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Load-shedding knocks mining and manufacturing in the first quarter

Load-shedding knocks mining and manufacturing in the first quarter

13/05/2019 - 09:36
Despite a better performance in March, both sectors recorded contractions in the first quarter of the year - with production severely constrained by load-shedding. read more
Manufacturing growth far lower than expected

Manufacturing growth far lower than expected

14/03/2019 - 15:46
The manufacturing sector saw tepid growth at the start of 2019. read more
SA limped out of 2018 with growth below 1%

SA limped out of 2018 with growth below 1%

19/02/2019 - 14:20
SA will have limped out of 2018 with growth of below 1%.  read more
Latest retail sales figures show disappointing trend

Latest retail sales figures show disappointing trend

15/02/2019 - 10:01
Available economic activity data has shown that the economy ended last year on a weaker footing, with December retail sales figures being the latest to disappoint, declining for the first time in nearly two years.  read more
Nigeria set to overtake SA as largest maize producer in sub-Saharan Africa

Nigeria set to overtake SA as largest maize producer in sub-Saharan Africa

07/02/2019 - 10:15
Nigeria is poised to overtake South Africa and become the largest maize producer in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) in the 2018/19 production season, according to Wandile Sihlobo, an agricultural economist at the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) of SA. read more
Value of wine exports up despite drought in Western Cape

Value of wine exports up despite drought in Western Cape

28/01/2019 - 09:41
The value of wine exports grew by 4% in 2018, despite a difficult season and a long-term trend of producers dwindling. read more
Farm and factory gate inflation slows slightly

Farm and factory gate inflation slows slightly

14/12/2018 - 09:00
Falling fruit and vegetable prices helped slow producer inflation in November. read more
Annual manufacturing growth in October beats expectations

Annual manufacturing growth in October beats expectations

11/12/2018 - 20:21
Production from SA’s factories was boosted considerably in October compared with the same month in 2017, Statistics SA reported. read more
SA Citrus exports close in on 2 million tons

SA Citrus exports close in on 2 million tons

16/10/2018 - 15:07
Yet another important milestone has been reached by the South African citrus industry. According to Justin Chadwick, CEO of the Citrus Growers’ Association, citrus production has reached a record volume packed for export in 2018. read more
Tiger Brands reopens Germiston polony factory

Tiger Brands reopens Germiston polony factory

12/10/2018 - 10:00
After 'rigorous assessments' the factory has been given the all-clear to resume production after it was closed during the listeriosis crisis. read more
SA’s factories returning to health

SA’s factories returning to health

11/10/2018 - 14:19
South African manufacturing output grew 1.3% in August from the same month in 2017, a slowdown from July’s 2.8% but beating the economists’ consensus of 0.6%. read more
Supply chain resilience: How agile is your supply chain?

Supply chain resilience: How agile is your supply chain?

04/10/2018 - 11:38
Thanks to globalisation, the typical manufacturing supply chain has become an incredibly complex network of entities spread across various continents. This complexity makes planning and managing the efficient and effective flow of goods, services, and information a great challenge for supply chain managers.  read more
Key insights into the African pork market

Key insights into the African pork market

26/09/2018 - 08:58
According to the report "Africa: Pork (Meat Of Swine) - Market Report. Analysis And Forecast To 2025", recently published by IndexBox, in 2017 the pork market in Africa expanded to 1.6M tonnes, maintaining a steady upward trend over the last ten year period.  read more
Dismal update sends Rhodes Foods’ shares plummeting

Dismal update sends Rhodes Foods’ shares plummeting

17/09/2018 - 10:28
The food producer warned of a large decline in its full-year earnings due to the crippling drought in the Western Cape. read more
Impairments push Clover into a full-year loss

Impairments push Clover into a full-year loss

12/09/2018 - 13:07
Consumer goods and products producer Clover swung to a loss in the year to end-June, as the sudden resignations of the CEO and chair of Dairy Farmers of SA (DFSA) forced the group to write down the R439m revolving credit facility it had extended to the subsidiary. read more
Manufacturing sector shows good growth in the third quarter

Manufacturing sector shows good growth in the third quarter

12/09/2018 - 08:45
The manufacturing sector kicked off the third quarter with strong growth. read more
Wholesale trade sales shrank in real terms in June compared to 2017

Wholesale trade sales shrank in real terms in June compared to 2017

17/08/2018 - 09:56
Wholesale trade sales shrank in real, inflation-adjusted terms in June compared with a year earlier and eked out a 0.1% gain for the quarter. read more
Rob Davies aids embattled sugar industry with higher import duty

Rob Davies aids embattled sugar industry with higher import duty

15/08/2018 - 10:49
Trade & industry minister Rob Davies has come to the aid of the embattled sugar industry, approving an increase in import duties on sugar. read more
Insights into the global poppy seed market

Insights into the global poppy seed market

13/08/2018 - 11:49
The global consumption of poppy seed increased over the previous year. read more
South African leads international prune association

South African leads international prune association

24/07/2018 - 14:42
At the recent annual congress of the International Prune Association (IPA) Chris Krone, chairperson of Agri Western Cape’s Commodity Chamber was elected as president for the association for the third time. Established in Agen, France, in January 1990, the IPA is the international prune industry’s trade entity that represents the interests of prune growers and packers across the globe. read more
Colombia targets deforestation-free cocoa production by 2020

Colombia targets deforestation-free cocoa production by 2020

19/07/2018 - 09:23
The government of Colombia – along with cocoa companies Casa Luker and Compañía Nacional de Chocolates – has pledged to eliminate deforestation from the country’s cocoa supply chain by 2020. read more
Meat and poultry consumption on the rise in Africa

Meat and poultry consumption on the rise in Africa

17/07/2018 - 14:54
The meat and poultry market in West Africa grew to 6.5M tonnes in 2016. In value terms, it stood at $16.1B, which was at the level of the previous year. Market size upturned from 2007 to 2014, with mild fluctuations, followed by an abrupt decline in 2015 and stabilisation in 2016. read more
Great wine starts with good geography

Great wine starts with good geography

13/07/2018 - 11:12
In an attempt to define the elusive concept of terroir, Wine Folly’s Madeline Blasberg narrows it down to connecting five dots. read more
SA factories do better than expected in May

SA factories do better than expected in May

12/07/2018 - 13:47
SA’s manufacturing output grew 2.3% in May from the same month in 2017, contradicting a drop predicted by the Absa purchasing managers index (PMI). read more
Luxury powerhouse Gucci brings craftsmanship in-house

Luxury powerhouse Gucci brings craftsmanship in-house

12/06/2018 - 14:51
Kering’s fashion powerhouse Gucci is bringing more manufacturing in-house as luxury firms step up efforts to meet demand from Chinese shoppers with slicker operations. read more
Colgate-Palmolive commits to 100% recyclability of plastic packaging by 2025

Colgate-Palmolive commits to 100% recyclability of plastic packaging by 2025

24/05/2018 - 16:28
Colgate-Palmolive Company has committed to 100% recyclability of plastics in packaging across all its product categories by 2025. read more
Rhodes Food turns to Africa for growth

Rhodes Food turns to Africa for growth

23/05/2018 - 15:41
Western Cape-based food producer Rhodes Food Group is deepening its growth in the sub-Saharan Africa region, as the international market is marred by uncertainty.  read more
Three important technologies to slash manufacturing input costs

Three important technologies to slash manufacturing input costs

21/05/2018 - 14:34
Local manufacturing firms continue to face blustering headwinds – from heightened global competition from the likes of China and India, to sluggish demand and macroeconomic conditions, to critical skills shortages and labour issues. But technology can help to relieve one of the most common pain points that we’re seeing: the stubbornly high costs of production.  read more
Mondi benefits from strong demand and pricing power

Mondi benefits from strong demand and pricing power

16/05/2018 - 11:07
Paper maker Mondi is enjoying "a strong pricing environment in a number of our key product segments, supported by good demand growth", it said in a trading update. read more
Vanilla production drops as demand grows

Vanilla production drops as demand grows

15/05/2018 - 11:26
In 2016, the vanilla market dropped to 7 100 tons, caused by the reduction of global vanilla production due to harvest cuts in Madagascar and Indonesia. At the same time, demand for vanilla continues to grow against the backdrop of growing demand from the food, flavours and cosmetic industries.  read more
Smaller 2018 wine grape harvest delivers promising quality

Smaller 2018 wine grape harvest delivers promising quality

08/05/2018 - 09:24
Niël Groenewald, Distell’s head winemaker said the 2018 wine grape harvest, some two weeks later than in previous years, had delivered healthy, good quality grapes, with the crop about 30% down on last year’s intake, although yields had differed across regions.  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
Higher maize crop expected

Higher maize crop expected

26/04/2018 - 10:22
The area planted estimate and third production forecast of summer crops for the 2018 production season was recently released by the National Crop Estimates Committee. read more
SA wine production declines steeply — but global wine consumption is steady

SA wine production declines steeply — but global wine consumption is steady

24/04/2018 - 15:43
SA is set for a steep decline in wine production in 2018 as the country grapples with a water crisis ravaging Cape Town and surrounding areas, a Paris-based global organisation said. read more
Low-carb potatoes on the rise

Low-carb potatoes on the rise

20/04/2018 - 14:08
Potatoes contain many good nutrients, but they have a somewhat negative image because they’re a source of starch. Starch is a carbohydrate, which is known for being fattening. A potato with fewer carbs should be the solution. read more
South African manufacturers turn gloomy again

South African manufacturers turn gloomy again

03/04/2018 - 18:34
After briefly turning optimistic in February, South African factory managers were back on the pessimistic side of the monthly manufacturing purchasing managers index (PMI), Absa reported on Tuesday. read more
Potato market sees an increase in sales

Potato market sees an increase in sales

23/03/2018 - 15:21
The local potato market has seen an increase in potato sales at fresh produce markets for the 2017 season.  read more
Factory output surges on higher consumption of food and drinks

Factory output surges on higher consumption of food and drinks

13/03/2018 - 15:32
Annual South African manufacturing output growth accelerated to 2.5% in January from December’s figure, which was revised down to 1.8% from the 2% Statistics SA originally published. read more
Drought cuts Western Cape farm production by 20%‚ says finance MEC

Drought cuts Western Cape farm production by 20%‚ says finance MEC

08/03/2018 - 14:09
The drought has halted economic growth in the Western Cape‚ finance MEC Ivan Meyer said in his budget speech. read more
Drought knocks potato‚ onion and fruit production

Drought knocks potato‚ onion and fruit production

07/03/2018 - 15:34
Research conducted into the economic impact of the drought on agriculture has revealed that the sector will take a higher than anticipated economic knock‚ says Western Cape minister of economic opportunities‚ Alan Winde. read more
December manufacturing output up 2%

December manufacturing output up 2%

08/02/2018 - 15:54
Manufacturing production grew 2% in December, matching economists’ consensus. This marked an acceleration from November’s 1.7%, Statistics SA reported. read more
Swiss chocolate industry aims for 80% sustainable cocoa by 2025

Swiss chocolate industry aims for 80% sustainable cocoa by 2025

01/02/2018 - 15:18
Lindt & Sprüngli, Barry Callebaut, and Nestlé are among companies to join the Swiss Platform for Sustainable Cocoa to strengthen sustainable chocolate production. read more
How Fever-Tree mixers are creating a fizz

How Fever-Tree mixers are creating a fizz

26/01/2018 - 11:16
With Britain’s thirst for gin showing no sign of letting up, upmarket tonic and mixers maker Fever-Tree says its 2017 results will beat the expectations of analysts.  read more
Drought challenges fruit industry

Drought challenges fruit industry

22/01/2018 - 11:12
Western Cape fruit farmers and rural communities are under tremendous socio-economic pressure due to the crippling drought, according to the deciduous fruit industry organisation, Hortgro.  read more
Milk price hits four-year high

Milk price hits four-year high

18/01/2018 - 09:08
The producer price for milk reached R5,10/ℓ to R5,20/ℓ in December, its highest level since 2014, according to the Milk Producer’s Organisation (MPO). read more
Manufacturing output growth beats expectations

Manufacturing output growth beats expectations

11/01/2018 - 14:06
SA’s manufacturing output grew 1.7% in November from the same month in 2016, beating the economists’ consensus of 0.45%, Statistics SA reported on Thursday. read more
Kenyans face bleak year after poor maize, wheat harvests

Kenyans face bleak year after poor maize, wheat harvests

05/01/2018 - 10:45
The country is staring at a food shortage following declined maize and wheat production in the North Rift region - the country's grain basket this season caused by disease outbreaks and erratic weather. read more
SA egg shortage sends prices scrambling

SA egg shortage sends prices scrambling

15/12/2017 - 10:48
The flu virus takes its toll.  read more
Manufacturing production off to a good start in final quarter

Manufacturing production off to a good start in final quarter

12/12/2017 - 14:44
Manufacturing production got the final quarter of a tough 2017 off to a good start, as expected, posting growth of 2.2% for October from a year earlier, after a revised 1.7% year-on-year contraction in September. read more
Egg price expected to rise 20%

Egg price expected to rise 20%

08/12/2017 - 10:41
South African consumers should brace themselves for a steep hike in the price of eggs, according to Paul Makube, senior agricultural economist at FNB Business.  read more
Manufacturing Circle optimistic about prospects of factories

Manufacturing Circle optimistic about prospects of factories

05/12/2017 - 10:27
Despite the Absa purchasing managers’ index (PMI) spending six months in contractionary territory, the Manufacturing Circle is adamant that manufacturing is SA’s greatest opportunity for job-rich growth. read more
With silos bulging, SA looks abroad

With silos bulging, SA looks abroad

12/09/2017 - 10:56
A quarter of South Africa's surplus maize crop of four million tons has so far been exported to Southern African countries and to the Far East, as South Africa searches for new markets. read more
AVI’s full-year HEPS rise in line with guidance

AVI’s full-year HEPS rise in line with guidance

11/09/2017 - 11:17
Food producer AVI has reported a 9.4% rise in full-year headline earnings per share (HEPS) to R5.08, which was in line with its recent guidance. read more
Manufacturing output gloomier than expected

Manufacturing output gloomier than expected

07/09/2017 - 15:12
The manufacturing sector took a knock in July, with production declining more than expected. read more
Agribusiness confidence takes a knock in the third quarter

Agribusiness confidence takes a knock in the third quarter

04/09/2017 - 15:23
Agribusiness confidence took a knock in the third quarter 2017 as the unrelenting drought in the Western Cape and low demand for maize exports weighed on sentiment. read more
Manufacturing index signals softer third quarter

Manufacturing index signals softer third quarter

04/09/2017 - 09:41
Economic growth is expected to rebound in the second quarter after the recession, but the Absa purchasing managers index (PMI) suggests the third quarter may be softer. read more
SA revises figures upwards for record-breaking maize crop

SA revises figures upwards for record-breaking maize crop

30/08/2017 - 09:07
South African farmers will harvest 16.4-million tonnes of maize in 2017, marking the largest crop on record, the crop estimates committee (CEC) says. read more
Manufacturing figures point to an end to recession

Manufacturing figures point to an end to recession

11/08/2017 - 11:35
Manufacturing production increased in the second quarter of the year — indicating SA may be heading out of recession. read more
Producer inflation posts surprisingly sharp slowdown

Producer inflation posts surprisingly sharp slowdown

27/07/2017 - 15:48
Production inflation posted a surprisingly sharp fall in June — slowing to 4% year on year, from 4.8% in May. 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
Manufacturing production falls marginally in May

Manufacturing production falls marginally in May

11/07/2017 - 13:42
Manufacturing production fared better than expected, falling only marginally in May 2017. It fell by 0.8% year on year compared with May 2016. read more
Food, beverages and tobacco largest contributor to May’s PPI increase

Food, beverages and tobacco largest contributor to May’s PPI increase

29/06/2017 - 14:49
Production prices were up slightly in May in line with economists’ expectations. read more
Price of white maize falls with glut in SA’s export markets

Price of white maize falls with glut in SA’s export markets

29/06/2017 - 08:54
SA could battle to offload some of its surplus white maize as major customers are also experiencing a production uptick. read more
Agricultural production is key driver in slowing food producer inflation

Agricultural production is key driver in slowing food producer inflation

31/03/2017 - 16:07
The broad recovery in agricultural production is the key driver of the slowing trend in food producer inflation, says the Agriculture Business Chamber (Agbiz), an organisation that represents commercial farmers and agribusiness enterprises nationally. read more
Clover caught between drought and embattled consumers

Clover caught between drought and embattled consumers

01/03/2017 - 09:22
Dairy products group says rising raw milk prices and constrained consumers put it under pressure during the first half of its financial year. read more
Italy’s San Pellegrino expands production capacity

Italy’s San Pellegrino expands production capacity

21/02/2017 - 13:39
Nestlé Italia is investing €90 million in the restructuring of its water and soft drinks factory in San Pellegrino Terme, reports daily Il Sole 24 Ore. read more
Shoprite’s interims a fitting sendoff for Whitey Basson

Shoprite’s interims a fitting sendoff for Whitey Basson

21/02/2017 - 10:03
The retailer says the drought and its effect on agricultural production, along with the high replacement cost of basic food imports, pushed up internal inflation. read more
Production data lifts rand to week high

Production data lifts rand to week high

11/12/2013 - 09:25
Johannesburg - The rand gained to its strongest in nearly a week on Tuesday after upbeat mining and manufacturing data improved economic growth prospects. read more
Manufacturing production climbs 3.9%

Manufacturing production climbs 3.9%

14/03/2013 - 14:42
Johannesburg - Manufacturing production increased by 3.9% year-on-year (y/y) in January after an unrevised 2.0% (y/y) rise in December‚ data released by Statistics SA on Thursday showed. read more
British economy shrinks by 0.5%

British economy shrinks by 0.5%

27/08/2012 - 09:49
London - Britain's economic output fell by 0.5% in the second quarter, which was better than previously thought but still left the country mired in recession, official data showed on Friday.  read more
Ugly mutant virus threatens SA wheat

Ugly mutant virus threatens SA wheat

23/08/2012 - 09:56
With drought in the US, Europe and Africa threatening to send maize prices soaring, another threat to food prices has reached SA — Ug99, a variant of stem rust that could reduce wheat production levels. read more
Manufacturing confidence down - survey

Manufacturing confidence down - survey

11/06/2012 - 08:13
Johannesburg – Manufacturing business confidence plunged 18 index points to 29 in the second quarter‚ a Bureau for Economic Research (BER) manufacturing survey released on Friday shows. read more
SA manufacturing output up in April

SA manufacturing output up in April

08/06/2012 - 07:45
Johannesburg - South Africa's manufacturing output grew by 1.2% year-on-year in volume terms in April which was below expectations after contracting by 2.9% in March, Statistics South Africa said on Thursday. read more
Nestlé launches creamer factory

Nestlé launches creamer factory

03/02/2012 - 09:50
Nestlé SA brought its manufacturing facility count in SA to 10 with the launch of a new coffee creamer factory yesterday. read more
Sugar prices to remain volatile into 2013

Sugar prices to remain volatile into 2013

27/01/2012 - 09:28
Sugar prices are likely to remain volatile into 2013 according to the International Sugar Organisation (ISO) as global output matches demand.  read more
Europe’s glass production volumes on the up in 2011

Europe’s glass production volumes on the up in 2011

08/12/2011 - 09:03
European glass packaging production volumes have grown by 4.7% in the first half of 2011, according to figures from the European Container Glass Federation (Feve). read more