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.
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.
Mastercard heads to mobile with virtual wallet
26/02/2013 - 08:56
Mastercard unveiled its bid to dominate the mobile payments market on Monday with a ‘virtual wallet’ allowing customers to keep personal payment details in their phone and avoid checkouts by scanning bar codes in-store to pay.
Woolworths posts impressive profit
15/02/2013 - 08:19
Johannesburg - Retailer Woolworths Holdings [JSE:WHL] reported a 21% rise in first-half profit chiefly as a result of contributions from its recent acquisition in Australia.
No food price fireworks ahead - economists
11/02/2013 - 09:11
Johannesburg - There won’t be food price fireworks this year, but the cost of locally produced fresh produce like fruit and vegetables could potentially soar because of increased labour wages, proposed electricity hikes and surging fuel prices.
Australian retailers reach out to Chinese shoppers
11/02/2013 - 08:09
Sydney, "Be polite but not too familiar, display lucky symbols and take things slowly." unusual advice for the frantic world of retail but Australian stores hope it will help lure cashed-up Chinese tourists.
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.
Australia’s Lorna Jane expanding in the U.S.
01/02/2013 - 08:39
New York -- Australian import Lorna Jane will open the largest store in its U.S. portfolio, a 3,000-sq.-ft. unit in San Francisco, in February.
Spar to enter Middle East market
29/01/2013 - 11:17
Abu Dhabi - Dutch food retailer Spar International plans to enter the Middle East, aiming to have 30 stores in the region by the end of 2015, its managing director said on Sunday.
UK is still Australia's biggest wine export market
29/01/2013 - 11:15
The UK remains Australia’s biggest wine export market, increasing by three per cent in 2012 according to a report released by Wine Australia.
ECB depicts bleak 2013
10/12/2012 - 08:49
Frankfurt - The euro zone economy is likely to shrink next year as it has in 2012, the European Central Bank predicted on Thursday, sharply downgrading its outlook after holding interest rates at a record low 0.75%.
World economy in deep trouble
04/12/2012 - 08:27
Among rich nations, the US outlook remains the least troublesome. But given a recession in the eurozone and a recent contraction in Japan, that's not saying a lot.
Tiger Brands to up stake in Nigeria
22/11/2012 - 08:47
Johannesburg - Consumer goods group Tiger Brands [JSE:TBS] is offering to buy out some minority shareholders in Nigeria's Dangote Flour Mills as it expands in fast-growing African markets.
Tiger Brands full-year earnings up 7%
21/11/2012 - 08:06
Joahnnesburg - Consumer goods firm Tiger Brands [JSE:TBS] posted a 7% rise in full-year earnings on Wednesday, helped by higher prices, but said it expects a tough year ahead.
Australia: New Coles Liquor marketer reveals plan of attack
29/10/2012 - 08:47
Coles' food and liquor division this week reported strong overall quarterly sales figures and new liquor marketing boss, Cameron MacFarlane (pictured), believes brighter times are around the corner for his division.
Strain as grain giants tighten grip
29/10/2012 - 07:46
A global race for grain trading power is putting more of the world's vital cereals in the hands of fewer companies, with a string of recent acquisitions raising fears that consumers will pay even more for their food, while farmers are squeezed.
Sainsbury's beats sales forecasts
04/10/2012 - 08:02
J Sainsbury, Britain's third-biggest supermarket group, posted better than expected quarterly sales growth, boosted by strong take-up of its own label range and the roll-out of its convenience stores.
Tesco halts sales slide
04/10/2012 - 07:35
Britain's biggest retailer Tesco managed to halt an 18-month slide in its sales, but the billion pounds ($1.6 billion) it is spending to do so meant profits fell by more than 10 percent in the first half, the first decline in 20 years.
Eurozone manufacturing steadies
01/10/2012 - 13:23
Eurozone manufacturing activity was in the doldrums again in September but showed signs of bottoming out with a slight increase overall from August, data showed on Monday.
Maize up sharply on US prices
01/10/2012 - 13:19
South African maize and wheat prices closed the session strongly higher on Monday due to higher Chicago Board of Trade figures and a weaker rand
Heineken gulps Tiger after takeover nod
28/09/2012 - 11:56
Singapore - Shareholders in the parent company of the Singapore-based brewer that makes Tiger Beer approved its takeover by Heineken Friday, increasing the Dutch giant's footprint in the growing Asian market.
Sales of 'smart devices' soar globally
27/09/2012 - 09:20
Washington - Global sales of so-called smart connected devices - computers, smartphones and tablets - rose sharply in the past quarter, driven by smartphones and tablets, a survey showed Wednesday.
Nestle Sees 20% China Growth in This Year as Wages Rise
14/09/2012 - 08:47
Nestle (NESN) SA, the world’s largest food company, said China sales will probably grow about 20 percent this year because of rising wages and the government’s policy to boost local consumption.
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.
SABMiller Sends VB Beer the Way of New Coke With Change
06/09/2012 - 09:41
SABMiller Plc. (SAB), the world’s second- largest brewer, will send its Victoria Bitter beer the way of New Coke, discarding a recipe change that saw VB overtaken as Australia’s top seller by Kirin Holdings Co. (2503)’s XXXX Gold.
Woolworths impresses with profit
23/08/2012 - 09:05
Johannesburg - Retailer Woolworths Holdings [JSE:WHL] slightly beat forecasts with a 24.2% rise in full-year profit on Thursday, helped by share buy backs and resilient demand for its upscale grocery products.
Great noses unite to uncork the secrets of their countries' best wine
22/08/2012 - 09:10
When the Chilean wine writer Eduardo Brethauer thinks of his home country, he conjures the soft tannins of the carmenere grape, the mineral flavours from vineyards planted by the Pacific Ocean and cabernet sauvignon grown high in the mountains.
Soybeans, corn extend gains
21/08/2012 - 07:57
Soybean and corn prices rose to their highest levels in 10 days on Monday amid the worst drought in half a century, with traders set to get fresh evidence of the extent of damage from the Midwest farm belt.
Retail mogul cries foul over Country Road
15/08/2012 - 09:42
Australian retail mogul Solomon Lew has lashed out at Woolworths, accusing the South African company of using the planned acquisition by Country Road of fashion group Witchery to force him out of Country Road, legal letters revealed yesterday.
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.
Country Road to buy top fashion house
02/08/2012 - 09:08
Johannesburg - Retailer Woolworths Holdings [JSE:WHL] announced on Wednesday that its indirectly-held subsidiary‚ Country Road‚ has entered into an agreement to acquire the Witchery Group from Gresham Private Equity for A$172m. Witchery is one of Australia’s leading fashion brands.
India prepares tough drought measures
31/07/2012 - 08:16
New Delhi - Indian ministers will meet on Tuesday to discuss measures to deal with a feared drought, including curbs on commodity derivatives, extra subsidies to farmers and the distribution of seeds, but are not expected to ban farm exports.
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.
Dangote surges on Tiger Brands deal
06/07/2012 - 08:17
Shares in Dangote Flour Mills climbed to their highest level in five weeks, after South Africa's biggest consumer foods maker Tiger Brands said it had reached a deal to acquire a majority stake in the Nigerian wheat and pasta maker, helping lift the overall stock index to a month high.
Tiger Brands buys into Nigerian flour maker
05/07/2012 - 09:26
Tiger Brands, South Africa’s largest food producer, has reached an agreement in principle with Dangote, the West African manufacturing group, to purchase 63,35% of the Nigerian flour and pasta maker Dangote Flour Mills (DFM).
Woolworths stays silent on Country Road deal
02/07/2012 - 08:14
JSE-listed Woolworths on Friday failed to shed any further light on a possible transaction between Gresham Private Equity and its Australian subsidiary, Country Road.
Weaker demand leads to decline in exports
22/06/2012 - 08:16
The volume of merchandise exports contracted by 0,4% in the first quarter of 2012, largely due to relatively weaker global demand and domestic supply constraints, the SA Reserve Bank’s Quarterly Bulletin (QB) showed on Thursday.
Kraft cooks up bubblegum biscuits to court Chinese
08/06/2012 - 08:01
There are no bad ideas inside Kraft Foods’ biscuit research laboratory in China, says director and Kraft food scientist Maggie Wang. Not even the chewing gum Oreo cookie that a colleague asked her to bite into one day.
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.
UK retailer using RFID tags to reduce shrink
30/05/2012 - 08:44
U.K. retailer Sainsbury's has chosen Checkpoint Systems Inc. to create its labels and swing tickets for its new Gok for TU clothing range, designed by British fashion expert and TV presenter Gok Wan.
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.
Milk production up 5.4%
05/04/2012 - 10:16
Milk production was up 5.4% in February compared with the same period a year ago, the Milk Producers' Organisation (MPO) said on Wednesday.
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.
Milk Price Slumping as Record Profit Spurs Expansion of Herds: Commodities
13/03/2012 - 08:53
Record dairy profits and milder weather are leading to a surge in milk supplies from Auckland to California, turning last year’s best-performing commodity contract into one of the worst of 2012.
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.
US forecasts easing in food prices
24/02/2012 - 09:48
Arlington - Global crop prices will retreat sharply this year as farmers around the world expand production, bringing stability back to commodity markets and easing food inflation fears, the US government forecast on Thursday.
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.
Metcash sells nine Franklins stores to Ritchies
07/02/2012 - 09:20
Metcash has reached an agreement with Ritchies for the sale of nine Franklins stores, which will be rebranded under the IGA banner
Weaker economy dampens food prices
01/02/2012 - 07:37
Washington - Global food prices are set to decline further in 2012 as a weaker world economy dampens consumer demand while food supplies rise, the World Bank said on Tuesday, warning that a possible rise in oil prices could reverse the trend.
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.
SA middle class a new retailer target
19/01/2012 - 11:49
Johannesburg - A rainbow nation of shoppers poured through the racks of fashion giant Zara's brand new store, its first in South Africa, where the Spanish chain hopes to tap an increasingly diverse middle class.
Sugar, coffee rise
18/01/2012 - 10:22
Arabica coffee futures on ICE rose on Tuesday, boosted by a softer dollar and increased risk appetite following better-than-expected Chinese economic growth data.
Food price index ends year with sharp drop
13/01/2012 - 09:40
Food prices fell in December 2011 with the food price index dropping 2.4%, according to the UN Food Agricultural Organisation's monthly report.
Cocoa hovers near 8-week high
13/01/2012 - 08:21
Cocoa futures on ICE hovered below an 8-week high on Thursday, as the market consolidated after this week's steep rally fuelled by a slowdown in port arrivals in top producer Ivory Coast.
Wool sales open 2012 on a high
12/01/2012 - 09:38
Port Elizabeth - The first South African wool sale of the new year opened on a positive note when wool prices rose sharply, Cape Wools said on Wednesday.
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.
Cocoa prices fall on Europe concerns
08/12/2011 - 08:54
Cocoa has hit its lowest level since December 2008 on the back of the sovereign debt crisis in Europe and increased supplies from West Africa according to commodity analysts familiar with the industry.
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.
Kraft to invest in chocolate in India
06/12/2011 - 08:28
Kraft Foods has boosted spending in India by more than half, targeting annual sales growth of 30 percent for chocolate, a product it expects to resist any consumer slump.
Cotton prices set for big fall
05/12/2011 - 08:54
Falling consumption and a record crop will see cotton prices fall significantly next year according to analysts of the cotton market as stockpiles reach their biggest since 2005.
Court overturns Pick n Pay sale hurdle
01/12/2011 - 08:44
An Australian court overturned a decision by the country's competition watchdog to block wholesale firm Metcash buying stores from South Pick n Pay Stores [JSE:PIK] - a precedent that may make it harder to challenge future deals.
Samsung wins appeal on Galaxy ban
30/11/2011 - 09:18
Sydney - An Australian court on Wednesday reversed a ban on the sale of Samsung Electronics' Galaxy tablet computers in the country, handing it a rare victory against rival Apple in the firms' intensifying global patent war.
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.
Food Lover’s Market – 3000 food products under the same roof at Bagatelle, Mauritius
25/11/2011 - 09:30
The opening of Food Lover’s Market took place at Bagatelle Mall of Mauritius in October 2011.
Shortage fears as milk prices tank
24/11/2011 - 08:50
Johannesburg - There could be a shortage of milk next year if the producer price is not increased, the Milk Producers' Organisation said on Wednesday.
Coffee Supply Crunch Spurring Rebound After Folgers Price Cut: Commodities
23/11/2011 - 10:19
Coffee’s biggest slump in three years may be ending as weather damages crops from Colombia to Indonesia, reducing U.S. inventories to the lowest since 2000 just as Kraft Foods Inc. and J.M. Smucker Co. cut prices.
Year-on-year food, beverages income lifts 7.2%
22/11/2011 - 08:28
Total income generated by SA's food and beverages industry lifted 7.2% in September from the same period a year ago, with food sales up 8.6% alone, according to Statistics SA data on Monday.
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.
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.
E.coli found in imported cheese
10/11/2011 - 08:45
Johannesburg - Almost 22 tonnes of imported Irish cheddar cheese was destroyed last week because it was contaminated with E.coli bacteria, the Milk Producers' Organisation (MPO) said on Wednesday.
Society of Dairy Technology has a bright future
08/11/2011 - 10:12
The Society of Dairy Technology (SDT) has seen a significant surge in interest over the past few months with membership growing at an unprecedented rate. As consumer demand for healthy and nutritious dairy products continues to grow, the role of the SDT in advancing dairy science and technology across all areas of the agri-food sector, to the mutual benefit of milk producers, dairy processors, food retailers and consumers, is increasingly valued.
Japan Tobacco May Raise Dividend to Narrow Gap With Global Competitors
14/10/2011 - 08:08
Japan Tobacco Inc. (2914), the world’s third-biggest publicly traded cigarette maker, may raise its dividend payout target to trim gaps with rivals including Philip Morris International Inc. (PM) and British American Tobacco Plc. (BATS)
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.
High tariffs stifle Turkey-SA trade — Motlanthe
05/10/2011 - 09:51
High tariffs were stifling two-way trade between Turkey and SA, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said yesterday.
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.
Mars to 'scale up' purchase of fair-trade cocoa
29/09/2011 - 09:46
Mars has promised to "explore how best to scale up" its purchases of Fairtrade cocoa over the long term.
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.
Walmart Launches Global Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative
16/09/2011 - 09:06
Effort Will Provide Opportunity for Hundreds of Thousands of Women around the World
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.
Japan economy contracts 2.1%
12/09/2011 - 09:28
Tokyo - Japan's economy shrank in the second quarter at a faster pace than initially reported as companies held back on capital expenditure due to worries about a rising yen and faltering global growth.
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%.
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.
SA to ban bisphenol A in baby bottles
15/07/2011 - 09:41
This news escaped FSA's radar at the time... on March 25, 2011, the Department of Health issued a draft regulation to ban the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in baby bottles. Draft regulation (R249) under the Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act, 1972, aims to prohibit "The Manufacturing, Importation, Exportation And Sale Of Polycarbonate Infant Feeding Bottles Containing Bisphenol A". Interesed parties had three months (to June 25) to submit comments.
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.
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%.
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?
Australian Retail Sales, Building Decline
04/07/2011 - 08:17
Australian retail sales unexpectedly fell and building approvals dropped in May by the most in four months, sending the nation’s currency lower on expectations the central bank will extend a pause in raising interest rates.
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.
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.
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.
Planet Retail’s view on the Walmart Shareholders Meeting
13/06/2011 - 09:51
"The same culture that drove our growth during our first 50 years can drive our growth for the next 50 years," Mike Duke, CEO of Walmart Stores, addressed attendees last week at the 2011 Walmart Shareholders Meeting in Bentonville, Arkansas.
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.
Richemont profit up 63%
19/05/2011 - 07:53
Johannesburg - Swiss based luxury goods group Richemont on Thursday reported a 79% rise in diluted earnings per share from continuing operations to €1.8925 from €1.076 previously.
Retail sales hit speedbump
17/05/2011 - 13:49
Johannesburg - Growth in South Africa’s retail sales slowed to 5.1% year-on-year (y/y) in March from a downwardly revised 5.5% in February, Statistics South Africa said on Tuesday.
Vietnam coffee prices hit all-time high -traders
04/05/2011 - 11:45
Vietnamese robusta coffee prices rose nearly 3% on domestic markets in the past week to an all-time high of 50 million dong ($2424) a tonne on Wednesday, tracking gains in London robusta futures markets, traders said.
Clover H1 profit jumps
16/03/2011 - 16:55
South African dairy foods maker Clover said on Monday headline earnings per share for the six months to end-December soared to 73.2 cents from 0.9 cents a year earlier
Parmalat Investment Funds Said to Propose Rossi as Interim Chief Executive
10/03/2011 - 00:00
Massimo Rossi, a former manager at Swedish Match AB, will be proposed as an interim chief executive officer of Parmalat SpA (PLT) by a group of investors, according to two people familiar with the situation.