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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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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.


South Africa's Libstar concludes IPO with ZAR3bn raised 8 May 2018

South African food company Libstar Holdings has raised ZAR3bn (US$238.6m) from a public offering of shares after revitalising a listing originally slated for last year.


South Africa's Pioneer Foods gets approval for Heinz SA merger, with conditions 26 Apr 2018

South Africa's Competition Commission has recommended Pioneer Foods' acquisition of a majority stake in Heinz Foods South Africa be approved with conditions.


Death toll reaches 193 in South Africa's polony-linked listeria outbreak 24 Apr 2018

South Africa's National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) has said 193 people are now known to have died following a listeria outbreak in the country linked to polony products.


South Africa's Libstar revitalises plans for Johannesburg listing 9 Apr 2018

South African food company Libstar Holdings is revitalising plans to list its shares with a ZAR1.5bn (US$123.7m) offering on the Johannesburg exchange, with part of the funds to be used to pay down debt.


Lotus Bakeries to take Bear snacks production in-house 28 Mar 2018

Lotus Bakeries has struck a deal with Grassroots, the South African co-packer of the Belgian group's Bear snacks, to take control of the production for the brand.


RCL Foods estimates costs related to listeria outbreak 27 Mar 2018

South Africa's RCL Foods estimates it incurred costs of around ZAR75m (US$6.4m) from the country's listeria outbreak, which forced the company to issue a product recall and suspend production of its polony processed meat brand.


African countries ink free-trade deal to remove tariffs 22 Mar 2018

A free-trade deal has been agreed by more than 40 African countries for the partial removal of tariffs.


Tiger Brands extends plant closures as listeria outbreak takes toll on profits 19 Mar 2018

Tiger Brands expects to post a loss in March of as much as ZAR33m (US$2.7m) after the South African consumer foods group suspended production at another of its plants amid the listeria outbreak that has rocked the country's food sector.

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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".