Building on the success of our Pasta Grande range of pastas, we continue to expand the range with the introduction of 4 more bulk variants and 3 new exciting 500g shapes. These new additions to the range will stimulate interest and further growth in the pasta market.
Why red meat prices will soar, even if the drought is broken
26/09/2016 - 13:58
RED meat prices are expected to rise, further straining food inflation, as farmers rebuild their herds following record slaughters to cope with the worst drought in a century, industry experts say.
Spur results underline pressure on consumers as food inflation bites
08/09/2016 - 10:04
FOOD franchise group Spur Corporation’s results for the year to June suggest the pressures facing consumers are being felt most acutely in the lower end of the market.
The FMCG products with huge growth potential in Africa
17/08/2016 - 12:26
No consumer market anywhere is the world is exempt from the demand for fast moving consumer goods (FMCG). In Africa, the demand for better quality and more sophisticated products and brands is increasing as populations grow and living standards improve.
Tiger sees SA consumers under pressure as costs rise
19/07/2016 - 12:42
Johannesburg - Tiger Brands said the risk of higher inflation will place pressure on South African consumers as the nation’s biggest food producer is raising prices to try to offset cost pressures following record maize prices.
You are now paying a lot more for food in South Africa
04/07/2016 - 08:39
A report in the Sunday Times reveals how much more South Africans are now paying for food from leading retailers.
Special Sessions keynote presentations by Accenture, ECOLAB, IRI and Nielsen
29/06/2016 - 14:41
There was a host of special sessions at the Consumer Goods Forum Summit which covered issues from surviving the third era of digital and the ‘Internet of Things’ to ‘End-to-End Value Chain’ and navigating the new retail agenda. Key speakers included Mark Curtis, Chief Client Officer and co-Founder, Fjord, who described the trends and key success elements for brands willing to succeed in the digital space, and Steve Matthesen, Global President of Retail Vertical, Nielsen, who elaborated on consumers’ perspectives to explain the “why behind the buy."
South Africa to cut time to register new businesses, Rob Davies
22/06/2016 - 13:56
Issues impacting retailers, manufacturers under the spotlight at The Consumer Goods Forum Global Summit in Cape Town, 15 to 17 June
Food will continue to be costly
14/06/2016 - 17:11
Johannesburg - South Africans may be breathing a sigh of relief that El Niño seems to have passed, but food prices will remain high well into next year.
Grocery retailing: Navigating the in-store digital divide
09/06/2016 - 14:57
Grocery and other retailers in South Africa are still dramatically underestimating the impact that the onslaught of digital is having on the industry.
Food may become “unaffordable”
03/03/2016 - 10:17
Johannesburg - South Africa's agriculture sector, which has been ravaged by the worst drought in recent times, has seen its input to gross domestic product (GDP) shrink by 14 percent.
Drought: SA’s warm weather set to continue
02/03/2016 - 08:54
Johannesburg - South Africa's weather will remain drier and warmer than usual until the autumn season, which begins in April, the South African Weather Service said on Monday (29 February).
High red meat prices could mean a crash in the market
02/02/2016 - 09:42
Red meat sales are likely to plunge in the coming months as consumers resist price increases in beef, triggered by the drought.
The price of everything is going up in SA
20/01/2016 - 09:04
Having lost over 30% of its value against the dollar in January, the weak rand is causing everything to go up in price – from food, to medicine, to technology.
Get ready for a food price shock in 2016
19/01/2016 - 09:40
Ongoing drought conditions and a weak currency are hammering South Africa’s food producers, who are under pressure to keep prices low.
Fire destroys over 20 000 hectares of food crop farms - Ghana
15/01/2016 - 11:34
More than 20 000 hectares of cash and food crop farms in the Asante-Akim Central Municipality have been completely ravaged by wildfire, raising fears of imminent famine in the area.
Food now key player in housing market
13/01/2016 - 08:49
Cape Town - Food might very well replace oil as the key commodity strongly linked to the fortunes of the local residential property market, John Loos, household and property sector strategist at FNB Home Loans, said on Monday.
Retailers need to look to ‘collaboration on supply-chain issues’
21/09/2015 - 09:10
High costs, non-optimal inventory, poor demand forecasting, and unreliable and volatile service levels bog down South African retailers’ supply chains.
Pioneer rises to market challenge
01/09/2015 - 10:37
Pioneer Food Group, the consumer brands conglomerate, has defied a softer consumer market in certain key product categories, a vibrant trading update released at the weekend showed.
Global food prices fall in July
07/08/2015 - 09:23
Global food prices fell to a six-year low in July, but maize prices rose, which is negative for a maize-importing country like SA.
Namibia Retail Sector Charter to go ahead - Namibia
13/05/2015 - 11:10
Plans to implement the Namibia Retail Sector Charter (NRCS) by the Namibia Trade Forum (NTF) are on schedule despite poor attendance of meetings by stakeholders in the clothing/Apparel sector.
Bread market ‘competitive’ in KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape
13/03/2015 - 11:48
The bread market in KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape has become "very competitive" on prices, according to Tiger Brands, which owns the Albany brand.
Top employer amongst global giants
02/03/2015 - 13:01
In an article recently published on Fortune.com, FMCG giant, Unilever, was listed as the third most sought after employer in the world, following Google and Apple. With a clear mission and value statement, the multi-national organisation is leading the world on a journey to greater employee engagement.
Retail Charter confirmed - Namibia
26/01/2015 - 10:08
The Retail Charter is gaining momentum as Task Teams meeting to discuss the launch date, which is set for the third quarter of 2015.
Unilever sees no improvement after weak 2014 - UK
22/01/2015 - 13:35
London - Consumer goods group Unilever expects another sluggish year, after a slowdown in emerging markets and flagging developed economies curbed demand for everything from soup to soap in 2014.
Botswana-Zimbabwe trade shrinks
08/04/2014 - 09:24
Contrary to the expectations of the Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection (BIPPA), an agreement that was set to unlock investment and trade windows between Zimbabwe and Botswana, data released by Statistics Botswana indicates that trade between the two countries continue to decrease.
Inflation edges up from 7.3 % to 7.6%, trade surplus up to K283 million, Zambia
10/03/2014 - 12:42
Zambia’s annual rate of inflation consumer index has risen by 0.3 percentage points from 7.3 percent in January to 7.6 percent recorded in February.
South Africa's CPI rises to 5.8%
05/03/2014 - 11:42
The consumer price index for all urban areas rose to 5.8 percent in January, Statistics SA has said.
Zambia’s annual rate of inflation rise by 0.2 percent, trade surplus ticks up
31/01/2014 - 09:34
Zambia’s annual rate of inflation as measured by the all items Consumer Index (CPI) has risen by 0.2 percent from December 2013s 7.1 percent to 7.3 percent recorded in January this year.
PPI slows down
17/12/2013 - 07:51
Johannesburg - The year-on-year producer price index (PPI) slowed to 5.8% last month, compared to 6.3% in October, Statistics SA (Stats SA) has said.
May wholesale trade up 8.7%
20/07/2012 - 08:31
Johannesburg - Wholesale trade sales at constant prices for May grew by 8.7% year-on-year (y/y) compared with a 9.5% y/y growth in April‚ Statistics SA data showed on Thursday.
Western Cape economy cools down
13/07/2012 - 08:05
Cape Town – Together with the chilly Cape weather the Western Cape economy is also cooling down, as is evident from the May Sake24 and BoE Private Clients Western Cape Barometer.
Cheaper oil, food put lid on inflation
22/06/2012 - 07:43
The price of Brent crude oil fell below $91 a barrel yesterday, a price last seen in December 2010, from this year’s high of $124 in March.
Tough trading likely to continue — Pick n Pay
19/06/2012 - 08:58
The country’s second-largest retailer, Pick n Pay (PIK), is operating in a time of tightened consumer spending, increased competition in the retail sector, and increased food inflation and utility costs, the retailer’s chairman, Gareth Ackerman, said on Friday.
‘Shocking’ fall in factory output raises fears over exports
11/05/2012 - 08:20
Manufacturing output contracted unexpectedly in March, suggesting that the recession in Europe is already taking a toll on exports and signalling growth in the economy may be slowing more sharply than expected.
Consumer inflation slows again
18/04/2012 - 11:42
Johannesburg - South Africa’s consumer inflation slowed to 6.0% year-on-year in March, in line with market consensus from 6.1% in February, Statistics South Africa said on Wednesday.
SA's repo rate seen steady at 5.5%
26/03/2012 - 08:12
Johannesburg - The Reserve Bank will probably keep its repo rate at its current three decade lows next week to give the struggling economy more leeway, although higher electricity and fuel costs could force it to start tightening policy later in the year.
Clothing, footwear sales boost retail confidence
16/03/2012 - 07:45
The first quarter of this year saw improved levels of confidence among retailers, as solid clothing and footwear sales growth bolstered sentiment, the latest Ernst & Young/Bureau for Economic Research survey on Thursday revealed.
Consumers remain backbone of SA economy
09/03/2012 - 07:51
Bloemfontein. – It’s consumers who are putting the zing in the South African economy at a time when low growth in foreign markets is putting a damper on the production side of the economy.
Bytes replaces 8 000 POS units at Pick n Pay
07/03/2012 - 08:16
Bytes Managed Solutions has been awarded a contract, worth over R100 million in total, to refresh the existing point-of-sale (POS) hardware infrastructure at all Pick n Pay stores over a two-year period.
Retail sales grew 5.97% in 3Q 2011
02/03/2012 - 09:21
Nominal retail sales grew 5.97% in the third quarter of 2011, compared on a year-on-year basis. This is the word from property management group Broll , based on its quarterly Retail Barometer.
Consumer inflation edges up to 6.3%
23/02/2012 - 09:34
Johannesburg - South Africa’s targeted consumer price inflation (CPI) quickened to 6.3% year-on-year (y/y) in January, from 6.1% in December, Statistics South Africa said on Wednesday.
Woolworths Floor-Space Growth to Accelerate in Second Half
21/02/2012 - 08:37
Woolworths Holdings Ltd. (WHL) plans a “big” acceleration in floor-space growth in the second half of the fiscal year, as the South African food and clothing retailer opens its first supermarkets.
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.
SA CPI annual average 5.0% in 2011 (4.3% 2010)
18/01/2012 - 11:02
The increase in South Africa's consumer price index (CPI), which is used by the SA Reserve Bank (SARB) for its inflation target, was 6.1% year on year (y/y) in December, from 6.1% y/y in November, Statistics SA (Stats SA) said on Wednesday.
Woolworths not losing sleep over Walmart
12/12/2011 - 09:47
Johannesburg - The chief executive of Woolworths Holdings [JSE:WHL] isn't worried about losing market share to Walmart in Africa, as he targets the continent's rising wealth with fashionable clothing and high-end food.
France fines washing powder firms
09/12/2011 - 08:25
Paris/Frankfurt - France’s competition authority slapped fines totalling $484m on Colgate Palmolive, Henkel and Procter & Gamble for fixing prices of washing powder in France from 1997 to 2004.
Massmart achieves best performer status in latest JSE SRI Index
07/12/2011 - 10:44
Massmart has been recognised as one of the best performers in the medium environmental impact category of the JSE’s 2011 Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Index, the results of which were announced yesterday (6 December 2011). According to the results, the group's environmental and climate change practices were recognised as constituting best practice.
Shoprite honours top suppliers for 2011
07/12/2011 - 10:42
The Shoprite Group of Companies paid tribute to their suppliers at its 2011 Supplier Awards held in Stellenbosch on Saturday, 26 November. This glamorous ceremony, held annually, provides an opportunity for the Group to recognise suppliers for their unstinting support and collaborative approach toward the company’s business during the past year.
Australia approves Foster's takeover
28/11/2011 - 07:50
Sydney - Australia on Friday approved brewer SABMiller's AU$9.9bn takeover of Foster's, but with strict conditions that will see key operations remain in the country.
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?
Spar full-year profit lags consensus
22/11/2011 - 07:57
Johannesburg - Grocery retailer Spar Group [JSE:SPP] missed forecasts with a 3.3% rise in full-year profit as tough competition, weak selling prices and fragile consumer demand weighed on its margins.
Consumer inflation in the spotlight
21/11/2011 - 09:49
A Bloomberg consensus of economists expects inflation’s consumer price index to have grown to 5,9% last month compared with the same month last year.
Woolworths shares dip as sales disappoint
18/11/2011 - 08:32
Shares in Woolworths fell more than 2% yesterday after the food and fashion retailer reported disappointing sales growth in its clothing unit as well as poor volume growth in its first five months of trading in its full year.
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.
Retail sales surge signals recovery gaining pace
17/11/2011 - 11:03
Growth in retail sales surged unexpectedly in September, signalling that SA’s economic recovery was gathering momentum and quashing lingering expectations that interest rates could fall again
CPA 'plain language' poser
16/11/2011 - 08:28
The Consumer Protection Act's requirement that information about products and services be presented to consumers in "plain and understandable" language, is challenging lawyers to find a legally acceptable consensus on how such language can be defined and applied in a way that complies with the law.
Tiger Brands forecasts higher profits
15/11/2011 - 10:23
Branded fast-moving consumer packaged goods company Tiger Brands (TBS) said on Tuesday that it expected headline earnings per share (HEPS) to reflect an increase of between 10% and 15% for the year ended September 2011, from R13.93 previously.
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.
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.
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.
Grain and oilseeds joint venture in South Africa to go ahead
03/10/2011 - 13:45
The Competition Commission has approved a joint venture agreement between Bunge SA and Senwes Limited and has issued a merger clearance certificate.
Growing the mushroom business
28/09/2011 - 09:56
Denny Mushrooms, recently sold by AVI as branding mushroom products was no longer viable in the face a wide range of cheaper imported products, will look to grow its business by increasing sales among upper-income black consumers.
Boost for BOS brand
28/09/2011 - 09:17
Local ice-tea brand gets a boost with news that Manchester United manager Sir Alex is taking a 10% stake, InVenFin part of investment giant Remgro is taking 20%
PepsiCo toasts agricultural partnership with Chinese government
23/09/2011 - 11:24
PepsiCo has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Agriculture of the People's Republic of China to promote "sustainable agriculture projects".
World’s poorest face soaring food prices
23/09/2011 - 10:23
Report warns new round of food inflation with severe hikes in the price of basic foodstuffs is plunging many of the world’s poorest people into deeper poverty and into situations of severe hunger and malnutrition
Bunge-Senwes deal passed
23/09/2011 - 10:16
The Competition Commission has approved a joint-venture agreement between global agribusiness and food company Bunge Europe and South African agribusiness company Senwes to develop grain and oilseed operations in SA.
Russian wheat seeks new markets
21/09/2011 - 10:15
Russian wheat exporters aim to ramp up sales to nascent markets such as South America due to their cheap price edge, which may also give a boost to freight rates which are struggling with a ship glut.
Ububele profits down
16/09/2011 - 12:34
Ububele Holdings on Thursday posted a drop in headline earnings per share from continuing operations to 4.75 cents in the year ended June, from 8.30 cents previously.
Consortium buys Denny Mushrooms
15/09/2011 - 10:43
A consortium consisting of key management members, RMB Ventures and Pan-African Private Equity Fund 1 have concluded a management buyout of Denny Mushrooms.
Confectionery sector leads launch activity in first half of 2011
13/09/2011 - 08:31
Innova Market Insights reports that confectionery was the leading food and drinks sector in terms of global launch activity in the first half of 2011. This occurred despite the industry having a rough ride in 2010, as a result of rising prices in the wake of increasing raw material costs, particularly for cocoa and sugar.
Standard Bank sees sugar output growth in Africa
12/09/2011 - 09:38
South Africa's Standard Bank expects sugar production in Africa to grow, supported by increased demand and firmer prices, its head of investment banking said.
Tiger Brands Can Use Debt as ‘Firepower’ for African Purchases, CEO Says
09/09/2011 - 10:10
Tiger Brands Ltd. (TBS), South Africa’s largest food company, said it can boost its levels of debt to make acquisitions across the continent as it expands outside its home market.
Clover forecasts higher profits
09/09/2011 - 09:03
Clover Industries (CFR) said on Thursday that headline earnings per share for the 2011 financial year were likely to increase to 113.84 cents from 33.07 cents previously.
Strong consumer demand boosts AVI
05/09/2011 - 12:55
Johannesburg - Branded consumer products group AVI [JSE:AVI] on Monday reported a 31.1% rise in diluted headline earnings per share (Heps) from continuing operations to 239.7 cents for the year ended June 2011, from 182.9c a year ago. Heps from continuing operations was up 31% to 248c.
Denny Mushroom merger approved
02/09/2011 - 16:09
Johannesburg - The Competition Tribunal has approved the merger between Blue Falcon and Denny Mushrooms.
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.
Country Bird posts profit increase
24/08/2011 - 08:14
Poultry producer Country Bird Holdings (CBH) on Tuesday posted a 178% rise in diluted headline earnings per share to 64.57 cents for the year ended June, from 23.25 cents in the previous comparable period.
Kraft Foods: going separate ways
19/08/2011 - 11:38
Last week Kraft Foods announced its intention to split into a global snacks business with estimated sales of US$32bn and a US grocery business with
The search is on for SA's best olive oils
19/08/2011 - 09:39
South Africa’s top olive oils have just been put to the test at the Nederburg Auction Complex in Paarl during the judging of the sixth olive oil competition presented by SA Olive, the voluntary association representing the SA olive industry. Exciting news is that an internationally renowned judge has joined the formidable South African judging panel. In addition, the competition drew 58% more entries than previous years.
Two major newcomers plan to spice up SA's FMCG food market
17/08/2011 - 15:59
SA’s fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) market is set for a shakeup. At the retail level Walmart will see to it. At the product-supply level two new foreign entrants, Iffco Worldwide and Diplomat, aim to do the same, reports The Financial Mail.
SABMiller make new offer for Foster’s
17/08/2011 - 08:40
SABMiller has made a new offer to acquire the Australian brewer after the original offer was rejected
Bright Food Says It’s Agreed to Buy Majority Stake in Australia’s Manassen
15/08/2011 - 10:29
Bright Food Group Co., China’s second-largest food company, agreed to buy a majority stake in Australia’s Manassen Foods.
Nestle’s Biggest Takeover in China Creates 23% Return at No Risk: Real M&A
15/08/2011 - 10:17
Nestle SA’s biggest acquisition in China is giving traders a chance to reap a 23 percent profit without the risk of losing any money on the deal.
Warning of spike in commodity and food prices
15/08/2011 - 09:32
South Africans should brace themselves as commodity and food prices are expected to be a lot higher next year, driven mainly by unreliable weather, the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy says.
Starbucks Supplier May Buy Instant Coffee Maker
12/08/2011 - 09:33
Tata Coffee Ltd, Asia’s largest publicly traded grower of the bean, plans to spend more than five billion rupees ($110 million) to acquire an instant coffee maker in Europe in a bid to boost profit margins.
Rosenfeld wakes market with Kraft split plan
08/08/2011 - 09:27
Kraft Foods Inc (KFT.N: Quote) CEO Irene Rosenfeld ended her victorious five-month battle for British chocolatier Cadbury last year saying she wanted a good night's sleep.
Is Augmented Reality right for your brand?
05/08/2011 - 08:56
Augmented reality (or "AR," is it?) is the next "it" when it comes to marketing. Big time players like BMW, Ben & Jerry's Ray-Ban, and eBay -- and even those without a "B" in their name, such as Audi -- are jumping on the augmented reality bandwagon.
Adcock Ingram acquisition of NutriLida gets Competition Commission Approval
04/08/2011 - 15:10
Adcock Ingram has been given unconditional approval by the Competition Commission to acquire Johannesburg-based supplements business NutriLida Healthcare. The acquisition, which comes into effect on 1 August 2011, will further strengthen Adcock Ingram’s position as the leader in the vitamins, minerals and supplements (VMS) market, while increasing its market share in the broader fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) market.
Expert: Walmart gives SA global reach
27/07/2011 - 10:16
Johannesburg - South Africa is not benefiting from "global value chains", but Walmart's acquisition of Massmart Holdings offers some hope, Professor Stephen Gelb of the University of Johannesburg said on Tuesday.
Walmart to sell SA hake
26/07/2011 - 10:31
Johannesburg - Lonrho's seafood division Oceanfresh is to supply hake fillets to Walmart stores in the US from October, it said on Monday.
Kellogg’s real people, real lives, real stories
25/07/2011 - 14:06
When you want to hear the truth, get it straight from your target market’s mouth! That’s the premise of Kellogg’s All-Bran’s new television campaign, featuring real brand advocates.
Govt doesn't want to block Walmart deal
25/07/2011 - 10:44
Johannesburg - Government is not seeking to overturn competition regulators' approval of Walmart buying control of local retailer Massmart Holdings, but wants tougher conditions for the deal, the Business Day newspaper reported on Monday.
Walmart deal hits Massmart profit
25/07/2011 - 09:53
Retail group Massmart Holdings said on Monday it is expecting headline earnings per share of between 397c and 442.4c for the 52 weeks to June 26 2011.
State won't veto Walmart deal - official
22/07/2011 - 14:04
Cape Town - The government is not considering a veto of the Walmart-Massmart merger, but believes public interest concerns make a review essential, economic development director-general Richard Levin told MPs on Thursday.
State’s court bid to undo Walmart merger
21/07/2011 - 11:04
IN A move that will set alarm bells ringing in the minds of potential investors, the government is seeking to overturn the Competition Tribunal’s decision to allow Walmart’s takeover of Massmart .
Illovo expands green power projects
21/07/2011 - 10:00
ILLOVO Sugar, Africa’s largest producer, is growing its biofuels and power generation capacity as it expands production outside SA.
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
Walmart/Massmart merger legislation sufficiently robust to protect interests of all stakeholders
20/07/2011 - 15:48
In line with the revised parliamentary portfolio committee hearing rules announced by the Chairperson of the portfolio committee at the start of proceedings yesterday, Massmart CEO Grant Pattison’s submission before parliament today dealt primarily with the competition approval process, while highlighting some of the merger benefits.
Walmart pledges to spend R60bn on food
20/07/2011 - 14:30
Cape Town - Walmart's South African operations plan to purchase R60bn worth of food locally and employ 15 000 people over the next five years, Massmart CEO Grant Pattison said on Wednesday.
Woolworths profit to jump
19/07/2011 - 09:23
Johannesburg - Retailer Woolworths Holdings has reported group sales increased 9.4% for the year ended June 26 2011, with sales in comparable stores up 6.3%.
Strike hits food producer
18/07/2011 - 10:45
Johannesburg - Some 2 000 workers at the Sasko Grain unit of Pioneer Food Group downed tools this week, the Food and Allied Workers Union said on Friday, escalating nation-wide strikes in SA.
Massmart announces senior appointment to head up R100 million Supplier Development Programme
15/07/2011 - 10:01
In line with Massmart and Walmart’s commitment to develop local suppliers, Massmart announced the appointment of Mncane Mthunzi, current CEO of the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA), as Supplier Development Executive.
Walmart hearing may launch debate on new laws
14/07/2011 - 10:45
LOCAL competition attorneys plan to use next week’s parliamentary hearing into Walmart’s takeover of Massmart as an opportunity to warn against meddling with the country’s antitrust legal framework.
AVI sells Denny Mushrooms
13/07/2011 - 10:53
Johannesburg - Food group AVI will sell 100% of the issued share capital of and AVI's shareholder claims against Denny Mushrooms to Blue Falcon 134 Trading.
Massmart wants 100% of Fruitspot
12/07/2011 - 14:36
South African discount chain store Massmart , majority controlled by US giant retailer Wal-Mart , is looking to take over fruit and vegetable supplier The Fruitspot, a spokesman said on Tuesday.
Nestlé buys 60% of Chinese confectioner
12/07/2011 - 08:56
Singapore - Nestlé, the world’s largest food company, is paying a hefty $1.7bn for a 60% stake in confectioner Hsu Fu Chi International to move deeper into fast-growing markets in China.
Massmart sales up 12% over past year
11/07/2011 - 09:15
Johannesburg - Retailer Massmart Holdings said on Thursday that for the 52 weeks to 27 June 2011, total sales increased to R53bn - growth of 11.7% over the prior period - and comparable store sales grew 5.2%.
“Walmart effect” in South Africa as Pick n Pay supermarket to cut over 3000 jobs
11/07/2011 - 08:49
8 July 2011 - Nyon, Switzerland: UNI Global Union said today that the announcement from South African supermarket chain Pick n Pay that it plans to cut about 3137 jobs from its workforce is a clear sign of the “Walmart effect” it believes the world’s biggest retailer will have on South Africa as it prepares to enter the country.
SA retailers lose allure after Walmart
08/07/2011 - 16:42
Johannesburg - After a stellar run in the months leading up to US retailer Walmart’s R16.5bn bid for Massmart, South African retailers are now seen offering little value to investors.
Retailers: Beating Multinationals at their Own Game
06/07/2011 - 15:03
Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, is going ahead with its R16-billion acquisition of Massmart’s operations in South Africa, over the next five years. “Its entry poses major challenges for new and existing retailers locally, but it also presents opportunities for growth in terms of new technologies, improving supply chain efficiencies, global outsourcing and lower food and consumer goods prices,” says John Thomson, Managing Director of Exhibition Management Services, organisers of the Southern African International Trade Exhibition (SAITEX).
Massmart eyes online retail
05/07/2011 - 10:54
Massmart, which has just merged with US retail giant Walmart, is slowly gearing up to enter the burgeoning market of online retailing.
How to Survive and Thrive when New Competition Comes to Town
05/07/2011 - 00:00
Walmart’s entry into South Africa is set to have a profound and far-reaching impact on Africa’s retail supply chain. What are some of the ‘must do’s’ that every retailer will have to action to survive? How can smaller retailers meet the challenge? What will be the benefits and disadvantages of Walmart’s presence in the South African market? How will that impact local retailers?
Coega to include dairy plant
04/07/2011 - 07:48
Johannesburg - The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) will launch a dairy processing plant with an initial investment of R50m in September, it said on Wednesday.
Cosatu guns for Walmart, youth subsidy
01/07/2011 - 09:45
Johannesburg - Trade union federation Cosatu said on Thursday it is determined to see labour brokers banned, and said organised labour is facing two new threats in the form of Walmart and the youth wage subsidy.
Tribunal: Walmart will create jobs
30/06/2011 - 12:34
Johannesburg - Walmart's acquisition of a majority stake in Massmart Holdings raised no competition concerns, but did raise some public interest issues, the Competition Tribunal said on Wednesday.
What can The Cloud offer the FMCG world?
28/06/2011 - 13:32
Tighter margins and the constant need to reduce costs is placing enormous pressure on FMCG companies, who not only now compete in an environment of intense global competition, but who also need to shift fresh goods across an increasingly complex and often disjointed global supply chain.
Union pursues Walmart appeal
28/06/2011 - 13:07
Johannesburg - The South African Commercial Catering and Allied Workers' Union (Saccawu) has filed an appeal against the already-approved takeover of local retailer Massmart Holdings by US retail giant Walmart.
New tech for old fruits
28/06/2011 - 11:54
Green Cell Technologies' enhanced extraction process has transformed the fruit juice manufacturing industry.
Bribery Act spells trouble for UK food exporters
28/06/2011 - 11:39
A top lawyer has expressed concern that the UK's pending Bribery Act could lead to difficulties for food manufacturers exporting or producing abroad, especially to ‘high risk’ countries.
Customers to realise immediate benefits from Walmart investment in Massmart
27/06/2011 - 07:29
Early start to the principle of “saving people money so they can live better”, a goal to create 15,000 new jobs and an additional R60 billion in food and FMCG procurement.
AVI sees earnings rise of at least 23%
23/06/2011 - 12:00
Johannesburg - Consumer group AVI expects consolidated headline earnings per share for the year to June to increase by between 23% and 33%, compared with the previous year.
Lovely lolly for Lamberti - Walmart deal brings in R249m to the top three at Massmart
23/06/2011 - 09:18
MARK Lamberti, chairman of Massmart, Grant Pattison, the CEO, and Guy Hayward, the CFO, cashed in shares worth R249-m as Walmart consummated its offer for 51% of the shares of Massmart.
Interview with Dale Good, CEO of GLS Supply Chain Equipment
23/06/2011 - 08:45
Last week we had the opportunity to sit down with Dale Good, CEO of GLS Supply Chain Equipment, and talk about the current state of distribution and logistics in South Africa. He gave us exclusive insights into the industry and offered his advice on how SA can optimise its operations and in doing so catch up with its foreign counterparts.
Wage talks deadlock
22/06/2011 - 12:34
Wage negotiations in the chemical, wood and paper sectors have deadlocked, the Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Worker' Union (Ceppwawu) said on Tuesday.
Not intended for sale in SA
22/06/2011 - 10:42
SHARP-eyed shoppers may have noticed some unfamiliar brands, or different variants of well-known brands, on the shelves in Shoprite/Checkers stores lately.
Retail sales rise sharply in bumper April
20/06/2011 - 08:16
Retail sales rose sharply in April, with annual growth jumping to 9.8 percent from 5.3 percent in March and far surpassing a consensus forecast of a 5.1 percent rise.
Squeeze on Shoppers Continues into May, state Synovate Retail Performance
15/06/2011 - 14:38
The latest footfall data from Synovate Retail Performance post further disappointing news for retailers. The UK Retail Traffic Index (RTI), the national indicator of non-grocery store footfall, shows that shopper numbers fell by 4.0% in May against the same month of 2010. Against April, there was a 3.4% decline.
Woolworths shares fall
14/06/2011 - 10:45
Shares of South Africa's Woolworths drop 2.6 percent as the retailer enters a closed period in which it will repurchase ordinary shares worth up to 500 million rand ($73.48 million).
Brics to welcome new African trade area
14/06/2011 - 10:36
Johannesburg - The $1 trillion agreement to create a free trade bloc of African countries, signed by African leaders over the weekend, would serve as a considerable boost to the Brics accord, said Miller Matola, CEO of the International Marketing Council, on Monday.
Namibian court okays Wal-Mart's deal
13/06/2011 - 14:26
Wal-Mart has been given the go-ahead by a Namibian court to implement its $2.4 billion takeover of South African retailer Massmart pending an appeal to have conditions attached to the deal, a newspaper said on Friday.
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.
Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2001 Awards - An Unsurprising Surprise
06/06/2011 - 15:06
In the most closely contested race since the inaugural event in 2002, Spier edged ahead of Thelema Mountain Vineyards to take the Fairbairn Capital Trophy for the Top Producer at the 2011 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show.
Walmart to focus on SA culture
06/06/2011 - 10:18
Cape Town - Walmart was apparently not surprised to find, in its research on South Africa, that most South Africans did not know the company at all.
Animal health tender won
03/06/2011 - 12:14
Cipla Agrimed, an animal health company, won a tender last month to supply all the nine provinces with several animal health products. Jerome Smith, the chief executive of holding firm Cipla Medpro, said yesterday.
6000 fishing workers on strike
03/06/2011 - 11:38
About 6000 Food and Allied Workers' Union members in the pelagic fishing sector will embark on a legal strike at various plants on the West Coast, in Gansbaai and Hout Bay, on Friday at noon, the union said.
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.
Walmart to focus on frozen foods
03/06/2011 - 08:16
Rogers, Arkansas - As Walmart expands its international business, the company wants to bring ideas from Massmart Holdings [JSE:MSM] to other markets, company executives said on Thursday.
Food retailers aim for quality organic produce
18/08/2010 - 00:00
South African food retailers are taking strides to ensure that their offerings meet the rising consumer preference for organic and locally produced produce.