aQuellé’s pink bottles are back this spring! For the third consecutive year, aQuellé has gone Pink – for a Purpose!
Real joy needs to be shared! aQuellé, the brand that is 100% for people, launched an on-pack competition across their flavoured sparkling drinks that spread heaps of joy during March and April! Over 10 000 shoppers shared in the joy with R500 000 worth of prizes in airtime, cash and joyful surprises.
It means the most refreshing way to support 3 worthy causes.
aQuellé recently launched a campaign to 'let the Real Joy flow'. Real joy is all about the little moments in everyday life. Your baby's gap-toothed smile, helping someone who looks lost, leaving an encouraging note in your loved one's lunchbox or a braai with friends and family on a summers evening. It's all about real joy, the genuine kind that's for free – and if you add a refreshing bottle of aQuellé to that special moment it becomes even more memorable!
Evian aims to deflect water criticism by going carbon neutral
12/09/2017 - 15:17
Evian aims to become the first major spring water brand to go carbon neutral amid criticism that packaging water from the French Alps and transporting it around the world in plastic bottles causes unnecessary environmental damage.
Sappi shares wobble after quarterly earnings report
03/08/2017 - 13:45
Sappi shares wobbled in early trade on the JSE, losing 2%, after the paper and pulp producer forecast lower operating performance in its fourth quarter. It cited higher prices for raw materials and a stronger rand.
Marks & Spencer reduces snack food packaging
19/07/2017 - 10:59
UK retailer Marks & Spencer is cutting the amount of packaging used for its snack products such as crisps and popcorn by reducing the pocket of air at the top of the bag.
Mondi introduces packaging solution for watermelons
17/07/2017 - 15:14
Packaging and paper group Mondi has launched a new packaging solution for watermelon transportation and storage, which will enhance product appearance at the point of sale.
What is the investment case for Mondi and the resurgent Sappi?
26/05/2017 - 12:05
Mondi's market cap has grown fourfold since 2007, largely as a result of its focus on packaging, while Sappi's stock is at a record high.
Packaging group Mondi tackles food waste
11/05/2017 - 09:25
International packaging and paper group Mondi outlined its plans for development at the Interpak 2017 trade fair in Düsseldorf last week.
Plan to stave off water war in SA
22/03/2017 - 09:55
Former World Bank vice president Ismail Serageldin famously predicted that "the wars of the 21st century will be fought over water".
Tetra Pak launches new aseptic carton with bio-based plastic film and cap
09/12/2016 - 11:21
Tetra Pak has launched a new version of its Tetra Brik Aseptic 1000 Edge carton, this time incorporating a bio-based plastic film and cap, made from polymers derived from sugar cane.
Mondi showcases flexible on-the-go packaging
29/11/2016 - 15:32
International packaging and paper group Mondi is taking advantage of the growing snacks-on-the-go market, presenting new innovations in flexible packaging at the Packaging Innovations event in Amsterdam on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 November.
Mondi seeking deals to capture growth in consumer packaging
22/11/2016 - 10:11
Mondi Ltd. is seeking to acquire more companies making the type of flexible packaging used for items like pet food pouches, as the South African manufacturer taps growing demand from the consumer-goods industry.
L'Oréal awarded ‘A’ grade for water management
18/11/2016 - 16:44
Cosmetics company L'Oréal has been placed on the ‘Water A List’ by the Carbon Disclosure Project for its sustainable management of water.
Corrugated packaging: The number-one choice
14/11/2016 - 11:10
A new study has revealed that corrugated packaging keeps produce fresher than plastic, with corrugated fibres helping to trap and stifle microorganisms.
Boxmore wins first place for Ina Paarman Dressing bottle design
04/11/2016 - 10:30
The International Union of Food Science and Technology's (IUFoST) Global Food Industry Award has recognised Boxmore Packaging's Ina Paarman Dressing bottle design, presenting it with first place for Packaging Innovation.
Mondi increases operating profit despite headwinds
14/10/2016 - 10:46
Mondi says underlying operating profit for the third quarter of 2016 of €227m is a modest 3% higher than in the same period in 2015.
Packaging industry needs to be ready for 2017 boom
06/09/2016 - 16:02
A few decades ago, packaging companies needed more tons of machinery to produce the output that they do today. Back then, the more heavy machinery they had, the more value was produced. Now, things are done differently; with less material. The difference is information.
Milk-based packing ticks lots of boxes
26/08/2016 - 10:33
MUCH of the plastic packaging used for food can be recycled, from egg containers to milk jugs, to butter tubs. But what about that thin plastic film stretched around wedges of cheese or rib-eye steaks?
Mondi to buy Russian packaging company
11/07/2016 - 11:23
MONDI is acquiring Russian flexible packaging maker Uralplastic for an undisclosed amount.
Cape Town banks on late winter rains to avert water cuts
21/07/2015 - 10:30
Cape Town - Cape Town is relying on late winter rains to refill its half-empty dams and stave off water restrictions.
Poor packaging hampers Ghana’s exports - Ghana
23/09/2014 - 10:47
Ghanaian products are unable to penetrate the international market due to poor packaging, labelling, and the inability of export-oriented companies to meet local and international export specifications.
Pfizer eyes AstraZeneca drug company
22/04/2014 - 10:35
London - Pfizer may come back to bid for British drug company AstraZeneca after its reported $101bn takeover approach was rejected, since a deal could make sense for the US pharmaceuticals giant as it seeks to build up its cancer franchise.
Superior Milling Company to launch new maize products, Zambia
17/04/2014 - 10:43
Superior Milling Company, which has resolved to buy 80,000 tonnes of maize from local farmers this harvest season, will soon launch new maize meal products on the local market.
Zambian Breweries records low sales volumes
17/04/2014 - 10:28
Zambian Breweries (ZB) has recorded low sales volumes in the fourth quarter of this year due to the increase in excise duty on clear beer.
SABMiller’s Okahandja brewery due to open in mod-2014, Namibia
16/04/2014 - 10:52
Scheduled to start operating in the middle of the year, SABMiller’s 260,000 hectolitre (hL) will rank amongst the 30 best breweries owned and operated by SABMiller and will be the fifth best brewery in terms of water usage, making it one of the most technologically efficient brewing plants on the continent.
Guinness posts N53bn turnover in six months, Nigeria
15/04/2014 - 09:07
Guinness Nigeria Plc has recorded a turnover of N53 billion for the half year period ended 31 December 2013. The company results appeared to be impacted by continuing softness of the beer market.
SABMiller's Zim unit hit by slower spend
14/04/2014 - 07:35
Harare - Delta Corporation, the Zimbabwe-based unit of SABMiller [JSE:SAB], will report an 18% decline in full-year 2014 lager beer volumes, the company has said.
Bottler sugar duty suspended, Zim
10/04/2014 - 10:52
HARARE - Government has suspended duty on bottler grade sugar for six months, according to the latest Government Gazette.
Coffee output declines, Zambia
09/04/2014 - 08:53
Zambia’s coffee production has declined from 450 tonnes recorded in 2013 to 200 tonnes this year, due to lack of a tree agriculture policy and long-term financing.
Pioneer Foods expects higher earnings
07/04/2014 - 08:00
Johannesburg - South African food manufacturer Pioneer Foods said it expected half year earnings to rise by as much as 110% as it benefitted from cost cutting measures, among others.
Dairibord in plant closure, Zimbabwe
03/04/2014 - 15:03
HARARE - Listed Dairibord Holdings Limited (Dairibord) plans to shut down its Gweru plant as part of strategies to contain costs and rationalise operations.
Beer prices increase, Zambia
31/03/2014 - 09:16
Zambian Breweries (ZB) Plc has increased prices of clear beer and other alcoholic beverages with effect from last week.
China's deal to end European wine probe
27/03/2014 - 12:05
Beijing - China's commerce minister said the Chinese and European wine industries had reached a deal to end an anti-dumping and anti-subsidy probe into European wine imports, ahead of a trip to Europe by China's president.
FreshStop opens its 157th store
26/03/2014 - 13:49
Located on the corner of Trichardts and Dassen Roads, Impala Park in Boksburg, FreshStop Northpoint Service Station opened its doors on 20 March 2014 after its previously unbranded store was converted into a completely renovated and modern FreshStop convenience store. In addition to the store conversion, the fuel forecourt has also been upgraded and now displays the latest 20/20 Caltex imagery.
Weetabix East Africa investment to double
26/03/2014 - 12:17
Cereal manufacturer Weetabix East Africa plans to double its investment in the region to Sh200 million this year. Speaking during a media tour at the Weetabix plant in Nairobi, managing director Ahsan Manji said the demand of cereals has increased tremendously to 8.5 million kilograms this year from 1.5m kilograms last year. He said they have an 81 per cent control of the Kenyan market with a 99 per cent spontaneous recall rate on brand awareness.
NBL headline earnings expected to rise
24/03/2014 - 09:45
Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) said yesterday that it anticipates earnings per share and headline earnings per share for the period ended 31 December 2013 to be higher by between 37% and 41% and between 17% and 20%, respectively from those of the comparative period the previous year.
Guinness Ghana unveils new-look Star Beer
20/03/2014 - 13:28
Guinness Ghana Breweries Ltd (GGBL) has unveiled a new-look Star lager beer in commemoration of Ghana’s 57th Independence anniversary.
KRA to push for stiff fines in war on fake products
20/03/2014 - 13:16
Kenya Revenue Authority has backed rallying calls by manufacturers to classify counterfeiting of goods as an economic crime through an amendment to Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act 2013.
Brewers evading tax, says Nacada, Kenya
20/03/2014 - 12:11
The National Authority for Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse has said more than half of brewers in the country are not remitting tax.
World's biggest banana firm formed
12/03/2014 - 11:21
Dublin - US fruit firm Chiquita Brands and Irish rival Fyffes, Europe's largest distributor, have struck an all-stock merger deal to create the world's biggest banana supplier.
Zambian Breweries to invest $35.2m in MFEZ malting plant
12/03/2014 - 11:18
Zambian Breweries Plc has signed a lease agreement with the Lusaka South Multi Facility Economic Zone (MFEZ) Limited for the construction of a US$35.2 million malting plant.
Trade Minister lauds Guinness Ghana's novel portable packaging line
11/03/2014 - 08:29
Trade and Industry Minister, Haruna Iddrisu, has extolled Guinness Ghana's innovative portable spirits packaging and bottling line, a first in Africa.
Cattle population expected to double in Zambia
11/03/2014 - 07:41
Cattle population in the country is expected to hit the five million mark by 2015, due to various measures to be taken by the Government.
Heineken sees 2014 sales advancing
06/03/2014 - 14:09
London - Heineken NV, the world’s third-biggest brewer, expects sales to advance this year after reporting a decline in 2013 profit amid weak consumption in central and eastern Europe.
Tanzania tea sales down at Mombasa auction: board
04/03/2014 - 11:15
Dar es Salaam. Tanzania’s tea dealers are depending on private contracts in selling their produce instead of the Mombasa auction.
Zambia concerned with the trade barriers South Africa has imposed on its products
28/02/2014 - 09:25
Government says it is concerned with the trade barriers South Africa has imposed on some Zambian products and has led to trade imbalances between the two countries, with earnings standing at K5.65 billion per annum.
EABL raises concern over Senator Keg levy
24/02/2014 - 11:45
There are concerns of job losses in the beer industry following shut down of distributorship and outlets dealing in East African Breweries low-end beer Senator.
Ingenuity buoys Delta, Zim’s largest brewer
21/02/2014 - 10:13
Harare - Mobile telecommunications group Econet Wireless Zimbabwe (Econet) and beverages maker Delta Corporation (Delta) capped 2013 with a fine performance buoyed by innovations at a time most companies in the country are struggling to stay afloat.
Nampak opens new plastic closures line in Lagos, Nigeria
21/02/2014 - 10:00
Nampak has commissioned a new plastic closures line in Lagos, Nigeria. Nampak South Africa has a long-standing strategic partnership with Bericap, Germany who agreed to extend the manufacturing licence to include Nampak Nigeria. The initial product will be closures for still water and will be followed by carbonated soft drink closures.
Namibia Breweries Chinese consignment exceeds expectations
18/02/2014 - 12:28
Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) announced last month that its first consignment of Windhoek Lager to China has exceeded all expectations.
Fishing rights appeal deadline looms
12/02/2014 - 08:52
Cape Town - The deadline for appeals by the public in the long-term fishing rights allocation process is next Friday, the fisheries department said.
Botswana Accepts South Africa’s Bottled Water Standard
06/02/2014 - 13:14
Botswana, an important trading partner for local companies, has through the Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS) agreed to partner with the South African National Bottled Water Association (SANBWA) to minimise duplication pertaining to the importation of local bottled water brands into that country.
Namibian meat exports to South Africa continues
05/02/2014 - 08:28
WINDHOEK – Cattle and sheep export negotiations between Namibia and South Africa are ongoing as South Africa (SA) is still in the process of harmonising its meat imports’ requirements. -
Unilever to stick to emerging markets' growth strategy
04/02/2014 - 08:35
Unilever said it would stick to its emerging markets growth strategy, as a fourth-quarter recovery in sales in the region boosted the consumer goods maker’s 2013 results and reassured investors who had been worried about consumer demand there.
Lager sales soar, Zambian Breweries
03/02/2014 - 08:56
Zambian Breweries, a subsidiary of global brewer SABMiller, posted a growth rate of 12 per cent on lager volumes at the end of 2013 buoyed by expansion projects that led to an increased production.
Brewer allowed to take back Sh10m stock, Kenya
27/01/2014 - 12:08
Kenya Breweries Limited has been allowed to access a warehouse of one of its distributors and reposess its stock worth Sh10.9 million.
Davos: Mexico lures $6bn in investments
27/01/2014 - 07:42
Davos - Pepsico and Nestle on Friday announced major investments worth a combined $6bn in Mexico, where the government has just pushed through a series of economic reforms that aim to boost foreign investment and growth.
Cobra products in shortage in Zimbabwe after firm closes
23/01/2014 - 10:11
HARARE - Products of global consumer hygiene and health manufacture, Reckitt Benckiser (RB), such as ‘Cobra’, are in short supply in most retail chains following the closure of its local factory.
Apple to refund $32.5 million in purchases made by kids
17/01/2014 - 08:37
Apple Inc will refund consumers at least $32.5 million to settle a longstanding complaint that the technology company billed U.S. consumers for charges incurred by children through mobile apps without their parents’ consent.
Horsemeat: Dutch firms to recall products
15/01/2014 - 09:00
Amsterdam - Dutch food safety authorities ordered five Dutch companies to recall 11 000 kg of improperly labelled French horsemeat that was turned into food products in the Netherlands, the Economic Affairs Ministry said in letter published on Tuesday.
SABMiller’s Delta negotiates excise duty reduction, Zimbabwe
15/01/2014 - 08:52
HARARE - SABMiller’s Zimbabwe unit Delta Corporation (Delta) says it is negotiating with government over a possible reduction of excise duty which has taken a toll on the group’s lager beer volumes.
Cream recalled after E. Coli scare, New Zealand
15/01/2014 - 07:59
New Zealand's Fonterra said it was recalling products distributed in the country that had been contaminated with E.Coli bacteria in the second food-safety scare faced by the company in less than six months.
American firm in talks to buy Botswana Meat Commission
14/01/2014 - 09:05
An American company, Africa Farm Lands, has approached the Minister of Agriculture, Christian De Graaf with the intention to buy the Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) and venture into full scale commercial agriculture in Botswana.
Botash partners Canadian firm in potash project
13/01/2014 - 09:40
A Toronto Stock Exchange-listed company, Great Quest Metals, says it has entered into an exclusive arrangement with Botswana Ash (Botash) to develop the potash brine potential of the Sua saltpans in the northeastern district.
Namibia Breweries takeover of Camelthorn craft brewer approved
13/01/2014 - 09:10
The Namibian Competition Commission has approved the takeover of micro brewer, Camelthorn Brewing, by Namibia Breweries Limited. The approval is without conditions, the Commission announced.
Ghana's Accra Brewery to inject $100m into expansion works
08/01/2014 - 11:43
Accra Breweries Limited, one of the major beverage manufacturing firms in Ghana, is to invest 100 million dollars to expand its operations in the country.
SABMiller’s first Namibian brewery to open in mid-2014
06/01/2014 - 11:58
Windhoek, SABMiller’s Namibian Brewery, currently under construction, is expected to begin brewing its first products in mid-2014, almost a year earlier than previously anticipated.
Namibia eyes Hong Kong meat market
06/01/2014 - 11:01
The Meat Board of Namibia will soon release a report on a market exploration visit to Hong Kong concluded towards the end of last year. The visit included the Ministry of Trade and Industry and potential exporters.
Carlsberg expands into China
06/01/2014 - 09:54
Danish brewer Carlsberg says it has bought the owner of eight Chinese breweries for 1.4 billion kroner (188 million euros, $258 million) as it continues to grow outside the sluggish markets of western Europe.
Japanese whisky makers drum up support for their drams
06/01/2014 - 09:06
Tokyo - Japan's whisky distilleries are expanding production as their malts become serious contenders against Scottish and Irish brands after years of being overshadowed at home and practically unheard of overseas.
Liquor plant shut down in Kenya
19/12/2013 - 10:51
A liquor factory that produces second generation brews has been closed down at Kabati estate in Naivasha.
Accra Brewery embarks on $100m expansion project
17/12/2013 - 08:55
Accra Brewery Limited (ABL), a subsidiary of SAB Miller Plc, is embarking on a $100 million expansion project to help double the capacity of production.
Red Bull plans drinks sales in China
17/12/2013 - 07:59
Vienna - Red Bull is planning to launch its best-selling energy drink in China after gaining the necessary permissions, and is building an office in Shanghai, Austria's Kronen Zeitung reported.
More regulation, more strategies for traditional beer in Botswana, KBL
13/12/2013 - 09:46
The upward moving alcohol levy has continues to eat into Sechaba sales volumes. The Traditional Beer Regulations that were effected last year, have reduced the sales of opague liquor brands, Chibuku and Phafana by 2.,4 percent.
Rupert, top wine producers form new body
13/12/2013 - 08:38
Cape Town - Those who talk about land grabs do not really understand the finances of the wine industry, according to Johann Rupert.
Carlsberg buys stake in China's Chongqing
06/12/2013 - 09:00
Copenhagen/Shanghai - Danish brewer Carlsberg upped its stake in China's Chongqing Brewery to 60 percent, strengthening its foothold in the world's largest beer market by volume, and hopes to further increase its holding, the latter said.
China's wine deal in SA
06/12/2013 - 08:49
Cape town - Following on China’s recent significant investments in the French wine industry, especially in Bordeaux, they have also made their first investment in the South African wine industry.
Liquor producer receives award for corporate support in Ghana
05/12/2013 - 11:04
Indigenous liquor production giant, Kasapreko Company Limited, has been awarded for promoting festivals in Ghana. The company was adjudged the award at this year's National Tourism Awards held at the State Banquet Hall in Accra.
EU eyes ban on SA citrus imports
19/11/2013 - 08:37
Johannesburg - The EU is preparing a ban on South African citrus imports that could take orange juice off Europe’s breakfast tables next summer and sour efforts in Brussels to broaden trade with Africa’s biggest economy.
R13bn Adcock deal faces threat
12/11/2013 - 09:39
Johannesburg - Chile's CFR on Monday threatened to pull out its R13.48bn (at Monday's rand/dollar exchange rate) deal to buy drug maker Adcock Ingram if it does not win support from the state pension fund that ranks as Adcock's biggest shareholder.
KBL launches bottle moulding plant, new beverage packaging
08/11/2013 - 10:04
Kgalagadi Breweries Limited (KBL) has launched a bottle moulding plant that will produce containers that are shatterproof and easy to store, carry, clean up and reseal.
Importers want time over new sugar rules, Kenya
05/11/2013 - 08:37
Sugar importers have asked for two weeks to discuss the new regulations that are to be introduced by the Kenya Sugar Board to regulate the market.
Tesco vows to curb Britain's food waste
28/10/2013 - 09:07
Berlin - Tesco, Britain's biggest retailer, has vowed to cut the near 60 000 tonnes of food wasted by its suppliers and shoppers each year, the latest firm volunteering to help tackle a growing environmental problem.
Glassmaker expands in Africa to boost revenue, Kenya
16/10/2013 - 11:38
East Africa Glassware Mart plans to double its revenue to $34 million (Sh2.9 billion) by opening in 10 new markets within Africa over the next three years.
Distell taps into China's cognac market
09/10/2013 - 10:23
Johannesburg - South African liquor company Distell Group Limited [JSE:DST] has acquired a 60% share in fast-growing liquor distribution company CJ Wines & Spirits‚ expanding its presence in the East.
Tokyo uncorks apartments for wine lovers
09/10/2013 - 10:15
Tokyo - For those who have trouble finding space for a large wine collection, a new apartment block in Japan with an in-house cellar and a visiting sommelier could be the perfect place to live.
Guinness Ghana moves to enhance product distribution
04/10/2013 - 12:23
Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited (GGBL), has appointed Mr Eric Otoo as the 'Route to Consumer' (RtC) Director in line with the company's vision of dominating the beverage industry in the country.
Namibia Breweries Limited earnings expected to be lower by N$190 million in September
03/10/2013 - 12:31
Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) said earlier in September that it expects basic earnings per share to be materially lower than the prior year by between 66% and 68% in the year ended 30 June. The company said in a trading statement published by the Namibia Stock Exchange that the decline is attributed to the impairment of a deferred tax asset related to DHN Drinks.
Rooibos protection one step closer
12/09/2013 - 15:09
Cape Town - The publication of rules governing the use of the name Rooibos is a first step in preventing its misuse and achieving international protection for the iconic South African plant, said the South African Rooibos Council.
Foreign firms in China beef up compliance
04/09/2013 - 11:58
Beijing - Foreign companies in China are getting increasingly jumpy about a spate of antitrust and corruption investigations by Chinese authorities and are hiring lawyers to make sure their operations comply with the law.
Zambia: Mealie meal prices now fetching K90 in most parts of Western Province
30/08/2013 - 09:02
Mealie meal prices have continued to rise in most parts of Western Province with Sikongo having the highest cost of K90 per 25kg bag of breakfast and K85 roller meal.
Spar to open Angola store
29/08/2013 - 10:41
Johannesburg - Spar Group Ltd., a South African food and liquor retailer, is working with an Angolan partner to open a store in the country’s capital, Luanda, in the next six months, Finance Director Mark Godfrey said.
Milk industry is not dwindling - expert
28/08/2013 - 08:25
Bloemfontein - The expansion of South Africa’s middle class bodes well for milk producers, SA Milk Producers' Organisation CEO Bertus de Jongh said on Tuesday.
Booze ad ban will hurt, warns Sacci
27/08/2013 - 09:49
Johannesburg - Restricting marketing on liquor will have a negative affect on the industry and the economy, the SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) said on Monday.
More contaminated Zambeef products burnt
16/08/2013 - 08:49
About 65,000 kg of contaminated Zambeef products that were confiscated from the northern region were disposed of this week in Kitwe by burning them.
‘Actis planning Adcock bid’
14/08/2013 - 08:41
Johannesburg - Actis LLP, a London-based private-equity firm, has proposed an offer for Adcock Ingram Holdings Ltd. to rival a bid from Chilean drugmaker CFR Pharmaceuticals SA, two people familiar with the matter said.
French champagne makers cross fingers
14/08/2013 - 08:24
Paris - Barring bad weather in the next two months, France's champagne production is forecast to jump by 56% this year, a bright spot in an otherwise rough period for wine growers.
South African wine producers to feel the heat
05/08/2013 - 08:53
Cape Town - The global wine industry is worth $230bn a year and the potential yields for the South African industry have never been as great, nor the pitfalls as plenty, according to Linda Buckley, director of executive education at UCT’s Graduate School of Business (GSB).
Bralirwa unveils ‘medium size’ beer bottle
30/07/2013 - 09:11
Rwanda’s leading beer and soft drinks maker, Bralirwa, has launched a 50cl bottle for its Primus beer brand onto the market.
Zambeef announces 100% Zambian beef policy
26/07/2013 - 10:57
Zambeef Products has made a landmark decision to deal exclusively in Zambian beef products, and will no longer sell any imported beef.
PIC wants Adcock to stay in local hands
23/07/2013 - 08:56
Johannesburg - The top shareholder in Adcock Ingram said it would prefer a local buyer for the country's second-biggest drug maker over a $1.3bn bid from Chile's CFR Pharmaceutical.
Tanzania moves to cushion coffee growers
22/07/2013 - 10:07
The Minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Co-operatives, Eng Christopher Chiza, told ‘Daily News’ that the government would assist coffee farmers by providing them with coffee seedlings at subsidised prices. “In principle we have agreed that we should provide them with input subsidies.
Ghana’s non-traditional export earnings fall 2.4% in 2012
22/07/2013 - 09:44
Ghana’s non-traditional exports earnings fell 2.43 per cent to $2.364 billion in 2012 compared with $2.423 billion in 2011.
EMEA PC shipments plummet
22/07/2013 - 08:57
New research from the International Data Corporation (IDC) shows that PC shipments in Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) continued to contract in the second quarter of 2013 (2Q13).
NBL’s largest roof-mounted solar power plant in Africa
19/07/2013 - 08:56
Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) in conjunction with O&L Energy has announced the official approval of a 1 MW on-grid solar photovoltaic (PV) facility that will be the largest roof-mounted PV plant in Africa to date.
Getting Chinese to drink more South African wine
19/07/2013 - 07:29
Cape Town - The Western Cape department of agriculture, together with Wines of South Africa, recently hosted the second Beijing Wine Tasting in China.
Stone Strong Lager wins Monde Quality Award for the third time, Ghana
18/07/2013 - 10:53
Stone Strong Lager, one of Accra Brewery’s flagship beer brands, has won a Gold Award for product and quality at the recently held Monde Selection Awards on May 31, in Stockholm, Sweden.
Coca-Cola invests Sh1.2 billion in plastic plant, Kenya
18/07/2013 - 10:26
Coca-Cola through Nairobi Bottlers has invested Sh1.2 billion in a new manufacturing plant that produces materials for production of plastic bottles.
Ghana bans Zambeef products
18/07/2013 - 10:03
The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) of Ghana has warned prospective importers of Zambeef Products produced in Zambia to immediately halt any processes to get the beef into Ghana.
Retail price of mealie-meal hiked, Zambia
18/07/2013 - 09:43
The retail price of mealie-meal has been increased by about K5 after millers hiked the cost of the staple food by K2 on account of the removal of fuel and maize subsidies.
Merck deal set to spur Aspen bond sale
17/07/2013 - 08:49
Aspen Pharmacare’s purchase of a Merck division would probably spur South Africa’s largest drug maker to sell its first bonds to diversify debt, money manager Anchor Capital said on Friday.
Drinks business Delta awaits nod on BEE plan
16/07/2013 - 10:12
Zimbabwe Stock Exchange-listed industrial concern Delta Corporation Limited, an associate of SAB Miller of South Africa, says it is still waiting for a response from government on an indigenisation plan submitted three years ago, the group chief executive has said.
Ghana: Government to discourage flour imports
16/07/2013 - 09:30
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr. Haruna Idrissu, has said government may, in the future, consider taking measures to discourage the importation of flour into the country in order to reinforce local production.
Private equity firm buys into Ethiopian drink maker
16/07/2013 - 08:32
Kenya-based private equity firm Catalyst said it had acquired a 50 per cent stake in Ethiopian food and drink maker Yes Brands to tap into the Horn of Africa nation's large population and fast economic growth.
Poultry price may almost double
11/07/2013 - 10:25
Johannesburg - A complaint was lodged on Wednesday with the Competition Commission against the SA Poultry Association and local frozen chicken producers.
Use W Cape as African gateway, China told
04/07/2013 - 09:34
Cape Town - China should use the Western Cape as an investment gateway into Africa, the provincial agriculture and rural development department said on Wednesday.
Zambia’s Eastern Province tops maize production
02/07/2013 - 11:22
Eastern Province has recorded the highest production in maize, groundnuts and sunflower in the 2012/13 farming season.
Coke launches cola with natural sweetener
28/06/2013 - 11:19
Washington - June 26 - Coca-Cola announced plans on Wednesday to introduce a cola that is sweetened with sugar and the naturally occurring no-calorie sweetener stevia, in Argentina.
South African wine producer now in Kenyan market
25/06/2013 - 08:54
A South African wine producer Orange River Cellars has signed a distributorship deal with Kenya’s Chareth General Agencies.
India: Liquor rates hiked by Delhi govt as much as 11%
21/06/2013 - 11:44
Tipplers will have to shell out more to buy liquor in the capital with the Delhi Government approving a hike in alcohol rates as part of new excise policy, late last month.
UK grocers sign up to label scheme
19/06/2013 - 08:51
London - Britain's major food manufacturers and retailers have agreed to follow the same system of nutritional labelling as part of a government initiative to tackle obesity and poor diet and ease the financial burden on health services.
Carbon footprints for five beverage categories released by BIER
24/05/2013 - 15:37
n an effort to accelerate understanding of beverage sector impacts on climate change and identify reduction priorities for greenhouse gas emissions, the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) has published its research on carbon footprints for five beverage categories, including beer, bottled water, carbonated soft drink, spirits and wine.
Adcock gets proposals for 100% aquisition
10/05/2013 - 08:05
South African drugmaker Adcock Ingram said on Thursday a rival bid was in the offing to a $675m (R60.7) one made by conglomerate Bidvest [JSE:BVT], raising the stakes for a possible acquisition and pushing its share price up almost 8%.
US: Berghoff Brewing to revive brands, change brewers
24/04/2013 - 07:53
Berghoff Brewing will revive its brands this summer with updated recipes, and a move to contract brewing the beers at Stevens Point Brewery.
Namibian pharmaceutical manufacturer, Fabupharm, grows 100% in one year
23/04/2013 - 09:51
Fabupharm Products, a wholly-owned Namibian pharmaceutical manufacturer, has doubled in size over the past year. Subsequent to upgrading its manufacturing facility to comply with international standards, Fabupharm announced recently it has received an Official Manufacturing GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) License from the Namibian Medicines Regulatory Council (NMRC). This means that Fabupharm is now licensed to manufacture scheduled medicinal products.
Aspen to buy Nestle infant food business
18/04/2013 - 13:25
Johannesburg - Aspen Pharmacare Holdings [JSE:APN] has plans to buy Nestle's infant nutritional business for $215m, the company said on Thursday.
US: Johnson & Johnson tops estimates as prescription, OTC drugs shine
18/04/2013 - 11:21
(Reuters) - Johnson & Johnson beat Wall Street's quarterly profit estimates on sharply lower taxes, strong sales of prescription drugs and a revival of over-the-counter medicines that had been recalled over quality control problems.
Danone sales boosted on baby food demand
17/04/2013 - 10:58
Paris - French food group Danone said Tuesday the explosion in demand for baby formula in China helped lift sales by 4.3% in the first quarter of the year to €5.3bn ($6.9bn).
Supermarkets respond to meat report
15/04/2013 - 08:28
Johannesburg - Popular supermarkets including Pick n Pay, Shoprite, Woolworths and Spar have responded to a City Press report that identified them as stocking incorrectly labelled meat products.
SA approves new trade labels for Israel
12/04/2013 - 09:10
Johannesburg - South Africa has imposed new rules requiring goods imported from occupied Palestinian territories display special labels, a government official said on Thursday.
Namibia: New brand of local fish products by Kuiseb Traders
04/04/2013 - 08:56
Windhoek - Kuiseb Traders have shown that they mean business when they recently launched a fully Namibian brand of processed and packaged fish products for the local market.
Lindt loses Easter bunny trademark case
02/04/2013 - 07:15
Zurich - Swiss premium chocolate maker Lindt & Spruengli has lost a court battle to protect its gold foil-wrapped Easter bunnies from imitation by a German rival.
China wine market soars
26/03/2013 - 10:43
China is becoming an increasingly important market for New Zealand wine and a group of local firms is hoping to boost sales further by making an appearance this week at one of the Asian superpower's biggest international trade shows, the Chengdu Wine Fair.
World wine output down, hit by weather and EU curbs
26/03/2013 - 10:09
(Reuters) - Global wine production fell sharply last year due to bad weather in Europe and a recent policy to drain its "wine lakes", while Chile and United States saw a jump in harvests, according to a recent report.
Local wine exports reached record high in 2012
26/03/2013 - 09:58
South Africa is anticipating a grape crop of more than 1.3-million tons for 2013 – a record in the wine industry’s history – which could, depending on market demand, potentially aid wine exports. The country’s wine exports reached a record of 417-million litres in 2012, up 17% from 2011.
Strong beer overpowers milder version in the Indian market
26/03/2013 - 09:00
Bangalore: While Americans and Europeans prefer their beer to be light on alcohol content, Indians have traditionally been partial to a stronger brew, a preference that’s become further accentuated of late along with an improvement in the image associated with such beverages.
German competition watchdog in beer market probe
26/03/2013 - 08:48
AFP - German antitrust authorities said on Monday that they had opened an investigation against several brewers over the suspected price fixing of beer.
Walmart wine selling key to SA push
26/03/2013 - 08:13
South Africa, the eighth-biggest wine producer, is seeking to regain a foothold in the US market lost to imports from Australia to Argentina by promoting brands at Walmart Stores and Whole Foods Market, a diplomat said last week.
Local Supplier, Oceanfresh Seafoods, listed in Sam’s Club, US
25/03/2013 - 15:33
Lonrho’s Oceanfresh Seafoods, local purveyor of fresh and frozen seafood, has recently been listed in Sam’s Club stores in the US.
Clover to head for the coast as travel costs rise
22/03/2013 - 08:26
Dairy producer Clover is investigating the possibility of moving its cheese facility closer to milk sources at the coast. This would save on transport and distribution costs, the firm said this week.
Walgreens profit rises in Q2; unveils blockbuster partnership
20/03/2013 - 13:34
New York -- Walgreens reported a better-than-expected profit on flat sales for its second quarter Tuesday morning and unveiled an expanded partnership with AmerisourceBergen that could give the pharmacy operator an equity position and seat on the drug wholesaler’s board.
Council shocked at salt regulations
20/03/2013 - 10:05
Johannesburg - The Consumer Goods Council of SA (CGCSA) expressed disappointment on Tuesday at the publication of regulations to reduce salt content in foodstuffs.
Danone pulls dairy products
19/03/2013 - 13:16
Bucharest - French food industry group Danone said Monday it had withdrawn some of its dairy products from sale in Romania after a potentially carcinogenic substance was found in milk from one of its suppliers.
Sugar group seeks import tariffs, EU quota
18/03/2013 - 09:22
The South African sugar industry is pushing for the introduction of import tariffs aimed at reducing the amount of sugar imported into the country, as well as for trade agreements to be extended to European markets to increase its sugar exports, which would hopefully add R1 billion to the industry’s inconsistent and struggling revenue growth.
Chocoholics drive Lindt profits
18/03/2013 - 08:26
Zurich - Swiss luxury chocolate maker Lindt & Spruengli said it was confident people would keep buying its sweet treats this year despite weak consumer sentiment in its key market, Europe.
Watchdog acts on pork in halaal foods
18/03/2013 - 08:16
Oslo - The Norwegian Food Safety Authority said on Friday it would file a police complaint against a food company after finding large quantities of pork in its halaal-labelled products.
Manufacturing creates jobs, says Patel
15/03/2013 - 08:35
Johannesburg - The South African economy needs a larger manufacturing sector in order to improve employment, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel said on Thursday.
Business startup bags big Woolies contract
14/03/2013 - 15:12
Cape Town - A steadfast commitment to exceptional quality, service and big dreams has allowed a startup company to turn their dreams into reality by manufacturing and supplying luxury paper bags for Country Road and Trenery - brands owned by Woolworths Holdings [JSE:WHL].
Manufacturing production climbs 3.9%
14/03/2013 - 14:42
Johannesburg - Manufacturing production increased by 3.9% year-on-year (y/y) in January after an unrevised 2.0% (y/y) rise in December‚ data released by Statistics SA on Thursday showed.
Meat inspectors strike for more pay
13/03/2013 - 08:44
Johannesburg - Meat inspectors are on a legal strike over a pay dispute, International Meat Quality Assurance Services (IMQAS) said on Tuesday.
Hostess: no other bids for Twinkies
13/03/2013 - 07:54
New York - Hostess is moving ahead with plans to sell its Twinkies and other snack cakes to two investment firms after no other competitive offers were made.
EU bans animal-tested cosmetics
12/03/2013 - 07:33
Brussels - The European Union is banning the sale of new cosmetic products containing ingredients tested on animals.
Unrest puts SA’s wine exports ‘at risk’
08/03/2013 - 13:38
South Africa’s wine exports to Sweden, one of the local industry’s biggest markets, are listed as “at risk” following the recent unrest that took place mainly in the Hex River Valley, although the farms there produce table grapes and not wine.
SABMiller to begin building Namibian brewery
07/03/2013 - 09:32
Johannesburg – International brewing giant SABMiller [JSE:SAB] is planning to break ground in April this year with the construction of its planned 260 000 hectolitre brewery in Namibia.
Mandela wine launched in US
04/03/2013 - 07:58
A wine company bearing the name of the former president Nelson Mandela has been established in the United States, the Sunday Sun reported.
Clover and Nestlé SA unveil new entity
04/03/2013 - 07:47
Johannesburg - Clover Industries [JSE:CLR] and Nestlé SA on Friday announced the formation of the new entity‚ called Clover Waters.
No name and shame of meat culprits
04/03/2013 - 07:41
Cape Town - Despite consumers baying for blood, the food researcher who exposed the meat scandal refuses to name and shame the suppliers, retailers and butchers whose products were tested.
Litha Healthcare jumps on delisting proposal
28/02/2013 - 09:56
Johannesburg - Litha Healthcare, a South African drugmaker, rose the most in almost ten months after saying its considering buying shares back and going private.
Cipla ups offer for SA's Cipla Medpro
28/02/2013 - 09:35
Mumbai - Indian drugmaker Cipla on Thursday sweetened its offer by 17% to take over South Africa's third-largest drugmaker, Cipla Medpro South Africa [JSE:CMP], ending the uncertainty of an earlier offer that had been put on hold by the Indian company.
Donkey, buffalo found in SA meat
27/02/2013 - 08:58
Cape Town - There’s a fair share of fraudulent meat products on the South African market, according to a new study by meat scientists from Stellenbosch University.
CEO of firm behind Tabasco brand dies
25/02/2013 - 08:12
Avery Island - Paul C.P. McIlhenny, chief executive and chairman of the board of the McIlhenny Company that makes the trademarked line of Tabasco hot pepper sauces sold the world over, has died. He was 68.
Mondi posts slight drop in full-year earnings
21/02/2013 - 11:08
Johannesburg - South African Paper maker Mondi [JSE:MND] said on Thursday it expects to reap the benefit of recent acquisitions after reporting a slight drop in full-year earnings on lower prices.
SABMiller China Venture to Pay $851 Million for Brewery
18/02/2013 - 10:39
SABMiller Plc’s joint venture in China agreed to pay HK$6.6 billion ($851 million) for beermaking assets from Kingway Brewery Holdings Ltd. to boost its share of the world’s biggest market for the beverage.
GSK faces crucial year after shortfall
07/02/2013 - 07:50
London - GlaxoSmithKline, Britain's biggest drugmaker, renewed its promise to return to growth this year, after failing to deliver a hoped-for sales and margin recovery in 2012.
Nestlé awaits ruling on Pfizer baby nutrition bid
06/02/2013 - 09:24
Infant milk formula manufacturers and distributors Nestlé and Pfizer will learn today whether the Competition Tribunal will approve, with conditions, the former’s planned takeover of the latter’s baby nutrition division, a deal that could increase the prices of the products.
Australia: Coopers prepares for Carlsberg relaunch
06/02/2013 - 09:19
Coopers will soon ramp up the marketing activity behind its new international beer brands, Carlsberg and Kronenbourg, having recently announced a $20 million capital expansion programme to accommodate its continued sales growth.
SaBMiller China unit pays HK$6.6bn for assets
06/02/2013 - 08:47
SABMiller’s joint venture in China agreed to buy HK$6.6 billion (R7.5bn) worth of brewery assets from Kingway Brewery Holdings to boost its share of the nation’s beer market.
Pfizer profits jump on asset sale gain
30/01/2013 - 09:34
New York - The world's biggest pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, reported Tuesday a big jump in fourth-quarter earnings as cost-cutting efforts plus a gain from an asset sale helped offset the loss of exclusivity of a blockbuster cholesterol drug.
Choppies supermarket-chain faces cost challenges as it increases footprint in South Africa
23/01/2013 - 10:04
Choppies, the BSE-listed supermarket chain, seems to be paying the price for fast expansion across the country and its vigorous entry into the South African market.
French Fry manufacturer, Oerlemans Foods, to be sold to Baltussen Holding
23/01/2013 - 09:39
VION N.V. announced that it has entered into an agreement for the intended sale of its company Oerlemans Foods to Baltussen Holding B.V.
GGB launches cassava beer, Ruut Extra Premium
22/01/2013 - 09:21
Guinness Ghana Breweries Ltd (GGBL), Ghana’s only total beverage business, has launched a new home-grown beer called Ruut Extra Premium Beer.
Namibia: Good Holiday Business At the Coast
22/01/2013 - 09:03
People were not afraid to spend money this past holiday season, and Swakopmund businesses say their turnover was better than in previous years.
Kenya: new Bill on alcohol in Parliament
18/01/2013 - 10:07
A push to tighten beer regulation is underway in a proposed law currently before Parliament. If passed into law, the Alcoholic Drinks Control (amendment) Bill, 2012 will see the introduction of new regulations and institutions not contained in the current Alcoholic Drinks Control Act, 2010.
Zambia: Tujilijili liquor ban: High Court reserves judgment
18/01/2013 - 09:52
The Lusaka High Court has reserved judgment in a matter in which 15 liquor companies have challenged the Government’s decision to ban them from manufacturing and supplying alcoholic drinks, popularly known as ‘Tujilijili’.
UK: Tesco ‘Everyday Value’ Alcohol Range Does Not Break Alcohol Marketing Rules
15/01/2013 - 08:55
The packaging of Tesco’s ‘Everyday Value’ alcohol range does not breach alcohol responsibility rules, the Portman Group's Independent Complaints Panel (ICP) has ruled. .
Jack Daniel's to launch white whiskey for the first time since the Prohibition Era
10/01/2013 - 08:33
Whiskey lovers who are drawn to the golden brown tones of their favourite tipple might need a little time to savour the new offering from Jack Daniel's.
EABL unveils Sh4.3bn plant expansion plan
19/12/2012 - 09:03
East African Breweries Limited (EABL) will invest Sh4.3 billion in expanding capacity at its Ruaraka-based plant as it seeks to increase efficiency.
East Africa: Beer maker plans to halve prices
10/12/2012 - 11:03
A brewer plans to cut by half the price of its products in the increasingly tough industry characterised by beer wars.
GSK to spend $1bn to lift stakes
27/11/2012 - 08:16
GlaxoSmithKline Plc plans to spend more than $1 billion to raise stakes in its Indian and Nigerian consumer healthcare arms, as Britain's biggest drugmaker deepens its emerging markets and non-prescription consumer health footprint.
Aucamp resigns as Cipla CFO
27/11/2012 - 07:43
Johannesburg - Chris Aucamp has resigned as Chief Financial Officer and executive director of Cipla Medpro with immediate effect‚ the company said Monday.
Nampak More than Doubles Profit from Africa
22/11/2012 - 09:39
Nampak yesterday released its results for the year ended 30 September 2012. Trading profit from the rest of Africa increased by 159% following good contributions from Angola and Zambia. Group trading profit increased by 16% to almost R1.8 billion, with improved results from most operations. The trading margin improved to 10.2%.
SA wines might get labour labels
16/11/2012 - 08:13
Cape Town - Wine farmers may have to label their products to indicate they were produced under fair labour conditions, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has said, Beeld reported on Thursday.
AB InBev woos beer-drinkers with Crowdsourced, locally developed Bud flavours
09/11/2012 - 08:59
Budweiser was introduced in 1876 when company founder Adolphus Busch set out to create the United States' first truly national beer brand – brewed to be universally popular and transcend regional tastes — so it's no doubt still smarting from Bloomberg Businessweek's cover story on "The Plot to Destroy America's Beer" (sample quote: "Many people in the U.S. aren’t thrilled that a foreign company now owns Budweiser, America’s beer").
MillerCoors delivers profit growth
08/11/2012 - 09:20
SABMiller plc (SAB) and Molson Coors Brewing Company reported on Wednesday that MillerCoors third quarter underlying net income increased 13.5% to $325.6 million versus prior year driven by positive pricing‚ favourable brand mix and continued strong cost management.
US: Mesa company launches drink system at Walmart
07/11/2012 - 08:27
Mesa-based Esio Beverage Co. launched its latest product in Walmart stores nationwide Friday, hoping to target moms tired of hauling home bottles of various beverages.
Nampak forecasts higher profits
07/11/2012 - 07:52
Packaging group Nampak (NPK) advised on Tuesday that headline earnings per share from continuing and discontinued operations for the year ended September are expected to be between 10% and 20% higher than the 176 cents per share reported for the previous year.
R230 000 for bottle of 'liquid gold'
02/11/2012 - 08:37
Johannesburg - An anonymous South African has bought what could be the most expensive bottle of whisky in the country, it was reported on Wednesday.
Richemont down as Swiss exports drop
19/10/2012 - 08:00
Johannesburg - Shares of luxury goods retailer Richemont [JSE:CFR] fell as data showed Swiss watch exports dropped for the first time in two-and-a-half years in September, hit by slowing Chinese demand.
SA not seeking 'wine war' with UK
12/10/2012 - 08:58
Cape Town - South Africa on Thursday said it wants to avoid a tit-for-tat alcohol import war with Britain over increased bulk wine sales that have cost jobs in the local bottling industry.
India Lets in Wal-Mart, With Conditions
18/09/2012 - 13:32
The Indian government’s decision Friday to let big department stores like Wal-Mart Stores into the country could dramatically impact everything from the country’s food chain to its roads.
Pick ‘n Pay’s online recipe
14/09/2012 - 08:04
Mike Cotterell, GM of online shopping at listed retailer Pick ‘n Pay, says the group continues to invest significantly in upgrading and improving its online shopping offering.
Aspen boosts profit, Asian unit robust
13/09/2012 - 07:45
Johannesburg - Drugs maker Aspen Pharmacare [JSE:APN] booked a 22% rise in full-year profit, helped by a robust showing in its Asia-Pacific unit.
Clover ups earnings
12/09/2012 - 09:38
Johannesburg – Clover Industries Limited [JSE:CLR] has reported diluted headline earnings per share of 108.7 cents for the year ended June 2012 from 106.2 cents a year ago.
Walgreen Shares Decline After Sales Trail Estimate
07/09/2012 - 08:32
Walgreen Co. (WAG) fell the most in more than a month after posting fiscal fourth-quarter revenue that trailed analysts’ estimates as the lack of Express Scripts Inc. customers hurt pharmacy sales.
15 KZN liquor outlets closed
05/09/2012 - 10:25
An operation in KwaZulu-Natal has led to the closure of 15 liquor outlets in Pietermaritzburg and Howick, the department of trade and industry said on Monday.
South African Brewery to commission plant in Nigeria
31/08/2012 - 08:56
The South African Brewery (SAB) has made its entry into the Nigerian beer and beverage industry with its construction of a production plant in Anambra State.
Aspen: Earning to rise between 18%-24%
31/08/2012 - 08:09
Johannesburg - Aspen Pharmacare Holdings [JSE:APN] said on Thursday that it expected its diluted normalised headline earnings per share from continuing operations to rise between 18% and 24% in the year ended June‚ from the previous comparable period.
L'Oreal shares drop as results disappoint
30/08/2012 - 08:19
Paris - Shares in L'Oreal, the world's leading cosmetics company, fell sharply in midday trading on Wednesday, a day after it released first-half results that disappointed investors.
Beer firms bank on women to grow sales
29/08/2012 - 09:45
Beer makers are toasting to the rise in the number of women drinkers with the hope that this group will power their next phase of growth.
Israel protests SA label decision
24/08/2012 - 08:13
Jerusalem - South Africa's ambassador to Israel was summoned to that country's Foreign Ministry on Thursday to explain a recent decision by the South African cabinet to label products from settlements in the West Bank as coming from "Occupied Palestinian Territory."
SA may retaliate against UK wine ruling
24/08/2012 - 07:52
Cape Town - South Africa is mulling retaliatory measures to protect its centuries-old wine industry and counter job losses caused by a British retailers’ move to buy the product in bulk rather than in bottles, a trade official said.
SA not seeking wine war with the UK
23/08/2012 - 09:31
Cape Town - While South Africa is not seeking a "trade war" with the United Kingdom over a decision by retailers in that country to import wine in bulk rather than bottles, it will be looking at bulk importation of whisky.
Wool season opens on Wednesday
14/08/2012 - 07:50
Johannesburg – The 2012-13 wool season will open this Wednesday‚ when about 13‚000 bales will be on offer at auction in Port Elizabeth.
Mondi’s interim profit falls 21%
08/08/2012 - 09:51
Mondi Group posted a 21 percent decrease in its first-half earnings it said in results released yesterday. However, executives remain optimistic as they expected continued “robust cash generation” and a positive performance in emerging markets, which had outperformed its western Europe operations, the firm said in its results presentation for the six months to June.
F&N Seen Breaking Up in Singapore After Heineken Sale
06/08/2012 - 09:20
Fraser and Neave Ltd.’s agreement to sell its stake in the Tiger beer business to Heineken NV (HEIA) may spark a breakup of the Singapore conglomerate as bidders pick over its property and soft drinks divisions.
Cipla warns on earnings drop
01/08/2012 - 07:45
Johannesburg – Pharmaceutical company Cipla Medpro SA said on Tuesday it expected its earnings per share and headline earnings per share in the six months to June 2012 to between 32% and 38% lower compared with the same period a year ago.
SABMiller shareholders strike back
30/07/2012 - 08:38
In yet another show of investor discontent over lofty remuneration, SABMiller suffered a backlash yesterday when 23% of shareholders voted against the company’s pay policies at its annual general meeting.
GSK recalls Grand-Pa batches
27/07/2012 - 08:06
Johannesburg - GlaxoSmithKline, the company that makes Grand-Pa, is recalling some batches of the headache medicine in South Africa after some were found to be counterfeit.
More food, beverage mergers expected
24/07/2012 - 09:09
Grant Thornton said yesterday it was positive about increased merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the food and beverage sector, as conditions seem ripe for investors looking to expand.
In home of Walmart headquarters, voters to weigh alcohol sales
24/07/2012 - 09:06
(Reuters) - A campaign backed by two Walmart heirs seeking to allow retail alcohol sales in the Arkansas county that is home to the company's headquarters has gathered enough signatures to put the question before voters on November 6, officials said on Monday.
AB InBev wows market with $7.5bn bond offering
23/07/2012 - 08:15
July 11 (IFR) - AB InBev wowed the market on Wednesday with a jumbo USD7.5bn bond offering, which drew more than USD30bn of orders from investors who have been piling into US dollar corporate bonds.
Chocolate maker looks to expand
20/07/2012 - 08:49
To meet the anticipated increase in demand for its confectionery in SA, the Ferrero Group plans to increase production and employ more people, the company said yesterday.
Coca-Cola Profit Tops Estimates After Higher Pricing
18/07/2012 - 09:36
Coca-Cola Co. (KO), the world’s largest soft-drink maker, reported second-quarter profit that topped analysts’ estimates, helped by pricing increases in North America late last year.
GSK clinches deal to buy Human Genome
17/07/2012 - 07:52
London/Boston - GlaxoSmithKline is to acquire its long-time partner Human Genome Sciences for a sweetened offer of about $3-billion, ending on friendly terms a three-month hostile pursuit of the US biotech company.
Mondi buys 93% of Nordenia
12/07/2012 - 08:37
Johannesburg - Mondi [JSE:MND] plans to buy 93.4% of German packaging firm Nordenia International, it said on Wednesday, in a $782m deal that bolsters the paper maker’s consumer packaging business.
Struggling Beige warns on prospects
11/07/2012 - 09:01
ALTX-listed consumer goods manufacturer Beige has blamed a R31,6m impairment to its investment in packaging company Crystal Pack for losses posted for the year to March, in its results released yesterday.
Adcock subsidiary buys Cosme unit for R778m
10/07/2012 - 08:29
Adcock Ingram Healthcare Private Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Adcock Ingram Group registered in India, has reached agreement to acquire certain assets of Cosme Farma Laboratories Limited, a pan-Indian pharmaceutical company based in Goa, India.
Pfizer sued by retailers
06/07/2012 - 08:04
New York - Five big United States retailers filed an antitrust lawsuit against Pfizer and India's Ranbaxy Laboratories on Thursday, accusing them of conspiring to delay sales of generic versions of Lipitor, the best-selling drug in history.
Adcock offers voluntary lay-offs
03/07/2012 - 11:15
Pharmaceuticals, company Adcock Ingram has asked employees to take voluntary retrenchments as its financial performance remained unsatisfactory for the year to June.
Heineken chooses Bulletproof for Strongbow packaging
27/06/2012 - 14:18
An exploding fruit photography with an embellished arrow form constitutes Bullletproof's new look.
Cipla reaches settlement with RBSA
25/06/2012 - 08:12
Pharmaceutical manufacturer Cipla Medpro South Africa Limited (CMP) disclosed on Friday that it has reached a settlement with Reckitt Benckiser (SA) (Proprietary) Limited (RBSA) in relation to a R332 million claim by the former.
Food labelling legislation - not just about compliance
21/06/2012 - 15:19
The requirements of the new ‘food labelling’ legislation presents an enormous opportunity for the advertising profession.
Shopping-bag levy ‘still a general tax’
19/06/2012 - 08:36
The R35m the government receives each year through a levy on plastic shopping bags is still not allocated to encouraging recycling or to job creation, nor is it likely to do so this year.
Unilever: consumers don't easily accept less salt
19/06/2012 - 08:26
Most South Africans do not believe tasty food can be made with less salt, and few realise cutting their intake may fend off a heart attack or stroke, according to new research by food giant Unilever.
Icy head keeps Japanese beer cold
06/06/2012 - 08:03
While Japan struggles to generate enough electricity to keep air conditioners humming through its steamy summer, brewer Kirin is offering relief – a pint of ice cold draft beer topped with frozen froth.
Clover‚ Eqstra renew supply deal
06/06/2012 - 07:52
Johannesburg - Consumer goods and beverages group Clover Industries Limited [JSE:CLR] said on Tuesday it had renewed its outsourcing service agreement with Eqstra [JSE:EQS] Flexifleet for a “substantial period of time” in a move to reduce costs in the supply chain.
Africa boosts Nampak profits
05/06/2012 - 08:39
Packaging company Nampak (NPK) on Tuesday announced a 10% group revenue increase and 71% fillip from the rest of African operations on results for the year ended 31 March 2012.
SA tackles drug approval delays
30/05/2012 - 08:23
South Africa will almost triple the number of workers at its drugs regulator in the next 3-5 years, a consultant said on Tuesday, as part of broader plans to slash long drawn-out registration timelines to as little as six months.
Tongaat Hulett lifts profits above R2bn
29/05/2012 - 11:44
Tongaat Hulett grew total profit from its combined operations by 53 percent to exceed R2 billion for the first time, the sugar producer said yesterday in reporting its audited results for the year to March.
Aspen best performing JSE top stock
28/05/2012 - 08:09
Aspen Pharmacare is the best performing stock among Johannesburg's blue chip companies in the last six months, rising over 36 percent to 120.40 rand.
AgriZone puts veggies on Woolies' table
28/05/2012 - 07:53
Durban - It might seem rather strange, but your Woolies veggies may well have been grown at Durban airport.
Groups welcome labelling decision
23/05/2012 - 09:12
Johannesburg - A government move to re-label Palestinian products was welcomed by the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC), the Media Review Network (MRN) and the SA Communist Party (SACP) on Tuesday.
Tiger Brands ups first-half earnings
22/05/2012 - 08:31
Johannesburg - South African consumer goods firm Tiger Brands [JSE:TBS] posted a modest rise in first-half earnings on Tuesday, helped by growth in its exports and international businesses as the domestic market remains subdued.
Unhappy Easter for chocolate fan
16/05/2012 - 07:41
Johannesburg - Retailer Pick n Pay agreed to change its labelling next year after a complaint over the amount of candy-coated chocolate buttons inside an Easter egg, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said on Tuesday.
Tetra Pak Dairy Index identifies 2,7 billion consumer-opportunity for dairy industry
11/05/2012 - 14:25
New research from Tetra Pak, the global food processing and packaging company, has identified 2,7 billion low-income consumers in developing countries as the dairy industry’s next big growth opportunity due to an expected rise in prosperity, purchasing power and desire for packaged liquid dairy products (LDP).
Woolworths opens ‘trolley’ store
30/04/2012 - 09:14
Local high-end retailer Woolworths came one step closer in its bid to lure what CEO Ian Moir calls "trolley shoppers" away from rival Pick n Pay by opening its first supermarket on Friday.
Pioneer foods BEE deal takes chunk out of earnings
26/04/2012 - 09:29
The R160 million once-off, share-based payment charge that came into effect after phase two of Pioneer Foods’ broad-based black economic empowerment (BEE) transaction, could have an impact on the company’s interim results, which are scheduled for publication on May 21. The scheme was implemented in the third week of March
Astrapak profits fall
25/04/2012 - 08:11
Battling against challenging conditions, packaging group Astrapak (APK) witnessed a 66% decline in fully diluted headline earnings per share from 72 cents to 24.6 cents for the year ended February.
Pick n Pay eyes fuel stops
24/04/2012 - 08:34
Pick n Pay was now "well placed" to fulfil its founder Raymond Ackerman’s dream of free-market petrol prices, thanks to a deal with BP Southern Africa, a company spokeswoman said yesterday.
Battle looms over shock move to ban liquor ads
16/04/2012 - 11:39
A shock draft bill from the Department of Health that totally prohibits the advertising and promotion of alcoholic products is being reworked behind closed doors by an interdepartmental government task team.
Aspen hails decision to boost locally made medicines
16/04/2012 - 10:35
SA’s biggest drug manufacturer, Aspen Pharmacare, on Friday welcomed the announcement by Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies that the pharmaceuticals sector had been designated as one in which the government would purchase selected products exclusively from domestic manufacturers.
A wrap for SA’s oldest packaging firm?
16/04/2012 - 10:12
SA’s oldest packaging company, EH Walton, is fighting to reopen its doors this week after a liquidation application by its creditors forced it to close this month, leaving 450 workers without jobs.
Distell sees 5% rise in grape yield
12/04/2012 - 09:34
Detailed information about optimal ripening helps the company plan harvest of individual vineyards, good sales growth lifts profits
US: Coca-Cola faces lawsuit over ‘misleading’ labels
11/04/2012 - 09:24
Coca-Cola Company’s Simply Orange juice brand is not simply orange juice, according to a lawsuit filed against the beverage company
Drug importers fear local content
10/04/2012 - 09:08
National Association of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers complains of being sidelined by the government in search for domestic drug makers
Tesco Value rebranded as ‘Everyday Value’
05/04/2012 - 11:29
Supermarket chain Tesco is to ditch the traditional blue & white stripes on its own-brand products as part of a major re-launch, it was announced today.
Global hard drive supply chains set to recover later this year
04/04/2012 - 08:23
Global hard drive supply chains will be restored to full operation in the second half of this year after last year’s flood catastrophe
Fruit SA calls for export supply chain efficiency
30/03/2012 - 09:32
South African fruit growers are at risk unless export supply chain services and costs improve, warns a key industry body in the run-up to the Cool Logistics Africa conference.
Light Beer Fights for Life as Craft Brews Invade Shelves
27/03/2012 - 08:27
At a beer industry summit last month, Ed McBrien, distribution chief for MillerCoors, compared himself to a typewriter salesman in an iPad age.
Zulu Blonde soon on British lips
26/03/2012 - 08:17
Johannesburg – The Happy George bar’s Zulu Blonde is on its way to the UK.
Pioneer Foods does R1bn second phase of BEE deal
23/03/2012 - 07:55
Pioneer Foods had partially implemented phase two of its share issue to strategic black economic empowerment (BEE) partners worth more than R1 billion, the food producer said this week. It had issued more than 18 million shares at R58.72 each, which were listed on Monday.
Slowdown in spending hits Pioneer Foods
19/03/2012 - 08:53
Pioneer Foods said in a trading update on Friday that revenue rose 13% in the five months to the end of February, but volumes fell by an average 4%-6% in the group’s product basket on lower consumer spending.
Wal-Mart to Sell New IPads at Midnight, Before Apple Stores
16/03/2012 - 07:52
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) shoppers will get an eight-hour head start in buying Apple Inc.’s new iPad.
Food labelling laws could backfire
15/03/2012 - 15:48
Johannesburg - New food labelling laws could mean consumers are given less information about products, it was reported on Thursday.
Coca-Cola and Pepsi work with suppliers to avoid cancer-warning label
14/03/2012 - 09:43
In order to avoid having to place cancer warnings on their soft drinks as required with Californian law, Coca-Cola co. and Pepsico are working closely with suppliers to alter the recipe of their drinks.
SABMiller loses Corona licence in Australia
12/03/2012 - 07:56
London - Global brewer SABMiller [JSE:SAB] said its newly-acquired Foster’s business has lost a licence to import and distribute Corona Extra lager in Australia.
Coca-Cola reverses decision to dump orange suppliers
08/03/2012 - 09:54
Soft drinks giant Coca-Cola will continue to source oranges from local Italian suppliers after initially saying it would drop them following reports of poor working conditions among fruit pickers.
Waitrose store receives first BREEAM 'outstanding' rating for any retail store
05/03/2012 - 09:32
A Waitrose store overlooking the Olympic Park in London has been awarded the world's first BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) 'Outstanding' rating for a retail building.
Food labelling now easier to swallow
03/03/2012 - 12:20
South African consumers, already considered the most protected in the world from this week, have even more ammunition against vendors who peddle foods under misleading labels.
Kingfisher Tops Rivals in India’s Beer Market
02/03/2012 - 09:11
Indians sip only two liters of beer a year, just one-twentieth the amount consumed by Chinese and less than one-fortieth by Americans. SABMiller Plc (SAB), Anheuser- Busch InBev NV (ABI) and Carlsberg A/S (CARLB) see that as an opportunity.
Plastics maker earnings down
02/03/2012 - 08:46
Bowler Metcalf , a plastics, plastics mouldings, and carbonated soft drinks maker, says fierce competition in sub-Saharan African markets strained profitability in the interim period to December, but it nonetheless said its results were "reasonable".
UK: Campaign launches to oppose plain packaging for tobacco
01/03/2012 - 10:07
A national campaign against plain packaging of tobacco was launched in London on Monday (27 February).
Atterbury develops flagship ‘green’ Pick n Pay in Roodepoort
28/02/2012 - 08:42
In an innovative joint venture Atterbury Properties and Pick n Pay will create a R160 million flagship 10,000sqm next-generation ‘green’ store for the leading retailer.
Study links BPA to heart disease
27/02/2012 - 09:39
Chemicals found in some food packaging can increase the risk of developing heart disease, according to new research from the UK.
Label Apeel and HP to partner at exhibition
24/02/2012 - 09:41
Label Apeel is teaming up with HP at the Pack Tech Exhibition, being held in Birmingham from February 29 to March 1, 2012.
UAE brings forward ban on disposable plastics
21/02/2012 - 08:55
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has brought forward its ban on all disposable plastic products, except on those made from oxo-biodegradable plastic, by one year.
Tiger Brands' underlying assumptions for update
20/02/2012 - 08:54
Tiger Brands, in trading update on Feb 14, 2012, advised that, despite difficult trading conditions, headline earnings per share were expected to show satisfactory growth for the year ending 30 September 2012 as compared to the 2011 reported earnings.
Nestlé Forecasts Higher 2012 Earnings After Sales Beat Analysts’ Estimates
16/02/2012 - 09:42
Nestle SA (NESN), the world’s biggest food company, reported 2011 sales growth that beat analysts’ estimates and forecast higher 2012 earnings as it introduces products such as the Nescafe Alegria coffee maker.
International Paper gets green light to buy Temple-Inland
14/02/2012 - 10:08
Paper giant International Paper has announced that it has won US antitrust approval for its $3.7 billion takeover of Temple-Inland, on condition that it sells three containerboard mills.
SABMiller to build Uganda brewery
10/02/2012 - 09:48
SABMiller , the world’s second-largest brewer by volume, said it would spend $80m on a new brewery at its Ugandan subsidiary, Nile Breweries, to meet growing local demand.
Blower-powered bottle dryer helps ensure product integrity cost effectively
09/02/2012 - 09:09
Haus Rabenhorst is a leading producer of the highest quality natural fruit and vegetable juices in Germany, with a history that goes back over 200 years. The product range, which comprises the finest quality un-diluted juices, covers more than 70 different fruit and vegetables.
Glass giant integrates supply chain
08/02/2012 - 10:17
Owens-Illinois, the world’s largest glass container manufacturer, has announced plans to create an integrated supply chain operation and a new technology group that better aligns the company’s engineering and R&D divisions.
Coca-Cola Profit Tops Analysts’ Estimates as Asia Sales Jump
08/02/2012 - 10:10
Coca-Cola Co., the world’s largest soft-drink maker, reported fourth-quarter profit that topped analysts’ estimates as teas and juices boosted sales in Asia.
Sappi first-quarter earnings tick up
08/02/2012 - 09:48
South African paper maker Sappi posted a slight rise in first-quarter earnings on Wednesday, lifted by lower input prices and cost cuts, and said it expects earnings to rise in the current three months.
SABMiller, Anadolu sign transaction agreement
02/02/2012 - 11:12
SABMiller has signed a definitive transaction agreement with Turkish conglomerate Anadolu Group and its beverage division Anadolu Efes to form a strategic alliance for Turkey, Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Central Asia and the Middle East.
Woolies to scrap ‘copycat’ drinks
02/02/2012 - 08:54
Despite only being asked to remove the "Good Old-Fashioned" slogan from its range of soft drinks, Woolworths has decided to remove the entire product range from its shelves, CEO Ian Moir said yesterday.
Kraft’s Brazil Chocolate Seen as Template After Spinoff: Retail
30/01/2012 - 09:00
Investors searching for insights into Kraft Foods Inc.’s (KFT) strategy once it splits in two this year may want to consider a 100-year-old Brazilian chocolate brand called Lacta.
PepsiCo May Boost Marketing Budget to Take On a Surging Coca-Cola: Retail
27/01/2012 - 09:27
PepsiCo Inc. (PEP) Chief Executive Officer Indra Nooyi has taken over a coconut-water company, acquired a dairy in Russia and spent millions on a philanthropic marketing campaign. Her next big investment has a more familiar name: Pepsi-Cola.
Pharmapack Europe responds to new challenges in the healthcare industry
27/01/2012 - 08:47
Pharmapack Europe is an unmissable gathering of the pharmaceutical industry and healthcare product professionals, bringing together 260 exhibitors and over 2,800 key decision-makers from 54 countries on 15-16 February 2012 at the Grande Halle de la Villette, PARIS (FRANCE).
UK converter creates innovative labels for British retailer
26/01/2012 - 10:40
UK converter Berkshire Labels has printed over 500,000 ‘peel back’ labels for the British retailer Waitrose’s newly-launched ‘Top Tier’ range of over 40 different English and European cheeses.
Nestlé develops ‘frustration-free’ packaging
24/01/2012 - 08:15
Nestlé has announced that it is developing ‘frustration-free’ packaging for some of its products to ensure consumers of all ages can use them without difficulty.
Avery Dennison and Xtreme RFID collaborate on durable RFID tag
23/01/2012 - 08:19
Avery Dennison RFID, a business of Avery Dennison (NYSE: AVY), and Xtreme RFID, a Cascade Engineering company, have collaborated to create the highly-durable, RFID-based Xtreme Metal Tag. To create the tag, Avery Dennison RFID’s AD-843 is encased in plastic via a custom injection molding process developed by Xtreme RFID. The finished Xtreme Metal Tag is 5.75L x 2.4W x 0.31H inches.
Southern Comfort brings brand character to Facebook
20/01/2012 - 13:53
Southern Comfort, the Brown Forman-owned spirits brand, has launched a Facebook campaign featuring the fictional New Orlean's music legend, 'Baron Jazz'.
German retailer opts for electronic shelf labels from ZBD
18/01/2012 - 10:53
ZBD Displays, a supplier of epaper display systems, has announced that Cyberport, a Germany-based consumer electronics retailer, has rolled out ZBD’s fully graphic electronic shelf labeling across its stores.
Researchers develop whey-based packaging film
17/01/2012 - 09:08
Researchers have come up with a commercially viable method of producing film coatings, on an industrial scale, made from whey protein.
Coca-Cola and Novelis sign aluminum can sheet deal
12/01/2012 - 10:21
Coca-Cola Bottlers’ Sales & Services Company (CCBSS), the Coca-Cola entity purchasing aluminum can sheet for the Coca-Cola System in North America, and aluminum rolled products manufacturer Novelis have signed an agreement for the supply of aluminum can sheet.
Woolworths denies cloning soft drinks
10/01/2012 - 09:39
Woolworths is adamant that it will continue selling a range of drinks it is accused of copying from small-scale soft drinks maker Frankie’s, pending an enquiry by the Advertising Standards Authority of SA.
New soft drink ‘Yes!’ launched at Pick n Pay Western Cape stores
10/01/2012 - 09:33
A new soft drink - now at PnP stores in the Western Cape - talks directly to the SA youth market
Russian Standard Vodka acquires 70% stake in Italian wine producer Gancia
20/12/2011 - 09:17
Russian Standard Vodka, a premium Russian vodka brand owned by Roustam Tariko, has bought 70% stake in F.lli Gancia & C, an Italian sparkling-wine and vermouth producer to expand the Italian company.
UK converter supports Coldplay with promotional labels
13/12/2011 - 09:45
UK converter AC Labels supported Coldplay on the band’s Mylo Xyloto world tour by providing the promotional labels that were enclosed within an interactive LED light wristband, the brainchild of marketing strategy company RB Concepts.
Europe’s glass production volumes on the up in 2011
08/12/2011 - 09:03
European glass packaging production volumes have grown by 4.7% in the first half of 2011, according to figures from the European Container Glass Federation (Feve).
Emotion the key for green packaging says research
06/12/2011 - 09:47
Emotive and simple pack designs that showcase a product’s sustainability are more likely to attract shoppers and help them make snap decisions, according to research from agency The Big Picture.
Heineken launches Facebook bottle design contest
05/12/2011 - 09:00
Heineken is to use Facebook to source the design for a limited edition bottle to celebrate its 140th anniversary next year.
Plastics SA releases official position paper on BPA
02/12/2011 - 10:17
Johannesburg, November 30, 2011. The use of Bisphenol A (BPA) in food containers and specifically in baby bottles has given rise to many chemical scare stories, urban myths and internet-rumours spreading like wildfire in recent months. After the Minister of Health banned the manufacturing, importation, exportation and sale of polycarbonate (PC) infant bottles containing BPA, Plastics|SA received numerous enquiries about the use and safety of products containing BPA.
Lomotek launches first long glass fibres to SA plastics industry
02/12/2011 - 10:03
Lomotek Polymers recently introduced their new range of LOMOTEXᵗᵐ Long Fibre Reinforced Thermoplastics to a select group of decision makers in the local plastics industry.
Henkel: Isocyanate-free adhesive sets benchmark in the flexible packaging industry
30/11/2011 - 10:13
Flexibility – not only with regard to packaging, but also along the value chain – is one of the key benefits offered by the latest Henkel innovation Liofol Fast One. The new one-component laminating adhesive features an extremely fast cure, combined with high initial bond strength. At the 7th ICE Europe in Munich, Henkel presented the first-ever laminating adhesive that contains no free isocyanates: Liofol Fast One LA 1640-21.
Workplace safety is big business
29/11/2011 - 08:19
A company with successful mantra - that all injuries are preventable
New packaging packs less at consumer's cost
28/11/2011 - 07:45
Johannesburg - Your favourite brand of toothpaste, chocolate, chips, rice or tomato sauce may be costing you the same, but are you getting the same amount of product for your money?
Nedbank, Nampak funding R1bn pact
24/11/2011 - 09:20
Nedbank Corporate Banking on Wednesday announced the successful conclusion of a R1 billion funding agreement with packaging group Nampak (NPK) in the form of a five year revolving credit facility.
Biopackaging Summit 2011 provides roadmap for biomaterials
22/11/2011 - 08:40
“The future of biomaterials has already arrived, but many haven’t noticed yet.” This comment was made by one of the participants of the Biopackaging Summit that took place in Brussels on November 15-16th. The conference was organised by Agra Informa and chaired by Michael Nieuwesteeg, managing director of the NVC Netherlands Packaging Centre (NVC). Nieuwesteeg summarised the outcome in agreement with all participants as follows.
Nampak full year earnings seen higher
21/11/2011 - 08:14
Nampak has advised that its headline earnings per share from continuing operations for the year ended September are expected to be between 15% and 25% higher than the 142.2c per share in 2010.
Consol’s R1,9bn green plant opens
18/11/2011 - 08:39
Consol Glass has officially opened its R1,1bn new environmentally efficient, world-class plant in Nigel near Johannesburg, mainly producing bottles for alcoholic beverages.
World premiere: instant genuine-or-fake authentication
17/11/2011 - 11:05
AlpVision has made a big step forward in providing mobility for on the fly “Genuine or Fake” verification of molded parts with an iPhone4 mobile device. The application is suitable for many items, for example for fast-moving consumer goods containers for liquid, powder or tablets, which are present in millions of stores worldwide. Molded parts are heavily used in toys, footwear, home appliances, circuit breakers and many other products in industrial and consumer markets.
Greenbottle targets wine with paper bottle
15/11/2011 - 10:51
Suffolk-based firm GreenBottle has developed, what it claims to be, the world’s first paper bottle of wine
Woolworths 1.5-litre bottle impresses judges in Sapro's best recycled product of the year competition
14/11/2011 - 09:16
The South African Plastics Recyclers Organization (SAPRO), with the support of Plastics|SA and various role players, announced the winners of the annual “Best Recycled Product Competition” at a gala awards dinner held at the Midrand Conference Centre in mid-September..
Joint approach towards an innovative sustainable solution
14/11/2011 - 08:49
Innovia Films and Sappi Fine Paper Europe have joined forces to demonstrate potential laminate structures, using their respective products, suitable for end users in the food, confectionery and pharmaceutical industries. These laminates provide technical functionality in addition to being made from renewable resources and offering compostability – a focus which many packaging end users are keen to pursue.
War over braai salt packaging heats up
14/11/2011 - 08:20
A salt war is brewing between two competitors in the Eastern Cape over a claim by Swartkops Sea Salt that competitor Cerebos is passing off its braai salt as one of Swartkops’s own products that has been in production for more than 30 years.
Kodak and Bosisio announce packaging agreement
11/11/2011 - 09:09
Eastman Kodak Company and Bosisio, an Argentina-based pre-press house, have announced a joint initiative that will enable Bosisio to provide new services and applications to brand owners and printers.
Sappi reports loss on slower demand
11/11/2011 - 08:36
SAPPI , the global paper, packaging, pulp and chemical cellulose group, says fourth-quarter operating profit for the year ended September, excluding special items of $80m, was 33% higher than for the third quarter , but lower than the $129m for the same quarter last year.
Amcor unveils new PET jar for food packaging
10/11/2011 - 09:47
Packaging giant Amcor Rigid Plastics has unveiled a new PET jar for food packaging containers.
Nutrition labels should be in centre of food packaging: Study
09/11/2011 - 15:59
A new study has suggested that nutrition labels should be placed in the centre of food packaging, rather than in one corner. The study reasons that consumers are most likely to skip the information if placed other than center.
Diageo serves up Smirnoff cocktail in new bag-in-box
08/11/2011 - 10:08
Drinks giant Diageo is launching a ready-to-serve cocktail dispense system using Rapak bag-in-box technology.
Nampak forecasts higher profits
08/11/2011 - 08:59
Packaging group Nampak (NPK) advised on Monday that its headline earnings per share for the year ended September 2011 from continuing operations, are expected to be between 15% and 25% higher than the 142.2 cents per share in 2010.
China aims for 70% recycling by 2015
07/11/2011 - 10:03
China is aiming to recycle 70% of its “major waste products” by 2015, according to the Chinese government.
Europen issues green paper on packaging and sustainability
07/11/2011 - 09:58
A new green paper published by Europen has emphasized packaging’s role in achieving a ‘resource efficient’ society.
APP refutes Greenpeace’s Indonesian rainforest claim
04/11/2011 - 08:21
Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) has claimed that Greenpeace has made false allegations against it and has misled the toy industry on its ‘Indonesian rainforest’ claim.
Innovia and PragmatIC develop electronic labels
03/11/2011 - 10:12
Innovia Films, a manufacturer of specialty films, and PragmatIC Printing, a manufacturer of imprinted logic circuits, have successfully integrated printed electronic functionality onto Innovia Films’ BOPP label substrates.
Coke extends PlayStation partnership with on-pack promotion
01/11/2011 - 09:17
Coke Zero, the zero-calorie Coca-Cola variant, is extending its partnership with Sony PlayStation with an on-pack and in-store gaming promotion, supported through the Coke Zone site.
Indonesian producers take decision to extend tin ban
01/11/2011 - 08:58
A group of Indonesian tin producers have agreed to extend till the end of the year a ban on exports they imposed to raise the price after it fell by 17% in September according to reports on Bloomberg.
Softer market hits Mondi growth
01/11/2011 - 08:28
Maintenance shutdowns reduce underlying operating profit, moderated selling prices in softer market partly offset by lower input costs
Silgan Plastics to install Avery Dennison Curve Appeal system
31/10/2011 - 09:21
Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials and Silgan Plastics are working together to install the first Avery Dennison Curve Appeal system in North America at the Silgan plant in Ligonier, Indiana. The Avery Dennison Curve Appeal technology, coupled with Fasson Curvy pressure-sensitive film, allows home and personal care brand owners to label complex curved container shapes with attention-grabbing graphics.
Dr Pepper Snapple drinks to supply chain productivity drive
31/10/2011 - 08:55
Supply chain productivity initiatives have helped Dr Pepper Snapple Group to boost sales, offsetting the adverse impact of commodity hedging losses during the "challenging times" of its third financial quarter.
Morrisons rolls out own-label revamp in ‘2011′s biggest brief’
28/10/2011 - 09:45
Morrisons has become the latest retailer to eye growth for its own-label products after tasking Coley Porter Bell with the biggest design brief of 2011.
Pharmaceutical packaging products benefit from firm yet flexible polymer
28/10/2011 - 08:56
Porvair Filtration Group is at the forefront of new material development and products for the medical, pharmaceutical and life science markets. The company's range of proprietary BioVyon™ sintered porous plastic materials and products have been developed using novel technologies to help advance the achievable technical boundaries in these markets.
Tetra Pak designs new eco-friendly aseptic beverage carton
21/10/2011 - 09:21
Global food processing and packaging company Tetra Pak has introduced a new beverage carton, Tetra Brik Aseptic 1000 Edge. The new carton is designed to deliver consumer convenience, reduced cost and strong environmental performance.
Coca-Cola invests $16.7m for Cappy juice in Egypt
21/10/2011 - 09:07
The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Egypt has plans to launch its new 100% made in Egypt juice product, Cappy juice, this summer and has invested more than EGP100m ($16.7m) for production.
Global label demand ‘to reach 51.6 billion sqm by 2015’
20/10/2011 - 10:34
World demand for labels is expected to rise by over five percent per year to 51.6 billion square meters in 2015, valued at 110 billion dollars, according to a new study from Cleveland-based industry research firm, The Freedonia Group. ‘World Labels’ presents the following trends:
Further success for Nampak's Infini bottle
20/10/2011 - 10:25
Infini, Nampak’s innovative new lightweighted design of the plastic milk bottle, has been listed as a finalist in the International Dairy Federation (IDF) Dairy Innovation Awards 2011. The judging panel for this year’s awards selected finalists and winners in 14 categories from over 100 entries from 25 different countries.
Groomed SP15 range rolls out with Rieke dispenser
19/10/2011 - 11:01
Personal care specialist Potter & Moore has opted for Rieke’s Airless Dispenser for its new Groomed SP15 Moisturiser.
Minute Maid to unveil Pure Squeezed orange juice line
18/10/2011 - 09:49
Minute Maid, a fruit juice brand owned by Coca-Cola, will launch its new Minute Maid Pure Squeezed line that comes in four varieties including three 100% orange juices and a light orange juice beverage.
Danone in Talks to Sell Water Assets to Suntory
18/10/2011 - 09:29
Danone, the owner of the Evian and Volvic bottled-water brands, is in talks to sell water assets to Japan’s Suntory Holdings Ltd., three people familiar with the matter said.
Mactac launches ultra-removable adhesive range
17/10/2011 - 09:11
Mactac Printing Products has unveiled its new removable label products offering with the addition of MR840, an ultra-removable, acrylic emulsion adhesive that removes cleanly from most substrates. MR840 is said to be suitable for applications where easy removability is critical. MR840 is suitable for application temperatures above 25 deg F.
Wal-Mart Halts Operations of Six More China Stores Over Pork Labeling
12/10/2011 - 09:24
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) temporarily closed six more stores in southern China on orders from local officials, bringing the total to 13, as authorities probed the company for mislabeling ordinary pork as organic.
Winners announced at 2011 Label Industry Global Awards
11/10/2011 - 09:54
Some of the label industry’s leading companies and individuals were recognized for their outstanding contribution to the sector as the winners of this year’s Label Industry Global Awards were unveiled. Held during Labelexpo Europe at the Event Lounge in Brussels before an audience of 550, the awards celebrate and honour those who promote best practice in the label industry.
Pack designs alter due to changing shopping behaviours
11/10/2011 - 09:45
Brands (in the UK) are altering their pack designs to adapt to changes in consumer behaviour due to continued economic uncertainty, according to an industry expert.
Pearlfisher re-brands Wyld Wood cider PKBR
05/10/2011 - 10:56
UK-based design agency Pearlfisher has created a new brand identity for Westons Cider’s Wyld Wood Premium Organic cider.
Cadbury to launch confectionery range in new packaging
05/10/2011 - 10:53
UK-based brand and packaging design agency Slice Design has created a new look for Kraft Foods' Cadbury’s range of Christmas confectionery.
French wine producer reports success with ProLiner PP30
04/10/2011 - 10:30
Used by Castel for the application of labels in its two bottling centers of Castel Languedoc Roussillon and Blanquefort Bordeaux, the UPM Raflatac ProLiner PP30 release liner has allowed the French wine company to improve its productivity and environmental performance.
Astrapak revenue slips on demand, industrial action
03/10/2011 - 08:52
Astrapak, which makes plastic packaging for the food, beverage, personal care and pharmaceutical, agricultural, industrial and retail markets, said that demand softened in the six months to August, leading to losses.
Packaging company lifts profit again
03/10/2011 - 08:44
Plastic packaging and carbonated soft drinks maker Bowler Metcalf gained 30c, or 3,5%, to R8,90 on Friday after reporting it had maintained its 24-year run of annually increasing earnings in the year to June, despite "hesitant" market conditions.
EskoArtwork appoints South African distributor for packaging products
30/09/2011 - 09:20
EskoArtwork has appointed Antalis Southern Africa as distributor of a range of its products for the flexo packaging and visual communication markets. These include the complete flexo product line with CDI flexo platesetters, HD Flexo and Digital Flexo Suite, the complete Suite 12 packaging software editors and workflow products, and the digital finishing products.
Parmalat, Tetra Pak to build carton manufacturing facility in Australia
29/09/2011 - 10:30
Italian food group Parmalat has teamed up with Swedish food processing and packaging company Tetra Pak to build a $2.2m upgrade to its Rowville processing plant in Australia, which will manufacture new white milk cartons.
SAB launches Brutal Fruit in new packaging
29/09/2011 - 10:24
South African Breweries (SAB) brand and alcohol-based cooler Brutal Fruit has relaunched with a new look from SpearPackaging Africa.
South African wine bottles get 'smart'
23/09/2011 - 14:28
South African website wine.co.za is offering free QR-codes - codes that can be read by smartphones - to local wine estates for use on their bottles, giving consumers quick and easy access to information about the wine on the internet.
Coca-Cola Enterprises puts fizz into spend visibility
16/09/2011 - 13:30
Coca-Cola Enterprises, the third largest bottler of Coca-Cola in the world, has stepped up its efforts to implement spend visibility and analysis strategy through a partnership with Rosslyn Analytics.
Scientists say danger from BPA food packaging 'very small'
08/09/2011 - 10:41
A review of scientific studies into on bisphenol A (BPA), widely used to make polycarbonate plastic for drinks and food packaging, including some baby bottles, has described the possible risks from BPA exposure as "very small".
GI and Diabetes SA endorsement logos get official approval
26/08/2011 - 10:55
The GIFSA and Diabetes SA endorsement logos have been officially approved by the Dept of Health, reports Jan Delport of the GI Foundation of South Africa. R146, the new labelling regulations, requires all food endorsement logos to get approval from the DoH.
Walmart’s sustainability drive results in cost savings
16/08/2011 - 11:43
Adviser says Walmart saved itself "tens of millions" of dollars by incorporating sustainability into its strategy
SA wine bottling industry in economic decline
10/08/2011 - 14:26
The Simondium bottling plant of FirstCape Vineyards, the biggest exporter of SA wine to the UK, stands idle, with 25 workers laid off.
Mondi earnings surge
29/07/2011 - 09:07
Johannesburg - Paper maker Mondi posted 59% rise in first-half earning on Thursday helped by strong sales, but said uncertainties in demand growth remained a concern.
Tetra Pak CEO pledges more sustainability action
22/07/2011 - 16:18
Tetra Pak, the global food processing and packaging solutions business, will increase its efforts to reduce its environmental footprint along the value chain and simultaneously meet rising demand for safe and nutritious food.
Mondi sees higher earnings
22/07/2011 - 10:49
Johannesburg - Paper maker Mondi said on Friday it expects its first-half earnings to be higher than those reported a year earlier.
How big is your packaging footprint?
21/07/2011 - 10:18
As we become more conscious about sustaining our environment the product packaging consumers’ use today needs to be more environmentally sustainable than before.
Caturra Coffee Company offers 100% compostable packaging
21/07/2011 - 08:58
Caturra Coffee Company allies with Natureflex™ films to offer 100% compostable packaging to FMCG and the Horeca Industry
Solidarity makes paper sector wage deal
19/07/2011 - 09:41
Johannesburg - Trade union Solidarity has agreed to an 8% wage increase with employers in the paper and pulp sector and will sign the agreement soon, it said on Monday.
South Africa's Mpact falls on market debut
14/07/2011 - 12:27
Shares in packaging firm Mpact fell on their debut on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange on Monday, following the company's spin-off from paper maker Mondi.
Consol plant in Nigel nears completion
13/07/2011 - 11:45
CONSOL Glass, a major South African glass manufacturer, is set to start production at its new Nigel plant in September, after running out of space to further develop its existing four operations, serving industries from pharmaceuticals to beverage bottlers.
Tetra Pak Dairy Index sees 10-year African dairy boom
12/07/2011 - 10:28
Tetra Pak, the global food processing and packaging solutions company, has released the fourth annual Dairy Index that this year indicates a decade-long dairy boom and a surge in African consumption of almost 50%.
Energy drinks to carry warning labels: Spoor & Fisher
11/07/2011 - 10:41
In an effort to enhance the public's awareness of the possible harmful effects of energy drinks, the government will be placing more stringent requirements on the manufacturers of these beverages when it comes to the labelling of their products.
Tobacco giant to fight packaging laws
28/06/2011 - 12:23
Sydney - Global tobacco giant Philip Morris will launch legal action over Australia's plan to introduce plain cigarette packaging, it said on Monday, warning the damages bill could run to billions of dollars.
Tetra Pak and Gayatri ink 7 200 ton recycling deal
10/06/2011 - 10:46
Tetra Pak, the food processing and packaging equipment and services supplier, has inked an agreement with Gayatri Paper Mills to recycle carton waste in South Africa.
The Power of On-Pack Cross Promotions
07/06/2011 - 14:52
Research commissioned by the Point of Purchase Advertising Institute, the global organisation for marketing in retail shows that not more than 50% of marketing budgets are allocated to below-the- line advertising when this is in fact where purchasing decisions are made.
Acquisition strengthens Tetra Pak’s ability to offer solutions for food production
06/06/2011 - 14:36
Tetra Pak the world’s leading food processing and packaging solutions provider, today announced that it has acquired Chaswill Process Technology (Pty) Ltd, a leading process engineering company in South Africa with experience in food and beverage production.
Pyro Inspiration Awards third round selection
03/06/2011 - 10:33
Pyrotec has announced the third round of finalists for the 2011 Pyro Inspiration Awards, which aims to award innovative and exceptional on-pack devices.
Loss-making plastic bag recycler set for the dumps
02/06/2011 - 11:31
THE government’s plastic bag levy costs shoppers up to R150m a year, but a business set up with the funds has fared so poorly that it is to shut down, Parliament heard yesterday.
Australia warned over tobacco plan
31/05/2011 - 07:53
Sydney - Australia was warned that its plan to force tobacco companies to sell cigarettes in plain packaging would set a dangerous precedent on the use of trademarks and other intellectual property.
Mondi's unbundled unit to list in July
31/05/2011 - 07:19
Johannesburg - Paper maker Mondi said on Tuesday its South African packaging business, which it plans to spin off from the group, will be listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in July under a new name.
Nampak lifts profit, shares rise
25/05/2011 - 13:23
Johannesburg - Africa’s biggest packaging group Nampak posted an 18% rise in first-half profit helped by a robust performance from its European and sub-Saharan operations, sending its shares up more than 2%.
Seminar shows proper produce packaging is key to innovation
13/05/2011 - 10:13
NEW ORLEANS — Produce marketers who want to develop innovative packaging should take their cues from the snack food industry.
Campbell’s Cuts Packaging, Creates More Waste
13/05/2011 - 10:10
Campbell’s saved more than 4.5 million pounds of steel, plastic and paper packaging materials in 2010, but its waste disposal rate was up 15 percent, according to the firm’s latest corporate social responsibility report.
Astrapak's earnings subdued
11/05/2011 - 09:56
Astrapak's fully diluted headline earnings per share plunged 37.1% year on year for the year to February to 73.5c from 116.9c. For the year under review, the packaging group's turnover grew to R2.71 billion from R2.61 billion.
Will manufacturing shift from China to Africa?
11/05/2011 - 09:43
In 2000, when William Hickey, president and CEO of US-based packaging company Sealed Air, took a long-term view on the future of his company, he predicted that by 2050 Africa would have replaced China as the world’s manufacturing hub.
Tetra Pak announces 2010 sales of €9.98 billion and beats five-year carbon emissions target
05/05/2011 - 10:58
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (5th April, 2011) – Tetra Pak, the world leader in food processing and packaging solutions, today announced net sales of €9.98 billion in 2010, up 5.2 per cent from 2009 at comparable rates. Packaging Solutions reached €9.01 billion in net sales in 2010, an increase of 5.9 per cent compared with 2009, while sales of Processing Solutions edged down 0.7 per cent to €971 million.
Mondi Group: Interim Management Statement 5 May 2011
05/05/2011 - 09:44
This interim management statement provides an update on the financial performance and financial position of the Group since the year ended 31 December 2010, based on management accounts up to 31 March 2011 and estimated results for April 2011, which have not been audited or reviewed by Mondi’s external auditors.
“Nano-bricks” may help build better packaging to keep foods fresher longer
30/03/2011 - 00:00
ANAHEIM, March 27, 2011 — Scientists are reporting on a new material containing an ingredient used to make bricks that shows promise as a transparent coating for improving the strength and performance of plastic food packaging. Called “nano-bricks,” the film even looks like bricks and mortar under a microscope, they say.
Transpaco posts drop in yearly sales
19/08/2010 - 00:00
Packaging company Transpaco said yesterday, 16 August 2010, that although yearly operating profit to June was up on the year before, it was disappointed that little profit was generated from its retail packaging business during the Soccer World Cup.