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What are the next major markets for gluten-free? South Africa's fledgling but growing market 12 Oct 2016

The gluten-free market has taken root quickest in markets in North America and western Europe but manufacturers looking for more business opportunities could look to South Africa, a country where the category is in its early stages but one touted for expansion. John Shepherd reports.


Comment: Unilever raid shows South Africa eyeing food 4 Apr 2014

News the South African offices of Unilever and Sime Darby were raided by competition authorities this week comes as a further evidence that the country's competition watchdog has set its sights on the food sector, Katy Askew suggests.


The just-food interview: Ian Donald, Nestle CEO of equatorial Africa 5 Dec 2012

The importance of expanding in emerging markets is a constant message from Nestle, a company that has one of the industry's largest footprints in the developing world. While Nestle is expanding in high-growth markets like China, the world's largest food group is looking beyond the BRICs as it establishes a presence in every quarter of the globe. In this month's just-food interview, Katy Askew spoke to the chief executive of Nestle's operations in equatorial Africa, Ian Donald, to discover how the company is working to drive long-term growth in the region.


On the move: Brasher faces challenge as Pick n Pay CEO 8 Oct 2012

The appointment of former Tesco UK chief Richard Brasher as Pick n Pay's new CEO last week may not be enough to turn around the fortunes of the South African supermarket operator, some analysts have suggested.


BRICs and beyond: South-South the new direction for Fairtrade 24 Jul 2012

Having seen strong and resilient growth in established developed markets, the Fairtrade movement is increasingly turning its attention to 'South-to-South' trade. Ben Cooper reports.

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South African dairy group Clover Industries in takeover talks 19 Oct 2018

Clover Industries, the South African dairy group, is in talks over a possible takeover.


Tiger Brands re-opens plant implicated in deadly listeria outbreak 12 Oct 2018

South African food group Tiger Brands has re-opened a facility that was closed after it was implicated in an outbreak of listeria that killed more than 200 people.


Lactalis snaps up infant-formula brands of South Africa's Aspen 13 Sep 2018

Lactalis has purchased the infant-formula business of Aspen Pharmacare in South Africa for EUR740m (US$860.1m), giving the France-based dairy company ownership of the Alula, Infacare and S-26 brands.


South Africa's Sea Harvest targets dairy sector with Ladismith Cheese deal 29 Aug 2018

Sea Harvest, the South African frozen seafood business, has acquired local business Ladismith Cheese.


Libstar Holdings in profit warning on mushroom oversupply, Sonnendal Dairies deal 20 Aug 2018

South Africa-based food company Libstar Holdings has issued a profit warning because of what it says was a nationwide oversupply of mushrooms and the impact from lower margins linked to its October merger with Sonnendal Dairies.


Tiger Brands issues profit warning after listeria outbreak, cost pressures 20 Aug 2018

South Africa-based food group Tiger Brands issued a profit warning for its annual results due to the impact from this year's listeria outbreak, which prompted the closure of a polony meat factory owned by its subsidiary, and also because of cost pressures.


BayWa affiliate TFC enters avocado JV in South Africa 3 Jul 2018

TFC Holland, a Dutch affiliate of German trading and services group BayWa which supplies exotic fruit and vegetables, has formed a joint venture with South Africa's Afrupro Exporters.


Philafrica Foods eyes more deals after move for PepsiCo packer 26 Jun 2018

South Africa-based agri-food group Philafrica Foods is weighing up more acquisitions in the packaged food sector to follow its move for Pakworks, a local manufacturer of snacks for PepsiCo.


Tiger Brands announces changes to top team 6 Jun 2018

South Africa-based food group Tiger Brands, which found itself at the centre of a recent listeria outbreak, said Grattan Kirk has resigned as chief growth officer of the firm's consumer goods division to ''pursue an opportunity in the retail sector''. 


South Africa's Rhodes Food increases investment to boost brand share 25 May 2018

South Africa-based Rhodes Food Group is ploughing more funds into its business as it seeks to further increase production capacity and boost brand share.

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UN warns poor maize harvest likely 30 Apr 2015

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned lower maize harvests in Africa could "trigger food price increases".