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Crumbs … Pioneer about to toss its biscuit business?

Moirs BiscuitsCape Town-based consumer brands giant Pioneer Foods Group is looking very serious about cutting out operations that are not going to fatten up its operating margins. Next to go... Moir's?

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Official launch of new Food & Hospitality Africa expo

Food & Hospitality AfricaAs we reported last December, Hostex and IFEA are merging into one hospitality-food show in May 2016. The organisers took the opportunity to officially launch the new event at last week's Hostex expo at the Sandton Convention Centre.

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New food safety specialist for Consumer Goods Council's food safety unit

FSI appointmentFood safety expert, Dr Papiso Tshabalala, has been appointed to the Food Safety Initiative (FSI) business unit of the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA). She is on a mission to educate and train food handlers on the proper methods to prevent foodborne illnesses.

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The reclusive SA entrepreneur who made R5bn from Nando’s

Nandos3Long lines at Nando's, which opened its first eatery in South Africa in the late 1980s, are a common sight at outlets far away from Cape Town. The fast-growing spicy-chicken chain has 1,100 locations in 22 countries, helping make its original backer, Dick Enthoven, a billionaire. In this fascinating insight into the family behind Nando’s, Bloomberg lifts the veil ever so slightly on one of South Africa’s most successful and most reclusive entrepreneurs.

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Clover runs out of yoghurt capacity

Clover Classic YoghurtClover Industries has a healthy problem. The dairy giant, which started making yoghurts and custards this year, will spend R65m on installing another yoghurt production line because the one it bought from DairyBelle has run out of capacity two years earlier than expected.

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Ageing SA farmer cohort could prompt food shortages

SA farmerSouth Africa is facing the prospect of looming food shortages in the next 10 years as the country struggles to attract new talent to its ageing crop of commercial farmers, according to Deloitte.

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New executive appointment at SA flavour association

Sharon BolelWell known food ingredient specialist, Sharon Bolel, has been appointed as assistant executive director of SAAFFI, the South African Association of the Flavour & Fragrance Industry, the industry body uniting the flavour & fragrance industry in South Africa across common, non-competitive issues.

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Nestlé sells its SA ice cream business to UK company

Nestle Ice CreamBritish firm R&R Ice Cream, Europe's largest private label ice cream manufacturer, has agreed to acquire Nestlé South Africa's ice cream business for an undisclosed amount and which it hopes will be a "springboard" for growth on the African continent.

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AB7 organisers look to SA companies to fill last eight stands at food and beverage expo

AB7Africa's Big Seven (AB7), the biggest food and beverage expo on the continent, has almost completely sold-out all exhibition space at the multi hall Gallagher Convention Centre – with no further room to expand – for the first time in 13 years, report the organisers. AB7 takes place at Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand from June 21-23, 2015.

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Pioneer Foods bites into the Nigerian market

Pioneer-CEO-Phil-RouxPioneer Foods, the maker of ProNutro and Weet-Bix breakfast cereal, this week announced its first major foray into Nigeria.

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Top International Stuff

This week, the EU milk quotas that were set in 1984 when there was a huge milk and butter surplus, will end. Many farmers and dairy cooperatives are looking forward to the change, which will lift...
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Sugar may not be so sweet when it comes to its effects on the world economy, conclude Morgan Stanley analysts in a new research report. They say that because health is a key driver of economic...

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