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Unilever among firms calling for net zero UK emissions by 2050

Unilever among firms calling for net zero UK emissions by 2050

28/11/2018 - 09:04
Unilever, Danone and Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) are among companies which have urged the UK to aim for net zero emissions by 2050. read more
Sugar content in UK yoghurts “well above” recommended levels

Sugar content in UK yoghurts “well above” recommended levels

02/10/2018 - 08:33
The sugar content of the majority of yoghurts sold in the UK is “well above” recommended sugar levels, according to research conducted by online journal BMJ Open. read more
Dr. Oetker acquires cake decorating company Wilton Brands

Dr. Oetker acquires cake decorating company Wilton Brands

12/09/2018 - 09:20
Dr. Oetker has acquired US-based cake decorating business Wilton Brands from TowerBrook Capital Partners for an undisclosed sum. read more
Food and grocery price increases in South Africa: 2017 vs 2018

Food and grocery price increases in South Africa: 2017 vs 2018

03/08/2018 - 10:15
Annual food inflation has continued to slow despite April’s rise in value-added tax (VAT), and some food items are actually cheaper than they were a year ago. read more
EU plans ban on plastic straws and other single-use plastics

EU plans ban on plastic straws and other single-use plastics

30/05/2018 - 13:54
Single-use plastic products such as straws and drink stirrers may be banned across much of Europe under proposals put forward by the European Union (EU). read more
Nestlé to launch global children’s nutrition programme

Nestlé to launch global children’s nutrition programme

18/05/2018 - 14:19
Nestlé has announced that it has launched a new children’s nutrition programme, which will aim to reformulate the company’s products in order to make them more nutritious. read more
Producer inflation drops in March, with total cost of food production falling 1.2%

Producer inflation drops in March, with total cost of food production falling 1.2%

03/05/2018 - 14:13
Farm and factory gate inflation, as measured by the annual change in the producer price index (PPI), decelerated to 3.7% in March from 4.2% in February.  read more
Study finds Americans waste 150 000 tons of food per day

Study finds Americans waste 150 000 tons of food per day

19/04/2018 - 11:10
Recent study findings reveal Americans waste nearly 150 000 tons of food per day, amounting to about 422g per person, and fruits and vegetables are mostly what gets tossed. read more
Food trends could drive production decisions

Food trends could drive production decisions

14/02/2018 - 11:01
The agricultural sector is about producing, processing and marketing food and fibre to consumers. Although the natural fibre side of agriculture should never be neglected, the largest portion of the sector remains the production of various food products. read more
Häagen-Dazs releases new ice cream flavour for Valentine’s Day

Häagen-Dazs releases new ice cream flavour for Valentine’s Day

12/02/2018 - 10:30
Ice cream company Häagen-Dazs has launched a new limited-edition Cherry Blossom ice cream for the UK market in the run-up to Valentine’s Day. read more
Lindt & Sprüngli invests $32m in Olten cocoa mass facility

Lindt & Sprüngli invests $32m in Olten cocoa mass facility

02/02/2018 - 13:28
Lindt & Sprüngli has announced it will invest CHF 30 million ($32 million) to expand the production capacity of its cocoa mass factory in Olten, Switzerland.  read more
Bureau Veritas unveils state-of-the-art microbiological laboratory in Cape Town

Bureau Veritas unveils state-of-the-art microbiological laboratory in Cape Town

03/11/2017 - 09:43
Bureau Veritas, the renowned international accreditation, testing and analyses global giant, today unveiled their technologically innovative, state-of-the-art microbiological laboratory in Brackenfell, Cape Town.  read more
Why red meat prices will soar, even if the drought is broken

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. read more
Spur results underline pressure on consumers as food inflation bites

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. read more
Tiger sees SA consumers under pressure as costs rise

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. read more
You are now paying a lot more for food in South Africa

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. read more
Food will continue to be costly

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. read more
Food may become “unaffordable”

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. read more
Drought: SA’s warm weather set to continue

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). read more
High red meat prices could mean a crash in the market

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. read more
The price of everything is going up in SA

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. read more
Get ready for a food price shock in 2016

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. read more
Fire destroys over 20 000 hectares of food crop farms - Ghana

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. read more
Food now key player in housing market

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. read more
Global food prices fall in July

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. read more
Botswana-Zimbabwe trade shrinks

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. read more
Inflation edges up from 7.3 % to 7.6%, trade surplus up to K283 million, Zambia

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. read more
South Africa's CPI rises to 5.8%

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. read more
Zambia’s annual rate of inflation rise by 0.2 percent, trade surplus ticks up

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. read more
PPI slows down

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.  read more
May wholesale trade up 8.7%

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.  read more
Western Cape economy cools down

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.  read more
Cheaper oil, food put lid on inflation

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. read more
Tough trading likely to continue — Pick n Pay

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. read more
‘Shocking’ fall in factory output raises fears over exports

‘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.  read more
Consumer inflation slows again

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.  read more
SA's repo rate seen steady at 5.5%

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. read more
Clothing, footwear sales boost retail confidence

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. read more
Consumers remain backbone of SA economy

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. read more
Bytes replaces 8 000 POS units at Pick n Pay

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. read more
Retail sales grew 5.97% in 3Q 2011

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. read more
Consumer inflation edges up to 6.3%

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. read more
Woolworths Floor-Space Growth to Accelerate in Second Half

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. read more
Nestlé develops ‘frustration-free’ packaging

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. read more
SA CPI annual average 5.0% in 2011 (4.3% 2010)

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.  read more
Woolworths not losing sleep over Walmart

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. read more
Shoprite honours top suppliers for 2011

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. read more
New packaging packs less at consumer's cost

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? read more
Spar full-year profit lags consensus

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. read more
Consumer inflation in the spotlight

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.  read more
Woolworths shares dip as sales disappoint

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. read more
Retail sales surge signals recovery gaining pace

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 read more
Joint approach towards an innovative sustainable solution

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.  read more
Nutrition labels should be in centre of food packaging: Study

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. read more
Food retailers aim for quality organic produce

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. read more