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Woolworths: Shining brightly in the gloom

Woolies-FoodThe economy may be weak, and the consumer depressed, but Woolworths is showing little sign of it as the retailer takes market share in both food and clothing and continues its expansion drive into the rest of Africa and Australia.

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SA products feature poorly in Shoprite's African expansion

Shoprite1Shoprite is the African continent's retail kingpin but, alas, it's three top-performing countries outside South Africa are 80% stocked with non-SA products. The company is having a "hard time" with SA manufacturers, CEO Whitey Basson has said: "They don't really appreciate the fact that its cheaper to trade into formal businesses, but that you have to build your brands."

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Tetra Pak appoints developing markets expert as head of its South African operation

John-StrombladJohn Strömblad has been appointed MD of Tetra Pak South Africa, and comes to our shores after extensive stints in Asian markets for the packaging/processing giant.

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Shoprite shifts investment focus to Africa

Whitey-BassonAs local growth continues to stall, supermarket retailer Shoprite has shifted its investment focus from South Africa to the rest of Africa.

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Shoprite's Hungry Lion aims to compete as a stand-alone chicken chain

Hungry-LionThe current refurbishing and rebranding of Shoprite's quick-service restaurant, Hungry Lion, will see the chain not only competing with the likes of KFC and Steers but also vying for dominance in other southern African countries in a few years, its chief executive Adrian Basson asserts.

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Cadbury Dairy Milk and Oreo – a hot hook-up now in SA!

Dairy-Milk-OreoThe popular combination of South Africa's best-loved chocolate, Cadbury Dairy Milk, and Oreo- the world's number one biscuit, is now on SA shelves.

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Investigation uncovers unlawful food labelling

Labelling-scamSome of the country's major retailers have been implicated in a widespread food-labelling scandal uncovered by a recent National Consumer Commission investigation.

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October's Propak Cape to showcase latest products and innovation

Propak-CapeShowcasing the latest products from the packaging, food processing, plastics, printing and labelling industries, Propak Cape looks set to be bigger and better than ever, and promises to give visitors a chance to view the best and latest technology, products and services from these innovative sectors.

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SA's Afriplex and Germany's Doehler join forces

Afriplex-DoehlerPaarl's well-known and pioneering African botanicals ingredient producer, Afriplex, is spreading its wings in a joint venture with Doehler, a global specialist of ingredients and ingredient systems, located in Darmstadt, Germany. This is the latest in a chain of deals in the past few years that has seen global ingredient vendors join forces with attractive South African players to expand and entrench their African footprint.

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Woolworths moves to ethical pork

Ethical-porkAs of end of September 2014, all fresh pork sold at Woolworths will be sourced from farms that no longer use sow stalls to restrain pregnant sows.

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Top International Stuff

Burger King delivered Uncle Sam a real Whopper this week. It announced that it was buying Canadian doughnut outfit Tim Hortons in a move widely seen as a bid to lower its tax bills.
Nestlé, the world's largest food and beverage company, has pledged new animal welfare standards for its 7 300 worldwide suppliers.
AmazonFresh's bright green trucks have become familiar sights in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles, they have just appeared in San Diego, and may eventually trundle around the world,...

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