South Africa's maize yields to a second biggest producer in sub-Saharan Africa - Nigeria...

By Wandile Sihlobo 7 Feb 2019

AGCO is helping African farmers access the agribusiness market
AGCO is helping African farmers access the agribusiness market

AGCO's senior vice president and general manager for Asia Pacific and Africa elaborates on the company's new Farm in a Box initiative and how it's helping African farmers...

By Robin Fredericks 5 Feb 2019

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Agriculture Minister enjoys rare exposure to fruit industry

In January, Minister Senzeni Zokwana's first-ever visit to the fresh fruit industry made for a historic event on the industry calendar...

By Konanani Liphadzi 31 Jan 2019

Challenging year ahead for South African beef cattle farmers
Challenging year ahead for South African beef cattle farmers

One challenge that became apparent by the end of 2018 was environmental related, as grain and oilseed producing areas of the country experienced dryness which led to delays in plantings...

By Wandile Sihlobo 15 Jan 2019

#BizTrends 2019: Agriculture: The future's uncertain, but our vision doesn't have to be
#BizTrends 2019: Agriculture: The future's uncertain, but our vision doesn't have to be

Stats SA's announcement of 2.2% GDP growth for Q3 of 2018 made SA's exit from the recession official. This time it was thanks to the secondary and tertiary sectors, which grew by 4,5% and 2,6% respectively...

By Konanani Liphadzi 7 Jan 2019

Can South Africa's sorghum industry be revived?
Can South Africa's sorghum industry be revived?

South African farmers planted 28,800 hectares of sorghum in the 2017/18 production season - the smallest area on record in a dataset starting from 1936/37. This is a disappointing picture, given that sorghum was once seen as key to the development of the biofuel industry in South Africa...

By Wandile Sihlobo 2 Jan 2019

J'Something on launching his own craft gin - Jin Gin
J'Something on launching his own craft gin - Jin Gin

Celebrated muso and foodie J'Something shares the inspiration behind his new gin brand Jin Gin...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 13 Dec 2018

A brief history of South Africa's maize production
A brief history of South Africa's maize production

A recently published research paper by agricultural economists Jan Greyling and Philip Pardey in the Agrekon Journal brings home some key points about South Africa's maize production in terms of commercial and smallholder share contribution...

By Wandile Sihlobo 3 Dec 2018

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Market access sustains SA's fresh fruit industry

It's the time of year when we tap into our affinity for relationships, which we hardly view alongside billions of rands or the creation of thousands of much-needed jobs. Well, when it comes to market access, SA's R44bn fresh fruit industry does just that...

By Konanani Liphadzi 27 Nov 2018

#FoodNextAfrica: How to ensure sustainable growth of plant-based foods
#FoodNextAfrica: How to ensure sustainable growth of plant-based foods

With the population expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050, the search has intensified for alternative protein sources to not only feed us all, but to do so sustainably by minimising the environmental impact...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 1 Nov 2018

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Fruit South Africa: Sow the critical seeds of fruit consumption amongst our kids

We owe it to our children to advocate for their awareness around nutrition and obesity, and their fruit consumption seems a good place to start...

By Konanani Liphadzi 19 Oct 2018

#FoodNextAfrica: The SA startup making ice-cream from insect milk
#FoodNextAfrica: The SA startup making ice-cream from insect milk

If creepy-crawlies make you squeamish, then Gourmet Grubb's ice-cream, which is made using insects, may not be high up on your list of things to try...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 2 Oct 2018

#WomensMonth: Michelle Adelman hits the road running on food security in Africa
#WomensMonth: Michelle Adelman hits the road running on food security in Africa

Michelle Adelman, founder of Crossover Meat and Infinite Foods shares why she chose a career in food security, the challenges she has faced and her message for women in business...

By Robin Fredericks 30 Aug 2018

Delays in South Africa's wheat tariff publication not helpful
Delays in South Africa's wheat tariff publication not helpful

The delays in the publication of adjustments to the South African wheat import tariff are once again causing an interesting pattern...

By Wandile Sihlobo 20 Aug 2018

#WomensMonth: Just keep growing says Renshia Manual of GrowBox
#WomensMonth: Just keep growing says Renshia Manual of GrowBox

Entrepreneur and owner of GrowBox, Renshia Manual has obtained many accolades to her name, from being named a winner of the #YouthStartCT in 2016 to being selected for RedBull Amapiko in 2017...

By Robin Fredericks 20 Aug 2018

#WomensMonth: Meet the woman behind Signal Gun's craft brews
#WomensMonth: Meet the woman behind Signal Gun's craft brews

Jéanri Nel was well on her way to becoming a winemaker, until she decided to indulge her love for beer and become a brewer instead...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 16 Aug 2018

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