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Sappi shares wobble after quarterly earnings report

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. read more
Ferrero commits to deforestation-free cocoa supply chain

Ferrero commits to deforestation-free cocoa supply chain

01/08/2017 - 13:12
Kinder Bueno parent Ferrero has said that it is committing to a 'deforestation-free global cocoa supply chain', with a series of moves towards ensuring its cocoa is sourced as sustainably as possible. read more
Parmalat reports 4.6% decrease in sales volumes

Parmalat reports 4.6% decrease in sales volumes

31/07/2017 - 12:42
Italian dairy and food manufacturer Parmalat has reported that the group's sales volumes decreased by 4.6% in the first six months of 2017. read more
New Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey delivers strong results

New Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey delivers strong results

28/07/2017 - 11:22
Coca-Cola’s profit, in its first quarter under new CEO James Quincey, beat analysts’ estimates on higher demand for its healthier non-carbonated beverages as well as low- and no-sugar versions of its sodas. read more
AVI grows full-year revenue after lifting prices

AVI grows full-year revenue after lifting prices

25/07/2017 - 12:17
Food producer AVI grew its revenue 8.2% in the year to June, after increasing selling prices to mitigate against the effect of a weaker rand, which inflated input costs. read more
SA retailers to test 100% biodegradable plastic bags

SA retailers to test 100% biodegradable plastic bags

21/07/2017 - 12:28
South Africans will soon be able to dispose of their plastic bags along with the rest of their waste without having to worry about any possible negative effects on the environment. read more
 Mondi introduces packaging solution for watermelons

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. read more
Nespresso capsules sold in third-party outlets to counter flagging sales

Nespresso capsules sold in third-party outlets to counter flagging sales

12/07/2017 - 16:58
Nestlé has begun selling Nespresso capsules outside its own retail outlets as it seeks to restart flagging growth of the coffee-making system amid a battle with cheaper knock-offs. read more
Coca-Cola Beverages Africa acquires Equator Bottlers

Coca-Cola Beverages Africa acquires Equator Bottlers

07/07/2017 - 08:56
South Africa-headquartered Coca-Cola Beverages Africa Proprietary Limited (CCBA) and Africa’s largest Coca-Cola bottler - announced today that it has concluded negotiations to acquire Equator Bottlers, the third largest Coca-Cola bottler in Kenya.  read more
 Nestlé cereals to reduce sugar content by further 10%

Nestlé cereals to reduce sugar content by further 10%

05/07/2017 - 11:10
Nestlé has announced that it will be reducing the average sugar content across its breakfast cereal range by a further 10% by the end of 2018. read more
World's biggest black-tea exporter targets 20% output growth

World's biggest black-tea exporter targets 20% output growth

03/07/2017 - 16:29
Nairobi - Kenya, the world’s biggest exporter of black tea, expects production of the leaves to rise by about 20% by the end of the decade, as farmers harvest from new bushes, according to the industry regulator.  read more
Bird flu outbreak threatens local poultry industry

Bird flu outbreak threatens local poultry industry

30/06/2017 - 09:38
With reported cases of Avian Influenza within South Africa’s borders, the local commercial poultry industry is at high risk of the outbreak turning into a pandemic with major financial and operational implications. This is according to Gareth Lloyd-Jones, Chief Commercial Officer of one of South Africa’s leading hygiene and sanitation service providers for the food, pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, the Ecowize Group. read more
CCBSA to lift production at Appletiser 82%

CCBSA to lift production at Appletiser 82%

27/06/2017 - 16:23
Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel received a first-hand view of local benefits flowing from the creation of Coca Cola Beverages SA (CCBSA) when he visited the Appletiser plant in Elgin. read more
SA Rooibos Council defends member, Rooibos Ltd

SA Rooibos Council defends member, Rooibos Ltd

23/06/2017 - 13:51
On Friday, the South African Rooibos Council (SARC) defended one of its members against allegations of wrongdoing after the Competition Commission accused the company of abusing its market dominance. read more
Coca-Cola introduces lighter bottles to tackle waste in Indonesia

Coca-Cola introduces lighter bottles to tackle waste in Indonesia

21/06/2017 - 09:27
Coca-Cola has launched a new production line, which manufactures lighter bottles and will reduce the company's plastic usage by more than 800 tonnes annually, according to the Jakarta Globe. read more
Hisense celebrates local milestone in TV and Fridge production

Hisense celebrates local milestone in TV and Fridge production

20/06/2017 - 12:59
Hisense South Africa, the global electronics forerunner, is celebrating an impressive milestone at its local manufacturing facility today as both the one millionth television set and the one millionth fridge unit will be rolling off the production line. Coincidentally, this happens as the factory marks its fourth year of operation in Atlantis outside Cape Town.  read more
Rooibos Limited guilty of abuse of dominance

Rooibos Limited guilty of abuse of dominance

20/06/2017 - 10:31
Rooibos Limited, which describes itself as the "preferred supplier" of rooibos tea, has been charged with abuse of dominance by the Competition Commission and faces an administrative penalty equal to 10% of its annual turnover. read more
Nulaid’s ‘Safe Eggs’ pasteurised for protection

Nulaid’s ‘Safe Eggs’ pasteurised for protection

08/06/2017 - 10:42
Nulaid’s pasteurised ‘Safe Eggs’ are set to take the Mommy market by storm, offering a long shelf life and peace of mind to mothers-to-be and parents of small children that are concerned with the promotion of good health of their children.  read more
Tongaat’s earnings growth in line with expectations

Tongaat’s earnings growth in line with expectations

30/05/2017 - 13:09
Tongaat Hulett on Monday reported a 44.6% rise in headline earnings to R982m, which was in line with its recent guidance. read more
What is the investment case for Mondi and the resurgent Sappi?

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.  read more
Acquisitive Rhodes escapes drought woes

Acquisitive Rhodes escapes drought woes

23/05/2017 - 12:29
Acquisitive food producer Rhodes appears to have survived the drought better than its larger rivals, reporting both turnover and profit growth for the first half of its financial year. read more
Pioneer Foods profit halves as it takes a knock from maize deal

Pioneer Foods profit halves as it takes a knock from maize deal

22/05/2017 - 09:52
Pioneer Foods has posted a 47% drop in first-half adjusted headline earnings to R470m as higher input costs knocked its domestic essential foods and grocery divisions. read more
Tongaat expects earnings to rise after sugar operations rebound

Tongaat expects earnings to rise after sugar operations rebound

19/05/2017 - 13:02
Tongaat Hulett expects its full-year headline earnings to rise by up to 45%, helped by the rebound in the performance of its sugar operations, which compensated for a weak performance in the starch operations and the land management and development arm. read more
Sovereign Foods swings into loss as one-off costs weigh

Sovereign Foods swings into loss as one-off costs weigh

16/05/2017 - 13:09
Sovereign Foods swung into a loss in the year to February, buffeted by one-off items that included costs to fend off the unsuccessful takeover bid by rival Country Bird Holdings. read more
PepsiCo advances health and sustainability agenda

PepsiCo advances health and sustainability agenda

15/05/2017 - 11:25
Food and drink giant PepsiCo has signed an agreement with Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), as part of the company's plans to transform its product portfolio to offer healthier options. read more
Astral slashes interim dividend as it battles high input costs

Astral slashes interim dividend as it battles high input costs

15/05/2017 - 09:16
Poultry producer says the results were due to its inability to recover record high feed prices and a loss in sales volumes ‘under extremely difficult market conditions’ read more
Packaging group Mondi tackles food waste

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. read more
Premier Food sees increased revenue

Premier Food sees increased revenue

08/05/2017 - 10:28
Premier Food and Fishing (PFF), announced on Thursday that its interim results to the end of February show group revenue has increased by 7% to R182m compared to the prior period. read more
J&J ordered to pay $110 million in U.S. talc-powder trial

J&J ordered to pay $110 million in U.S. talc-powder trial

05/05/2017 - 11:50
Johnson & Johnson was ordered by a Missouri jury to pay over $110 million to a Virginia woman who says she developed ovarian cancer after decades of using of its talc-based products for feminine hygiene. read more
Twinsaver buys Sylko, adding to its recent spate of acquisitions

Twinsaver buys Sylko, adding to its recent spate of acquisitions

04/05/2017 - 11:18
The Twinsaver Group, a maker and distributor of branded tissue products, has bought Sylko, which makes disposable and recyclable household foils, paper and plastic tableware, food wraps and baking accessories, for an undisclosed sum. read more
Apple’s quarterly profits rise but shares are down on weaker iPhone sales

Apple’s quarterly profits rise but shares are down on weaker iPhone sales

03/05/2017 - 14:36
San Francisco — Apple reported a rise in quarterly profits on Tuesday, but its shares took a hit from weaker iPhone sales ahead of a 10-year-anniversary model on the horizon. Apple said its profit climbed 4.9% to slightly more than $11bn on revenue rising 4.6% to $52.9bn in the quarter ending April 1. read more
Recognising the value of fresh produce market agents to the industry

Recognising the value of fresh produce market agents to the industry

02/05/2017 - 14:37
As a firm supporter of a free and open market system, PMA endorses competitive practices, which is inclusive of all role players throughout the fresh produce value chain. Fair and transparent price forming mechanisms are critical to bring about equal access to the marketplace. read more
Oceana sinks more than 3% after warning of decline

Oceana sinks more than 3% after warning of decline

24/04/2017 - 15:30
The group has suffered a decrease in canned fish sales blamed on ‘timing of buy-in effects ahead of price increases’. read more
Seafood Excellence Global finalists announced

Seafood Excellence Global finalists announced

05/04/2017 - 17:02
Competition Finalists Represent 15 Countries from Around the Globe read more
Astral Foods’ earnings to be lower, but still better than expected

Astral Foods’ earnings to be lower, but still better than expected

04/04/2017 - 15:50
Astral Foods’ headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months ending March 31 will be between 50% and 60% lower than that for the previous comparable half-year, but better than the group expected in an earlier trading statement. read more
Adcock opts to snap up Virtual Logistics

Adcock opts to snap up Virtual Logistics

04/04/2017 - 14:58
Adcock Ingram has acquired private group Virtual Logistics, a national and cross-border fine-distribution firm, as it looks to expand its distribution capacity. read more
Samsung launches Galaxy S8 and S8+

Samsung launches Galaxy S8 and S8+

30/03/2017 - 10:02
Samsung’s hotly anticipated iPhone killer the Galaxy S8 launched this afternoon, in what is perhaps the most vital launch of the tech giant’s history. read more
Global factors lift SA's poultry producers

Global factors lift SA's poultry producers

29/03/2017 - 15:14
Avian flu in Europe and tainted-meat scandal in Brazil help reverse local poultry producers' fortunes read more
Over 180,000 products reformulated for consumer wellbeing

Over 180,000 products reformulated for consumer wellbeing

28/03/2017 - 14:25
More than 180,000 products were reformulated in 2016 to promote healthier diets and lifestyles. read more
Imported meat strictly tested, retailers say amid tainted-products scare

Imported meat strictly tested, retailers say amid tainted-products scare

27/03/2017 - 11:58
Health fears grow as the world’s largest exporters are among Brazilian companies hit by tainted products scandal read more
Astral and RCL shares soar after crackdown on Brazilian meat imports

Astral and RCL shares soar after crackdown on Brazilian meat imports

23/03/2017 - 13:30
The share prices of South African chicken producers Astral and RCL soared on Thursday following the government’s crackdown on Brazilian meat imports. read more
Sea Harvest debuts on JSE Main Board under Share Code: SHG

Sea Harvest debuts on JSE Main Board under Share Code: SHG

23/03/2017 - 11:18
The Sea Harvest Group (SHG) listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) today, 23 March 2017, with 42% of the company floated at a trading price of R12,50 per share raising R1.33 billion, resulting in a group market capitalisation of c.R3.14 billion. The money raised will be used to pay down debt and fund growth both locally and internationally allowing it to fulfil its vision of becoming a diversified global seafood company.  read more
SA fears over Brazil meat scandal

SA fears over Brazil meat scandal

22/03/2017 - 11:46
In the wake of the Brazilian meat scandal this week, in which two of the biggest meat producers in Brazil, JBS and BRF, were implicated, South Africans are worried about the safety of Brazilian meat exports to South Africa. read more
Sea Harvest offering attracts strong demand

Sea Harvest offering attracts strong demand

20/03/2017 - 08:46
The fishing company, controlled by empowerment group Brimstone, says strong demand for its shares prompted a decision to increase the offer size to investors read more
Global Food Safety Conference celebrates record attendance

Global Food Safety Conference celebrates record attendance

06/03/2017 - 10:30
The 2017 Global Food Safety Conference, which brings together food safety specialists with industry counterparts had a record-breaking number of attendees, with 1,200 delegates from 54 countries. read more
BAT threatens to close SA’s only cigarette plant due to branding regulations

BAT threatens to close SA’s only cigarette plant due to branding regulations

02/03/2017 - 08:40
British American Tobacco may close SA’s only cigarette plant, which employs 1,100 people, due to new rules to introduce plain packaging read more
Ceres Fruit Growers sustainability efforts bear fruit

Ceres Fruit Growers sustainability efforts bear fruit

27/02/2017 - 14:29
The sustainability efforts of one of the largest employers in the area, Ceres Fruit Growers, is bearing fruit saving the environment and the bottom line in the process. read more
DHL Express makes global online shopping easier with on demand delivery in SA

DHL Express makes global online shopping easier with on demand delivery in SA

20/02/2017 - 14:24
On Demand Delivery developed in response to significant growth in premium cross-border e-commerce volumes. Flexible shipping options designed to enhance the customer experience for online shoppers.  read more
Coca-Cola’s health kick fails to offset challenges overseas

Coca-Cola’s health kick fails to offset challenges overseas

10/02/2017 - 09:04
Coca-Cola Co.’s bid to offer lower-calorie containers and healthier options has yet to fix its daunting challenges overseas. read more
Brimstone to list Sea Harvest on JSE

Brimstone to list Sea Harvest on JSE

08/02/2017 - 08:51
Brimstone Investment Corporation Limited announced today its intention to list leading vertically integrated seafood company Sea Harvest. A capital raising of up to R1.5 billion (Private Placement) will be undertaken by Sea Harvest simultaneously with the proposed listing.  read more
 Mondi CEO to retire in May

Mondi CEO to retire in May

01/02/2017 - 12:13
Cape Town - Mondi Group CEO David Hathorn informed the boards of his decision to retire and Peter Oswald, executive director and CEO of the Europe & International Division, will succeed him on 11 May at the AGM. read more
Clover refines milk plan

Clover refines milk plan

31/01/2017 - 08:26
The company plans to help milk producers pursue a 'volume growth strategy' through new special purpose vehicle Dairy Farmers SA. read more
Mondi recyclable Nespresso bags reach Austria

Mondi recyclable Nespresso bags reach Austria

30/01/2017 - 15:44
Packaging and paper company Mondi Group, working together with coffee giant Nespresso, has expanded the reach of its pod-recycling bags to Austria. read more
Tru-Cape getting a bigger piece of the cherry pie

Tru-Cape getting a bigger piece of the cherry pie

30/01/2017 - 15:28
Despite Ficksburg's self-proclaimed position as South Africa’s Cherry Capital, the Free State might soon have to fight for its crown as Ceres in the Western Cape is increasingly getting a bigger piece of the cherry pie. read more
Digital trendsetters: Secrets of the most successful digital supply chains

Digital trendsetters: Secrets of the most successful digital supply chains

24/01/2017 - 14:07
Today’s digital customers are looking for unique experiences at a hyper speed, making a super-flexible supply chain as critical as a super-efficient one. However, many organisations haven’t realised the full, value-driving potential of digital technologies. One group, though, is different. We call them “digital trendsetters” and they are the top performers in terms of both profitability and revenue growth in our survey of 400 senior supply-chain executives across 14 countries. These trendsetters are breaking away from the pack of “digital followers” because they are responding to digital disruption differently.  read more
Clover warns of sluggish trade in festive season

Clover warns of sluggish trade in festive season

19/01/2017 - 09:17
Clover’s December 2016 trading volumes were markedly lower than for December 2015, the dairy company said. This pushed the share down 6.62% by the close on Wednesday. read more
Sea Harvest's success positions it for growth

Sea Harvest's success positions it for growth

16/01/2017 - 09:34
Sea Harvest has enjoyed two years of significant success. The company's shareholders invested close to R600 million in capital and investment growth this year alone, seeing Sea Harvest becoming one of the largest vertically integrated black-owned fishing companies in the country. read more
What does 2017 hold for supply chains?

What does 2017 hold for supply chains?

12/01/2017 - 12:41
At the beginning of every new year, it is customary to give an opinion of the trends that are emerging or that are likely to develop further during the course of that year. Supply chain management is no different, as the discipline is constantly evolving in the quest for ever improving service levels through increased efficiency and effectiveness. read more
Coca-Cola heads for tricky AB Inbev deal

Coca-Cola heads for tricky AB Inbev deal

09/01/2017 - 09:01
Competition analysts believe it will involve another year of detailed engagements with competition regulators in many African countries read more
Puratos Group to become equal shareholder in Bidcorp Food Africa

Puratos Group to become equal shareholder in Bidcorp Food Africa

12/12/2016 - 09:29
The Puratos Group, a Belgian-based company is to become an equal shareholder in Bidcorp Food's Bakery Solutions Division (BBS). read more
 Coca-Cola appoints top lieutenant as new CEO

Coca-Cola appoints top lieutenant as new CEO

12/12/2016 - 08:45
New York - Coca-Cola chief executive officer Muhtar Kent will step down in 2017 after eight years at the helm, passing the job to top lieutenant James Quincey. read more
Tetra Pak launches new aseptic carton with bio-based plastic film and cap

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. read more
Poultry industry joins FAWU march against chicken dumping

Poultry industry joins FAWU march against chicken dumping

08/12/2016 - 13:52
Durban, 7 December 2016: Instead of Christmas bonuses, thousands of workers in the chicken industry are facing retrenchment by the end of the year, as the local industry tightens its belt due to the increased dumping of imported chicken on the South African market.  read more
Is your supply chain agile enough to handle the volume spike this festive season?

Is your supply chain agile enough to handle the volume spike this festive season?

06/12/2016 - 15:59
It is imperative that retailers, both traditional and online, are properly geared for the expected upsurge in sales that is synonymous with the 'silly season' in order to realise revenue targets, as well as offer a shopping experience that attracts a loyal following. read more
Nutella maker Ferrero spreads into biscuits

Nutella maker Ferrero spreads into biscuits

05/12/2016 - 15:59
PARIS - Nutella maker Ferrero said on Monday it had bought Belgium's Delacre for an undisclosed sum as it seeks to spread from chocolates to biscuits. read more
Coca-Cola opens first factory in Gaza Strip

Coca-Cola opens first factory in Gaza Strip

05/12/2016 - 09:24
GAZA CITY - Coca-Cola formally has opened its first factory in the Gaza Strip, the company announced on Wednesday, in a move that could create hundreds of jobs in the beleaguered Palestinian enclave. read more
Sappi cracks it back into JSE top 40 index

Sappi cracks it back into JSE top 40 index

01/12/2016 - 15:54
Paper and pulp producer Sappi has made it back into the top 40 index, marking a roundly successful year in which it paid a dividend for the first time since 2008 after nearly doubling full-year net profit while cutting net debt. read more
Global olive oil demand up by 73% since 1991

Global olive oil demand up by 73% since 1991

01/12/2016 - 10:52
Global olive oil consumption has grown by 73% over the past 25 years, reaching 2.99 billion kg in 2016, according to research by Italian farmers association Coldiretti. read more
 Tetra Pak launches enhanced 'standardisation unit'

Tetra Pak launches enhanced 'standardisation unit'

01/12/2016 - 09:50
Tetra Pak has launched an enhanced version of its 'standardization unit', which increases the precision of the standardisation process in the dairy industry. read more
Is your supply chain agile enough to handle the volume spike this festive season?

Is your supply chain agile enough to handle the volume spike this festive season?

01/12/2016 - 08:57
It is imperative that retailers, both traditional and online, are properly geared for the expected upsurge in sales that is synonymous with the 'silly season' in order to realize revenue targets, as well as offer a shopping experience that attracts a loyal following. read more
SAPPO establishes Pork 360 Quality Assurance certification programme

SAPPO establishes Pork 360 Quality Assurance certification programme

30/11/2016 - 10:32
South African Pork Producers Association (SAPPO) has established Pork 360 Quality Assurance certification programme, which extensively focuses on meat safety, meat quality, traceability and animal welfare. Pork 360 products are available exclusively to Food Lover's Market and Winelands Pork in the Western Cape. read more
Mondi showcases flexible on-the-go packaging

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. read more
It’s a scrum at the malls as shoppers hunt Black Friday bargains

It’s a scrum at the malls as shoppers hunt Black Friday bargains

25/11/2016 - 10:47
Joburg malls were besieged by bargain hunters on Friday, with shoppers staking out spots from the wee hours, and "nightmare" crowds reported. read more
Mondi seeking deals to capture growth in consumer packaging

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. read more
Transnet partners with GE Transportation to digitise SA supply chain

Transnet partners with GE Transportation to digitise SA supply chain

21/11/2016 - 08:33
Transnet, the custodian of South Africa's rail, ports and pipeline networks, has partnered with GE Transportation to create a digital solution connecting shippers and transport operators seamlessly and enabling the efficient transportation of goods. read more
McDonalds SA commits to 100% cage-free

McDonalds SA commits to 100% cage-free

16/11/2016 - 08:34
In a move that will spare thousands of hens from a life inside cramped battery cages, McDonalds South Africa has announced plans to switch to 100 percent cage-free eggs in its supply chain by 2025. read more
Corrugated packaging: The number-one choice

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. read more
Hundreds of millions of rands in forex losses set to hit Nampak earnings hard

Hundreds of millions of rands in forex losses set to hit Nampak earnings hard

10/11/2016 - 11:11
Packaging group Nampak says it expects its full-year headline earnings a share fall by up to half, hit by abnormal items like foreign-exchange losses. read more
5 things you can do now to make a positive impact

5 things you can do now to make a positive impact

02/11/2016 - 13:03
Consider your power as a consumer which directly drives the demand for the manufacturing of goods, and take responsibility for the way you consume. Demand sustainable and environmentally friendly products and the way in which we shop.  read more
In the news

In the news

02/11/2016 - 09:32
Read all the latest updates on environmental consciousness here: read more
Bio degradable plastic vs non-biodegradable plastics

Bio degradable plastic vs non-biodegradable plastics

02/11/2016 - 08:54
What is the difference between biodegradable and non-biodegradable substances? Biodegradable substances decay or decompose and become part of nature again through bacterial or fungal activities. Non-biodegradable materials do not decompose, even after thousands of years. Therefore, these waste products contribute to solid waste which is very hazardous for the environment.  read more
Just say, NO to plastic bags! A call to ban the plastic bag! It’s time to change our mind-sets!

Just say, NO to plastic bags! A call to ban the plastic bag! It’s time to change our mind-sets!

01/11/2016 - 16:44
Fastmoving has partnered with Trolley Bags South Africa as part of its sustainability strategy to shape and change mindsets in terms of the way we consume. It has been proven that plastics have a devastating effect on our health and the planet, yet we continue to drive the demand of plastic production through our use of this harmful product that cannot be absorbed by nature. It is, therefore, a responsibility that lies with each of us to make a difference through the way we consume. We need to reduce our plastic footprint and choose environmentally friendly alternatives.  read more
Great Pacific garbage patch

Great Pacific garbage patch

01/11/2016 - 16:37
The Great Pacific garbage patch, also described as the Pacific trash vortex, is home to exceptionally high relative concentrations of pelagic plastics, chemical sludge and other debris that have been trapped by the currents of the North Pacific Gyre. Many believe the "patch" to be one large mass accumulation of debris. This, however, is not the case as much of the debris is actually small pieces of floating plastic that are not immediately visible to the naked eye. Debris found in any region of the ocean can easily be ingested by marine species causing choking, starvation, and other impairments.  read more
The devastating effects of plastic on the environment

The devastating effects of plastic on the environment

01/11/2016 - 16:05
There are more the 500 billion and possibly as many as a trillion plastic bags in circulation annually, and an estimated 300 million plastic bags which end up in the Atlantic Ocean alone. This is both hazardous to marine life and potentially catastrophic to the environment. Should the use of plastic bags increase throughout the world, the eventual effects could Ultimately be devastating even to the human population. read more
Manufacturers should apply a 'cradle-to-grave' approach

Manufacturers should apply a 'cradle-to-grave' approach

31/10/2016 - 09:43
The key to reducing rubbish in SA, says MD of MPact Plastic Containers (MPC), Loutjie de Jongh, is for manufacturers to apply a "cradle-to-grave" approach to their products read more
Mondi increases operating profit despite headwinds

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. read more
DHL acknowledges importance of customer service for African businesses

DHL acknowledges importance of customer service for African businesses

14/10/2016 - 09:07
A recent Forrester survey has found that, internationally, 39% of customers tell their friends and families about bad customer experience. While there are no current statistics on the impact of poor customer service on businesses operating in Sub-Saharan Africa, it is safe to say that poor customer service can seriously affect a company's bottom line. read more
Coca-Cola eyes African bottler to keep out of AB InBev's takeover sights

Coca-Cola eyes African bottler to keep out of AB InBev's takeover sights

13/10/2016 - 11:29
Within hours of Anheuser Busch InBev (AB InBev) formally completing its takeover of SABMiller, the Coca-Cola company said it planned to exercise a change-of-control clause to buy SABMiller's 57% share in Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA). read more
From farm to freezer: the EU pork production chain

From farm to freezer: the EU pork production chain

11/10/2016 - 14:18
EU meat companies' extensive checks - from breeding to freezing - deciphered by trained veterinary experts, ensure guaranteed quality and taste. The tracing back of their pork production is in-depth, with packaging labels giving consumers the full guide of the pork production process. It's this modern approach that is leading the way for global producers. read more
 SA's Mondi to buy Russian packaging firm Beepack

SA's Mondi to buy Russian packaging firm Beepack

10/10/2016 - 16:54
Johannesburg - South Africa's Mondi has signed an agreement to acquire Beepack from a private investor for €41m ($46m) as part of plans to expand its packaging business, the paper group said on Monday. read more
How Uber plans to disrupt SA's delivery industry

How Uber plans to disrupt SA's delivery industry

03/10/2016 - 11:26
Food delivery app UberEATS launched on Wednesday and the company behind the ride-sharing app is confident the service will disrupt the food industry, and possibly other sectors as well. read more
Astrapak strategy pays off as interim profits rise

Astrapak strategy pays off as interim profits rise

30/09/2016 - 14:38
Packaging company Astrapak reported a 67% surge in first-half after-tax profit on Thursday as a turnaround plan yielded the desired results. read more
Warehouse 2020: adapting to e-commerce growth

Warehouse 2020: adapting to e-commerce growth

22/09/2016 - 16:17
Warehouses are changing at an unprecedented rate, particularly due to the growth in e-commerce - online sales in Europe are predicted to push through the $700 billion barrier, from $457 billion this year, by 2020.Companies like Deliv in the US, JD.com in China and Amazon, with Prime, are accelerating the move to same-day delivery as retailers, in particular, look to fulfillment to provide a competitive edge and consumers want their goods delivered more quickly. read more
Oceanwide Logistics opens in South Africa - expanding company's growing global network

Oceanwide Logistics opens in South Africa - expanding company's growing global network

21/09/2016 - 10:40
OL International Holdings LLC (OL International) today announced the launch of Oceanwide Logistics SA (Pty) Ltd (OL South Africa) with the opening of its newest office in Umhlanga, Durban. OL South Africa joins the company's growing global NVOCC network of 19 offices and more than 120 agents worldwide, many of which are part of the Oceanwide Logistics Global Network. This integrated network allows OL International to deliver powerful and seamless service to and from South Africa and ports around the world. read more
Compass Group commits to cage-free eggs only in global supply chain

Compass Group commits to cage-free eggs only in global supply chain

19/09/2016 - 09:23
Food service company Compass Group, with operations in 50 countries and serving around four billion meals a year, have announced that it will source only cage-free eggs for its global liquid and shell egg supply chain by 2025. read more
TNPA to implement new e-commerce platform for SA ports

TNPA to implement new e-commerce platform for SA ports

14/09/2016 - 11:17
In another step to digitalise South Africa's port operations and transform ports into 'SMART People's Ports', Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) will replace the nine-year-old PortsOnline system which customers previously used for online submission of cargo documentation, with a fully integrated e-commerce platform. The new Order to Cash initiative is expected to go live in April 2017. read more
Nampak in lease and sale deal

Nampak in lease and sale deal

14/09/2016 - 09:40
Nampak has concluded a sale and leaseback transaction of 15 group properties announced in June including the outright sale of one property to Imbali Props 21, a company in the Collins Property Group. read more
MTN launches new R10bn BEE scheme

MTN launches new R10bn BEE scheme

12/09/2016 - 11:01
Johannesburg - Mobile network MTN officially opened up its R9.9bn ‘Zakhele Futhi’ black economic empowerment transaction to the market on Monday.  read more
Packaging industry needs to be ready for 2017 boom

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. read more
Optimising the supply chain for sustainable business growth

Optimising the supply chain for sustainable business growth

06/09/2016 - 15:44
When looking ahead at the various business challenges facing South African companies, particularly with regards to sustainability, it is useful to look back and briefly chart the most significant changes and trends. In the late eighties and early nineties, we witnessed the emergence of the 'one world' economy - which coincided with the arrival of the internet and rapid digital transformation. The resulting changes triggered quantum leaps in global trade and duly affected national and regional economics, politics and business practices. read more