Agri SA, Yara partner for food security

Yara Africa Fertilizer has donated R1m to Agri SA's surplus food relief campaign. This is in response to unemployment and hunger becoming an ever-increasing reality in many South Africa communities due to the coronavirus. Agri SA welcomed Yara's donation and thanked its farmers and farmworkers who...

29 May 2020

Poultry Association commends crackdown on sales of expired meat

The South African Poultry Association (SAPA) has commended Gauteng officials for raids on shops selling expired meat, including chicken. The raids were led by Faith Mazibuko, Gauteng community safety MEC, and Elian Mawela, Gauteng provincial police commissioner and led to the removal of expired meat...

6 May 2020

Emirates wins five at the Business Traveller Cellars in the Sky 2019 Awards

Emirates has picked up five awards for its wine programme at the Business Traveller Cellars in the Sky 2019 Awards. The airline won two Gold awards, two Silver awards and one Bronze award. The awards include: Gold: Business Class Fortified - Dow's Colheita Port, 1992, Douro Valley,...

25 Feb 2020

Tokara shines at WM 10-Year-Old Wine Awards

Tokara has received recognition at the recent WM 10-Year-Old Wine Awards, making it the fourth consecutive year the family-owned Stellenbosch wine estate excels in the competition. Four of its wines broke the venerable 90 point barrier. Three of the four wines were white wines. The white wines...

21 Feb 2020

Andrea Mullineux named Cape Winemakers Guild chairperson

The Cape Winemakers Guild has elected award-winning Andrea Mullineux as its new chairperson. Along with a committee of some of the country's most acclaimed winemakers, Mullineux will continue the vision of the guild to bring further transformation in the industry, as well as showcase the very best...

12 Dec 2019

Nosa Group completes Deltamune Group's laboratory business acquisition

After reaching an agreement, Nosa Group has completed its acquisition of Deltamune Group's laboratory business. The acquisition follows the acquisitions in 2018 of the CSIR laboratory business and the Aspirata Laboratories business. This new acquisition allows Nosa Testing, Inspection and...

10 Dec 2019

Fair Cape Dairies scoops TDM Innovation Award

The Dairy Mail announced Fair Cape Dairies' Solar Switchover product as its 2019 Innovation Award winner during the MPO gala dinner on Wednesday, 9 October in the 5th Annual TDM Innovation Awards. The awards honour excellence in dairy innovation in SA. "Fair Cape Dairies' Eco-Fresh is the only...

25 Oct 2019

Algoa FM dismissed Daron Mann following anti-dairy statement on air

Eastern Cape-based radio station Algoa FM has dismissed radio presenter Daron Mann for what it has deemed "undermining the legitimate and equally important interests of another". According to Mann, his dismissal is a result of an on-air comment about why he wanted to become a vegan. While...

14 Oct 2019

Bon Courage gains top recognition at Novare SA Terroir Awards

Robertson Wine Valley's Bon Courage Wine Estate has been named top performer at the recently held Novare SA Terroir Awards with no less than three national winners and two trophies - the Novare Trophy for SA's Top Terroir Producer and the Novare Trophy for SA's Top Terroir Wine Estate. The three...

7 Aug 2019

Entries open for Sommelier Association Best Young Sommelier 2019 competition

The 2019 South African Sommelier Association Best Young Sommelier 2019 competition, in association with Moët & Chandon is now open for entries. Between 4 and 14 August 2019, participants can sign-up with SASA to answer a series of questions centred around wine knowledge of SA and international...

7 Aug 2019

KWV Brandy named global brandy producer or the year

For the fourth year running, KWV Brandy has been awarded the Producer of the Year trophy in the Brandy and Cognac category at the International Spirit Challenge (ISC); hosted at the Plaisterers' Hall in London. In addition, KWV received the trophy for Best Brandy in the world for its KWV 20. This...

15 Jul 2019

PMA Fresh Connections, where the entire fresh produce supply chain connects

The Produce Marketing Association's (PMA's) Fresh Connections: Southern Africa Conference and Trade Show will be taking place from 30-31 July at the Century City Conference Centre in Cape Town. The event is a key connecting point for global and regional decision makers from across the entire...

21 Jun 2019

SIZA added to FSI Basket of Standards for Social

The Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI) has added the South African Standard for Sustainable Agriculture (SIZA) to its Basket of Standards for Social. SIZA had previously completed the benchmarking process against the Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP), the FSI benchmarking partner...

11 Jun 2019

Tokara wins 3 gold medals at 2 UK wine competitions

The Tokara Wine Estate in Stellenbosch recently bagged three gold medals at two wine competitions in the United Kingdom. The Tokara Reserve Collection Chardonnay 2017 received a gold medal at the 2019 International Wine Challenge (IWC), while the Reserve Collection Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2018 and the...

14 May 2019

André Engelbrecht to leave Riebeek Valley Wine Co.

After nearly 16 years, André Engelbrecht will say goodbye to the Riebeek Valley Wine Co. He is vacating his role as CEO to join the Robertson Winery. Under the direction of the board of directors, he was instrumental in developing a corporate strategy as well as changing the company's image....

25 Apr 2019

Tokara continues winning streak at 10 Year Old Wine Awards

Stellenbosch wine estate Tokara continued its winning streak at the 10 Year Old Wine Awards for the third consecutive year. The family-owned wine producer was ranked second highest performer overall with 90 points or more awarded to all five of its wines entered in the competition. Tokara had...

7 Mar 2019

Roodeberg's 2009 red scores 90+ at 10 Year Old Wine Awards

Roodeberg's 2009 red wine was awarded a 92/100 at the 2019 10 Year Old Wine Awards. Roodeberg is the brainchild of Dr Charles Niehaus, a pioneer of the South African wine industry who led much wine development at KWV in the early '40s. A record number of 92 entries from 42 producers participated...

7 Mar 2019

Tokara is optimistic about a fine vintage

Tokara winemaker Stuart Botha has expressed optimism about the prospects of a fine vintage. The family-owned Stellenbosch wine estate on the crest of the Helshoogte Pass has started the 2019 harvest with relatively cool summer temperatures. The region experienced a cool spring - with the...

29 Jan 2019

November issue of Sarie to tell agriculture story in SA

Sarie's November issue we tell the story of agriculture and the people behind this industry in an exclusive 10-page insert. In this insert, readers will find photos of South Africa's farmers dressed in trendy clothes, interviews telling their unique stories and an explanation of how the project...

26 Oct 2018

Agri SA supports job creation through collaboration

Agricultural industry association Agri SA expressed its support of the Job Summit initiative, which encourages collaboration to support job creation. Given its Business Unity South Africa (Busa) membership, the association is a participant in the Nedlac process. The initiative's interventions to...

9 Oct 2018

Grande Provence gets third gold at Veritas Awards

The Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate received a gold medal for its Chenin Blanc at the 2018 Veritas Awards. This a third gold medal for the Franschhoek wine estate, which also recently received gold at the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards as well as the Old Mutual Trophy Wine...

8 Oct 2018

It's all gold for Grande Provence at Michelangelo Awards

The Grande Provence wine estate in Franschhoek received a Double Gold and Gold medal at the 2018 Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards. The Grande Provence White 2016 achieved the Double Gold medal, which is only awarded to 10% of the entrants. The Michelangelo Gold medallist is the...

3 Oct 2018

Tokara Wine Estate gets a 90+ from Tim Atkin

At least 12 of Tokara Wine Estate's wine received 90+ points in Tim Atkin's 2018 South African Special Report. Tokara's Telos 2015 received a rating of 97/100, followed by the Tokara Director's Reserve Red 2014 and Tokara Reserve Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, which both on 96 points. Atkin...

12 Sep 2018

Tru-Cape wants consumers to #staytruetotrucape and go on a #trucapequest

Tru-Cape Fruit launched a new campaign aimed at encouraging consumers to find its apples and pears in stores. Given the effects of the drought, the South African horticulture sector is currently experiencing a more than 20% drop in apple and pear production year-on-year. This, in turn, impacts...

30 Aug 2018

Fruitways crowned Tru-Cape Packhouse Challenge champions

Tru-Cape recently held its Packhouse Challenge at the De Rust Futura Primary School in Grabouw. Fruitways won this year's challenge as its members ran and walked a combined 7,269km. A total of seven packhouses competed for the Tru-Cape Trophy and 3,084 athletes ran/walked a combined 19,775km....

29 Aug 2018

Benguela Cove Lagoon brings home gold at SA National Young Wine Show

The Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate received four gold medals at the 186th annual SA National Young Wine Show. The Walker Bay wine farm also received the Stellenbosch regional trophies for Best Syrah, Best Semillon, and Best White Blend. Benguela Cove also picked up the JF Rabie trophy for the...

28 Aug 2018

Agri SA, Agbiz meet with Ramaphosa and Dlamini-Zuma

Agri SA and Agbiz have held discussions with national planning commission for policy and evaluation minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and President Cyril Ramaphosa. The discussions were aimed at introducing a sector-based approach to inclusive growth and employment specifically for the agro-food value...

24 Aug 2018

VALUE4HER to upskill women in agribusiness

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) alongside the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) and the African Women in Agribusiness Network (AWAN) launched a new empowerment project aimed at providing female entrepreneurs in the agricultural sector with...

14 Aug 2018

Aerobotics plans global expansion following $2m in funding

Cape Town-based aerial data analytics startup Aerobotics has collected $2m in funding following its Series A funding round. Aerobotics uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to process satellite and drone imagery and deliver insights to farmers. Some of its investors include the...

26 Jul 2018

Business of Wine & Food Tourism Conference to focus on innovation

The third annual The Business of Wine & Food Tourism Conference will be held at the Spier Wine Estate in Stellenbosch on 17 October 2018. A lineup of local and international speakers will share their insight on this year's theme of innovation and attendees will learn first-hand how to use this...

18 Jul 2018

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